I am a frequent customer at Sip & Kranz and I have supported their decision to market to a more mature audience. Sip & Kranz is a wonderful place for anyone, but the shop especially caters to college students, business people, bloggers and tweeters alike. The shop's commitment to coffee, the excellent and reliable wifi and the array of foods on the menu is well worth the trip to The Pearl. My favorite thing to do is to visit the restaurant, order myself a coffee and sit outside and use my Macbook for hours. There are outlets available at the outside tables - which is something you can NEVER find in Portland (why won't people catch on to this??). When I'm there in the mornings, I always get a breakfast to start my day out right. I love going to Sip & Kranz and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxing visit to a European style, trendy coffee house.
This is not the old bowling alley it used to be! Grand Central Lanes is refurbished, updated and re-styled. Many big screen TV's, including giant screens over the bowling lanes. The decor is attractive, and can sometimes feel a little busy. It's a place to take your friends if you want to see a game, or if you want to bowl AND see a game. There are private rooms for private parties, many seats in the bar, and several choices for sitting with friends. It can be crowded, so plan to wait a bit for a seat. This place is well worth the wait. The drinks and food are tasty, and the people watching can't be beat. The big screen TV's will draw you in, and most likely bring you back.
I've been coming to Genies for years now, back when they had 1/3 the space they currently occupy. Genies has always been spot on with their food, and serve one of the best eggs Benedict in town, which is the gold standard I rate all breakfast places. Most of their ingredients are locally sourced and fresh, and you should be sure to check out their daily specials if you are in the mood for something a little bit different. Their prices are more than reasonable for the quality your receive, and I've never left this place less than full.