|We spent a lot of time eating ice cream!… Salt & Straw on Alberta St.|
I have enjoyed releasing my dining reports on a quarterly basis this year as it gives me a chance to relive my dining enjoyment as well as it gets my readers out to experience the restaurants, etc. as soon as possible! We had a pretty warm summer for Portland so we have enjoyed some outside patio time and a little more time at home for meals this third quarter. But… that doesn't mean I haven't made my rounds big time, it just means I have been more thoughtful about where I choose to dine in hopes of keeping cool and selective.
I hope you enjoy this list and remember, these are my thoughts, my views and I am a vegetarian which never really stops me by any means, it just means I have to sometimes go off of what my "meat eaters" tell me now and then. They are as picky as I am about good food and also, these places are mostly in Portland unless otherwise noted… so, lets get going:
|Homemade biscuits and strawberries at home!|
Breakside Brewery: I am almost embarrassed to say that this was my first time here back in July. I had the pretzels they serve from Fressen and doll up with seeds and salt and oh my gosh! Great accompaniment to their pilsner in my opinion. All the food was consumed eagerly by all! Great location on Dekum in NE Portland!
Laurelhurst Cafe: We've been once before and have been told they have the best breakfast sandwich in town. So, I don't eat ham or bacon so I'm taking the word of a real meat eater… they say it's pretty darn tasty! I did like my egg sandwich a lot and it's perfect for a quick meal before a road trip!
Atticus Coffee: Ok, I know this isn't in Portland but it's not too far away in Spokane! We had banana bread and coffee on our road trip out to Glacier Nat'l Park in July and wow… what a cute place and a great stop for a quick little breakfast!
Clyde Common: I was invited by Little Green Pickle to lunch and although I've been before, there's a new chef and the food was amazing! The popcorn is spicy and delicious, the charcuterie is fresh and there's lots to choose from on the menu even for a vegetarian like me. Cheese's galore with fruit and nuts etc. Dessert of Poppy Seed Ice Cream Cake and Chocolate mousse was devoured quickly as well.
Kim Jung Grillin: Ok, so this is prob one of the highlights of my list this quarter. I told them I was vegetarian so they improvised and I was amazed. The flavors of my Bibimbox were spicy, filled with flavor and texture and yes, I've been back a few times. In a food truck located next to Pollo Norte on NE 42nd and so delicious!
Pollo Norte: Yes, they have lots of chicken but I had beans and rice and those sweet little corn tortillas that are to die for! Everyone at my table ate everything! Best chicken around they say and located on NE 42nd Ave.
Dapper & Wise: On Division St. Great location and great coffee!
Island Cafe: Ok, so this isn't an outstanding place to eat in Portland but let me tell you, you won't have a better view! On a shoot off the Columbia River, we kayaked and ate and drank beer here and it was quite a treat in the sunshine on a warm day… perfect! Been back a few times this past summer.
Tin Shed: Always, always a favorite! Brunch anytime there and I'm happy the entire day! Always a wait on the weekends… a long one but don't go to Fuel thinking it's all the same. Stay put and wait… baby, it's worth it! BTW… Fuel is not Tin Shed so please don't attempt it unless you are starving.
Palace Cakes: Been before and I do love cake. In fact, that's the main reason I attend weddings, funerals, baby showers etc. but I almost never have any when I go because the slices are huge and all I really want is just a bite or two. So, if you go… share a slice with someone you love!
Horse Brass Pub: Went once before and this time was fine too. Just a little dark and very British and pretty much hits the spot according our English friend. I had a veggie pasty and a beer. Could be a bit cleaner… sticky tables don't turn me on but it was ok and fun.
Swift and Union: Located in darling Kenton, I love this place. Been a few times since they opened and I loved the Beet Veggie Burger and cocktails! We sat outside and enjoyed the summer evening. Last time we went, we sat inside and I thought the chairs were awfully uncomfortable and so did a few others I noticed around the restaurant. Nice to say, they must have listened to their customers and got newer and more comfy not so cute chairs but hey… it's nice to be comfy when you're dining out. Awesome service and friendly staff!
