I have 2 places for you in the downtown/Pearl neighborhood:
Jake’s Crawfish – don’t miss their crabcakes.
410 SW 12th Ave (B on map)
Silks (Vietnamese) – don’t miss their BBQ ribs.
1012 NW Glisan Ave (A on map)
A BIG Thank You for everyone’s recommendations.
I arrived later than I thought due to some aircraft trouble so I was only able to fit in Henry’s Tavern & a very nice Pho place called Pho van Bistro along with the requisite trip to Powell’s in search of gems for my wifes fiber/spinning business.
My wife and I are planning an April vacation trip to Seattle/Portland area in search of sheep fur, microbrews and National Parks. So I’ll get the chance to avail myself of more of the recommendations.
Jake’s Crawfish! Just a block away from Powell’s Books!!!
If I only had two places I could choose in Portland, it would be Dan and Louie’s Oyster Bar and the Kennedy School McMenamin’s Pub for grub and microbrews.
If you want a uniquely Portland experience, and one of the best steaks in the country, go to the Ringside restaurant at 2165 West Burnside in downtown Portland, 503-223-1513. The atmosphere is clubby and a little dark, and the steaks are wonderful. Their web address is http://www.ringsidesteakhouse.com.
Another interesting choice would be Papa Haydn. Papa Haydn has two locations: one on Northwest 23rd Avenue (a really neat shopping district), and one on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue. The food is really good at Papa Haydn, and fairly priced, but the real draw is their desserts. Papa Haydn has the biggest dessert menu I have ever seen: in their display cases, you will see incredible cakes, tortes, bombes and pies. This is their real claim to fame, so even if you haven’t saved room for dessert, you should have it anyway! Their web address is http://www.papahaydn.com
There are also many amazing breakfast places in Portland, and breakfast out is a Portland tradition, especially on weekends, but it doesn’t sound like you’ll be in the mood for breakfast before your redeye!
Enjoy your day in Portland!
These 3 places would give you a good beer experience. The first 2 are on the central east side; Henry’s is in the Pearl District, right off Burnside. I enjoy the Bridgeport Brewery on NW Flanders too.
Powell’s, if you like books, is a must do-
Walking along the river (either side)is something we do every time we are up that way. I love Dan & Louis Oyster Bar just to soak up the atmosphere and have a bowl of Oyster Stew.
Stanich’s makes a Burger that people swear by,
Otto’s Sausage Kitchen is also out in SE-
This is sporadic poster Nick’s tip sheet for Portland diners-
If you want scenic beauty, you can explore the Gorge, taking a drive to Multnomah Falls and Lodge,
then come back to the city. Easily Doable.
The Ocean’s about 2 hours away, probably too far.
Do a Burgerville for Shakes and Voodoo Donuts for local flavor.
That should fill up a day and a half.
Given two, I’d do Dan & Louis and one of the beer stops.
PS: if you’re a Simpsons fan, you’ll notice that many characters are named after Streets in Portland.
I’m off to Portland OR and will have tomorrow afternoon and evening free to explore.
What two Portland "MUST EAT" places would you recommend if you had the time that I do in town? I’ll have a car, so I can drive.
(Then I take the redeye Tuesday night back to Baltimore through LAX arriving at 6:30AM. Then I have to drag my tired keester over to another terminal where I fly out at 9:30AM for Birmingham AL for two days of meetings)
Thanks in advance,
An afternoon & evening in Portland, OR
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