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A Real Old Town Find in Portland


Upon initial glance, one could easily dismiss Old Town Pizza (226 NW Davis),a landmark institution that once housed the Merchant Hotel built in 1880, as yet another dusty relic of Portland's rough and tumble history. Stepping inside this establishment replete with furnishings and fixtures from this former seedy hotel, one feels transported back to the 19th century. As a sign to the area's questionable reputation, supposedly this place is haunted by Nina, their resident ghost and a former working woman who was murdered over a hundred years ago. Also, underneath the floor boards are the Shanghai Tunnels viewable via private tours that Portland via underground pathways, which were used once used to nab unsuspecting sailors and transport them to ships docked on the river.

As a nod to these infamous tunnels, Old Town Brewing serves up Old Town Shanghai'd IPA as one of their numerous craft beer offerings. Pair one of their classic favorite or seasonal brews with one of their signature pizzas. Meat lovers will savor their house special, a combination of pepperoni, salami, mushroom, black olive, bell pepper, and homemade italian sausage while vegetarians looking for a unique flavor might want to check out their dragon lady, a dramatic blend of sundried tomato, mushroom, white onion, artichoke heart, and rounded out with pickled capers. Other favorites include their pesto special and margherita pizza.

Those looking for a place to eat and chill can head uptown to Old Town Brewing Company, situated at 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., home to their brewing operations. In this industrial yet spacious space, savor a pizza and a draft beer while chilling to their uptempo music or work on the go courtesy of their free wi-fi. In typical Portland spirit, they are one of the first breweries to deliver beer via cycle. They can deliver pizza via bike as well.

Old Town's two locations are open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am to midnight.