Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | 3:52 PM
Editor’s Note: While we’re in Portland over the next few weeks, we wanted to bring some local flavor to the blog by asking writers who live in the area to contribute Hotpot-style city guides: recommendations on where to eat, where to shop, where to hang. Below, locally based writer Geoff Kleinman shares how Hotpot recommendations guided him through a night of Portland barhopping. Be sure to join the conversation in the comments below.
One of the things I love about Hotpot is the way it uses my ratings and my friends' ratings to point me toward places that are the best match for me and my tastes. While I've discovered some great businesses in my Google searches using Hotpot from the comfort of my home’s desktop computer, I thought it would be fun to take Hotpot on the road using my Android phone, acting as my “person in the know” on a recent Portland barhop.
|First stop: Irving Street Kitchen.|
The Place page for Irving St. Kitchen had several Best Ever awards and most of them talked about the amazing drinks and bartenders such as Brandon Wise and Allison Webber. It seemed a perfect place to start our hop.
|Allison Webber whips up something tasty.|
|White Negroni at Irving Street Kitchen|
|Shrimp, crab and bread pudding - True Fusion at Irving Street Kitchen|
|Second stop: Clyde Common|
|Jeffrey Morgenthaler's famous barrel-aged cocktails|
|Andrew Volk works the Clyde Common bar.|
|Third and final stop: Teardrop Lounge|
|Brian Gilbert helps us decide what drinks to order at Teardrop.|
|One of Teardrop's many cocktail options, "Unfinished Business"|
Using Hotpot on your hops and crawls? Share your stories in the comments below.
Posted by Geoff Kleinman. Geoff is the editor of DrinkSpirits.com, a national blog helping people figure out what to drink, and OnPDX.com, helping people figure out what to do in Portland.