I had the opportunity to spend an extended 3 week stay in one of my new favorite cities, Portland.(Lets be honest, there is only one real Portland and its in Oregon). If there is anything Portland does right, it is Food and Beer. If you ask anyone for suggestions for this city, they are bound to have an entire spreadsheet with places to eat here.
My #1 place to eat in all of Portland has to be Le Pigeon.
It is a French joint, where the menu changes weekly according to what is fresh. It is a small intimate restaurant with a max 30 seats and an open kitchen. So intimate in fact that I was handed my food directly from the chef while sitting at the bar. The price is on the expensive side, but WELL worth it.
Here is what you can expect. (photo cred, Le Pigeon)
738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 546 – 8796
Up at a close second, Pine State Biscuits.
Some of the best “Sandwiches” I have ever had. It is exactly how it sounds. They sling up amazing biscuit sangos of all types, but by far their most popular is the Reggie (Fried chicken, bacon & cheese topped with gravy). Beyond good. Of course I got the Reggie, home made Arnold Palmer, and a side of hash browns.
Pine State Biscuits
3640 SE Belmont Street
#3 has to be The Screen Door.
It is straight southern cuisine at an affordable price. Anything you get from this place, will be delicious. They are known for their brunch which features and AMAZING fried chicken and waffles, although their dinner is equally amazing. They always have a special and like most Portland restos, all of the servers are really knowledgable about the menu and always offer a recommendation. Not a bad place for local brew either!
The Screen Door
2337 East Burnside Street
If you are in the mood for something a little different, go to this Peruvian gem. They cook up authentic Peruvian food, served tapas family style and full on entrees. I would highly suggest the tapas, a little cheaper if you’re with a group. Serving dishes like YUCA RELLENA (yuca croquetas stuffed with mozzarella and cotija cheese, served over huancaí sauce) and EMPANADAS DE CARNE (flaky pastry filled with slow-cooked beef, raisins, and Botija olives) you really can’t go wrong. Also mixing up one of my favorite cocktails that you need to have before you die is their SACSAYHUAMÁN which consists of habanero pepper vodka shaken with pureed passionfruit and cane sugar, served up with a sugar rim and a cilantro leaf garnish.
1314 NW Glisan
#5 St. Honore
St. Honore is an awesome breakfast spot that has some of the best French pastries / sandwiches / salads / desserts outside of France. They have a beautiful interior with a stone floor and dark wood fixtures. If I were going to recommend anything it would have to be the Chouquettes (puffy baked pastry balls made with a pâte à choux and sprinkled with rock sugar). They are outrageously light and addictive, and thats good because they come in an 8 pack. And like most places in Portland, you can get a great cup of coffee, or a latte there.
2335 NW Thurman St
#6 Voodoo Doughnut
Although I do think it is overrated, it is a staple of Portland and you SHOULD go. If you’re not familiar with this place, they are know for their crazy donut concoctions like, the Voodoo Doll (Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake through the heart), Bacon Maple Bar (Raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top), and Captain my Captain (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch), you really can’t go wrong with any choice. As a tip, if you see a line, come back later because they are open 24 hours(Cash Only).
22 SW 3rd Avenue
1501 N.E. Davis St.
#7 Salt and Straw
Salt and Straw is not your average ice cream place. They source most of their ingredients from local, sustainable, and organic farms to craft their handmade ice cream. They push the boundaries of conventional flavors with scoops like bourbon pecan pie, mulled wine sorbet, honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper, and pair with blue cheese. I went the safe route and had the sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbon, and it was crazy good.
Salt and Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave
2035 NE Alberta St
I could go on and on with another 7 or 8 but, I’ll save you the reading and give you my honorable mention list. All worth going to and experiencing, if you’ve got the time.
Irving Street Kitchen
Awesome super juicy fried chicken. Great for a date spot.
701 NW 13th Avenue – Portland – OR 97209 – tel (503) 343-9440
Rogue Distillery and Public House
This Portland famous ale house has 38 taps and pizzas to chase them with.
1339 NW Flanders – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 222-5910
Upscale steak place. Very pricey, but if steak is your thing, you won’t regret it.
319 SW Broadway – Portland, Oregon 97205 – 503.227.8794
Another Brew house with a huge selection of their own beers that serves an amazing burger and an awesome pretzel.
210 NW 11th Ave. – Portland, OR 97209 – (503) 296-4906
The only place to grab a slice in Portland.
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd- Portland, OR – 503-233-1286
The Waffle Window
Exactly what you’d think it would be. Great waffle concoctions!
3610 SE Hawthorne – Portland, OR 97214
These guys are on both coasts, but their coffee is amazing.
5 different locations throughout Portland.
There are so many more places that I could list, but there is not enough time in the day!
If there are some you think that I missed, let me know in the comments!
As a send off, here are some of my miscellaneous pics of my foodventures!
_SKRIPT. (Lifestyle and Shopping are next!)