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Forego the Grill This Fourth: The Lazy Man's 4th Food Guide

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If this recent Men's Health study is to be believed, Portland is America's Most Patriotic City — which means, in this land of "Yay America," that Fourth of July will be a shitshow. But if you're looking to show your patriotism by stepping away from the grill and toward the keg (seriously, don't do both), several local spots have graciously decided to stay open for your dine-in (or take-out) pleasure. Before Eater HQ goes dark for the long weekend, we've rounded up your 4th menu options — happy weekend!

Kenny & Zuke's: The way-too-foreign-influenced pastrami, chopped liver, and Reuben sandwiches give way to all-American pulled pork, brisket, and Q'bano sandwiches at legendary deli Kenny & Zuke's. (if you haven't placed your catering order yet, the deal's dine-in only).

The Country Cat: Sex machines Adam and Jackie Sappington will serve up platters of their famous fried chicken and biscuits to-go; to make the story as American as humanly possible, the recipe comes from Adam's great grandma Maude Marie Murphy, who used to make fried chicken from scratch for inmates at a local (two-person) jailhouse in Missouri. Aww.

Clarklewis: Chef Dolan Lane's annual 4th dinner features live entertainment (Troy Richmond Dixon Band, Stephanie Schneiderman) and a spit-fire roasted pig, served up in the street and under the fireworks.

Irving Street Kitchen: ISK's lunchtime-only BBQ on the patio gets the all-day treatment on the 4th: Sarah Schafer mans the grill, serving up ribs and sausages either dine-in or to-go.

Aquariva: The waterfront-facing Aquariva offers dinner with a hell of a view, as buzzed-about chef Andy Arndt will compete with the Waterfront Park fireworks during an outdoor BBQ featuring a whole roasted pig.

Portland Farmer's Market: Because Independence Day could always use a little bit of community service to go with your eatin', the King Market (at NW 7th and Wygant) will present a make-your-own burger stand, with 100% of proceeds from the patties to benefit the market's Foodshare Fund Northeast.


1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 503 235 2294 Visit Website

Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar

7937 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215 Visit Website

Irving St. Kitchen

701 Northwest 13th Avenue, , OR 97209 (503) 343-9440 Visit Website