You may have heard that the dream of the 1890s was alive in Portland, but it’s actually at it’s most vivrant (thank you Q-Tip) at local saloon 1 Knickerbocker. Billing itself as Traditional American cuisine, 1K serves such fare as sautéed sweetbreads and duck breast with lentils–in other words, there’s nothing “traditional” about it unless you’re living in the Brooklyn of 1892 or the Portland of now.
In addition to finding your usual mustachioed type, you’ll also find their thin, drunkorexic Tinder dates pecking at the food they’re disgusted by. They sit there over a Scotch egg hoping that the novelty of the cuisine will wipe away the fact that they really have nothing to say to one another.
The stage at the front of the room adds a certain vaudeville charm as well–though there’s still no word on whether or not a performance will ever actually take place (unless, of course, it’s the ghost of a lounge singer from the 1890s). So the next time you want the second best thing to Portland, head on over to 1 Knickerbocker for some fanciful food that our forefathers would have enjoyed.
Written by Genna Rivieccio
Photo Credits: The Burning Bush, 1 Knickerbocker, Yelp