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414 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Portland loves its flights; at Cacao you can get a tasting portion of three different sipping chocolates (dark, spiced, and milk). The staff are wonderful and gave me many insider tips on where to go in the city too. Located close to the Pearl...
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3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
While having dinner at The Farm Cafe, I found that our server Cassie owns and operates a vintage store called Mag-Big on Hawthorne Blvd., one of the coolest vintage streets in America. Mag-Big sells handmade products from over 500 local artists...
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Tasty N Sons is on the Top 5 list of best brunches I’ve ever had. Here I was introduced to Shakshuka, an Israeli dish made of red pepper & tomato stew, with baked eggs and merguez sausage. It’s served in an orange potted bowl, and you want to...
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1100 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97202, USA
If you have a hankering for southern food, the buck stops here. With a to-die-for biscuit served with to-die-for gravy and to-die-for fried chicken (add an egg too!), you will be in Southern heaven! This spot only has five tables, so come early or...
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3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
On a blistering hot day, I had to get a cab back to my hotel, so I didn’t get to explore Southeast Division very much. But make Pok Pok your destination. I was lucky I didn’t have to wait in line (it was 3 pm and HOT). It’s all about Ike’s wings....
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3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
The Hazel Room on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon serves coffee, tea, brunch, and most amazingly, a large selection of tea cocktails. How would you fancy a "hot nurse," with tea, honey, ginger, bourbon, and cayenne? The dark victorian decor...
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36 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Right beside Voodoo Doughnuts, this modern, sleek restaurant has some really kick-ass pizza. We had the Margharita. It was simple but so right. The crust was perfect—thin but not too thin (this is also how I like my men). The cheese was gooey and,...
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107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Olympic Provisions food focuses on clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Home to Oregon's first salumeria, established in 2009 they're known for their meat. But I adore the small plates of pickled eggs and radish salads just as...
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Hollywood Theater debuted in 1926 and proved such a hit that Portland named a whole neighborhood after the historic landmark. The titular theater hosts film fests, arthouse events, and cheap second run movies you can pair with decent kettle corn...
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900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This is a beautiful bike shop in the Hawthorne neighborhood catering to the conventional —and the not-so-standard—two-wheel transport. I was astounded at some of the new "looks" in cycling. It's eye candy even to the most disinterested shopper....
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701 SW 6th Ave #196, Portland, OR 97204, USA
When my partner and I visit a city, we love to study the public transportation. We lived in Asia for a few years, and we learned the value of understanding the subways, buses, and the trains. We loved the light rail in Portland! I highly recommend...
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414 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
On the corner of Broadway and Salmon streets, downtown Portland, mid-afternoon, our energy starting to wane. You know the deal. So we pop into this temple dedicated to the Goddess of Cocciolato that is soooo far away from Hershey PA not even on...
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3520 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when folks would wander down to their neighborhood brewery and come home with a pail or two of fresh beer. Today's growler industry was born from these humble beginnings. The Tin Bucket takes the...
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310 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Northwest 23rd offers an array of fine dining and casual fare for the PDX food scene. Bamboo Sushi is a transplant from the Eastside and is a bustling sushi bar destined to grow more outlets. The fish and philosophy drive the menu at Bamboo, and...
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580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The chefs at Tasty n Alder really know how to pair flavors that just simply work whether it's brunch in the mornings or dinner at night. From their potato and chocolate donuts to their delicious frittatas with tons of veggies served in a cast iron...
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1003 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
There's a reason Nong's has been getting a lot of publicity. Her one dish of chicken and rice is so simple, so fresh, and so delicious—wrapped in butcher paper and served with soup and an addictive sauce that you'll be able to get in a bottle. She...
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215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
I love love love Biwa. I came here twice, that’s how much I loved it. Not even a five minute walk from the Jupiter Hotel, this place has one of the best happy hours I’ve ever had. Not on their website, their happy hour consists of pork, chicken...
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3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
The tram gives Portland visitors stunning views of the city, river, and mountains beyond. Grab the streetcar from downtown out to the waterfront. You're delivered to the lower terminal for the three-minute ride carrying you 3,300 feet at 20 MPH to...
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133 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Portland by bike is Portland done right. Pedal Bike Tours has the gear, guides, and itineraries to give you a two-wheeled taste of this platinum-rated cycling city. PBT prides itself in offering a nicely maintained, easy-to-ride bike that's...
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7540 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Just up from the N. Lombard Transit Center on the Max Yellow Line is a cozy coffee corner that's worth hopping off the train for. Cup Coffee is in an old Portland house serving great beverages and food in comfortable surroundings. Come for the...
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The Hoyt Arboretum is 200 acres of local, national, and international trees. The park has a network of trails that are thematically named by the species you'll find along the way. From the holly to the white pine, the redwood to the oak, the...
