It’s funny being back in Oregon, Portland has changed so much from when I was a teenager, but at the same time it feels like I never left. Different but the same, making no sense and complete sense at the same time. Like the time I saw a man in a business suit riding a unicycle to work while texting on his iPhone, literally the day after we moved here. Back when I was 17, that guy would have been wearing flannel, cut-offs, and birkenstocks with socks, but he still would have been riding that damned unicycle around town. Where am I going with this? I have no idea. But I can tell you that it feels good to be home. My forested, weird, hippie home.
If you have more a sit-down restaurant feel in mind, there’s a plethora of places overflowing with tasty local eats. Try Screen Door for amazing fried chicken, Olympic Provisions for in-house cured meats and sausages, Ken’s Artisan Bakery for the best bread of your life, Smallwares for deliciously affordable Asian fusion, Ava Gene’s for house made pasta filled with local ingredients, St. Jack for high-end provincial French food with a northwestern flair, Pok Pok for deliciously traditional Thai food, Khao San for authentic Thai street food with an uptown twist, Langbaan for one of the city’s many pop-up restaurants, Lardo for some international and meaty sandwiches, Meat Cheese Bread for sandwiches with a more local ingredient emphasis, Kachka for richly flavored eastern European eats, Verde Cocina for healthy and incredibly tasty Mexican food, Tanuki for Japanese and Korean drinking foods, and Cheese and Crack for a delightful assemblage of snacks and appetizers whose flavors and presentation will continually blow your mind.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth that needs itching, try Blue Star Donuts or Pip’s Original for some of the tastiest and most creative donuts of your life. If you’re looking for incredible ice cream, Salt and Straw is a popular (and deservedly so) ice cream parlor with locally sourced flavors that often rotate with the seasons.
|Big thanks to my friend Melanie Johnson for helping reacquaint me with the plethora of Portland activities.|