MY ULTIMATE PORTLAND DINING GUIDE 2018

MY ULTIMATE PORTLAND DINING GUIDE

Portland, Oregon, where there is no shortage of tattoos, donuts, strip clubs, bike lanes, brunch lines, food carts, and breweries. This town is filled to the brim with everything a trip away needs: walkability, bike and car-share programs, reliable public transportation, high-class hotels, and a great assortment of home-sharing options. And, while you're here you should take advantage of our close proximity to the Oregon coast and mountains (Mt. Hood & St. Helens), our daily music offerings at various fun venues ( Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir, and the Landmark Saloon), and our fresh and local produce found at one of the many neighborhood farmers' markets. So, if you've suddenly found yourself planning a trip to one of the greatest foodie cities there is then, let it be known, there is no greater compliment than to give my input on where you should eat and drink and how to do it like a local around the streets of Portland. So here you have it, my most accurate list of places I frequent or recommend wholeheartedly! 

Just to note: Portland is divided into four quadrants, well, technically five, but for the sake of it all being easy to follow along I've broken it down into the general four: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest. The city is bisected by the Willamette River and further divided by Burnside.  Enjoy!

NORTHEAST 

Northeast Portland, East of the Willamette River, North of Burnside and my favorite side of town. I have lived in the NE square for over six years and I have never loved another district quite like Mississippi Ave. where close range pub crawling, patio cocktail drinking, oddity shopping, and eating all exist. Here's my recommendations for when you find yourself on the Northeast side of Portland. 

Pizza: Lovely's Fifty Fifty, Life of Pie, Pizza Jerk 

Coffee: Hot Pot, Kopi Coffee

Sweets: Pip's Donuts, Eb and Bean Frozen Yogurt

Breakfast: Tasty n Sons, Interurban, The Bad Habit Room, Broder Nord

Lunch: Cedo's, Mee-Sen Thai, Gueros

Dinner: Pok Pok Noi, Ox, Toro Bravo

Happy Hour: Tasty n Sons

Cocktails: The Box Social, Victoria Bar, Interurban

Beer: Ex Novo, 

Late Night: La Taq

Instagram Hot Spots: 180 Xurros, Salt n Straw, Tea Bar


SOUTHEAST:

To the East of the Willamette and to the south of Burnside is a wonderful wonderful food mecca filled with some of the hippest neighborhoods on the global radar, including Hawthorne, Belmont, Division, and Mount Tabor. Aside form my neighborhood in NE this is my most frequented side of town. 

Pizza: Apizza Scholls, Ranch Pizza inside of Poisons Rainbow

Coffee: Tov Coffee, Crema

Sweets: Cheese and Crack

Breakfast: Trinket, Tannery Bar, HunnyMilk

Lunch: Cheese n Crack snack shop, Nongs Khao Man Gai, Meat Cheese and Bread

Food Carts: Kim Jong Grillin, Chicken n Guns, The Bivy

Happy Hour: Bar Casa Vale, Nostrana 

Cocktails: Sapphire Lounge, Tannery Bar, 

Beer: Base Camp Brewery, Wayfinder Beer, Loyal Legion

Dinner: Bar Casa Vale, Kachka, Trifecta Tavern

Instagram Hot Spots: Tusk, Doe Donuts, Cheese n Crack, 


NORTHWEST:

One of my favorite streets in Northwest is the lengthy, yet congested 23rd Avenue. The street is decked with numerous eateries, coffee shops of both local and national fame, clothing shops, and skincare lines. And, when you get tired of exploring the storefronts there are plenty of local parks to relax at while enjoying some coffee or take away. 

Pizza: Oven & Shaker

Coffee: Commissary, Nossa, 

Sweets: Papa Haydn

Breakfast: Olympia Provisions NW, Isabel, Irving Street Kitchen

Lunch: Boke Bowl, Tilt

Dinner: Olympia Provisions NW, Mediterranean Exploration Co, Andina

Happy Hour: Oven and Shaker, Serrato

Cocktails: Tear Drop Lounge, The Fireside, The Waiting Room

Beer: Breakside Pub & Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing


SOUTHWEST

To the east of the Willamette River and to the South of Burnside, the Southwest area is my least explored area of Portland and quite possibly one of my most loathed parts due to parking. Nevertheless I do have some gems and favorite spots to recommend should you be staying or enjoying this side of town.

Pizza: Nel Centro

Coffee: Kiosko

Sweets: Blue Star Donuts, Departure

Breakfast: Imperial, Tasty n Alder

Lunch: Quick Fish Poke, Pine Street Market, Alder Street Food Carts

Dinner: Ringside Steak House, Fogo De Chao

Happy Hour: Imperial, Ringside Fishhouse, Nel Centro, Departure

Cocktails: Driftwood Room inside of Hotel Deluxe, JackKnife, Barlow

Beer: Bailey's Taproom 

Late Night: Luc Lac

Instagram Hot Spots: Blue Star Donuts, Tasty n Alder, Departure


And there you have it, a lengthy list of all of my favorite coffee shops, brunch spots, breweries and more throughout the four quadrants of Portland. If you've asked me for places to eat and drink at while in visiting Portland then you've possible heard of these places in my list of recommendations


BUEN PROVECHO!