Buoy Beer Co.: This is located in Astoria and honestly… loved their beer but their food… not so much. Not a fan of salmon jerky and it actually looked pretty gross to me but I hate fish so there ya go. My meal must have been ok but I don't recall what I had which usually means something. Friends has smoked oyster deviled eggs and ate all of them. Ok….
Street 14 Cafe: My fav coffee place in Astoria. Pretty cute and great location and nice muffins, breakfast and coffee. Go check it out asap.
Bill's Tavern and Brew House: That's in Cannon Beach and it's our go-to place there. Food is so-so but the beer is good and there's always a table for us. Not sure how that works but we have always sat at the same table over the years. I think I usually get the grilled cheese and fries. Goes great with a big beer.
Coffee Girl: Again, in Astoria! Toast with peanut butter, bananas and honey and then sided with coffee on the Columbia River… yes, it was nice! Simple breakfast and Ray had a muffin and a coke for godsake! I'll never get that but hey, he needs his caffeine too I guess.
Taste Tickler: Near where I work out and I always see it and heard it was so good but I hate it when I work myself in to a tizzy cause I've heard it was so good and only find it mediocre and I get upset but I still eat it. I ate a foot long that was good enough but not the best sub I'd ever had. Dang me!
Salt, Fire & Time/Broth Bar: Another invite by a Portland marketing company so I went over to check it out. Lucky me, they had mushroom broth whitch was fine but I'm weird about texture and just don't picture myself getting giddy about sipping mushroom broth but again, it was fine. They do have lots of other things including real broth there if you wanna check it out. Lots of health benefits I hear. The yogurt there comes in a little container is $11 and I've heard it's the best ever. Still haven't tried it but I might mosey over and get some soon.
Barista: My Alberta Street coffee spot on my way to meetings, etc. They have nice coffee with a few options to choose from and Roman Candle goodies so I get a pop tart every time. Homemade that is and not too sweet and goes great with my house coffee.
Qui Presse: My little love… where have you been all my life.. yes, I have been once before and I get a coffee or tea and this espresso coffee cake that's simple and not too sweet. A nice afternoon pick me up.
Ville Velo Bakery: Nearby and so sweet and teeny and they have scones which I can never eat later. I have to eat them now, as I'm walking home and in a rush cause they are that good! Near Prescott and NE 15th Ave. by Grain & Gristle, you must go! Ck their hours and days they are open before going. I think they are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday? Great carrot cake too… oh my gosh! What day is it…
Muddy Rudder: Oh, only if I were a local, I'd always be here! I love this place so much. So nice and cozy and the stromboli and beer are perfect together. Eat inside when it's cold and sometimes there's live music and you feel like you are tucked in to an English pub somewhere in Fakenham with your best buds and all is right with the world.
The Peddler and Pen Tavern: Where Huckleberry's used to be off NW 23rd and the first time I went, I was smitten. So cute and good and I loved my veggie dog covered in goodness and sided with flat fries like chips almost. Lending library and games and great cocktails too! Last time I went, not smitten so much. The fries were fried too much and tasted like old grease and they didn't have a veggie dog any more so that really bummed me out a lot. The bathroom was really dirty, another pet peeve but the staff was super nice and there was plenty of room to hang out and play games and just be with friends and family. So, hoping they bring their veggie dog back and hoping it was fluke on bathroom issue… I really want to keep loving this place. P.S. Bring a love note and take a love note!
|Asparagus from our summer CSA box this year!|
All-Way Burgers: They are closed now but a few notes if they ever decide to pick up where they left off… most of the time I was there, my burger was awesome. Yeah… a burger without the burger. Toast that bun, add all the burger options but leave the burger out and it's pretty darn tasty. But, please don't ever forget to toast that bun. That makes a huge difference and once they forgot and I wasn't too happy but life goes on and I went back. Not sure why they closed cause the place was always packed.
