Today let’s talk about the city of Portland & the Eats!
I’ll go over the places I was able to see and experience and give my 2 cents 😉
The Original (A Dinerant): This is a cute restaurant off of 6th Avenue & Oak in Downtown Portland. I went here with a few of the Fitbloggin crew on our last night for dinner. They have a mixture of diner-fare including shakes but also have their own swanky take on their menu. We shared donut-bunned sliders and I had the Deluxe burger on greens with braised Swiss chard. Yum.
Voodoo Doughnut: This popular Portland staple needs no umph given by me. The donuts speak for themselves. They were located (the 1 out of 3 locations we went to) off of 3rd & Ash St, super close to where we were staying. Oh my gosh. Yum. The donuts are huge and very inexpensive (average donut was about $1.50) and super awesome. Be prepared for the line out front – it’s expected.
Courteous mister who misted us in line – it was super hot out
Rogue Distillery & Public House: I ran across this brewery on my initial run in the Pearl [on NW Flanders] in Portland. I’ve had Rogue beer on many occasions (yummy craft brews – I’ve had their Dead Guy & Voodoo) so never hesitated to try to make a visit while I was there. There’s a great laid-back atmosphere and all of the beer & spirits (yes, they make their own now) you could want! (p.s. if you mix it with a Voodoo donut, you might not feel so hot – just ask Shannyn)
Which is the Girls’ – Barley or Hops??
Walking around Downtown Portland: There’s tons to see and do just walking around the city. Eclectic artwork, a mini-Chinatown, and shopping times infinity.
trying to hop on board the Brewcycle – maybe next visit!
Irving Street Kitchen (in the Pearl) – This little gem is off of NW 13th Avenue and has a GREAT brunch. Get there early (around 11am) to get a good seat before the crowd comes on Sundays. I enjoyed their Breakfast Nachos – scrambled eggs and green salsa with white queso on top of corn tortillas [homemade] and they even made a beer flight for me even though it was not on the menu. They had decor that included light fixtures made from milk bottles & even one made from electric fans – totally Portland 😉
Starbucks: Nothing new, just threw it in here because the new Blueberry oatmeal is what’s up!
Mother’s Velvet Lounge & Cafe: Shannon and Tammy went here for breakfast so we all decided to join together and grab dinner one night, too, before we left per locals’ recommendations. The selections here are very comfort-food-esque. I had the roasted chicken with collard greens and bacon (I had collards and bacon twice on this visit!) along with steamed broccoli. Delicious!
Kure Juice Bar: Many people at the conference raved about a local juice bar nearby called Kure, so I did want to stop by before I left. Juice bars were all the buzz in downtown Portland. Giselle and I decided to take a quick snack break to try this place out and were definitely happy we did! We both tried “The Extra Mile” – coconut meat, coconut milk yogurt, kale, honey, ice, coconut water, and almond butter. Super tasty!
Henry’s Tavern: Dani, Martinus, and I met up for some brewskies at a place she’d found the day before. Portland breweries – a plenty. Henry’s Tavern was a fun place with tons of beer to choose from. I tried Wandering Aengus Anthem Pear Cider & another pale ale I can’t recall, Martinus had the Rogue Chocolate Stout, and I lost track of what Dani had lol. We were too busy laughing and giving ourselves ab cramps from it. Let’s see I think she had their Amnesia Desolation IPA (how fitting) and one other. We were also impressed with their neat ice bar, where you were able to sit your beer and keep it cool whilst talking about all the things!
Ice bars – all bars need one
Portland Juice Press (in The Pearl off of 5th) – I tried this place when I did my first run the day I got to Portland. I tried their Dharma 2 juice, that had coconut, pineapple, spinach, kale, and lemon – super refreshing and healthy to boot! (Told ya I had a bit of juice on this trip)
The Veggie Grill – Erica and I popped into this place per the recommendation of a local police officer – so friendly! She was looking for vegetarian fare and I was game for whatever! We both tried a kale salad, hers was a sweeter version, and I had the Caesar. My ‘bacon bits’ were vegetarian and the dressing too! They had a great selection of vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore eats. The prices were very reasonable as well!
The Cultured Caveman (foodtruck) – My buddy Shannon is a paleo machine. When she found a paleo food truck, we all knew we had to follow her lead and give it a try! Independently owned and operated, this food truck is amazing. I tried his chicken with broccoli, cabbage, in a coconut sauce on top of greens and bacon (again) and was blown away. When checking into Yelp, I even got a free almond-filled date wrapped in bacon – heavenly. This truck is off of 5th but has more than one location in Portland.
The Caveman himself
The Nines (A Luxury Collection Hotel) – Last but not least is the mother ship – the hotel we stayed in on our trip to Portland. My roomie Shannyn and I didn’t want to leave! We both loved the decor of the place and everything from top to bottom! The rooms were decorated in Tiffany blue with modern, classy decor. The hotel staff was always friendly, pleasant, and willing to help in any way possible. They even honored the additional night I had to stay (not by choice) at the Fitbloggin room rate. We were offered water every time we came back from a run, too. For my first time in life, I had turn down service! We came back to our room to hear relaxing music coming from the TV, slippers by our beds laid on white linens, chocolate brownies and a bottled water waiting alongside our beds ready for nighty-night time! I definitely want to come back to stay here! We tried to hang out in the rooftop bar/club called Departure, but it was a bit pricey. There was even a night I went up to say good night to everyone before I headed in early and there was a line to get in – from what I heard it’s not very Portland-y but nice nonetheless.
Turn down services makes us happy!
Shew! What a trip – I smooshed quite a bit into 4 days in Portland, but have heard that their gorge and falls and hiking and ACTIVE STUFF TO DO is amazing and want to do another adventure again there!
Have you visited PDX? What would you want to see/do?