I had been wanting to travel to Portland for a while, and when some friends of ours moved there and had their wedding, hubs and I made sure we took an extra day on the weekend to get some exploring in. I knew I would love wandering through Portland’s neighborhoods and finding shops to meander through, but I wasn’t expecting to eat so much amazing food! I knew Portland had some specialty shops for salt, cheese, etc. but I was so impressed with every single place we stopped, whether it was for a snack or a meal.
Here’s where we made it to in just our short weekend there that I definitely recommend:
This place was recommended to us by SEVERAL Portland locals and past visitors alike. It’s known particularly for its chicken and waffles and they certainly did not disappoint. While hubby wolfed that down I went for the equally delicious lemon curd blueberry pancakes. Wow wow wow.
This was a delightful Google search find for a slightly lighter (if you can keep yourself from ordering 6 pastries) breakfast with our friends. The whole pastry case is exquisite and they have anything you’d think to want for breakfast all made in house. They even have an option to just eat a baguette with jam. I mean, who wouldn’t want that?
Also a local favorite and highly recommended, Pok Pok has some tasty Thai food. We got curry and wings and of course some sticky rice. All was delicious. The wings were definitely my favorite! They were a perfect combo of sweet, sticky, tangy, juicy and crunchy. Messy, but worth it!
For a more romantic dinner setting check this place out in downtown Portland. Authentic Italian made in house, with an equally awesome wait staff. My ravioli was stuffed with salmon and the garlic bread literally melted in my mouth. Ah, so good. I can see why this place’s tagline is “the usual” because it definitely would be a regular go-to for me if I lived in Portland!
You have maybe noticed I make a point to try doughnut places whenever possible, and Voodoo is in my top 3, for sure! You can tell Voodoo doesn’t take itself too seriously (look at that hilarious voodoo doll doughnut!) but their flavors are freakin’ incredible. No fluff, just great yeast and cake base donuts with some fun toppings rolled in like hibiscus icing or good old mini m&ms.
Another from the list of must-eats from Portlanders is Salt & Straw. They’ve got several locations so you’ll easily be able to check it off your list, and if you have trouble deciding which flavor to get, they’ve got ice cream flights. FLIGHTS OF ICE CREAM, PEOPLE.
Where should I go next time I visit Portland? Share with me!
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