Portland Food Guide

Portland was a dream for food. There were endless options and we found ourselves trying to decide which place to eat at during our short stay in the city. I’ve rounded up our favourites and this is really just a food diary because there weren’t that many places that we didn’t love. I’ve included links to Google Maps to each place as well as approximate prices you can expect, excluding tip.

Something Savoury

Proud Mary

Ricotta Hotcake

This cafe is a recent addition to Portland’s brunch scene and a mighty good one! Born out of Melbourne, the owner Nolan Hirte has opened up Portland’s very own Proud Mary. I’ve written an entire blog post about my experience here but my savoury dish pick is the Potato Hash and my sweet pick is the Ricotta Hotcake.

Price: Approximately $20.00 per person for food and a coffee

Address:
2012 NE Alberta St,
Portland, OR 97211

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7am–4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am–4pm

 

Heart Coffee Roasters

Another great option for coffee is Heart Coffee Roasters. They have 3 locations but we went to the one located in Westside. It was the perfect stop off for us before we hopped on a bus to Seattle. I loved the layout and design of this cafe. We sat at the bar area by the window, which was the perfect place to people watch and watch the world go by. I can’t speak for the other cafes but at this location they had a selection of pastries and cakes here as well.

Price: Approximately $4 per coffee

Address:
Westside Cafe
537 SW 12th Ave,
Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7am–6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am–6pm

Other Locations:
Eastside Cafe
2211 E Burnside St,
Portland, OR 97214
Open everyday: 7am-6pm

Woodstock Cafe
5181 SE Woodstock Blvd,
Portland, OR 97206
Open everyday: 7am-2pm

 

Boxer Ramen

Tonkotsu-Shio

Nothing will ever beat ramen from Japan, but my bowl of ramen from Boxer Ramen was so comforting and perfect for the rainy weather that we were experiencing in Portland. The mix was similar to what you’d expect in Japan. It was a simple dish of pork belly, a poached egg and scallions in a traditional tonkotsu shio (salt) pork broth. The onsen egg was similar to what I’ve eaten in Japan which made the dish!

Price: $12 per bowl of ramen

Address:
1025 SW Stark St,
Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11am–9pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm–9pm

Other Locations:
2032 NE Alberta St,
Portland, OR 97211
Open everyday: 12pm-9pm

2309 NW Kearney St,
Portland, OR 97210
Monday-Friday: 11am–9pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm–9pm

 

¿Por Qué No? Taqueria

Vegetarian Flautas

Bryan’s Bowl

If you’re after tasty and affordable Mexican food with amazing drinks then look no further than ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria. We arrived just as Happy Hour was starting which made it even better. I had a Bryan’s Bowl and Andrew had one of the daily specials – Vegetarian Flautas. They have two locations but we went to the one on Mississippi Avenue. A bonus mention is Spin Laundry which is around the corner from here and I mentioned it on this Instagram post. You can do a load of laundry while you enjoy your food which is what we did. It’s a perfect set up for all of you travellers out there.

Price: $8.25 for Bryan’s Bowl, Margarita $5.50, Vegetarian Flautas $8.50 (Happy Hour prices)

Address:
3524 N Mississippi Ave,
Portland, OR 97227

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-9:30pm

Other Location:
4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd,
Portland, OR 97215
Monday – Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-9:30pm

 

Luc Lac

Grilled Pork Bowl

Pho


Luc Lac was one of my favourite restaurants that we visited while we were in Portland. It is a Vietnamese restaurant located in downtown Portand. They do not take reservations and there is usually a line outside but don’t let that discourage you. They have their process down pat – you queue, pay for your order and then wait to be seated.

We arrived at around 8pm on a Friday night and were seated and served our meals fairly quickly. My tip would be to grab and drink while you wait for your table. It’ll make the wait seem even faster. I had the beef pho while Andrew had a grilled pork vermicelli bowl. We both loved our meals and would definitely go back if we return to Portland!

Price: Pho $10, Grilled Pork Bowl $10, O Mai Cocktail $9, Beer $5

Address:
835 SW 2nd Ave,
Portland, OR 97204

Opening Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11am–2:30pm, 4pm–12am
Friday-Saturday: 11am–2:30pm, 4pm–4am

 

Little Big Burger


Little Big Burger good stop off if you’re after a quick bite to eat. We both had vegetarian burgers which were good simple burgers – nothing fancy. The best thing about the meal though were the truffle fries. Yes, you read that correctly. They weren’t stingy on the truffle part of it as well. One thing to note is that if you have a big appetite, one burger may not be enough as they are quite small.

Price: $4.25 per veggie burger, $2.75 truffle fries

Address:
930 NW 23rd Ave,
Portland, OR 97210

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 11am-10pm

Other Locations:
They have so many so please see all locations here

 

Something Sweet

Voodoo Doughnut

Maple Glaze Donut (L) and Chocolate Donut (R)

If you’re after a good ol’ fashioned donut then Voodoo Doughnut is for you. The shop is a little grungy and they have plenty of different flavours and crazy donuts but we stuck with a plain chocolate donut and another one with a maple glaze, although they are most well known for their version of the maple bacon donut. I absolutely loved the light and fluffy texture of these donuts. They have multiple locations scattered around Portland but we visited the one in the downtown area. Voodoo doughnuts is open 24/7 except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and they are cash only.

Price: $1.25-$2.00 for most donuts

Address:
22 SW 3rd Ave,
Portland, OR 97204

Opening Hours:
24/7

Other Locations:
They have so many so please see all locations here 

 

Blue Star Donuts

Passionfruit and Cayenne Pepper Donut (L) and Bourbon, Blueberry and Basil Donut (R)

If you’re after something a little more fancy then check out Blue Star Donuts. This place was my favourite donut shop. They have an array of interesting flavours such as the Bourbon, Blueberry and Basil. As well as the Bourbon donut, we tried the Orange and Olive oil donut, Passionfruit and Cayenne Pepper donut and the O.G. My favourite out of the bunch was the Passionfruit and Cayenne pepper. The server said it tastes like sunshine and I would have to agree with him. A close second was the Bourbon, Blueberry and Basil donut which is their most popular donut.

Price: Approximately $3 – $4 per donut

Address:

1237 SW Washington St,
Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 7am–8pm or until they have sold out of donuts

Other Locations:
They have so many so please see all locations here

 

Salt and Straw

Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice-cream

Salt and Straw is a hugely popular ice cream shop. We waited 45 minutes for ours on a Saturday night, which in hindsight is a bit crazy but we figured we will only be in Portland once. The great thing about this place was that they let you try as many flavours as you want before you decide on the one you want. I picked Oregon Honey Rocky Road after sampling 2 or 3 and Andrew had Chocolate Gooey Brownie. I loved mine and it wasn’t as intense as the Chocolate Gooey Brownie. If you’re a chocolate fan, the brownie ice cream is for you! The waffle cone is an extra $1 but it’s worth it. They’re made in store and make the ice cream taste even better.

Price: $4.10 a scoop without a waffle cone

Address:
838 NW 23rd Ave,
Portland, OR 97210

Opening Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 10am-11pm

Other Locations:
3345 SE Division St,
Portland, OR 97202
Monday-Sunday: 11am – 11pm

2035 NE Alberta St,
Portland, OR 97211
Monday-Sunday: 11am – 11pm

I hope that you get to visit some of these places while you are in Portland! What are your favourite places to eat in the city?

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