Where I'm at in Portland (usually)
Lots of people ask where I’ve been frequenting lately in the PDX, so here’s a quick sample of the places I’ve been going to on my last couple of trips, in no particular order. All different and unique, but insane delicious. Victoria - I’ve been here a lot on my last couple trips, and Victoria is quickly becoming my go-to bar in Portland. From the food (hush puppies with jalapeño creme sauce, and WAFFLEFRIES), all the way down to the amazing drinks, Victoria just nails it. However, it’s more than just the food & drinks that make it great. It’s that Northeast Portland vibe that it’s surrounded by, and once you get in, there’s TONS of space for you to walk around (inside and outside) and be social. The whole space just comes alive with personality, and the delicious food & drink only make you want to stay and mingle way past midnight.
Muselet - The Hamachi. Get the Hamachi. Don’t question yourself. You want it. Also, the Halibut dish and goat’s milk custard equally kick ass. The dishes are meant to share, so if you’re going with someone else, pick 4 dishes and relax. They also have a great selection of wine, so you’ll want to maneuver your way around the wine list, or show up for a wine tasting (every Saturday from 5:00-6:30pm) I went for the Owen Roe Sangiovese as soon as I heard they had it. Come for the tasting, stay for dinner, don’t blame me if you stay all night.
Burnside Brewing Co. - Beer & Brunch. My 2 favorite B’s. I got here at 10:50am. They open at 11:00am. I wanted a 10 min buffer just to be sure I wouldn’t encounter any crazy lines. As soon as you sit down, get a beermosa. You’ll thank me later. They have a great Fried Chicken & Waffles, but I go for the Eggs Benedict with Pork Belly or the Croque Madame. DO IT. The portions are crazy generous, the food is hearty, and the beer plentiful. Essentially, it’s everything you’ve always wanted in a brunch, BUT MORE.
Wiz Bang Bar at Pine Street Market, the ENTIRE Pine Street Market - COME HERE NOW. Pine Street Market is the Disneyland of food. A massive food hall that fills all your cravings. You can stay all day, eat & drink everything, then come back the next day and do it all over again. I need to be locked in this place all day just to take it all in. Wiz Bang Bar is a soft-serve concept straight from the geniuses of Salt & Straw, and judging by the vanilla custard soft serve with chocolate shell coating I just had, I’m ready to stand in line again for the next delicious ride. To save yourself time, just get 2 cones, each with a different shell coating…
Coquine - This cozy place in the Mt Tabor neighborhood hits all the spots. They’ve got delicious sandwiches, plus some insane delicious chocolate chip cookies that you’ll only get one of, but you should be getting a dozen of. To alleviate guilt, run up Mt. Tabor, then around Mt. Tabor, all the way to Coquine. You’ll be happy you did.
Imperial for Happy Hour - No surprise here, it’s Imperial! The best Happy Hour in Downtown Portland. It runs everyday from 2pm-6pm, plus an additional late night happy hour. The drinks, STELLAR, the food, STELLAR. Go give Doug a hug. I always stop by Imperial at least once every Portland trip. The happy hour price points are on point, and the vibe is everything you’d come to expect from one of Portland’s premier spots. So sit down, get 2 orders of the fried chicken, get a side of fries, and choose from one of the happy hour cocktails they have on tap, or get a beer or cider. Stay all the way from 2pm-6pm, then roll out for some dinner…