I grew up just miles from Portland, Oregon so I used to consider myself familiar with the city. (To be honest, I never thought Portland was cool.) Then I moved away and started hearing everyone raving about Portland which had suddenly became very trendy. I would see so many cool Portland spots on Instagram which were foreign to me. After a weekend trip to the Rose city with two of my girlfriends, I discovered some of these awesome Portland food offerings myself. Keep on reading to see where (and what) we ate in Portland during our weekend trip!
Produce Row Cafe – 204 SE Oak St
The neighborhood is very industrial and a tad sketchy but that aside…this place is pretty great! There are plenty of tables outside that can even accommodate large groups. Unfortunately we missed happy hour because of traffic but we still liked this spot. The portions aren’t huge so if you’re really hungry, you may want to order a few extras to share. I highly recommend the beer mac and cheese. They have an expansive list of drinks as well so it was hard to choose! I settled for a local Oregon cider by Wildcraft Cider which was really refreshing.
Pip’s Original Doughnuts – 4759 NE Fremont St
Everyone and their mom has been here so I know I’m super late to the game. I’ve been to Voodoo many times and Blue Star was a little out of our way, so my friends and I decided to try Pip’s. Luckily the line was fast moving when we went on Saturday morning. For the three of us, the dozen was perfect because we got to try four different flavors and not get too stuffed. My favorites were the simple cinnamon and sugar/maple bacon flavors. The chai flights look really interesting, so if I ever come back in the fall or winter I’m going to try that! Be sure to come within 7 days of your birthday for a free birthday dozen.
Small Pharaoh’s – 340 SW 5th St
Portland is known for their food trucks so I think every trip requires at least one food truck meal. I’ve been to several over the years but nothing has blown me away. Until now. Small Pharaoh’s is a food truck on 5th street that actually has seating, which is rare. The side of the food truck has a long row of bar stools and a counter! The $5 lamb gyro is a must! It was filled with soooo much meat, it was slightly overwhelming. The unique part about these gyros was they used some sort of pickled veggie mix – it even had cauliflower! They also take credit cards which is nice.
I snapped these pictures on our walk to the food trucks – can you spot the guy in the hotel?
Saburo’s Sushi House – 1667 SE Bybee Blvd
FINALLLLLLY! I’ve actually been wanting to go here for years because so many of my friends have raved about this spot. There is always a line it seems but now that I’ve tasted the food, I absolutely think it’s worth it. The salmon sashimi is super fresh and so big, it’s probably 4 bites total. I can’t remember what rolls we ordered but they were all really good and also large pieces. I will say that we witnessed some very poor customer service unfortunately. Another inconvenience is that you can only have 2 cards per table and they only let you order food once.
Portland Saturday Market – 2 SW Naito Pkwy
We didn’t eat at the Saturday Market but we walked around here because it’s always a must see in Portland. Most of the goods you can buy are things you wouldn’t ever need but if you like trinkets or souvenirs, this is a fun spot for those things. They also have some food vendors so you can get anything from Chinese food to homemade kombucha! The waterfront is always nice to walk or bike along as well.
Pine Street Market – 126 SW 2nd Ave
We didn’t eat here either because our stomachs can only hold so much food (tragic, I know). It was a definite contender though because it’s right next to the Saturday Market. Basically it’s just an indoor market with several different food vendors. A huge plus is there’s air conditioning and seating inside the market. You can get coffee, ramen, ice cream, and even gourmet hot dogs. I really want to go back for Wiz Bang Bar which is soft serve ice cream by Salt & Straw! As you can tell, the seating area was full so we didn’t eat here
Screen Door – 2337 E Burnside St
Alright y’all, this place is no joke. The food is intense and the line is basically a Disneyland line without the switchbacks. We got here a little after 10 on a Sunday (whoops) and we had to wait outside for over an hour and 15 minutes. Don’t make the same mistake as us and go right at opening if possible! While the food was delicious, I’m not sure I would want to wait in that kind of line again. Everything on the menu looked good to me but I went with the classic friend chicken and waffles. For $14.50, you get three giant pieces of fried chicken on top of a sweet potato waffle. It resembled carrot cake to me, which I love, so I was a fan of the waffle. I could only finish one piece of chicken!
Now my mouth is watering! Let me know your Portland food recommendations and I’ll definitely add them to my growing food bucket list. As you can tell, we packed quite a bit into a short weekend trip. Considering we only had one full day in Portland I think we did a good job eating our way through the city :) Looking forward to going back soon!
By the way, I’ve written a post on where to eat in San Francisco if you’re interested! Check it out here. If you want me to do more food posts please let me know!