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AM:PM PR’s Favorite Lunch Spots

At our office on Clinton Street (and near Divison Street), we are lucky enough to be surrounded by a wide range of yummy lunch spots in the neighborhood. Here are our faves!

Broder Cafe

The ultimate brunch spot. This hip little cafe is packed almost every single day, and for a good reason. Not only is the space cute, but the food is INCREDIBLE. This Scandinavian eatery specializes in Danish Pancakes (to die for) and delicious egg scrambles. The staff is so friendly, the drinks are good…you’ll never want to leave.

Pat’s Pick: The Lost Eggs and the Lefse potato crepes

Photo by Modern Guide to Portland

Dots

If aliens, Elvis and Marie Antoinette opened a diner, it might look like Dots. The walls are lined with black-and-white damask wallpaper, oil paintings of Elizabethan royalty, screenshots of Spock, and Warhol prints…Stepping into the red light of Dots is like going down Alice’s rabbit hole. It’s a ’50s-style diner with a killer bacon bleu cheeseburger…Come as you are.” -Willamette Week

A favorite of ours for many years, Dots is the best spot for some comfort food and greasy goodness. Its quirky, retro atmosphere attracts a fun crowd, and the food leaves you beyond full and happy.

Pat says: “It’s a stop for a quick lunch. I used to go there for daily specials, but I like their grilled cheese sandwich. For Happy Hour, the sandwich comes with a bowl of tomato soup and a salad – a perfect comfort meal.”

Pastini

Thank goodness there’s Pastini near our office — where else would we get our pasta fix? This lovely, classic-style Italian restaurant is one of our go-to team lunch spots. Whatever you order here, you’ll love it.

Pat’s Pick: Linguini Gorgonzola or Baked Ziti with Eggplant

Spielman Bagels and Coffee Roasters
Although still a fairly new spot (opened in 2011 on Division Street), Speilman quickly earned its place on our list of faves. According to their website,”the uniquely “Portland Style” bagel was made from a sourdough starter, mixed with milk and honey, and kettle-boiled to perfection. The soft, doughy center was the perfect contrast to the crunchy exterior, quickly becoming a local favorite.”
Their bagel sandwiches and bottomless house drinks are amazing.
Pat’s #1 Fave: “My FAVORITE neighborhood lunch spot is actually by our old office, ZELL’S CAFE, on SE 13th and Morrison. I bike there frequently for lunch. I like many of their breakfast items (I like to eat breakfast for lunch.) Favorites include their omelettes, their specials (especially ones featuring poblano sauce or roasted cauliflower) and their turkey melt sandwich with cheese and mushrooms.” -Pat McCormick

9 Things AM:PM PR Loves

Happy Monday!

What gets you up in the morning? What inspires you? For us here at AM:PM PR, it’s our location, our office, and our awesome team. We are so lucky to work in such a fun, buzzing neighborhood at our headquarters on Clinton Street. Here are 9 things we love about it.

 

1. Our Lego Models

Co-founder Pat McCormick is talented in many areas, one being his ability to piece together some impressive Lego sets. If you’ve walked by our office before, you’re probably familiar with the abundance of Lego displays on our window sills. While providing a fun distraction, I mean break, 😉 from our work from time to time, we also love to see kiddos stop and admire the models. It’s so cute to see them ooh and aah over the Disney Castle, Statue of Liberty, and most notable, Millennium Falcon model.

2. Nossa Familia Coffee

A two-minute walk from our office, Nossa Familia Coffee on Division Street is one of our favorite spots to chill and refuel. They’re deeply committed to ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and social responsibility, plus their coffee and tea is so yummy!

3. Dogs, dogs, dogs

Clinton and Division Streets are dog central, and we’re dog people. If there’s ever a shortage of pups trotting by our office windows though, no worries–our pals at EENW next door have two sweet labradoodles that we love to cuddle. Their names are Nova & Echo!

4. Our Glass Whiteboards

Designed by 7/Apps founder Juan Fernandez and built by a local welder, the glass whiteboards that divide up our work spaces in the office are one of our most favorite things. Typically covered in sticky notes and doodles, our whiteboards are a great place for us to draw cartoons or map out a project.

5. New Seasons Market

Our favorite spot for a quick snack or lunch with friends during the work day. This cozy place doesn’t feel like your typical grocery store. The staff are friendly, the food is fresh, and the vibes are good. Plus, it’s a 30-second stroll from our office!

6. The Cyrk Building

We are privileged to work in the coolest building ever. 90% of our building’s power comes from solar panels on the roof, and the indoor temperature is controlled by an underground water-source heat pump. The Cyrk Building is eco-friendly, welcoming and bright with its many windows, and decked out in cool art.

7. Our Team

We are a family-owned PR agency with a passion for what we do. Our team is driven and inspired by each other, and that’s what results in our success. Long hours aren’t a problem for us — we are motivated by our client’s victories and willing to do whatever it takes. We are a close-knit team of creative, socks-with-sandals-wearing goofballs.

8. Fifty Licks Ice Cream

Fun fact! I’m an ice cream addict.

Fifty Licks, the ice cream shop across the street, is my favorite place in Portland. They have unique flavors (better than Salt & Straw, in my opinion) and a super cute space. I go quite often, and it was during one of my frequent stops there that I discovered AM:PM!

9. Our Clients

We work with clients we believe in and on projects we enjoy, and our goal is to build long-term relationships with the people we assist. We take our clients’ goals on as our own and love seeing them flourish.

 

-Sophie