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Aalto Lounge Restaurant Review: Adult beverages, hearty tavern fare and a casually hip scene make this spot popular with Portland's artists, writers and dramatists, who know the place is named after the acclaimed Finnish architect of the 1960s, Alvar Aalto. Cocktails are classic and well-executed, while a French-dominated wine list features a number of choices by the glass. The menu ranges from white bean cassoulet to meatloaf, Moroccan chicken and Canadian walleye. Lighter options include Buffalo chicken wings and croque monsieur, plus a changing selection of panini and salads. Staff is always relaxed and glad to see you, although the late-night atmosphere can get hectic. DJs provide music from 9 p.m. until closing. On dry days, the back garden is an enjoyable place to dine.