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Best of Portland

Best of Portland

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Mother’s Bistro
(SW Stark & 2
nd
)
 –
my favorite brunch place
 
Besaw’s
(NW Savier & 23
rd
)
 –
second favorite brunch place
 
Waffle Window (SE 36
th
& Hawthorne)
 –
quick and fresh delicious waffles, best I ever had!
 
Screen Door (E Burnside & 23
rd
)
 –
third favorite brunch place
 
Detour Café (SE 30
th
& Division)
 –
great breakfast sandwiches
 
Broder (SE Clinton & 25
th
)
 –
delicious Scandinavian brunch
 
Night Light Lounge (SE Clinton & 21
st
)
 –
delicious bottomless mimosas
 
Pine State Biscuits (SE Belmont & 26
th
)
 –
best biscuits ever!
 
Helser’s on Alberta
(NE Alberta & 15
th
)
 –
get the Scotch egg! Take home a dozen crumpets and eat them
in the morning toasted with marionberry jam topped with blueberries…mmm!
 
 
Sanborn’s (SE Milwaukee)
 
 
Other famous places I haven’t tried: Tin Shed, Bijou Café,
Everett St. Bistro, Stepping Stone Café(ginormous pancakes), Tasty and Sons,
Merriweather’s, U
topia Café, Cricket Café, Gravy, Zells, PetiteProvence
Activities:
 
Wine tasting
in Hillsboro & Forest Grove
o
 
David Hill Winery
o
 
Oak Knoll Winery
o
 
Purple Cow Winery
 
Fruit picking
in Hillsboro or Sauvie Island
o
 
West Union Gardens (all kinds of berries, this is the one I went to)
o
 
Smith Berry Barn
o
 
Sauvie Island Farms
o
 
Or if you just drive around Sauvie Island there should be a number of smaller farms and alsolavender picking farms
 
OMSI
 
 –
fun science museum with beautiful views along the waterfront
 
 
Food cart pods
 –
very Portland!! 
o
 
o
 
Many have been featured in magazines and on the Food Network!
o
 
12
th
& SE Hawthorne
 –
this one has crepes, Mexican food, crazy gourmet fries, and more
o
 
23
rd
& NE Alberta
 –
cute pod
o
 
Downtown: 10
th
& SW Alder, 5
th
& SW Stark, 3
rd
& SW Stark
 –
Korean BBQ tacos and more!
o
 
End of N Mississippi Ave
 –
this is one of the most famous ones, has a bunch of famous carts
o
 
Koi Fusion
 –
best Korean BBQ tacos, check website www.koifusionpdx.com for current location
 
Nice Views:
o
 
 
Pittock Mansion
 –
beautiful views of Portland, beautiful gardens and a mansion, nice picnic place(free to go enjoy the views/gardens, costs $8 to go into the mansion if you want a tour)
o
 
Mt. Tabor City Park
 –
more views of Portland but slightly blocked by trees, fun playground
o
 
Forest Park
o
 
OHSU Aerial Tram
 –
free to go down, $4 to go back up, or take the Streetcar into DowntownPortland (see my tour suggestion)
o
 
Bike down Springwater Corridor to Oaks Amusement Park and Sellwood Riverfront Park
o
 
Sauvie Island
 –
has beaches (including a nude beach) with views of mountains
o
 
Washington Park
 –
has a great International Rose Test Garden (free), Japanese Garden ($$),Vietnam Memorial (free), a zoo ($$) and other museums ($$)
o
 
Columbia Gorge:
 
Crown Point Vista House
 –
the most gorgeous view of the Columbia Gorge ever
 
Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls hike
 –
6 mile hike, 3 major waterfalls and somesmaller ones along the way, plus a great viewpoint of Columbia Gorge
o
 
Mount St. Helens
o
 
Mt. Hood
 –
Timberline Lodge, year-round skiing, etc., also some hikes, Ramona Falls is probablythe most beautiful falls in Oregon
 
My Downtown Portland Tour:
o
 
Take the OHSU Aerial Tram down the hill to South Waterfront
o
 
Then take the Streetcar into Downtown (the Streetcar is right outside the tram station)
 
If you like rice pudding, stop at PSU and walk over to 1503 SW Park Ave to Pudding on
 
the Rice
 
 –
 
best rice pudding (15+ flavors displayed like gelato, made from the owner’sgrandmother’s Swedish recipe), crepes ($5 customize your own), and frozen yogurt, and
the sweetest and nicest owners that work there!
 