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400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
I wouldn't normally visit a hotel restaurant just for the purpose of having a sandwich. But this is the second restaurant by Vitaly Paley, one of Portland's most beloved chefs, and I'd been told it was a good place for lunch. I hadn't guessed that...
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1889 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Portland's food cart scene is obscene. There are so many "pods"—small to large groups of carts at a single location—it's impossible to keep track of what's located where. That's the kind of obscenity any community would love to have out in the...
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3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
After spending some time with Cassie of Mag-Big, Rachael and I headed next-door (it’s in the same building) to grab some brunch at The Hazel Room Tea Lounge (the owners are Cassie’s good friends). Rachael enjoyed a fresh grapefruit beverage and...
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517 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
It's patio party season here in PDX, and this little bar and bistro in NW is a perfect spot for an enjoyable evening. You'd never know there was a secret wonderland out behind this storefront. The bar itself is quite pleasant and acts as more than...
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1100 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This was my second-favorite food cart dish, and you'll know why by the lineup. Like Nong's it's just one dish. Their site says its a medley of brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, sour cream, Tillamook cheddar,...
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1012 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Before leaving for Portland, I spent some time looking into the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Habibi was recommended repeatedly so two friends and I (a vegetarian, a vegan, and a carnivore) had lunch there on a lovely Saturday...
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2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Finding fine French bakery goods beyond the borders of France would seem unlikely in this NW corner of the United States. St. Honoré has transformed a little shop in NW Portland into a cultural escapade you'd normally have to get on a plane to...
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704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Dick's culinary journey in PDX is an exacting evolution. After his venture with the successful Laughing Planet, he took his passion for healthy, locally sourced food into the Kitchen to deliver an instant classic. Hip, innovative, fresh. It's all...
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3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Pescatarians Unite! The fish mongers at B&T have created a casual seafood scene built on NW fresh. Catches are sustainable and expertly prepared in the former Wafu izakaya site. The big board is graced with the day's specials while the menu favors...
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1824 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Amazing restaurant with amazing food and custom desserts! So so so amazing!!!
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1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Visiting this neighborhood hangout is like dropping into a Parisian bistro. In the winter grab a table by the fireplace. Summer calls for a table by the open windows or outside. Definitely spring for the steak frites and take advantage of the...
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1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Chef Vitaly Paley is one of the best chefs in town. I recommend his restaurant in the NW 23rd area to all of my out-of-town friends. Great intimate dining room and not-to-miss desserts. Check them out on Wine Wednesdays for a special treat.
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4246 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Though there are many amazing places in Portland, Slappy Cakes was one of my favorite takeaways. This breakfast/brunch location gives the stamp of approval to play with your food. Slappy Cakes has griddles built directly into the tabletops and...
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1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Alberta Street was fondly referred to as "the knife and gun club" back in the day. Now it's all about Last Thursday street parties, cool watering holes, and eateries like Aviary. The kitchen is willing to go way out on limb when exploring the...
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1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Empty glasses join cleaned plates at this NE Portland brunch bar. I'm always happy to wait in the rain to find a seat in the enclosed, heated patio dining space. They peel off all the plastic and open things up when the weather gets nice, but it's...
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909 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
The Laughing Planet is one of those quintessential PDX drop-ins if you want to make your visit to rainsville relevant. The LP is the creation of Dick Satnick, current culinary visionary at Dick's Kitchen. He grew the biz into seven outlets in the...
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410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
A more casual take on Northwest cuisine with a fantastic happy hour. A great spot to grab a bite before a show. Be sure to get a seat at the bar in front of the kitchen and enjoy watching the chefs at work.
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1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212, USA
It's really easy to be a veg-head in PDX. You can't turn around without bumping into something gluten-free, soy-free, or meat-free. The Blossoming Lotus produces some of the most creative and delicious concoctions that will make you wonder why...
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5 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Portland is frequently called America's biking city, but you're wondering where the best places are to try a casual urban cruise. Bicycle boulevards crisscross tree-lined neighborhoods dotted with cafes, vintage boutiques, craft breweries, and...
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Portland, OR, USA
When you order the house specialty, khachapuri—Georgian cheese bread from the Kargi Gogo cart at the Alder Street carts—it is made that minute. You can watch as it's rolled out, with cheese and fries added to a golden melty goodness. All the...
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410 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
I'm a big fan of happy hours. This was my first time visiting Bastas Trattoria, and I will be a repeat customer when I'm back in Portland. Food and wine were all very tasty. Don't let the outside of the building fool you. Go inside.
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1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA
This NoPo bistro is in a neighborly little strip of shops on Fremont that's easily missed if you're not paying attention. And when you do find Acadia, you'll stop wondering if getting good creole cooking outside Louisiana is truly possible. Acadia...
