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Lovely Hula Hands in PDX

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Lovely Hula Hands in PDX

Nancy | Oct 14, 2004 03:47 PM

Per a request, why I love Lovely Hula Hands: it's both adorable and hidden, a 1910 Victorian house painted a shade of pink Gidget might have worn, situated within rock-throwing distance of the Fremont Bridge. Inside, it looks like a 1940s boarding house; the tables are close, the wallpaper a sort of "faded" floral, the music is old C & W. They serve vintage cocktails (e.g., Bee's Knees), and also have a solid wine list. But it's the food that keeps me coming back (go early: they take no reservations), esp. the Cuban pumkpin rice with tomato coconut curry (with shrimp, if you like), and the pan-roasted chicken with sweet onion marsala sauce. Now, I don't even really like chicken all that much, but it's AMAZING. The burger is also wonderful, as is the molten chocolate cake. And the place is just so cozy; you can bring your kids, you can bring your parents, you can bring a date. Highly, highly recommended.

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