Stop at Yamhill and check out Pioneer Square
 
 
Lots of shopping around here
o
 
Then keep walking down 10
th
to Burnside
 
 
Powell’s Cit
y of Books
 –
must-visit largest bookstore ever, takes up a whole city blockand 4 stories!
o
 
Then head up to
 
Portland City Grill (111 SW 5
th
Ave)
 
Great views of Portland, very nice restaurant/bar
 
Happy hour 4:30-6:30 pm, awesome food deals, drinks are not on sale but they have the
best mojitos I’ve ever had (and cool ones like passion fruit mojito, mango mojito, etc)
 
o
 
Then go to
 
Voodoo Doughnuts (22 SW 3
rd
Ave)
 –
 
extremely famous donut shop, there’ll probably
be a line when you get there! I recommend the Glazed Crueller, Maple Bacon, or the Tangfastic
donuts, but there’s a lot of other fun donuts!
 
 
o
 
Then walk along the Waterfront Park and just enjoy the view!
o
 
Chinese Garden in Downtown Chinatown, admission fee
(I haven’t been here, heard it’s nice)
 
 
Events:
o
 
Last Thursday on Alberta St
 –
every last Thursday of the month, big street fair! Fun peoplewatching. Lots of vendors and food carts!
o
 
First Thursday in Pearl District (NW)
 –
every first Thursday of the month, galleries open late andhave special events, also a big art fair on the street. Better than Last Thursday, in my opinion. Nofood carts though! =(
o
 
Saturday & Sunday Market
 –
every weekend on the SW waterfront, ginormous marketreminiscent of the Asian night markets. Great place to shop for gifts. Lots of good food too. Irecommend getting Elephant Ears! I also bought some delicious fresh marionberry jam for prettycheap from one of the vendors.
o
 
Farmer’s Market at PSU
(Sat)
 –
 
best farmer’s market ever, lots of good food stands too
 
Best Happy Hours:
 
Saucebox (4-6 pm)
 –
real swanky restaurant with yummy Asian-style foods. Third best happy hour.
 
 
Night Light Lounge (3-7 pm)
 –
lots of games, good food
 
 
Voicebox Karaoke (4-7 pm)
 –
super fun karaoke with a bar, $4/hr during happy hour
 
 
Doug Fir Lounge (3-6 pm)
 –
steak for $3?!?!? Real nice looking place too. Tied for third best happy hour.
 
Portland City Grill (4:30-6:30 pm)
 –
great views, great deals on food, and best mojitos. Definitely the besthappy hour.
 
North 45 (4-6 pm)
 –
great food and drink deals, and the food is amazing! Second best happy hour.
 
Bar Mingo (3-6 pm)
 
 
Noble Rot (5-6 pm)
 –
really good food, great cocktails, and wine, pretty nice view too!
 
 
Someday Lounge
 
Backspace Café
 
Ringside Steakhouse
 
Jake’s Famous Crawfish
 
 
Red Star Tavern
 
Davis Street Tavern
 
The Observatory
 
Carafe
 
Oba!
 
Salvador Molly’s
 
Best Desserts:
 
Pix Patisserie
 –
near our house! Amazing desserts (passion fruit mousse!) and macaroons.
 
Papa Haydn in NW or SE
 
Alotto Gelato in NW
 
Mio Gelato in NW
 
Cool Moon Ice Cream Company in NW
 
Jade Teahouse & Patisserie in SE (Sellwood)
 
Two Tarts
 
Ruby Jewel
 –
handmade ice cream
 
Moonstruck Chocolate Café

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