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!
Proud Mary Coffee – one of my favorite places to brunch ever! Their sweets (pancakes, french toast, etc) are everything you’ve ever wanted and more! And since it’s an Aussie cafe, their coffee game is on point
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!
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