You don’t have to click your ruby heels to think there’s no place like Pix, although your ruby heels would not feel out of place in this swoony little marvel of a faux French dessert experience. With its eclectic and distinctly European décor—think champagne bottle-lined walls and crimson damask wallpaper, flickering votives on each table, rows of jewel-like desserts so pretty it’s almost criminal to eat them, stacks of brightly colored macarons, a merrily decadent spirit, and an adjoining tapas bar, Bar Vivant, there isn’t a better place in Portland to find your joie de vivre.
It’s easy to imagine Josephine Baker sitting at the bar, drinking a glass of champagne and feasting on a Tart Ménage á Trois…
It’s easy to imagine Josephine Baker sitting at the bar, drinking a glass of champagne and feasting on a Tart Ménage á Trois—an exquisite tartlet filled with almond cream and chocolate ganache and topped with a creamy round of orange vanilla crème brulee.
Pix is the sort of place you go with a group of friends and swap tales of your unforgettable French summer fling over a glass of Calvados or one of Pix’s many excellent and interesting “bieres.” It’s also the perfect spot to cozy up with your sweetheart, a Queen of Sheba Truffle Cake, and two spoons. But just a warning—if you have any scandalous sweet nothings to deliver to said sweetheart, best keep them to yourself—your neighbor is way less than a can-can kick’s length away.
Owner: Cheryl Wakerhauser
Atmosphere: Darling little faux Euro café with an upbeat vibe
Outdoor seating: Yes, and a pétanque court too
Best Seat: Standing tables in the tapas bar
Noise Level: Yes
Dress Code: Casual, but by all means dress up in your best Parisian-chic
Bring the Kids: Yes
Parking: Street parking free and can be difficult to find
Cocktails: Full bar including a plethora of fine liquers, three kinds of absinthe, and delightful specialty cocktails such as the La Bicyclette--Germain elderflower liquer, Mirabelle yellow plum eau de vie and a float of sparkling wine
Beer: Well-rounded beer list, and try the Pix’s Beer Float, with Rogue Chocolate Stout and Pix’s mocha ice cream
Wine: Yes, a nice selection of reds, whites, sparklies and dessert wines by the glass ($5-$9) or bottle ($24-$48)
Corkage: $10 per 750 mL
Teetotalers: Izze sodas, ginger beer, sparkling water, RC Cola, hot chocolate
Tea: Townshend’s Tea
Ideal Meal: Passionfruit macaroon, the Amelie—orange vanilla crème brûlée tops glazed chocolate mousse with caramelized hazelnuts, praline crisp, and Cointreau génoise, House Apertif—sparkling wine with splash of Clear Creek blue plum eau de vie, and a to-go block of Pix’s fantastic nougat—stuck through with Oregon cherries, almonds, and pistachios
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Good for the following occasions: Just Desserts, Romantic Date, Out With Friends, Faux-French Experience
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