When you’re a foodie, the best thing to do is to surround yourself around with people that also love food. I’m so relieved that my friends also love food as much as I do because it means I can convince them to go on a Portland trip with me solely to eat food. This trip included getting up at 4am to take an 8 hour long Amtrak train ride to get there that was also delayed by 3 or so hours. But that’s another story for another time. Portland has a very diverse food scene like Vancouver, and I wish I spent a couple more days there to try everything on my to-go list, but I was only there for 4 days. Here are a couple of food places I visited on my quick trip in Portland!
Swank & Swine
This place has two buildings beside each other, Swank is the restaurant and Swine is the bar. We went to Swank for a late dinner after our long train ride after spending forever to pick out a restaurant close by on our list. Side note, befriend someone that is not indecisive about food like we all are because it took way too long and were were all super hungry. I got the Seared Duck Breast with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, arugula, cranberry compote and duck demi. The waiter there recommended I order the duck breast cooked medium rare so I agreed even though I’ve never had duck cooked medium rare, it’s usually fully cooked when I eat it. I’m crying now because I’m sad I can’t eat this right now. All I can say is that this was the best duck I’ve ever had.
Tasty N Alder
My aunts go to Portland often and they recommended this place to me. They actually have a sister restaurant on the other side of the Downtown Portland and the Williamette River called Tasty N Sons but we didn’t go. This place is super popular so we had to get here before it opened at 5pm, put our names down and came back when it actually opened for dinner service. By the time we got back, the place was packed and everyone was waiting to be seated! Everything here was awesome! They’re a place where they recommend you get a bunch of dishes to share amongst your group so we got the Crab Dip, Duck Duck Potatoes, Wagyu Skirt Steak & Steak Frites.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
This is on the list of everyone’s go to place when in Portland. Their cold brew is sold at so many places that I had to try it from the actual place it’s made. The cafe itself was a huge open space which I loved and it made me wish it was in Vancouver so I could go study there. I forgot to take a photo of my cold brew… This is the downfall of a food photographer. However, I did take a photo of their wall?
Blue Star Donuts
When I think about Portland, I think about coffee and donuts. Voodoo Donut is the most well-known/recognizable donut place in Portland, but I heard from many people that the long lines aren’t worth it for an ‘okay’ donut. So we ventured off to find Blue Star instead! You can definitely tell the quality of their donuts is way up there when you try it out. We were so excited I only remembered to take a photo halfway through eating, whoops! We got the Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Passionfruit Cocoa Nib (this was spicy and I was dying while eating it) and the ‘OG’ Original Glazed.
This place is kind of like fancier McDonalds? I’m not sure how to describe this place but it had crazy burgers. They had burgers with 2 grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun, that’s crazy. They let you customize your burger if you want which is great for slightly picky eaters like myself. They have daily specials/free add-ons each day and the day we went there was Wednesday so all burgers got to add on a free fried egg! I got the Steakhouse burger (with no cheese) and a fried egg added. Jeannie (go look at her blog too!) got something she can’t remember, but it has whole wheat toast, a fried egg, cheese and grilled onions.
Overall, I think we went to a bunch of great places (we went to a couple more great places but the photos aren’t great because the lighting was super dark in them all, they were Ox Restaurant, Mother’s Bistro & Bar and a couple ice cream shops). However, I still have a couple places I want to go to if I ever go back.
Still on my Portland To-Go List:
Helser’s on Albert
Little Bird Bistro
Tasty N Sons
Pip’s Original Donuts
Salt & Straw
Heart Coffee Roasters
(Also the food trucks!)