Pause for a moment

Yesterday was a beautiful, albeit cold, winter day. It started out foggy, yet by afternoon, the sun was shining. We decided to venture out for a walk to lunch in the hood. A new place has opened up – Pause – on N. Interstate in the location where WAX use to be. (WAX was an all ages dj club that never got off the ground.) I have read a few reviews of Pause out there on the interweb and knew I would love it. AltPortland dubbed it as comfort food. (hitup the link for an actual food review) I agree with that, yet my first thought when I see “comfort” food is to bill it as unhealthy and greasy and simple. The menu is more extensive than that and I love that. I had a Cuban sandwich which had pulled pork and ham with pickles. It was perfect for such a day. My partner in crime had roasted cauliflower soup and a yummy salad with crimini mushrooms and chopped celery root. YUMM! We were both extremely satisfied with our vacation lunch. They also have a full bar, about 10+ taps with micros, wine and happy hour.
What I loved most about the space was how they kept it simple. They aren’t going for a scene or a theme. It may evolve with the neighborhood or the clientele over the next few years (I hope.) I love that it is so close, has a great menu, has a good beer selection. Has enough room so one doesn’t feel cramped. I love that someone took one of the empty buildings on N. Interstate and turned it into something the neighborhood can embrace and enjoy. Welcome to the hood Pause.
5201 N. Interstate
(971) 230-0705
Open for lunch, dinner, and late night

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