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726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
As the name implies, Trifecta is about picking winners. In the Portland culinary race, Trifecta is an odds-on favorite to delight. Part bakery, part tavern, part restaurant, the co-mingling strikes a beautiful balance. Stepping into the expanse is...
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823 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
City Liquidators is three stories of capitalism gone crazy. Giant porcelain dolphins? Check. Glowing wolf paintings that howl? Check. Leather sleeper sofas? Check. Go with a group. Someone may find the perfect 50-cent spatula, someone may drop a...
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3811 N Mississippi Ave Suite 1, Portland, OR 97227, USA
This was the neatest place to stumble upon while walking down the historic Mississippi Ave. in Portland. I love little hideaways like this - overflowing with plants and country style living but in the middle of a bustling city or street. I...
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1801 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA
This east-side eatery is a breakfast/brunch haunt for me, and it's always busy on the weekends. No problem cleaning plates on Sunday morning after a full complement of Saturday night rambling. The waffles are always top heavy with fresh fruit. The...
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With a Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven at the heart of this 40-seat pizza parlor, Life of Pie quickly becomes the life of the party. The pizza is Tuscan-style crust with just the right amount of crisp while maintaining a loyalty to lightness. The...
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1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
One of my favorite ways to sample a city is to taste its micro-brews. So when I'm in Portland, my number-one stop is the Rogue Distillery and Public House. The beer is so spectacular I lugged home several pints. With so many to choose from, I...
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515 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
With 30 or more Oregon pinot noirs open for tasting at any given time (plus other wines to boot) you can really sink your teeth into the local speciality. The bartenders are experts on everything they've got, and once they get a sense of what you...
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1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
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5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Actually, the lobby of the Sapphire Hotel is as far as you'll get when you visit these days. And for all intents and purposes, it's far enough. The Sapphire maintains the edge its enjoyed since its inception in the early 1900s. Then a gathering...
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508 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
While wandering around downtown Portland looking for a place to eat dinner, a police officer stopped to ask my friend and me if we needed help finding something (how nice!). We asked for his recommendations of vegetarian friendly restaurants and...
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2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
I was on a cruise in Italy when I heard about this place. I'd mentioned that I was heading to Portland, and a fellow cruiser, a native of the town, had told me that if they had one recommendation it would be the ice cream at Salt and Straw. What...
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Amazing tacos and drinks! Come early, the line is almost always out the door!
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1954 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
We stumbled into this sweet bistro hunting the best pain au chocolat in Portland. We didn't find it here, but we did find excellent Croque Monsieur, cannele, and a laid back yet distinctly French vibe that we loved. The place gets even more lovely...
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4001 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Mississippi Ave - loving some Portland coffee and tea! Simple menu, simple set up. Loved the vibe and atmosphere of this place in the morning.
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1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
We didn't really feel like anything fancy, or something that felt like "an event," so we ducked into the increasingly popular Lardo in SW. Leave it up to this Portland gem to make sandwiches an "eventful" dinner. Salad worthy of sharing, a...
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101 N Weidler St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
The Big Woody is a quintessential Portland scene with lots of great beers, an emerging distillery culture, and a roomful of people who look like they just showed up from central casting for Portlandia. Pretty challenging not to have fun when the...
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3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Editor's note: Roman Candle has transformed into another entity, Holiday, with another menu and focus, none which we have tried yet, so please note that these descriptions no longer apply.

In pursuit of all things casual and unpretentious, my seat...
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1022 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This was the first stop on our Best Pain au Chocolat challenge in Portland and, while it was decidedly not the best croissant, we we're save by the sweet, classic, contemporary decor and the to-die-for pastries in this poppy little shop....
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9454 SW Allen Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005, USA
If you’ve read anything about Portland, you’ve probably heard about the blocks of street food carts in downtown Portland, most notably at the corner of SW 9th Ave. & SW Alder St. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT go to Portland and fail to eat at Mai’...
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2181 NW Nicolai St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Anyone taking diligent notes on Portland decor is sure to notice similarities in design from location to location beyond a love for taxidermy. Much of that Rose City decorating style emanates from Schoolhouse Electric. Located in a 115-year-old...
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404 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This was our second stop on the mission to find the best pain au chocolate, but it could have been our last - Nuvrei's pastry is flaky, light and crisp on the outside, soft rich buttery and chocolatey on the inside. To be truthful - this is a...
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560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
At the restaurant Nopa in San Francisco's Western Addition, the long bar and communal tables are perfect places to perch on a weeknight. Go early, order an elderflower gimlet or a sparkling, minty Old Cuban (both off-menu). Don't miss the Mission...