JUNE BOYS WEEKEND IN PORTLAND: A CRAFT BEER CRAWL + LOTS OF MY FAVORITES EATS

JUNE BOYS WEEKEND IN PORTLAND: A CRAFT BEER CRAWL + LOTS OF MY FAVORITE EATS

I LOVE visitors. I LOVE playing tour guide. I LOVE showing off how awesome portland is -which isn't even really a task, the offerings of Portland are not duplicated anywhere else.

This past weekend my husband had four friends from the east coast (Tennessee), and the Midwest (Detroit, Michigan, and Chicago) drive an RV cross-country on a two-week bro-escapade of all sorts.

When Bro's Weekend finally approached,  I nudged, and nudged on my husband to zero-in on what events the boys wanted to do while in Portland. An RV full of guys, plus my husband, would only mean there were no definite plans to be; just a lot of "go with the flow" -it killed me. Turns out, their two-night stopover in Portland, Oregon would involve lots of beer drinking, eating at some amazing places, guy talks, and of course, donuts!

FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH - LOYAL LEGION + ROBO TACO

We started the bro-escapade by meeting the crew at one of our favorite beer pubs, Loyal Legion, where everyone was able to select a preferred beer from their huge 90 beer + tap list. After a few rounds of Oregon craft beers we all set off next door to Robo Taco for belly busting baby-sized burritos. We ended the night on an easy note as the boys had a full day ahead of  Portland Breweries and eat the following day.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH -

HOPWORKS, TASTY N SONS,  BAILEY'S TAPROOM,  BASE CAMP BREWERY, EX NOVO, CHICKEN N GUNS, PB & J'S GRILLED, IMPERIAL TAPROOM, CARTOPIA, WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE, POK POK

After a quick 9a massage for myself, I met up with the boys down at Hopworks brewery, where they were enjoying a little brunch appetizer in the form of a Bloody Mary. The Mary's at Hopworks appeared to have been loaded with everything from the garden and a few pantry staples. After downing a water while the men started on their first of many alcoholic beverages we made our way back down Williams street where a table for six was about to be ready at Tasty n Sons.

Over a cup of coffee, while waiting, we poured over the expansive menu and simultaneously started to drool. Shortly after we sat, the boys ordered another round of Bloody Mary's and a few chose beerbacks with jerky in addition to their savory meal in a glass. For our brunch eats we chose to order an assortment of dishes for everyone to try, a true family-style if you will. Here's a photo run down of how we spent our saturday with the rolling RV of friends.

TASTY N SONS

THE BOYS & THEIR BLOODY MARY'S

a few of the dishes we ordered at tasty n sons:

polenta + sausage ragu + fried egg!

chicken fried chicken + venison gravy + over easy egg + biscuit

smoked salmon hash + horseradish cream + eggs over easy

chilaquiles + roasted chicken + salsa verde + sunny side up eggs

After brunch I went home to nap and the boys went to Ex Novo Brewery in North Portland, and then, made their way downtown to Bailey's Tap room in SW Portland. After my wonderful two hour nap I woke up hungry and offered to play Designated Driver for the rest of their day. I was summoned to pick them up from one of my favorite breweries Base Camp Brewery in SE Portland.

After the men finished their beers they we were all ready to enjoy some food cart food, we our made way down towards the Cartopia food cart pod on the corner of 12th and Hawthorne Blvd. We had a mission while here, to order the aforementioned Chicken and Guns, this name was hard wired into our guests' minds as it was brought up by Craig on the hour, every hour. As imagined he went straight towards the cart and ordered some Chicken and Guns' chicken wings and those A M A Z I N G potatoes!

CARTOPIA

two baskets of wings and potatoes from Chicken and Guns did not last us long. 

boys weekend in portland

MORE SCENES FROM OUR STOP AT CARTOPIA

Since I've been a long time fan of PBJ's Grilled I have had my order down for years, hardly straying from it except to try a special here and there. So with a crew willing to try new things I ordered the Spicy Thai sandwich and of course had to share this curry, basil, coconut shrimp, pb and j sandwich with the friends, needless to say it was devoured within seconds. 

After our little pb & j, and chicken and potato appetizer we drove a little further south and found ourselves at Imperial Taproom on SE Division St. while all enjoyed their beers one of the guys ran down to Pok Pok and put our names down for dinner, we had were expecting a long wait, and just as expected a long long long wait was predicted.

IMPERIAL TAPROOM

Imperial Taproom is a wonderful beer bar on the very busy division st. in portland, or. weather you're a novice or expert beer drinker the folks at Imperial can help you find a beer in your favored profile to enjoy.

WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE + POK POK

Since we had expected a wait for Pok Pok we ran across the street to  Whiskey Soda Lounge and started with a few Thai drinking food appetizers; Ike's famous fish sauce wings, crispy pig ears, roasted nuts, and various drinking vinegar soda's and a round of slushie beers. before too long our table at Pok Pok was ready. once we were all seated we decided to order family style again and picked out a variety of our favorites; papaya salad, khao soi,  northern Thai sausage, tiger salad, the spicy boar collar, and a few rounds of sticky rice. I don't know how we were able to stand up after a full day of feeding, and for the boys drinking plus a full day of eating! We all retired after this wonderful meal.

MY PERSONAL STOPS: SAINT CUPCAKE + FIFTY LICKS

four dots to go from Saint Cupcake: carrot cake, coconut, lemon, and funfetti

Thai Rice ice cream from Fifty Licks!


OUR PORTLAND WEEKEND SHAKE OUT: 

did we hit any of your favorites or have some suggestions we need to add to our next round of out-of-town guests?