Tucked away in lower southeast Portland, sits a gem.

C-Bar's Beer Cheese Mac <i>[Photo: Tyler Bertram]</i>While many folks crave the downtown atmosphere after a long day of work, I round the corner to my favorite local spot, C Bar (2880 SE Gladstone Street) for some of the best beer and food this city has to offer. Unassuming and homey, C Bar is the haunt for those looking for well-priced, inspired dishes that pair well with local brews and a bit of pinball. With its casual service, slower pace, and comfort food, C Bar is a world away from the “must-eat” Portland tourism staples.

C-Bar's Buttermilk Fried Chicken <i>[Photo: Tyler Bertram]</i>Following the rule of locally crafted beer selections, C Bar offers twenty taps varying from IPA to stout. Check out the Basecamp/Coalition Mutual Fermentation amber ale collaboration. You can’t beat this five dollar pint that pairs well with nearly every dish on the menu. The C Bar menu is one I may have created in my dreams. Some of my favorites include the Roasted Beet Salad and Chef Burger. Above all, you must order their Beer Cheese Mac. Those rigatoni noodles smothered in homemade IPA beer cheese is something I might request as my final meal on death row. I dream about it and try to recreate it at home on a regular basis. Don’t forget to add bacon! Still hungry? You cannot pass on the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Breaded and fried fresh, this massive boneless chicken breast comes with stellar red pepper mash and some of the best collard greens I’ve ever tasted. This dish takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen.

So you’re more of  brunch person? No worries. They have that covered on Saturday and Sunday, and their brunch options put some of the other line-consumed competitors to shame. The Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito can soothe even the hungriest of husbands, and the fusion of pub food with breakfast is right up my alley. Nothing is better than a Saturday morning full of spicy Bloody Mary’s, Salmon Scrambles, and endless pinball. The service may be a bit shaky at times, but Chef Andrew Wood has his menu dialed-in.