Portland has a full contingent of upscale expense-account steakhouses, but if you’re hungry for beef, go to one of the city’s originals, the Ringside (2165 W. Burnside St., 503/223-1513, www.ringsidesteakhouse.com, dinner nightly, $21–59). Family owned for nearly 70 years, the Ringside is just west of downtown in close-in Northwest Portland near PGE Stadium (hence “ringside”).
It’s all red Naugahyde and dark lighting in the best 1960s tradition, with Frank Sinatra playing in the background. But the steaks, prime rib, and seafood are excellent, and no less an authority than James Beard proclaimed that the onion rings were “the best I ever had.” Come before 5:45 p.m. or after 9 p.m. for a special three-course dinner menu (prime rib is an option) for just $25—one of Portland’s best deals.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel