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Northwest Hipster Battle: Seattle vs. Portland in Epic Showdown

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  • Agit

    According to Wikipedia:
    A number of current corn dog vendors lay claim that credit for the
    invention and/or popularization of the corn dog. Carl and Neil Fletcher
    lay such a claim, having introduced their “Corny Dogs” at the Texas State Fair sometime between 1938 and 1942.[3] The Pronto Pup vendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim to have invented the corn dog in 1941.[3][4] Cozy Dog Drive-in, in Springfield, Illinois, claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, on June 16, 1946.[5] Also in 1946, Dave Barham opened the first location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California

  • Beerdedone

    Portland holding its own in bars, strip clubs, food carts, coffee houses, etc., is pretty darn impressive when you consider that the Seattle metro area has well over one million more residents than PDX metro!

    Probably telling that (arguably) the best espresso in Seattle is found at Stumptown, which hardly rates a mention among Portland coffee literati these days.

  • Bobbyjones

    Fun to read but I’m guessing the author isn’t from Portland. Couch Park is pronounced ‘kooch’. Not sure how you’d know unless you lived in Pdx.

  • Nancy

    Rockaway Beach, Oregon also claims inventing the pronto pup

  • cdwinpdx

    Curchkey Can Co. is based in Portland. Suck it Seattle. 

  • TheeHipster

    With Portland I would go with hippie over hipster.

  • Info

    No churchkey is brewed in Seattle by two beers brewing, but the recipe was developed in Portland. Come on meow.

  • zeum

    Portland has way more train hopping heroin addict runaways. I say Portland wins just because its not Seattle. We have kinda grown past hipster here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.everidge Sarah Everidge

    I disagree with the strip club signage. Portland used to have a strip club that my dad used to be a bouncer at called The Dancing Bare. The sign was a stripper dancing next to a dancing bear.

  • Noirling

    I believe the sign is the same. I know the place still exists. It’s right in front of the Kenton Imax station.

  • Noirling

    Herpes over hairpieces. Definitely.

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  • Reedie

    Is anybody, ANYBODY who talks about Portland actually a native? I conservatively estimate that <10% of anyone who purports to be a portland expert actually grew up there.

  • johnny

    yeah it’s still there. my friend bartends it

  • Billy Murrell

    I’m not sure that growing up here is a prerequisite for knowing a good thing when you see it. I grew up in Seattle, but upon returning recently after years in L.A., It wasn’t the same. After living in Portland for close to 5 years now, I think I have the ‘right’ to say I love this city! I may not be an ‘expert’ on it’s past, but I’ve spent quite a lot of time learning what makes it awesome now.

  • Brittney

    This is dumb. Everyone knows Portland is more hipster then Seattle. Except the Leisure and Travel set.

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  • Clark Swinford

    Imax is a movie format. MAX (Metropolitan Area eXpress) is Portland light rail.

  • Clark Swinford

    I’ve only lived in Portland since 1964. So I’m considered an immigrant.

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  • willy booboo

    First thing, Carrie Brownstein is from Seattle/Oly. I moved to Portland from Seattle via my GF from Olympia, Seattle is a diverse dirty snarky mean City, Portland is clean friendly small town with a huge homeless problem. But All of PDX is hip! not just one neighbor hood like cap hill and Ballard, is it a good thing? I don’t know. Let Portland have this Seattle it’s their time to shine! PS once outside of Portland it becomes very hickish very quick.

  • willy booboo

    I’m sick of rain anyways I’m moving to California! ;)

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  • Olga Tenyanin

    haha that sign is hilarious, with the bear all crossed out. RIGHT next to a giant lumberjack statue. That place is gross.

  • Kerrie Kerns

    Portland is America’s most bicycle friendly city, has amazing food carts, and more breweries per capita than any other city in the world. Bikes-Beer-Food Carts… I’ll take Portland over Seattle any day. =)

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  • Sean

    You are clearly not familiar with The Lusty Lady signage. I grew up near The Dancing Bare and have spent many a happy hour at the SAM bar marveling at the rotating LL marquee. The marquee was better by a long shot.

  • Mojo

    Ugh stop being so pretentious

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  • hexrei

    yeah, its so pretentious to pronounce things the right way. never change, special kid.