With so much hype around Portland (insert Portlandia clip here), I had high expectations and the city of hipsters and foodies did NOT disappoint. This wanna be hipster was in hog heaven with all the food options and the local vendor shops. Unfortunately, we arrived on Christmas Day and many of the shops were closed for the holidays. Regardless of the season, we had so much fun exploring this city as we ice skated across the post-snow icy sidewalks. It was quite the adventure!
Without further ado, here are my recommendations for all things Portland:
Places To Eat
Besaw’s – Farmer’s Hash – Ask for no dairy or eggs (based on your needs), substitute the biscuit for a gluten free option (GF, EF, DF)
Tin Shed Garden Cafe – “Stay” with no egg or cheese – Such a cute brunch spot in the heart of the Alberta Arts District (GF, EF, DF)
For Your Sweet Tooth
VooDoo Doughnuts – This is the doughnut staple of Portland and, of course, we had to go! We bought a VooDoo dozen, where they surprise you with their choice of 12 doughnuts that could include cereal, M&M, or bubble gum topped pastries. So good! Keep in mind, this is NOT a gluten free doughnut shop for those with a wheat or gluten allergy. See below for an awesome alternative 🙂
Petunia’s – This is a fully gluten and dairy free bakery!!!, says Holly through a bull horn with way too much excitement. I got the sticky bun and salted caramel brownie. Guyyyyyys, they were sooo good! Go here if you feel left out from all the VooDoo Doughnut excitement, and I promise you will not feel left out of all the foodie goodness that Portland has to offer. I still dream about that brownie….
Lunch / Dinner
Radio Room – Almond milk matcha with a Buddha bowl (no barley) – The staff were incredibly accommodating and this was probably the best Buddha bowl I have ever had. To make it gluten free, ask for greens instead of barley as a base. They accidentally left in the barley and, when the waitress noticed, she ordered another one without the barley at no extra charge. Awesome!
Thai food cart – Pad See Ew with no egg, extra broccoli (GF, EF, DF) If you go to Portland, you HAVE to order from a food cart. Don’t worry, you can’t miss them. They are literally everywhere! Hubby and I ordered from a Thai cart after a long day of sightseeing – the best part is that it was $14 total. So cheap and so delicious!
Things To Do
Mississippi Avenue Arts District
Alberta Arts District
Powell’s City of Books
Here is a list of restaurants and activities we really wanted to try, but either didn’t have the time or they were closed for the holidays. I will be back soon to try out all of these amazing eateries!
Places To Eat Next Time
Milk Glass Market
Kenny and Zuke’s Deli
Old Salt Marketplace
Jam on Hawthorne
Lunch / Dinner
Departure Restaurant + Lounge
Wiz Bang Bar
The Hairy Lobster
Cha Cha Cha
Things To Do Next Time
Is there something I missed that is amazing and a must-see or -do? Let me know in the comments!