I call it a “Football Fill Up”. Binge watching college football all day on Saturday and the NFL on Sundays. It’s always been one of my favorite autumn activities: Rolling out of bed, putting on a pair of comfy sweats and slippers and zoning out in front of the television watching grown men wearing brightly colored costumes hit each other. The obligatory Football Nap comes with the territory.
So, when I married my wife and told her this was one of my favorite things to do, I was worried that this weekly ritual would have to end. Fortunately, my wife loves cheering on Marcus Mariota and “Beast Mode” as much as I do… but that does not mean there are not days when my long-suffering wife wants to watch the television and have the living room be football free.
Fortunately, Portland, Oregon offers a plethora of terrific sports bars and game watching sites all over the cities. One of my favorites (and, many concur, as this venue has been voted the top sports bar in Portland two years in a row) is the Cheerful Tortoise in downtown Portland, right near Portland State University. So, on those days when my wife wearies of the gridiron, I simply call up some buddies and we meet at the Tortoise.
The Cheerful Tortoise, located at 1939 SW 6th Avenue in Portland, is in a prime location. In the lower part of downtown, it’s within thirty minutes from nearly anywhere in the Portland/Metropolitan area. Not only that, the food is fantastic and reasonably priced. The patrons are friendly and as avid as you are—even when fans of your rival team show up. And, here, of course, you don’t have to worry about commercials. With copious televisions showing every game currently in action, when the game you are most engrossed in goes to commercial break, simply turn your head in the direction of another television.
The Cheerful Tortoise is pure heaven for the avid football fan, the avid fantasy football player, and the avid fan of delicious food at reasonable prices and a nice variety of local micro-brews, lower priced domestic beers and fantastic imports. The service is fast and friendly and the ambiance makes one feel like he is in a cozy, gigantic man cave.
So while nothing quite beats those cozy, pajama-clad, home at football watching Saturdays and Sundays, if you want to be social, if you want something different, if you want to watch a million channels while eating food you don’t have to prepare, consider the Cheerful Tortoise. The Cheerful Tortoise is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Saturday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. ON Thanksgiving, between eleven and five, come by for a free turkey dinner.
Yet another reason why Portland, Oregon is such a great place to call home.