Eat fat, die young

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We are lucky to live in a city that can marry eating, to a fun night out on the town (drinking), without robbing us too much of our hard-earned cash.

The trouble actually is: Where do we go? With so many great places to eat and drink, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are a few old Portland stand-by eateries.

The Candlelight Cafe and Bar2032 S.W. Fifth Ave.503-222-3378Happy hour on beer and drinks until 7 p.m., taco night on TuesdayPrices here are already pretty darn low on food that either comes from the fryer, or tastes like it did. Burgers ($5 to $6.50), hot wings ($6) and jalapeno poppers ($6)-sometimes it’s just what you need in your belly at the end of a long night.

The Cheerful Tortoise1939 S.W. Sixth Ave.503-224-3377Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for food ($1.95-$2.95) and discount drinksSure, this is PSU’s closest beer and fried food escape, but sometimes, that’s just what you need. Decent burgers, salads and fish and chips. Yeah, they do a cheap breakfast too.

The Horsebrass Pub4534 S.E. Belmont St.503-232-2202No happy hourIt’s smoky, cavernous and a whole lot of fun. Traditional pub-grub eats, such as amazing battered fish and chips and bangers will always prevail. Dot’s Cafe2521 S.E. Clinton St.503-235-0203Happy hour: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (nachos are the only discounted food, but draft beers are 50 cents off)Portland’s original grease joint, this place is open waaaaayyy late to curb those after-hours munchies. Choices include burgers and fries, as well as vegan and veggie favorites.

Savoy Tavern and Bistro2500 S.E. Clinton St.503-808-9999Happy hour: daily 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 10 p.m. to midnight ($2 to $6 food, discounted drinks)There’s a secret inside at the Savoy: fried cheese curds! Need I say more? Alright, they have mac and cheese too.

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