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Bernie's Southern Bistro Restaurant Review: For a drizzly, chilly Northern city, Portland serves up a lot of sultry Southern food. Bernie's, located in the midst of the Alberta Arts District surrounded by galleries and shops, was one of the first places to do so. One of its major draws is the setting: a cozy, inviting dining room and a romantic outdoor patio. There are plenty of Southern treats to be enjoyed, which might be preceded by a hand-shaken cocktail such as the Key Lime martini, accompanied by appetizers like fried green tomatoes, oyster rémoulade or hush puppies. Bernie's is also famous for its crispy-outside/juicy-inside buttermilk fried chicken; a spicy, rich Creole gumbo; and blackened catfish served with an okra and tomato ragoût. There’s a long menu of sides that includes mac ‘n’ cheese and mashed potatoes with two choices of gravy. For dessert, indulge in a slice of pecan pie or a generous bowl of bananas Foster bread pudding bathed in a sticky caramel sauce. The inexpensive bar menu includes po'boys, salads and bread pudding. Bernie's bustles on rowdy "Last Thursdays" (held throughout the summer months) and offers a 21-and-over "last Sunday" brunch with a DJ.