One of the main questions that we asked ourselves when we were planning our trip to Portland was where we were going to eat. I think that I’ve talked about it before, but we basically planned this trip to eat because we’d heard how much of a foodie city Portland is. So, as I promised, here’s a listing of where all we ate when we visited Portland, and hopefully it’s a food guide for your future trip there!
Pine State Biscuits
Being from the South, I’m pretty picky about my biscuits, so even though I read some really rave reviews about Pine State Biscuits, I didn’t really expect to be super wowed by “Northern” biscuits. Let me tell you, I was completely wrong! Pine State Biscuits is definitely a place that you have to try out when you’re in Portland!
When we arrived at Pine State first thing in the morning, the line was literally out the door and almost around the block. We ended up waiting almost 20 minutes before we could even order, and by the time we made it up to the front of the line it was practically like torture watching them make biscuits right in front of us.
There’s a wide variety of things to order on the menu, which means that there’s a biscuit for everybody on the menu. I ordered the Reggie which is a biscuit covered in fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and gravy, and it was like heaven! Chris on the other hand ordered the Reggie Deluxe which is the Reggie plus an egg. This is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch, just be prepared for a wait!
Address: 2204 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211
1100 SE Division #100, Portland, OR 97202
125 NE Schuyler St, Portland, OR 97212
In the Portland food scene, the thing that they’re probably most known for is their huge food cart scene. Portland is literally covered in groupings of food carts known as pods, and those food carts serve a wide range of types of foods, from breakfast, lunch and dessert carts, to Mexican food, Indian food, and even ramen carts!
We were very anxious to get our hands on all the different types of food from all the food carts that we could possibly want, so when I stumbled upon Eat Adventures Food Cart Tour, I knew that I had to book it. We participated in the tour on our first day in the city, and loved every piece of food that we ate. I wrote a full post about our experience here, and I can’t recommend a tour with them enough! If you don’t have time for the tour, just make sure to do your research and check out some of the carts that will be all over the city of Portland!
Address: All over the city
The one restaurant in Portland that everybody’s probably heard of before and tries to visit while they’re in Portland is VooDoo Doughnuts. VooDoo Doughnuts is known for their wacky doughnut combinations, and after appearing on numerous Food Channel and Travel Channel shows, they’ve become infamous around the world! Because of how famous VooDoo Doughnuts is, be prepared to wait in a line, no matter what time of the day you visit.
We decided that we needed some doughnuts for dessert one night and had an uber drop us off at the closest location. Even at 9:00 at night there was still a line, but that just meant that we had more time to plan what we wanted in our half dozen doughnuts! We opted for a wide variety of doughnuts and grabbed a VooDoo Doughnut (because duh!), a Maple Bacon bar, the Tex-Ass doughnut, the Old Dirty Bastard doughnut, and a couple of others.
My favorite happened to be the Old Dirty Bastard, which was a glazed doughnut topped with Oreos and peanut butter. To say that it was pure deliciousness would be an understatement! The doughnut that we were probably the least impressed with was the Tex-Ass doughnut, which was just a big glazed doughnut. In my opinion, Shipley’s in Houston will always have the best glazed doughnut around. So when picking what doughnuts you want, I think that it’s best to choose the weirdest combinations because that’s what VooDoo Doughnuts is known for!
Address: 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR
1501 N.E. Davis St, Portland, OR
Other locations in Oregon, Denver, Austin, and Taiwan
Price: Ranges by which doughnuts you choose, but maybe $10-$20/dozen
Another restaurant that was on every single list of restaurants to visit in Portland, was Pok Pok. Pok Pok is a very traditional Thai restaurant that you cannot get reservations at, so it’s known for having a long wait, which is why we decided to hit it up for lunch after our hike at Multnomah Falls. We ended up not having to wait that long for a table, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t drooling from the sight and smell of all the food that was around us!
When we were looking at the menu, I’ll be perfectly honest I really didn’t understand what some of the items were going to be, but the descriptions all sounded delicious! Just to be on the safe side though, we decided to ask our waiter for some suggestions of what we should order, and even though I don’t remember what all we ordered, I know that everything we ate was AH-MAZING! I seriously couldn’t get enough!
