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 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


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, 


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


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




If I haven't said it yet, I'll gladly announce it again; Portland's  summers are the best! 

From sunny al fresco brunch dates, happy hour's that land between errands,  weekend trips to the many neighborhood's farmer's markets, to dressing up just to go beer tasting in town, the city of roses is one that offers so much to do, eat, drink and see. In Portland and the Pacific Northwest there really is no shortage of fresh food options making the place I call home culinary heaven!

Since the beginning of my life in Portland (just over 4 years ago now) I have photo logged just about everything I've eaten and drank in this awesome city. At the very beginning of my eating journey I maintained a little Moleskin food diary; with little side notes of what was ordered and what times places had offered their happy hour, what items I wanted to try next time, and what stood out about said restaurant. Yep, I a a little food nerd and also analog.  This was all before I had discovered Yelp and other public forums for discovering and storing reviews and photos. With that all said, I still love capturing food photos but now I try to do it without embarrassing myself too much.

Below is a a little taste of some of the delicious finds I ate this summer 2015

Bad Habit Room:

Bad Habit Room Portland. Beer Bread Benedict

Corned Beef Hash, House-made Pop-tart, and my favorite Eggs Blackstone!

Tasty n Alder:

Spanish Coffee's, Chocolate donuts with creme anglaise, Lemon ricotta pancakes, Potatoes Bravas, Radicchio Salad, and Birthday Panna Cotta 

Boke Bowl:

Boke Bowl Fried Chicken Bao

the Fried Chicken Bao steals all the real estate in my stomach the moment anyone mentions fried chicken

Olympia Provisions:

Olympia Provisions has one of the best brunch offerings in all of Portland time and time again. Menu's do differ slightly between the NW and SE locations. 

Fox Tail Cider:

Fox Tail Cider on the Fruit Loop Trail

A tasting flight at Fox Tail Cider to be enjoyed after a fun day of fruit picking on Mt. Hood's Fruit Loop Trail

Bluebird Dinning Hall:

Gresham finally has a little dinning gem! Have you been for Breakfast yet? Go soon!

Bottle + Kitchen:

Hotel Happy Hour with great drinks and a delightful menu full of food for everyone.


The County Cat:

vegeterian pasta dish at the country cat

Oven and Shaker

Fish Sauce:

meriwether's restaurant:

Victoria Bar:

Silver Moon Creperie:

the most delicious pistachio cardamom cream crepe 

the most delicious pistachio cardamom cream crepe 

Verde Cocina:

The Hop & Vine:

fried egg on a burger is love!

fried egg on a burger is love!



negroni for charity at interurban

negroni for charity at interurban

wedding anniversary treats:

food from my home and shared with neighbors:

Commons Brewery:

tasting flight at commons brewery


Pine State:

surfer fuel, pine state biscuits for the road to the coast!

surfer fuel, pine state biscuits for the road to the coast!

i sincerely hope you've been visually inspired to skip a chain restaurant when in portland and stop at one of our amazing portland restaurants!

buen provecho!