Thrillist : Secrets

They've discovered one of our secrets! "Sure, you could sit down at a nice restaurant and order up something off the menu like a chump, but that's not gonna impress your date, is it? On the flip side, if you sit down and order whatever the hell you want, you're gonna look like an a-hole, no matter how much you really want chicken & waffles at that upscale Red Lobster. The solution? Request these off-menu items that totally do exist, giving you the best of both worlds" … Read More... tl-horizontal_main
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Reader Survey 2013: Best Outdoor Dining Space in Portland

Food Dude at finds out the best outdoor dining spaces in Portland and Yakuza Lounge "an undiscovered gem – quiet and romantic" finds its way onto the list.
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Dayna McErlean’s Portland Empire on

dayna mcerlean : Image by Michael Schmitt THE COLONY, in St. Johns, used to be a funeral home, then a New Age church. Dayna McErlean is reinventing it as a ... let’s see: The ballroom rents out for weddings, parties, whatever. Cooks can rent the kitchen by the hour. (“There’s huge need,” McErlean says. “There are so many food start-ups in Portland.”) Two stylishly retro suites serve as a miniature hostel. (“There’s nowhere to stay in St. Johns.”) A food cart will sell the Yakuza burger, the signature of the hipster izakaya McErlean cofounded in Northeast. Read more on
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Portland Men’s Guide : review

"Inspired by the Japanese izakaya concept,Yakuza is a true food-lover’s bar, and their burger is Portland Monthly’s 2009 favorite. But it’s the hidden treasures like Hamachi and Pork Cheek that make you wonder how a nation’s pub food could be this mouthwatering. And  if their drink list doesn’t blow your mind, make sure you still have a pulse..." Read more on
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Travel Portland : Parent and Child spooky sites.

For dinner, check out Yakuza Lounge (, a chic, laid-back Japanese joint 15 minutes away. They host a “kids’ happy hour” three nights a week. view full text in pdf format here.
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4th Annual Fox Chase Block Party

Monday, September 10th 6:00pm – 9:00pm Northeast 30th & Killingsworth Come enjoy complimentary bites from your favorite NE Restaurants: Yakuza / DOC / Autentica / Cocotte Discover great gift ideas and self-enhancement services from the wide array of business on the block: Half Pint Vintage / Red Fox Vintage / The People's Yoga / Roots Salon / Troolie Cards + Gifts Milagros Kids Boutique / Robots Love Cupcakes PLUS guests will enjoy a LIVE MUSIC set by Portland’s Purse Candy Great Food, Drink, Music & FUN for all ages!
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My Houzz: Mixed-Use Oregon Home Serves and Charms

Dayna McErlean's seven-year remodeling project transformed a debilitated Portland, Oregon, building into a vibrant multiuse project. Drawing on her childhood and inspired by her hands-on, creative family, McErlean created four dynamic spaces — the Yakuza Lounge (a food lover's Japanese pub), an upstairs living space, a gorgeous garden and deck area, and a cabin for rent. Working with a carefully chosen team of building consultants, McErlean also incorporated a green roof and a water reclamation system. Now, nearly a decade later, her converted home in the city's Alberta Arts District, is at the heart of a thriving creative community. Read Full Article Here.
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Please join Yakuza executive chef David Gaspar de Alba along with general manager and sake girl extraordinaire Kyle Lovell for an intimate outdoor dinner in partnership with Portland Food Adventures. Enjoy 6 courses of modern Japanese fare paired with hand-crafted house cocktails, beautiful sakes and wines, served al fresco in Yakuza’s lush Japanese garden setting for just 5 per person. As an added bonus, you’ll hear directly from David and Kyle about their approach to sourcing, planning and preparing Yakuza’s eclectic izakaya food and beverage menu. David and Kyle, along with owner Dayna McErlean, have also reached out to their favorite Portland businesses – including Uno Mas (coming soon from our friend and neighbors at Autentica), Central Bar/Lounge, Torta-landia, Sweedeedee, DOC and The Kuza Garden Cabin – and each are generously providing gift certificates for all Portland Food Adventure guests. Enjoy a fantastic meal, great conversation, in a beautiful setting, and take home a packet of in gift certificates to redeem at your convenience. Seating for this event is limited. Please click here to reserve your spot for 6:30pm on Thursday April 23. We look forward to seeing you then!
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Travel Portland – Yakuza

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Yakuza

This Sunday June 17 – 5pm For just Dad’s enjoy: • Special Yakuza Burger topped with Tempura Pork Belly, Pimento Cheese & Bone Marrow Aioli • Icy cold Sapporo Draft • Straight-razor shave from Rook’s Barbershop • Relaxing soak in our outdoor hot tub Childcare available for $10 extra at our Kids Crafting Studio next door. To view the complete Yakuza Lounge menu click here. Reservations: 503 450 0893 or
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