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Portland advice

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spikechiquet, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I am going to Portland, Ore. to cover the Craft Brewers Conference and am curious what are the "have to go" places there.
    So far, my plans are to hit:
    Saraveza (a craft beer bar that serves a dish made only usually in my hometown's area (pasties), so I want to check that out)
    Breakfast at Blue Star Donuts (saw it on "Best Ever" on Food Network)
    Lunch at Papa Hayden and/or Mo's

    Looking for some other places downtown worth checking out. Most of my time will be spent at the convention center, but I would like to get out a bit to say I "saw" the city at least.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Voodoo Doughnuts, eat at a food cart, Powell's Books is usually high on the list, it's just a huge book store, but it's a block away from Henry's Tavern.
    I figure you know where to find a good brew, but it depends what else you're into. Portland has the usual museums, gardens, etc. Take a ride on the tram up to the Oregon Health Sciences University for a decent view of the city. My favorite restaurant is Higgins near the Park blocks. Eat at the bar and you don't need reservations, Good local food and beverages.
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  3. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    See if there's some way to get permission or a pass to shop at the Nike Employee Outlet Store. If you can, you will not regret it.
  4. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Powell's Books is a must - just make sure you have an hour or two to do it justice. Lots of great food on Mississippi, including some really good Mexican joints.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Yeah Powell's is a must whenever I'm there. I like to restrict myself to buying only from the employee recommendations wall -- they find some stuff I would never stumble on myself.

    I have been underwhelmed by the dinner food, and I've been all over the city. Higgins is good but not great. But breakfast is where it's at in Portland.

    Also, Bridgeport IPA. I used to love it, had trouble finding it last month.
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Conference is the 14-17th; Timbers are home on the 12th. Come a couple days early.

    I would schedule a side trip to Timberline Lodge/Multnomah Falls/Vista House.
  7. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the all the input. Unfortunately, I fly in at noon Weds. and leave noon Friday, but I hope to pack in some of these ideas.
    Yeah, I saw the Timbers were home the weekend before, so mad I am going to miss out. I will make sure to nab a hat though.
  8. Fly

    Fly Well-Known Member

    Cascade Brewing is a MUST my man...great PNX sours of all varietals.
  9. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I'll second Multnomah Falls as a great site to visit, but it's a bit outside the city if you're staying downtown.

    When we visited a friend in the Grant Park area (not too far NE from downtown), we enjoyed Sweet Basil Thai, on Broadway:

    Thai Cuisine | Portland, OR
  10. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Bridgeport brew pub, and almost anything in the Pearl District.

    Ill-fitting shoes will kill your feet descending from the top of the falls. Hiking boots are recommended.
  11. Giggity

    Giggity Member

    I lived in Portland until very recently, and I would personally recommend avoiding most of the above advice.

    To wit:

    Avoid all of the doughnut places - honestly, a doughnut is a doughnut, and it's just going to leave you feeling crappy for a couple of hours during your short trip.

    You're not going to get an employee discount to the Nike store if you're an out-of-town visitor, and even if you could, what a stupid way to spend a couple hours of your short trip.

    Powell's is pretty cool, but it's not 10 years ago, so stumbling across old books doesn't have the same romanticism it used to. Powell's is like high school reunions before Facebook.

    DO: Eat at Screen Door. Get the fried chicken. Get the fried chicken and five other things and send me a picture, please, because Screen Door is God's gift to us. (If there's a wait, get coffee at the place next door, which, GOOD LORD, is some good coffee.)

    DO: Eat at Tasty n Sons. If you've got people with you, all the better - it's family style, so order a few dishes and pass them around. (HINT: Bacon-wrapped dates.)

    DO: Get happy hour at Portland City Grill. Get there before happy hour starts if possible - best-case is to get there around 4 so you can lock down one of the 20 or so window seats that offer the best view in the city, and $5 drinks. But even if you don't get a window seat, get a seat by the piano because the piano player is awesome - he's a blind kid who plays just about everything from Bach to Skynyrd to John Williams.

    DO: Go to the huge food-cart pod downtown for lunch. It's at roughly 10th and Alder, but it takes up a couple blocks so you don't really need an address. I'm not going to give you a specific recommendation, because the whole beauty of food carts is that there are tons of options. I'll warn you that it's the definition of paralysis by analysis though. Once you've grabbed something, go down to the park at 9th and Washington and eat. There's always somebody playing a guitar or a ukulele or something for change.

    Here are some other quick ideas:

    Salt and Straw, for the best ice cream you're ever likely to have; Tails & Trotters, for the best sandwich from a pork-only butcher you're ever likely to have (get the Banh Mi!); Michael's Italian Beef, for the best hot-beef sandwich west of Chicago you're ever likely to have; Casa Diablo, for the best lap dance you're ever likely to have; Devil's Point, for Stripparaoke; Paadee for outstanding Thai food (the best I've had outside of Thailand; I'm nuts for the Gai Grop Sam Yan).

    And, if you ever get the chance to go back with a little more time - I highly recommend a limo wine tour. You'll want to do some googling on that, because the best companies tend to rotate around a little bit for some reason. But it's an A+ day if you can talk yourself into it. For $80 or so a person, you ride around in a limo through some of the best wine country in the world. They drop you of for an hour or two each at three different wineries, where you sit outside and drink incredible wine for incredibly cheap prices (the hope, on the winery's part, is that you buy a case or two, or subscribe to their monthly shipments - but there's zero pressure to do so).
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  12. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    These sentences make me sad.
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