A simple list of places I enjoyed in the American Northwest.
by Roger Steve Ruiz

Mecca Cafe

526 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 285-9728

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A typical diner place, with a dance / bar area in the back. I ate breakfast at this place almost everyday. The night scene is pretty good around here too. This neighborhood is considered South Queen Anne and is near the space needle.

The Crocodile

2200 2nd Ave (at Blanchard), Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 441-4618

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If you're looking for a show to go to, this is the place. They always have something happening during the week and most Seattle shows happen here. I saw half of the Fiery Furnaces here along with The Sea and Cake. I also saw Neighbourhood here.


1118 E Pike St (btwn 11th Ave & 12th Ave), Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 325-6492

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This place is themed like a carnival. There are two floors, and pinball machines (a NW staple), all up in there. Try the Unicorn Balls; it's why they're extinct.

Pike Place Market

85 Pike St (at Pine St), Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 682-7453

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A great place to just chill. There's a park near by showing a view of the water. There are tons of things to look at here. Make sure you check out all three floors of the market. Also, checkout the bubble gum wall. Gross.


2224 2nd Ave (btw Bell & Blanchard), Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 728-4053

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Open NXNW-late, 2am, and serves burgers all night long. It's a good place to go when your hungry and drunk. There are tons of bars around this place.


2222 2nd Ave. (Btw Bell & Blanchard), Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 441-5449

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This place is modeled after Coney Island back home. Also: Pinball machines. Pinball machines. Pinball machines.

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3524 N Mississippi Ave (at N Fremont St), Portland, OR 97227

(503) 467-4149

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I love this little mexican place. Everything on the menu is great. It's also on Mississippi Ave which is a great neighborhood to explore.


1001 SE Morrison St (at SE 10th Ave), Portland, OR 97214

(503) 239-7639

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Check out this place's calendar. I saw Kid Koala here on a whim. It's a nice venue with lots of dance floor space. This is in a fun and local's part of town.

Tasty 'N Sons

3808 N Williams Ave (at N Beech St), Portland, OR 97227

(503) 621-1400

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I was so hung over after the Kid Koala show. This place really hit the spot. This is near another great neighborhood similar to Mississippi Ave.

Voodoo Doughnut

22 SW 3rd Ave (at SW Ankeny St), Portland, OR 97204

(503) 241-4704

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This place has so many different kind of doughnuts, it's almost gross. It's near an open-air fair, and the line is usually really long.

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St (at SE 9th Ave), Portland, OR 97214

(503) 231-9663

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In a nice area, this place is both a hotel and a nightclub / restaurant. This is a great place to get some drinks and explore. I saw Obama's acceptance speech in 2012.

Mississippi Records

5202 N Albina Ave (at N Sumner St), Portland, OR 97217

(503) 282-2990

This record shop is pretty cool. Sadly, vinyl is a bitch to travel with.

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St (btwn NW 5th & NW 6th Ave), Portland, OR 97209

(503) 796-9364

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Two floors of arcades. 'Nuff said. Also, it's pronounced "Cooch" street but spelled Couch. Keep that in mind with locals.