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Best known for the large park at its center — featuring one of the city’s best playgrounds, with a climbing wall and “king of the mountain” synthetic hill — Arbor Lodge is an atypical destination for Portlanders from other parts of town. Easily missed on the way between trendy Mississippi and St. Johns, Arbor Lodge brushes up against two major arterials in Lombard and Interstate, and is served by the MAX’s yellow line, but is rarely a destination itself. As such, the riches of its food and drink scene are found in unabashedly casual settings, with plenty of takeout counters and a high dive-bar per-capita ratio. The map below focuses on restaurants either directly within the Arbor Lodge neighborhood or within a block outside its official boundaries. So put on that flannel, hop on the bike, and explore Arbor Lodge like a local.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.