Lovely's 50-50: This place will always be on my quarterly lists because I do love it dearly. Hubby and I go and split a pizza, get their homemade ice cream with a beer and a soda and it's like $30 and we're done! Full and happy and we had ice cream so that really made our day! We keep going back over and over again. Get the affogato… it's delicious!
Miss Zumstein's Cakes and Desserts: Only been once when someone in our party was unhappy with their baked good but other than that… it's our fav go-to bakery not too far from home. On NE 42nd attached to Old Salt Marketplace Supperhouse, my number one restaurant of the year 2014!!! This little bakery is sweet and they have everything!
Dar Salam: Nearby and so good. Hubby's not a huge fan but I love their vegetarian options. Been to the new location downtown and like their lunch too! Will keep going for lunch or with out of town visitors that want to try something different.
Bushwacker: A cider house on Dekum with great tastes and flights to check out. Good food but dang… I can't recall what I had but it was good. I think we cleared the whole table on a summery afternoon sipping all the cider they had;)!
Christopher David: I stopped for tea and a pastry and it was fine. I used to live across the street and would come over and have tea or coffee every now and then. Only draw back… dogs! I do love them but not their excrement. Sorry, but the Pearl District just wreaks of it and it's gross! Could smell it coming off the concrete nearby while trying to sip my tea then one cutie just cut lose at the next table and it was swiftly picked up by a good dog owner but that smell while trying to eat or drink just gets me and gags every time. Probably won't go back again.
Atlas Scoops: Cute ice cream truck in Sellwood and has a great story and good ice cream. Closed in the winter but go check it out next Spring and Summer.
Fly Awake Tea Garden: Behind Whole Foods off NE 15th and Fremont and I've been several times! Very sweet area in someone's back yard garden and the garage is cute with the guy in there making teas and selling interesting smokes and snacks. Love taking people here and they do Tarrot Card readings. Never had mine done but I may someday just for fun!
Victoria Bar: So, we did this little happy tour one evening and this place was on my list and we both are still talking about the mac n chz. We need to go back! They own a vegan restaurant or two as well as other places but this place is special. Very cute bar, very open and they are super friendly. Steven had the vegan po'boy and he's a meat eater and he loved it! And any place that serves me a cocktail called "Captured by Pirates," is special! FYI… don't photograph anything in the yard next to this place. Got yelled out by the homeowner but dang… you should see his yard! Lots of interesting things there.
The Hop & Vine: On NE Killingsworth and so good! We sat outside but it seemed the non-smokers had crappy seats and the smokers got all the good seats out there. So, if they were to give us non-smokers new benches or something to sit on outside, I'd be so freaking happy! The best grilled cheese and tomato basil soup I ever had and that popcorn… everyone loved it! Cocktails are tasty and this place is busy!
|Joanna and Steven at The Hop & Vine!|
Bird + Bear: What a cute little place in a nondescript strip mall in SE Portland. I had the best eggplant parmesan sandwich! My friend had the Eggplant Parmesan on Creamy Polenta.. I should have gotten that or better yet, I should go get it right now. A cute place with really nice people working there. Great bar too!
Handsome Pizza/Seastar Bakery: Two of my most fav things food wise in the world in one special place on Killingsworth not too far from where I live! Good or bad thing.. I don't care, it's just super cute and delicious, all of it! Next to Podnah's fyi…
The Knock Back: Quickly becoming an Alberta Street neighborhood favorite. Go, get a cocktail and a tempeh slider why dontcha! Hubby likes the dirty popcorn a lot!
Cheese and Crack: Oh my gosh… these guys and this summer! I had a vanilla soft serve with a lemonade slushy together in one amazing cup! It came with a spoon and a straw and it was so good and refreshing!
