Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Portland has a great food scene. Ask me and I’ll tell you the same thing: Portland has a great food scene! On every street corner there’s something new to try, and after having visited the wonderful city twice now, I am going to share my recommendation on 5 places to eat in Portland.
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I am just today returning from being gone for two weeks! I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and have so many amazing things to share about my trip in the coming days! Some of the places I had visited and eaten at during my last visit and just HAD to have again, while a few were new gems. In no particular order:
- Food Trucks – You simply cannot visit Portland without eating at a foot truck. I’m pretty sure you’d get a ticket from the Portland food truck police or something. The food trucks are not really ‘trucks’ that move around though…food cart or food stand perhaps? They’re pretty stationary and can take up a whole block-food trucks all around a city block equals so many options! The food trucks together are called ‘pods.’ I visited two pods: one at 10th and Adler, and one at SE 28th and Division. Here is a map of the Food carts. Both had amazing options, the one at 28th and Division had a little courtyard for seats which was really nice. The one at 10th and Adler though…that one is where one of my favorite vegetarian dishes from The Whole Bowl is, so I’m a little biased. The Whole Bowl (a recipe I had to recreate after my first trip is actually one of my most popular recipes) was just as amazing as I remembered and I was pleasantly surprised that my recreation tastes super similar. I went to the food carts with my husband as part of our vacation, and then he went home and I stayed in Portland for a food blog conference where I was joined by my food blogging bestie Lynn. We had so much fun, we’d get an order of something at a food cart and split it. That is definitely the way to go, you can try so many things that way. We split a Polish sausage, a Mexican food bowl that was like a salad but over shredded chicken and perfectly spiced and had Indian samosas!
- Pine State Biscuits– This place, wow, they have the best biscuits ever and have delicious sandwiches with toppings such as fried chicken and more. A definite must stop anytime you are in the Portland area. Seriously, if you’re in the remote area, drive out of your way to go here-it’s worth the wait in line (and yes, there was a line on a Tuesday morning, but totally worth it!) My husband and I both got sandwiches. He got ‘The Mcisley’ which is fried chicken with pickles, mustard and honey, and I got ‘The Reggie Delux’ which is fried chicken, egg, bacon and cheese with gravy. I also got a side of 1 fried green tomato. The food was phenomenal!
- La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie – A side of croissant? Don’t mind if I do! Some of their breakfasts come with the choice of toast or croissant, and they have a gorgeous and delicious selection of macarons, my favorite! In our 3 days in Portland, my husband and I had breakfast there twice, that should definitely tell you something!
- Andina – a Peruvian tapas restaurant, a true gem! This place was recommended to Lynn and I by two different people, and then when we were asking for recommendations from a concierge it was recommended a third time, so we just HAD to try it. We were told we had to try their ‘sacsayhuaman’ which is a habanero pepper vodka shaken with pureed passionfruit and cane sugar, served up with a sugar rim, it definitely had a kick, but was super delish! Being foodies, Lynn and I ordered tapas style and were informed by the waiter that it ‘would definitely be a meal’ haha!
- Saint Cupcakes – something you may not know about me – I totally judge a city based on how good their cupcakes are. And because of Saint Cupcakes, Portland gets an A+ And I love that they make mini cupcakes as well, more to try and share, right?
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Have you ever eaten at any of these Portland places?