WHERE WE Ate:
1100 SE Division, Portland, OR
One word. BISCUITS. They are buttery, flaky, warm pieces of dough that are perfectly paired with bacon, eggs, and fried chicken. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s smothered in that delicious gravy too? Bottom line…Pine State is a Portland must do.
This cozy little joint was well worth the wait. The dishes are made to share, but believe me you’re going to want to try everything on the menu. Pictured below are the Shakshuka with baked egg n tomato stew with merguez sausage, and the East Carolina Cheesesteak Sandwich. YUM!
Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for their handmade noodles, Frank’s Noodle House has become well-known in the Portland area. Don’t be fooled, it looks like the restaurant is run out of someone’s old house, but they cook great food. The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter what you get on top, just make sure it’s with the handmade noodles!
While in LA, I had wanted to try Salt & Straw in Beverly Hills. Little did I know that the shop originated in PORTLAND! They’ve got classic flavors like Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, and Honey Lavender, BUT they’ve also got wild seasonal flavors as well. I’m screamin for some right now…
This cute little joint is the ultimate wine + beer + cheese place. For just about $10 you get a samplin’ of cheeses, meats, mustard, honey, and so much more. Check out this place for happy hour!
Don’t be fooled by this tiny little neighborhood joint. It’s bustin’ out some amazing sandwiches that are just filled with great ingredients. Simple as that.
BISCUITS AGAIN. But this time, they come with a side of homemade boysenberry jam that is just oh-so-delicious. Overall it’s an awesome brunch place for you (and even your dog!)
This was one of the most surprising finds of the trip. After working up an appetite at the Portland Saturday Market, we found this tiny little Pho restaurant by surprise. I can honestly say that this mom-and-pop shop makes some of the best (if not THE best) Pho I have ever eaten.
Although we came for a well deserved beer (after a hike in the Gorge) we were surprised by the amazing food. Go for one of their sandwiches or burgers and you’re in for a great lunch.
Mike’s Ice Cream
4823 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
Just look at that melty roast beef sandwich…
Anyone will be mesmerized by the fresh smell of coffee grounds that completely fills the shop (and into the street outside). This is a great neighborhood joint that is a great place to work (sorry Starbucks!)
Got my Hawaii malasada fix at the Belmont food carts!
The boysenberry cobbler special was absolutely incredible, the vanilla ice cream and orange cappuccino were great too! Overall the desserts are just as unique as the quaint little restaurant.
WHERE WE Drank:
Brewcycle – Bicycle Brew Tour
1425 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
If you like beer and you’re in Portland with a friend (or twelve…) then this is a REALLY fun thing to do. It’s a bicycle brewery tour which means you hop on a fifteen person bike and bike to three different Breweries (PINTS Brewing, Old Town Brewing Co, and Fat Head’s) in Downtown Portland. The ride is so much fun and the breweries have amazing beer. By far one of the most fun things we did!
1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
They’ve got Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale (one of my favorite beers) on tap. BUT, our waiter threw me a curve ball and let me try a mix of 1/2 Rogue Double Chocolate Stout and 1/2 Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale. If nutella was a beer, this is what it would taste like…heaven.
506 Columbia St, Hood River, OR 97031
$5 Growler fill-ups on Saturdays…Yes please.