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Lake Oswego has added some epic additions to their restaurant scene. Some of Portland’s most notable restaurants are coming soon or have recently opened in Lake O’s Mercato Grove, including Tasty, Oven and Shaker, Lardo, and Grassa!
Before venturing into Mercato Grove, you have to start your morning off with a kolache from Happy Sparrow Cafe. The owners moved from Austin, Texas in 2016 and brought their passion for Czech-Texan pastries with them! The shop sells sweet (Nutella, coconut, and almond) and savory (pulled pork, Texas hotlink, and vegan) kolaches… YUM!
Tasty — that’s right, of Tasty n’ Alder fame — recently opened in June! Following the closing of a few of their restaurants during the pandemic, and now under new leadership, the Toro Bravo restaurant group was bought and re-branded by two former restaurant employees. Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler have brought Portland’s beloved brunch spot back and the community is celebrating!
Tasty is also welcoming Katherine Benvenuti — former baker at Bar King — as their pastry chef. Benvenuti is seemingly making Lake Oswego her new stomping ground, splitting time between Tasty and Fills, next door. We are dying to try her raspberry-matcha-filled donut.
Driving down SE Hawthorne, heading west, you’ve likely noticed Lardo — a beautifully designed sandwich shop, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The shop is always packed with patrons, often with a line out the door. If the name wasn’t enough of an indicator, the restaurant is renowned for outrageously indulgent, meat-stacked sandwiches. Lardo has officially opened a location in Lake Oswego’s Mercato Grove, right next to Lac St. Jack. Patrik is especially excited to try their “NO MEATball sub” (hold the cheese, please)!
Head next door to Lac St. Jack for authentic French food and an incredible wine list. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms and Oregon coast fisheries. Chef Aaron Barnett has made it his mission to dismantle the stereotypical fussiness of French food, while maintaining authenticity.
In the mood for comfort food? Grassa and Oven & Shaker are yet another two Portland staples, brand new to Lake Oswego. Grassa’s menu features hearty pasta dishes from pork belly mac to lamb sausage mafaldine that WILL send you into a carb-coma. Oven & Shaker is famous for their artisan pizzas (arguably the best margarita pizza in the Portland metro) and killer cocktails.
Shops and Activities
Back in 1940, the Lake Theater was a simple single-screen movie theater and the city’s hotspot on Friday nights. Since then, the theater has endured a roof caving and the 1996 Lake Oswego flooding, but has never permanently closed its doors. While COVID restrictions continue to fluctuate, the theater is not yet open to the public, but the café and bar are open for business. Stay tuned for the theater’s reopening — fingers crossed for Fall 2021!
May through October, Millennium Plaza Park hosts the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. The market is packed with fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, as well as locally curated art. Saturdays 8:00 am - 1:30 pm the market is open to the public — dogs are welcome, but ensure your pet is kept on a short leash and away from the produce.
The Art Council of Lake Oswego is working to amalgamate art into the community and beautify the city. The council hosts a unique outdoor art gallery — Gallery Without Walls — featuring 80 works. The gallery is open year-round and aims to install permanent artwork to the streets of Lake Oswego!
Lake Oswego melds the balance of quaint, residential life with reasonable proximity to downtown Portland. The city has exceptional K-12 schools, kid-friendly activities, and a great walk score for a residential area! The Lake Oswego Library hosts storytime events and creative programs for little ones. The city is known for its tight-knit community feels and regular community events!
There are 27 total neighborhoods in the Lake O grid, with a wide range of properties and home styles, however, the city sports many stunning, luxury homes. Take a drive through the winding neighborhoods, and you’ll see grand lake-side homes, English cottages, Tutor revivals, and Craftsman estates.
Popo & Archer Take Lake OswegoWe took a trip to Lake Oswego today — there are SO many parks (24, in fact), I don’t know how our dads chose one! Because it was warm today, we decided to go to Roehr Park where we could splash around in the Willamette River. Our second stop was to West Waluga Park, where we played in the fenced dog park and ate lunch under the covered picnic shelter. We even watched locals work out on outdoor fitness equipment!
Lake Oswego is unlike any Portland-metro city — the perfect balance between residential and city life! If you are interested in the Lake Oswego community and everything the city has to offer its residents, get in touch! We would love to help you find your next home.
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Food + Drink
Lac St. Jack
Oven and Shaker
Happy Sparrow Cafe
Art Council of Lake Oswego
Popo & Archer Take Lake Oswego
West Waluga Park
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