Portland is one of my favorite cities and it’s taking me YEARS to put together this guide. We’ve been a handful of times every year for the last 8 years. My sister went to school there, one of my best friends lives there now and it’s one of the best food cities ever! So without further ado… here are my go-to’s!
Multnomah Whiskey Library – super cozy lounge with an epic liquor selection and the best homemade popcorn every day!
Mediterranean Exploration Company – Mediterranean-Middle Eastern food with some of the best hummus on the planet. Just go and order all the small plates and prepare to be pumped!
Oven and Shaker – wood fired pizza. duh
Bamboo Sushi (northwest location) – seriously inventive sushi rolls that will blow your mind.
Hairy Lobster – go with people who you trust. It’s all about shared plates and you want to be on the same page for ordering!
Pine Street Market – a little food hall that is NOT to be missed!
Luc Lac – Vietnamese Food!! I could eat here all day long.
Shift Drinks – cocktails and/or wine! Perfect place for happy hour before dinner.
Andina – the first restaurant I went to in Portland when I started visiting 10 years ago. I’ve been almost every year – best Peruvian outside of Peru!
Headwaters – a seafood focused restaurant with a French flair!
Olympia Provisions – Go for brunch and get all the home made charcuterie & European-style breakfast plates!
Nong’s Khao Man Gai – chicken and rice from a food cart… who knew. But it’s pretty freaking life changing.
Bunk Sandwiches – there’s a sandwich debate in PDX and if you ask me, Bunk wins!
Lardo – another front runner in the sandwich game!!
Bistro Agnes – farm to table / french-ish with incredible service!!
Ox – Argentinian food galore!
Little Bird – super cute French bistro!
Tasty and Alder – all about a restaurant that does boards! Go for cheese boards, charcuterie boards… the works!
Blue Star Donuts – all the donuts please.
10 Barrel – BEER!
Nostrana – Seasonal pizzas that come with pizza scissors. It’s everything my heart ever desires.
Coquine – go for the pastries!!
Tusk – Middle Eastern eats with a gorgeous interior. The hummus is truly some of the best.
Great Notion – one of our fav breweries!! And their pretzel is not to be missed.
Breakside Slabtown – more beer. Obviously. Portlands beer game is STRONG.
Apizza Scholls – thin crust pies all day long!
Pip’s Original Donuts – no explanation needed!
Salt and Straw – Portlands claim to fame with ice cream. It’s BEYOND. Word to the wise – the lines are brutal…. so be warned!
Ava Gene’s – some of the best Italian in Portland. Plus the most incredible veggie side dishes out there!
And if you need to spend a few minutes doing things other than eating make sure to check out the Portland Rose Garden, The Japanese Gardens and maybe even a Timbers game if you’re feeling sporty!
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!