I had the pleasure of going to school in Portland and since the moment I left I've been emailing lists to friends of all of the best spots to visit in the city with seven bridges (soon to be eight). I have such a love of PDX: their people, beer, food, and beer. Did I mention the beer? Here is a list to get you started if you ever find yourself in the neck of the woods.
Where to EAT:
These are some of my favorite spots to eat in Portland, above is a picture of poutine from the food truck Potato Champion, which is delicious any time of the day but is also a great late-night spot.
Breakfast & Brunch:
Bertie Lou's The kind of diner that doesn't have a website, great simple breakfast and Stumptown Coffee
Kenny & Zuke's Diner/ deli vibe. Delicious bagels and pastrami
Tasty n Sons Probably Portland's biggest brunch spot right now, be prepared to wait but it is worth it
Screen Door Sometimes, when I am spacing out, I am thinking about the Screen Door's fried chicken. Southern food done right (also great for dinner)
Simpatica Delicious with a "New American" vibe
Pine State Biscuits If you like biscuits and all of the imagined ways to top them, try this spot
Cafe Broder Delicious Swedish brunch- pass the lingonberry y'all
Meat Cheese Bread You can guess what this place specializes in...
Laurelhurst Market You can go here for dinner, but I like popping in during the day during their "butcher shop" hours and grabbing a sando
Porque No? Okay. I might live in the land of amazing Mexican food but this place is the real deal. Warning: their margaritas do not mess around
Bunk Messy delicious sandos
Grand Central Bakery This place is a PDX chain but I really enjoy their sandos, salads and soups
Nostrana Delicious Italian meets New American
Autentica Amazing traditional Mexican cuisine, I think this is one of Portland's best kept secrets
The Woodsman Tavern Tasty spot deep in SE Portand
Pambiche I LOVE this place, delicious Cuban food that makes me want to lick my plate clean
Pok Pok Everybody knows already, but the best Thai food in town. There are many spin-offs if you don't feel like the wait. And you will definitely have to wait!
Le Pigeon Very meat focused French cuisine
Ken's Artisan Pizza Some of the best pizza to be found in Portland
Apizza Scholls This is a local's favorite and is worth the wait
Nedd Ludd Most of the menu is cooked in a wood-fired oven and that is nice
Here are a mix of breweries with tap rooms and brew pubs to get a good feel of the beer scene in PDX
Horse Brass Pub
Hair of the Dog
The Commons Brewery
Multnomah Whiskey Library
Whiskey Soda Lounge