The food is served family style, and I loved that we got to try so many different foods amongst the group of us. Personally, I think that’s the only way to eat at this restaurant, and they advertise themselves as a family style restaurant. I also recommend being open to try different types of foods. You never know what you’re going to like. If you’re in the Portland area, you shouldn’t miss out on Pok Pok!
Address: 3226 SE Division St, Portland OR
For our first night in Portland we had dinner reservations at Le Pigeon which is described as a fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere, and yes, they do serve pigeon on the menu! We got our reservations pretty far in advance, and I definitely recommend that you do the same because the restaurant is very tiny. So tiny, that you might end up sharing a table with another group. Don’t worry though, it’s not distracting.
At several restaurants we’ve done tasting menus and have quite enjoyed them, so when we saw that Le Pigeon had one, that’s what we opted to try out. They also had a wine pairing that went with the meal, and Chris and I decided to share a tasting. Just a word of warning, if somebody wants to order the tasting menu at the table, everybody has to order the tasting menu. I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t remember anything that we actually ate, except that I do know that Brett had the pigeon and he loved it! We also had foie gras in some form for our dessert which was really good, very interesting and very rich!
Every single thing that we had brought out to us was beautifully plated and tasted delicious, but the only thing that I would say negatively about the tasting menu was how big the portions were. They were huge! Most tasting menus have one or two bites per plate, but each of the plates from Le Pigeon were almost enough for dinner by itself. So we all left feeling totally and completely full and like we should have been rolled out of the restaurant. In other words, be prepared to eat your heart out and come extremely hungry. We weren’t too hungry because we’d been on the food cart tour earlier where we also ate a ton of food. Either way, Le Pigeon is a restaurant that you can’t miss on your visit to Portland!
Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland OR
Price: $100/person (if you choose the tasting menu)
Another restaurant that I heard about over and over again was Olympia Provisions, but what made it stand out over some of the other restaurants that I read about was the fact that there was a different menu at the two different locations in Portland. I also read that they make their own charcuterie, which is one of my main food groups, after chips and salsa of course, so I knew that we needed to check this place out!
We arrived and even though the outside looked like a deserted building, the inside was so pretty, and there were seriously tons of meat hanging out all over the place! We ordered a wide variety of things off the menu, including the charcuterie, and we really enjoyed our meal here. I think that we’d all agree that it wasn’t as good as dinner the night before at Le Pigeon, but then again Le Pigeon is one of those once in a lifetime experiences! My tip for visiting Olympia Provisions is to look at the two different menus in order to decide which location you’d want to try out, and definitely get the charcuterie!
Address: 1632 NW Thurman St, Portland OR
107 SE Washington, Portland OR
Salt & Straw
I couldn’t talk about food in Portland without talking about the famous ice cream shop, Salt & Straw. Salt & Straw is known for having some very unique flavors like Dill Pickle Sorbet, and they also have flavors that change seasonally as well. I think that it’s a pretty safe assumption that you could try something new every time you went into Salt & Straw.
We were on a mission after we finished up lunch at Pok Pok to get some ice cream, and thank goodness that there was a shop just around the corner. Of course there was a line to get in, but that just gave us more time to try and decide what flavor we wanted to get! They were having a fermentation series going on when we visited, but we opted for an original: Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. Trust me, Salt & Straw is a place that you don’t want to miss when you visit Portland, and it’s worth every every bit of the hype that it has!
Location: Multiple locations in Portland and Los Angeles
And there you have it, everywhere that we ate in Portland! I recommend that you don’t visit Portland if you’re on a diet. We were at the time, and I’m pretty sure that we gained a few pounds during our trip. But let me tell you, every bite was worth every pound that we gained back! I’m just glad that I don’t live there, otherwise I’m sure that I’d weigh 500 pounds! I’m linking up with these wanderful ladies for Wanderful Wednesday: Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
Other Portland Posts:
6 Things I Learned While Visiting Portland
Portland Food Cart Tour With Eat Adventures
A Walking Tour Through Portland
Exploring Multnomah Falls
An Afternoon At Washington Park
Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley