48 Hour Portland Food Coma
Trust me, you can totally do ALL of this (and more!) in 48 hours. My 48 hours begin when I land at PDX around 5:30pm Friday. The first thing I do is hop on the MAX and make my way to my Airbnb to check in. I skipped renting a hotel room cause I figure, if I’m going out often, I just really need a place to plop my head down at night and rest from my food coma. After check in, I make my way to town to:
Portland Penny Diner - Chef Vitaly Paley’s casual spot located next to Imperial. What did I get? I got a Penny Old Fashioned ($7) and a Soy Braised Pork Belly Taco ($9). Great mix of cultural flavors going on, the food is on point, and the menu is crazy reasonably priced.
After this, I obviously stopped by Departure for some late night cocktails before heading back...
The next day, around 8am, I woke up and headed out to BoweryBagels for breakfast. I got a Sarah’s Special: Gravlax with red onion and caper schmear ($7). I got mine on a sea salt bagel. The gravlax, schmear, capers and onion all come together better on a sea salt bagel, in my opinion, and this place didn’t disappoint. They also have a giant assortment of local hot sauces, honey, and everything in between for sale.
After that, around 10am, I walked up to one of my favorite spots whenever I’m in Portland: Måurice. This place is like a little slice of Paris. Just walking in and watching Beard Foundation Best Pastry Chef semifinalist Kristen Murray “do her thing” is just a treat enough. I sat down to watch the culinary ballet and had the most deliciously simple complex thing in the world: quiche and simple greens. It’s no wonder why Måurice is one of Bon Appétit’s Hot 10 Restaurants in the country.
It’s now 1pm and next up is Chizu. (cheese in Japanese) It’s a sushi bar/wine bar, except with cheese, serious. You can pick from an assortment of cheese, or tell them what amount you want to spend and they literally put together an assortment for you, AND they explain to you what every single one is. It’s a brilliant & educational experience. I set my limit at $20 and got this:
At this point, it’s 2:30pm and I am FULL. So I kill some time (maybe I went to LUSH and bought me some expensive moisturizer($23) cause it made my face feel good and it smelled like oranges, don’t judge me, they said it was FORMEN).
Later that night, I stop into my favorite nighttime cocktail spot: Pépé Le Moko. Go to this place. Now. The entrance is a tiny non-chalant door on SW 10th Ave, only discoverable by those who are searching for it. The drinks are pricey ($12+), and you may need to wait a bit for a table, but you definitely get what you pay for. The BEST Amaretto Sour I’ve ever had came from here. Their Negroni is absolutely fantastic, the French 75 is killer, and the Grasshopper is perfect. Too perfect. I was here for literally 2 hours, took a break, then I went back. Oh, and it was named one of the Top Five new bars in the country in 2014 by Bon Appétit.
It’s now 12am, and thank God for Uber.
Wake up: It's Sunday, 10am. Time to check out and my maps location tells me that smallwares is 1.5 miles away. Surprise brunch! Airbnb coughs up the fruits of its labor. I make it to smallwares in about 30 minutes, and their brunch spot lil'wares is open; I head in. It's a cozy little spot with amazing outdoor seating that makes it feel like you’re dining on the outside patio of someone’s house. If you think that sounds beautiful, wait until you see the food. I kick things off with a Kim Chi Bloody Mary (which was DAMN good).
Next up, the spread:
-congee, chinese sausage, granola, egg yolk, scallion-pork chorizo, black bean honey sauce -miso cured bacon up top
Close ups? Yeah we have those.
I’ll definitely be back here to check out the dinner scene on my next trip.
It’s 12pm, and I Uber back into town, where I forgo the usual Salt & Straw and hit up a pint of Red Wagon Creamery’s Wandering Goat ice cream that I got at Zupan’s Market. It’s so hot outside, I pop the lid and eat it mercilessly as I wander down the streets.
My flight isn’t until 9:30pm, so around 4pm, I take make a B-line for Greg & Gabi Denton’s OX Restaurant, which opens at 5pm. Luckily, I check in quick and can easily snag a seat up at the bar, where Dylan the bartender tosses me a menu and mixes up a drink while I look it over. I kick things off with:
Grilled Lamb Heart Flatbread: Avocado, lime-pickles red onion, chiles, cilantro, & dill. It’s purely delicious and beautiful. I mean, look at it. DAMN:
Sautéed mushrooms: foie gras, wilted spinach, spring onion. It should be illegal for vegetables to look this great. Seriously, this should be illegal:
I wrap my meal up with a Flaken-Sytle Beef Short Rib:
After my "what I think should be illegal cause it was so damn delicious" meal wraps up around 7ish, I make a run (literally) for the next MAX train to the airport for my flight.
I love this place. The culinary scene, the chef camaraderie, the supportive food blogger/writer scene, basically everything about it...
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