Portland

Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat 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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Address: 2204 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211
1100 SE Division #100, Portland, OR 97202
125 NE Schuyler St, Portland, OR 97212
Price: $10/person

Food Carts

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Address: All over the city
Price: Ranges

VooDoo Doughnuts

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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

Pok Pok

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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 Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Address: 3226 SE Division St, Portland OR
Price: $20-$30/person

Le Pigeon

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland OR
Price: $100/person (if you choose the tasting menu)

Olympia Provisions

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Address: 1632 NW Thurman St, Portland OR
107 SE Washington, Portland OR
Price: $75/person

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat In Portland

Location: Multiple locations in Portland and Los Angeles
Price: $5/person

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

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The Wandering Weekenders- Because Portland is a foodie city, a question that's often asked is where to eat when visiting. This is a great guide of where to eat in Portland!

Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

For our last day in Portland we actually decided to venture out of the city again to do some wine tasting. Willamette Valley is an area about an hour south of Portland that is well known for their Pinot Noir, and we all know how much I love wine tasting, so we thought that it’d be the perfect way to end our trip in Portland!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Wandering Weekenders- Wine tasting in Willamette Valley is the perfect day trip from the city of Portland! Willamette Valley is a gorgeous wine area with a ton to explore.

Left Coast Cellars

Our friends Brett and Lauren have a winery that they absolutely love that is actually located in the Willamette Valley, so that was our first planned stop of the day, Left Coast Cellars. It also made sense to stop there first because it was the furthest south from the city.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Since we were visiting Memorial Day weekend, several of the wineries were having some special tastings on their properties and Left Coast was no exception. For Memorial Day they were hosting a Sip & Stroll where you got to walk around the property to different locations that they have set around the property and try 5 or 6 different types of wines.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

I really enjoyed being able to try a wide variety of wines from Left Coast, including their White Pinot Noir and Rosé, but I also really enjoyed being able to see Left Coast’s beautiful property. There was just a ton of rolling hills of vineyards and so many flowers blooming, not to mention that it was a cool 70-something degrees while we were there which made it an even more beautiful day!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Everything about our experience at Left Coast was amazing, but the coolest part of our whole visit to Left Coast was the fact that we got to meet the owner! Brett and Lauren started talking to one of the Left Coast employees about how tbsp found out about the winery and how much they loved the wine that the employee ended up pulling them over to meet the owner! They talked for a few minutes and the owner even made us a pizza for us to have while we drank a bottle of wine before we left!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Our experience at Left Coast couldn’t have been more perfect! Even though it was a larger winery that produces wine that’s even sold in Texas, it still had the smaller more family owned and operated feel to it. Left Coast was definitely our favorite winery of the day, and I can’t recommend a stop here enough if you’re in Portland!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Address: 4225 North Pacific Hwy N, Rickreall, OR 97371
Price: $10/flight or $20/seated flight

Namasté Vineyards

Before we left Left Coast we asked one of the employees if they had a recommendation for another winery to visit in the area and she recommended a smaller winery called Namasté Vineyards.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

We traveled a little bit further south and arrived at Namasté to realize that we were the only people there. We enjoyed a tasting, and while it was fun to be the only people in the tasting room, we all just really enjoyed the wine and our experience at Left Coast more. The location of Namasté was pretty though and we were able to get some pretty pictures with the vines before heading to our next winery.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Address: 5600 Van Well Rd, Dallas, OR, 97338

Stoller Family Estate

Our last winery of the day was one that I had read about online and that I was pretty excited to visit, Stoller Family Estates.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Stoller was having a special event going on for Memorial Day like Left Coast where they had cracked open some of their reserve wines and you got to walk around their fermentation room and taste a wide variety of wines. We enjoyed the wine at Stoller a lot more than Namasté, although I wish that we’d been able to walk around their beautiful property like we had at Left Coast.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Once we were done with our tasting we decided to share a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers before heading back to the city. Stoller had a huge patio where a lot of people were sitting and enjoying the beautiful weather. The cool thing about Stoller was the fact that there were a lot of families there. It reminded me a lot of Pedernales Cellars in Texas where the kids were out playing in the fields while the parents were sipping on wine and enjoying themselves too.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Although Stoller wasn’t as much fun as Left Coast was, it was another great winery that we visited during our trip, and I definitely recommend a stop here if you’re wanting a wine day during your trip to Portland!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley

Address: 16161 NE McDougall Rd, Dayton, OR 97114
Price: $15/flight

With the Oregon wine country only being an hour away from the city of Portland, a day trip out here would be the perfect thing to add to your list of things to do during your visit. Even though Pinot Noir is what the Oregon wine country is known for, we really fell in love with their Rosé while we were tasting, and didn’t taste a bad wine! I hope that you have the chance to visit Willamette Valley soon to taste some wine! 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
Where To Eat In Portland

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 The Wandering Weekenders- Wine tasting in Willamette Valley is the perfect day trip from the city of Portland! Willamette Valley is a gorgeous wine area with a ton to explore.

An Afternoon At Washington Park

After our morning outside of Portland visiting Multnomah Falls, we had our afternoon wide open. Instead of taking the remainder of the day to visit another place outside of the city, we decided that we wanted to see more of the city of Portland, so after doing some research, I decided that visiting Washington Park would be the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The Wandering Weekenders- An afternoon at Washington Park exploring the International Rose Test Garden is the perfect way to find out why Portland is known as Rose City!

Washington Park is located just to the west of the city of Portland, and it’s a huge park with a ton of hiking trails that it would take you forever to explore. What really appealed to us though was all of the different attractions that Washington Park boasts, like the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Portland Japanese Tea Garden. When we visited San Francisco a couple of years ago, we visited Golden Gate Park which is pretty similar, and we had a blast, so we were really looking forward to our afternoon.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Japanese Tea Garden

Our first stop of the afternoon was the Japanese Tea Garden. When Portland became the sister city to Sapporo, Japan, several key leaders in the Portland decide to celebrate the Japanese culture by building a traditional Japanese tea garden.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

When we arrived at Washington Park, the parking lot was pretty crowded already, but we managed to find a parking spot, and started walking up to the Japanese Tea Garden. We had to wait in line for a little bit, but once we made it to the top, we realized that it was totally worth it. The Japanese Tea Garden was extremely beautiful, and a very peaceful place to walk around and explore.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

One of my favorite parts of the Japanese Tea Garden was the bonsai exhibit that they had on display. The location of the display had spectacular views of the city beyond, and it was so cool to see the different types of bonsai.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The International Rose Test Garden

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

After we were finished exploring the Japanese Tea Garden, we headed right across the parking lot to the International Rose Test Garden. One thing that I didn’t know before we headed to Portland is that Portland is actually known as The City of Roses. There are a few reasons why Portland is known as Rose City, but one of the main reasons why is that roses grow like crazy in Portland. They grow so incredibly well, that Portland even hosts a Rose Festival every year right around Memorial Day weekend. We actually saw all the set up for the festival during our trip, but we didn’t have enough time to go to the festival.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The primary purpose of the International Rose Test Garden is test different rose varieties, and oh my goodness are there rose varieties. I didn’t even know that there were that many different types of roses! I felt like I was taking pictures of all the different types of roses, and then I turned a corner and saw how many rows upon rows upon rows of roses there actually were to see! It was pretty much any woman’s and blogger’s dream!

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

We spent about an hour or so taking pictures of all the roses, and I just couldn’t get enough! I probably would have been stayed there for hours upon hours taking pictures, but alas we had to go back to our Airbnb and get ready for dinner! If you’re in Portland for a weekend, I definitely recommend a visit to the Portland International Test Garden.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoyed our time at the International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Tea Garden, and definitely recommend a visit to Washington Park. The Japanese Tea Garden cost $9.50 for adults while the International Rose Test Garden is completely free. If we had more time, we definitely would have tried to go hiking or even made our way to Hoyt Arboretum. 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.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At Washington Park

Have you ever visited a Japanese Tea Garden? Did you know that Portland was known as Rose City?

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
Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley
Where To Eat In Portland

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The Wandering Weekenders- An afternoon at Washington Park exploring the International Rose Test Garden is the perfect way to find out why Portland is known as Rose City!

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