PORTLAND FOOD GUIDE

Hello beautiful people! If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I traveled to the wondrous and famously “weird” city of Portland, OR. Despite the gloomy, cold and rainy weather, I had such an amazing time. My friends and I definitely ate and drank our way through the city, and I wanted to share with you where/what we ate because everything, and I really do mean everything, was so tasty and really affordable. Separated by breakfast, lunch, dinner and misc., I present to you my Portland Food Guide!

Breakfast

Fern Kitchen
2311 SE 50th Ave
Portland, OR 97215

Ever since my friend moved to Portland, she has probably sent me 40 snaps of her eating or working at the cute cafe. Shared with a yoga studio, this cafe is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and eat some awesome food and farm-to-Fern freshness.

What to Get

Definitely go with the avocado toast! For $7, you get a generous serving with an Instagram-worthy presentation. Add a poached egg on top for extra goodness.

 

 

Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie
4838 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

When it comes to this bakery, I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, the flaky pastries or witnessing my friend try to pronounce the bakery’s name. Its shelves are filled with yummy delights.

What to Get

Fresh butter croissants with berry jam. Three words: Buttery, crispy, flake… LOL. If you don’t get it, please watch this video my friends and I were obsessing over while eating breakfast.

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai
4759 NE Fremont St, Ste C
Portland, OR 97213

There are a few main doughnut staples people visit when they go to Portland, but seeing as how my friend is now a PDX local, we took her advice and went to Pip’s, and thank Jesus that we did. Unlike Voodoo Donuts & Blue Star, Pip’s can only be found in Portland.

These mini doughnuts pack so much flavor while still being so light and not overly greasy like some other do-dos (yes, I’m aware that’s a dumb nickname for donuts! My boyfriend likes to make fun of me for it.). When I came back home to Cali, I stalked their IG feed and found out they have a secret menu. I bet you’re imagining how devastated I was not knowing this info while in Portland. Well take that and multiply it by 10.

They only stay open from 8 am-4 pm, so the small storefront will probably be packed. BUT do not let the crowd dissuade you from trying this place. It moves fast and is well worth the wait. Plus, you can get a dozen of these bad boys for less than $7! Make sure you check in on Yelp to receive 20% off your whole order.

What to Get

Honestly, EVERYTHING! Not even exaggerating. They have 5 main menu items and a seasonal flavor (I’m lactose intolerant, so I couldn’t try the seasonal banana pudding one).

Donuts: I got one candied maple bacon (amazing. Wish I bought 100 instead), The Dirty Wu, a fan-favorite donut covered in cinnamon sugar, Nutella and raw honey, and the Raw Honey & Sea Salt.

Chai: Don’t forget that chai is not just a big part of their menu, but in their name as well. For $12.95 you get a flight of 6 oz each of their 5 house made chai teas accompanied with a flavor guide! For all my fellow lactose intolerant peeps, the thought of a chai flight might make your stomach gurgle, but don’t fret! They can make it with several non-dairy options – Another reason why this place rocks!

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Lunch

PDX Sliders
3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

Burgers are awesome, but do you wanna know what’s even better? MINI BURGERS, more formerly known as sliders. If you’re in the mood for a light lunch or want to go somewhere that has many options for you to try in one sitting, this place is where it’s at.

What to Get

The Hawthorne slider – Bacon, Goat Cheese, Strawberry Preserves on Brioche… can you say YAAASSSS?! I’m always for blending sweet with savory. Always.

The Al Pastor Special – Might not be available all the time, but it was when I visited. It had al pastor meat and pineapple coleslaw on ciabatta bread. So good, so, so good.

PDX Fries – tossed with truffle oil. Might be the most addicting french fries I’ve ever eaten.

Thrive Sauce & Bowls
4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

Thrive Sauce & Bowls had me feel like I was thriving. Their healthy menu options were not only flavorful but filling. The vibrant eating space also made me instantly happy and helped me forget how cold it was outside.

What to Get

Vietnamese Sweet-Chile Lemongrass Noodle Bowl with Confit Pork Belly – The flavors that this bowl packed were insane. For $16, it gave me lunch and dinner for the next day. It was while my friends and I were eating here where we unanimously decided that Portland has some bomb af dining options.

 

Portland City Grill
11 5th Ave, 30th Floor
Portland, OR 97204

Portland City Grill’s amazing views of the city are what makes this place a must-go when visiting. Their regular menu has some pretty steep prices, so if you’re ballin’ on a budget, go during happy hour.

What to Get

Cajun Jambalaya – For about $8, you get a generous portion with nicely sized shrimp.

Poblano Mac & Cheese – Whenever mac & cheese is on a menu, you get it. No questions, just do it.

Grilled New York Steak Sandwich – Honestly, I didn’t eat the steak, and it looked too big/messy for a sandwich, but the crispy onion rings were to die for.

 

Dinner

Red Onion Thai Cuisine
1123 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

Fun Fact: Portland is home to the most amount of Thai eateries in America!

One of the friends I traveled with just came back from a trip to Thailand and was missing the food. Red Onion’s menu was most similar to the food in the region she stayed, so we definitely had to go there.

What to Get

Papaya Salad (Som Tum)- So fresh and spicy. A great starter dish, as well as a great dish to have alongside your entree. The acidity from the salad will help cut down whatever fatty dishes you pair with it.

Kao Soi – A noodle dish in a curry soup. #Yum

Pad See Ew – You can never go wrong with this noodle dish. It’s always something my family orders when we go to Thai. It’s so simple, yet so satisfying.

Volcano Beef – It’s lit… Literally! It comes to the table on fire! Make sure you fight your meal-mates for the mango in this dish. So yummy.

 

 

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar
5474 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

My friends and I went here for Portland’s Dining Month where we got 3 courses for only $33! It was a delightful experience, and the food was generally pretty good. I’m not sure if I would have gone here if we were to pay full price, but it was a great meal.

What to Get

Prime Rib – It is a little fatty, but the portion was huge! It was well worth the dining month experience. If you are a meat lover, then you’ll be really happy with the dish. The garlic mashed potatoes were an awesome touch.

Chocolate Cobbler – So warm and ooey-gooey. Everything you’d want for a dessert.

 

Smaaken Waffles
5029 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

Portland is famous for their food carts, so of course I had to try one. It was my last night in Portland, and luckily there was a little food cart hub close to my friend’s apartment. Smaaken, which is Dutch for tasty, was calling my name. Like I said earlier, I’m a sucker for food that blends sweet with savory, so I’m glad I have this place a shot.

What to Get

Brit – This dish is inspired by British staples. The blend of the mint jelly, brie and bacon was delicious. I’d eat it again and again.

 

Misc.

Eb & Bean
1425 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

I love frozen yogurt, and I especially love fro-yo places that serve non-dairy items! Eb & Bean is a super cute, photo-worthy spot that has awesome flavors and unique toppings.

What to Get

Muscovado Blondie with Almond Toffee, Sift Cookie Dough (V/GF), and Marionberry Compote – Literally one of the most amazing fro-yo experiences of my life. Wishing there was something even close to this in SoCal.

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Labrewatory
670 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227

This place has great beer and a great interior design. The service was awesome and the bartender was really helpful with recommendations of other craft beer joints in the area.

What to Get

Beer Flight – For just $12, you can get six 5 oz tastings of beer… that’s 30 oz y’all!

If you like lighter ales and sours (I LOOOVE them) then you can follow my order (if available):

  • Crime and Passionfruit (Hoppy, Pale Ale)
  • Stop Making Sense (Sour, Peach Blend)
  • Lindo Blurissian (Sour Wheat Blend)
  • Carmine Oracle (Sour, Barrel Aged, Cranberry Wild Ale)
  • Articles of Impeachment (Sour, Barrel Aged, Peach)
  • Tepache (Pineapple Ale)

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Hale Pele
2733 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

Voted the 3rd Best Tiki Bar in the WORLD, Hale Pele serves drinks that pack some serious Hawaiian punch…Hehe, get it? It gets crowded fast, so if you have a big party, I suggest calling ahead of time. If you have a smaller group, definitely come way earlier than you’re trying to be drunk by, so that you’re not spending most of the night waiting for a table.

What to Get

Volcano Bowl – We opted to get the small bowl that serves 2-3 people. Looking back, we probably should have gotten the big one, because we ordered 2. Lol oh well. You don’t only get a drink with your order, but an experience.

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Good Coffee
1150 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 91214

This cute cafe let’s so much natural light in. I immediately felt uplifted upon walking into the place.

What to Get

Spiced Apple Latte – I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds weird.” And quite honestly, it was, but it was also so good. I’m not even a lover, or liker, of coffee. The amount of caffeine it packs makes me nauseous, but this latte tasted exactly like fall in a cup, without the basic-bitchyness of a pumpkin spiced latte.

 

And this marks the end of my Portland Food Guide. I honestly didn’t even make a dent in the food and drink scene around here, but I already have places bookmarked for the next time I visit.

If you’ve been, please comment below some places I should check out. Also, if you ate/drank somewhere because of this post, please comment! All the places mentioned were delightful!

XO, Jules

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