5 Best Bites at FeastPDX
I was EVERYWHERE. Seriously. Example: On Friday, I had an Uber pick me up outside of Pioneer Courthouse Square at the Grand Tasting, take me to my motel across the bridge so I could change, then take me all the way across town for the Franklin BBQ, then shuttle me back across town for Night Market. It was insane, but this is FEAST PORTLAND. We live for these moments, and then we power through them.
Originally I had a list of 30+ things I ate, and I slowly narrowed it down to 5 food moments of epiphany that defined my Feast Portland journey:
The Clams from Wildair at the Bon Appetit Hot 10 Dinner - These were perfect bites with almond milk and XO sauce. I must have eaten at least half a dozen of them. The saltiness of the clams with that creamy nuttiness of the almond milk along with that kick from the XO sauce blew my tastebuds off.
The Filet-o-Fish from Nomad PDX at the Sandwich Invitational - You’ve all eaten at McDonalds, and at some point in your life you loved it. Don’t lie to me. McDonalds is the food version of a cigarette: at some point, you just fucking wanted it. Nomad’s Filet-o-Fish tasted EXACTLY like a McDonalds one, except this beauty had house made wonderbread buns, cod mousseline, and kewpie tartar sauce. It was perfect, and I had 2 of them.
Doug Adams and his pop up at the Friday Grand Tasting - That Bartlett Pear Bisque was amazing, the pear salad with smoked oyster mayo was perfect, and I used the bread to soak up the rest of the bisque. The sweet & sour pear with foie gras, spiced honey and hazelnut was in perfect contrast to the Starkrimson pear and black sesame with hot chile oil and chive. 4 amazing bites, and I’m already excited for Dougie at Bullard.
Aaron Franklin BBQ - Yes, he’s on the list. This BBQ had just the right crowd and the right vibe. He had enough BBQ for some people to get seconds. That’s really all you need to know. Just stare into this pile of meat, and try to snag a ticket up next year.
Mika ParadesandherAmbrosia Saladat theGet Picnic fun size event - If i had to choose the BEST thing I ate at Feast, this would be top 2. It’s an ambrosia salad done in the style of a Vietnamese pudding. All the flavor components and creativity that had to come together to make this one dish work is just mind boggling to think about. Mika had described it to me beforehand, and as soon as I tasted it, I knew it was easily one of the best things I ate all weekend.