Politics and Pie

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Business/Location: Bipartisan Cafe
Address: 7901 SE Stark St
City: Portland
State: OR
Zip Code: 97215
Phone: 503-253-1051
Website: www.bipartisancafe.com

Posted by:  Angie Jabine
Photo:  Cathey Flickinger
   Bipartisan Cafe
It's almost a zoning requirement that Portland cafés must offer perfectly brewed Stumptown coffee, Wi-Fi, and a few comfy couches interspersed among the cafe tables. So how can a neighborhood coffee joint set itself apart? In the case of the Bipartisan Café in Montavilla--a Brigadoon-like neighborhood bounded on one side by Mount Tabor and on the other by 82nd Avenue--the joint adopts a theme, namely politics. And it specializes in pie. I don't know if the Bipartisan is truly bipartisan, but its walls are full of political memorabilia, including an old voting booth, giving you something to gaze upon while you wait for your slice of pie, which you should definitely order. The fruit pies rotate with the seasons, or you can go with the refrigerated cream pies (Banana! Coconut! Be still my heart!). There are generally whole pies available to go, too ($15, plus a two-dollar tin deposit). Friends swear by the bagel sandwiches, if you like that sort of thing. Friday evenings often feature live music, too. The formula seems to work--this place is always bustling.

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