Tasty and Alder: My first time was just a few weeks ago and it was ok. I liked my cocktail and my little chocolate doughnut with cream. They really don't have a vegetarian option at all but I can pick through a ploughman's platter and do just fine! Great location downtown and they are open for lunch! Been to Toro Bravo and Tasty and Son's and really loved those two locations!
Old Salt Marketplace and Supperhouse: I have to admit that I have not had a meal at the supperhouse in some time but they do have this great thing where you go in and you can take home a dinner. Ten bucks gets you a dinner to take away and last time I went, I brought hubby home some steak, potatoes and corn on the cob I believe. I love that this is nearby on NE 42nd Ave.
Knuckle Sandwich: I've been a few times and I really love this place. The burgers are to die for and they are messy and gooey and so freaking good! I love their fries too! Almost a garage like atmosphere with a clean bathroom where I have to scrub up and down once I'm done devouring my burger. Super friendly staff and this is one of my favorite places in Portland to get a veggie burger. It's not really a veggie burger, it's a cheese burger without the burger. They pile in loads of veggies and that melty cheese and it's really a big hot mess but really really good!
Tidbit Food Farm and Garden: A favorite but this time at this pod, I enjoyed a waffle sandwich and a pumpkin spiced cider from Seattle. Such a great combo with an egg and veggie sausage and cheese tucked inside two nice crispy mapley waffles. Perfect for breakfast or lunch or whenever. If you haven't been to Tidbit, you need to go soon and go hungry!
Bollywood Theater: Been before but had lunch there a week or so ago and man, I love the flavors! Spicy and flavorful and perfect for a vegetarian! I've only been to the Alberta St. location.
American Dream Pizza: So, my most fav pizza place where I used to live was American Dream but that was in Corvallis. This is from what I've been told, the parent company or parent pizza joint to that one. Any who… still delicious and I'm so glad I found the Portland version!
Upper Left Roasters: Over by one of my favorite neighborhoods, Ladds Addition, this coffee house has lunch too! A great open faced toasted cheese with avocado etc. and it was great with a coffee. Can't wait to go back on a cold day and enjoy the people watching from the vast windows!
Nineteen 27 S'mores: Great little cart near NW 23rd with toasted marshmallows no less! I had a pumpkin s'more and wow… a nice crispy graham with that pumpkin marshmallow and caramel.. so good! Hubby had one with chocolate something in it but I was too enthralled to care about his and the sticky was all over my face and in my hair but it's ok, it was a homemade s'more!
Fillmore Coffee: In a weird location but I get it when places are branching out and plugging in to these little strange Portland pockets. The coffee was nice and I took home a dark chocolate peanut butter cookie for hubby and I had a vanilla biscotti that I saved for my morning coffee the next day. Cute place and they serve pizza and bagels too.
So… a few notes: Some regular places we enjoy and not mentioned above are Autentica for brunch and dinner, Gigi's in Hillsdale for breakfast, Baker and Spice for anything baked, Radio Room for monthly meetings, Tea Bar for my London Fog, Salt & Straw for ice cream of course, Opa always for calazones when we're dying for one. There's more, lots more but I can't keep track. My goal for the next quarter… check out as many food carts, food trucks and pods in Portland as I can!
I hope you enjoy this list and I am happy to check out a place for you if you're coming for a visit soon. I can review and let you know what I think. I will have to say that I have deleted my Yelp account recently as I have decided to not let others dictate my views on "new to me" places but here I am asking you to trust me. But, those of you that know me know that I am super picky. No sticky tables, no super loud annoying music, clean bathrooms are a must and the most delicious food is of course, a no brainer but the place and the people are the most important to me. It must feel good to me to be there and then when the food is excellent and the cocktails are lovely… it all falls in to place so perfectly. Then I know, it's all good! Cheers and enjoy your food treks wherever you live!
|The Victoria Bar on Albina!|
|Mac n Chz at the Victoria Bar on Albina!|
|Cherries from Oregon!|
|Homemade Chocolate Cake, caramel, the neighbors berries and ice cream!|
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|An attempt to escape the heat… Astoria!|