Top 10 (Food-Related) Things to do in Portland
1.) Visit urban winery
What is an urban winery? In PDX there are 16 members of the PDX Urban Wineries association. These are a bit different than tasting rooms as in these spaces the grapes are made into wine and in a tasting room the wine is made somewhere else and brought to the tasting room to be sampled. You can't go wrong either way, but just thought I should explain the difference. Anywho, I’m a bit biased, but I love Enso. I had my wedding party here. It is a great atmosphere, has charcuterie, and lovely wines. Try their Portland Sangria too.
2.) Blue star doughnuts, please
For 18 hour to rise brioche donuts with organic and/or all-natural ingredients, Blue Star is a must! Try the passionfruit with cacao nibs or perhaps the Meyer lemon with key lime curd. For an amazing vegan option, try the matcha flavor with lots of real matcha! Get those antioxidants. :)
3.) Visit distillery row
If you’re into spirits, this will be your jam! I’m a big fan of House Spirits and their mini cocktail tasting. But, try them all, you can’t go wrong!
4.) Go to brunch (top 3 picks)
This is hard! Portland is a brunch city for sure! But, for purposes of this blog, I’m sticking to 3. Broder Nord is a must. I prefer the location near the Mississippi district, but that’s just because I live near that location. I’m a huge fan of the Nord Bord for a lovely nordic variety of items. It’s fun! Next, and for a nice brunch date or just any ole day, I’d say go to Beast. You’ll have a pre-fixed reserve only 4-course brunch for $35.00 (it’s a steal) from an award-winning female chef (Naomi Pomeroy) featured on “Chopped”. Book early and check out the menu before you go... And lastly, I’d head to Harlow on Hawthorne for delicious, whole food ingredients, fresh juices, amazing coffee drinks, and such great servers. The line may be out the door, so go during the week! There’s no meat, but eggs for sure.
5.) Visit Fifty Licks, Salt & Straw, or Ruby Jewel
You really can’t go wrong here. You may have to wait in line at all of the locations, but it’ll be worth the wait! Have the arbequina olive oil at Salt & Straw, the ice cream sandwiches at Ruby Jewel and the choco-coco-mel flavor at Fifty Licks. Yes, it’s vegan, but trust me, it is amazing!
6.) Visit a food cart
8.) Visit Tea Bar
With multiple locations throughout the city, you can be sure there is one in the neighborhood you are living in while in Portland. I love the Blue Majik, Matcha Latte, and the Beet Rose latte. It’s a must visit if you all-natural ingredients in your boba with a wonderful minimalist atmosphere.
9.) Go to a happyhour
Please refer to my happy hour blog above this blog when you scroll!
10.) Take a ZestyPDX food tour!
Want to eat and learn history while meeting others who have the same interest? Well, come on! It’ll be fun. Learn about our tours and book your favorite!
Melissa Guidry | Founder of ZestyPDX
My name is Melissa Guidry and I moved to Portland 13 years ago via a transplant from Louisiana very near New Orleans. I've been a gastronomy tour guide for four years creating itineraries and guiding local food tours as well as in guiding historical and cultural tours in Europe. Before working in tourism I worked for a culinary and design school here in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Trying new restaurants filled with gastronomic delights is a hobby and passion for me along with cooking, voracious food blog reading, my own blogging, and hosting meals for friends and family. And, don't forget travel- it's an equal love of mine! So please join me fellow travelers (and locals too) on an adventure filled with eating, history, and fun!