Steven’s Portland Guide

Steven
Steven’s Portland Guide

Food close to home

Places that can be walked to OR a quick drive
Local place for coffee
Ava Roasteria
4847 Meadows Rd
Local place for coffee
Kolache and coffee shop. If you're not familiar, these are huge in Texas. They are a Czech pastry and there are 2 types: savory and sweet. Savory is filled with meat and the sweet have a cheese or fruit filling.
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Happy Sparrow Cafe
5405 Jean Road
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Kolache and coffee shop. If you're not familiar, these are huge in Texas. They are a Czech pastry and there are 2 types: savory and sweet. Savory is filled with meat and the sweet have a cheese or fruit filling.
Close to the house. Great appetizers including chicken wings. Curries on the other hand are just ok, nothing special
Hello little India
15158 Bangy Road
Close to the house. Great appetizers including chicken wings. Curries on the other hand are just ok, nothing special
Great for breakfast and lunch. A bit on the sweeter side
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Babica Hen Cafe
15964 Boones Ferry Road
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Great for breakfast and lunch. A bit on the sweeter side
Very popular breakfast and lunch options. 15min walk from the house
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La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie
16350 Boones Ferry Road
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Very popular breakfast and lunch options. 15min walk from the house
Breakfast / lunch peruvian food with lechon asado, aji de gallina, and plantains
Maria Latina
7100 Southwest Hampton Street
Breakfast / lunch peruvian food with lechon asado, aji de gallina, and plantains
Scandinavian brunch - doesn't take reservations, so need to get there early or expect an hour wait
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Broder Söder
8800 SW Oleson Rd
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Scandinavian brunch - doesn't take reservations, so need to get there early or expect an hour wait
Ramen. I love the tantanmen.
Mugen Noodle Bar
10115 Southwest Nimbus Avenue
Ramen. I love the tantanmen.
Fantastic burgers and artisan soft-serve sundaes. Berliner-style donuts. Same location as Grassa, Lardo, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Fills Lake Grove
3955 Mercantile Drive
Fantastic burgers and artisan soft-serve sundaes. Berliner-style donuts. Same location as Grassa, Lardo, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Great brunch option. Great burgers. Same location as Fills, Grassa, Lardo, St. Jac, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Tasty
4055 Mercantile Drive
Great brunch option. Great burgers. Same location as Fills, Grassa, Lardo, St. Jac, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Well known Portland pasta within walking distance. Same location as Fills, Lardo, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea They're new at this location and still getting their operation up and running
Grassa
4055 Mercantile Drive
Well known Portland pasta within walking distance. Same location as Fills, Lardo, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea They're new at this location and still getting their operation up and running
Well known Portland sandwich place. Same location as Fills, Grassa, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Lardo
4025 Mercantile Drive
Well known Portland sandwich place. Same location as Fills, Grassa, St. Jac, Tasty, Oven & Shaker, Ovation Coffee & Tea
Morrocan coffee and tea with pastries
Ovation Coffee & Tea
4055 Mercantile Drive
Morrocan coffee and tea with pastries
Costa rican food. Excellent plantains, rotisserie chicken and gallo pinto
Casa del Pollo
15910 Boones Ferry Road
Costa rican food. Excellent plantains, rotisserie chicken and gallo pinto
Family-friendly brewhouse with a decent list on tap. This is an Oregon favorite with different locations that have personality
McMenamins John Barleycorns
14610 Southwest Sequoia Parkway
Family-friendly brewhouse with a decent list on tap. This is an Oregon favorite with different locations that have personality
Good for happy hour when the fare is cheaper and the drinks are good. Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, St. Honore Bakery
Holy Taco
345 1st Street
Good for happy hour when the fare is cheaper and the drinks are good. Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, St. Honore Bakery
Good bowls for the health minded traveler
Laughing Planet
91 S State St
Good bowls for the health minded traveler
Part doughnut / part beignet Same area as Salt & Straw, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
NOLA Doughnuts
365 N State St
Part doughnut / part beignet Same area as Salt & Straw, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
Great bakery with outside seating Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco
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St. Honoré Bakery Lake Oswego
315 1st Street
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Great bakery with outside seating Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco
Gourmet Ice Cream Well-known in Portland. Same area as NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
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Salt & Straw
100 A Ave
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Gourmet Ice Cream Well-known in Portland. Same area as NOLA Doughnuts, Lake Oswego Farmer's market, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
Good normal and gluten free options. Also breakfast croissants (e.g. egg & cheese)
Too Sweet Cakes
5755 Willow Lane
Good normal and gluten free options. Also breakfast croissants (e.g. egg & cheese)

Food in other neighborhoods

The best food across town
Wilsonville (neighborhood) Moraccan - really good. If you're going to sit inside, only do so in cooler months as there's no AC. Otherwise, do take-away
Dar Essalam
29585 Park Pl
Wilsonville (neighborhood) Moraccan - really good. If you're going to sit inside, only do so in cooler months as there's no AC. Otherwise, do take-away
Sellwood (neighborhood) Great italian restaurant with homemade pasta. gluten free pasta available
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a Cena Ristorante
7742 Southeast 13th Avenue
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Sellwood (neighborhood) Great italian restaurant with homemade pasta. gluten free pasta available
Sellwood (neighborhood) Best place in town for sushi. Currently you have to get on the to go order list early in the day for take out between 5-8pm.
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Saburos | Sushi House Restaurant
1667 SE Bybee Blvd
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Sellwood (neighborhood) Best place in town for sushi. Currently you have to get on the to go order list early in the day for take out between 5-8pm.
SE Portland Authentic Texas BQQ. This place is top notch. I spent 10yrs in Austin and this place competes.
Botto’s BBQ
3120 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue
SE Portland Authentic Texas BQQ. This place is top notch. I spent 10yrs in Austin and this place competes.
SE Portland Best pho in town. It's legit
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Phở Hùng
4717 Southeast Powell Boulevard
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SE Portland Best pho in town. It's legit
Vietnamese soups. Different selection than Rose VL but same owner
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HA & VL Vietnamese Noodle Soup
2738 Southeast 82nd Avenue
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Vietnamese soups. Different selection than Rose VL but same owner
SE Portland Rotating Vietnamese Soups for breakfast/lunch. Delicious
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Rose VL Deli
6424 SE Powell Blvd
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SE Portland Rotating Vietnamese Soups for breakfast/lunch. Delicious
Mississippi (neighborhood) Unlikely thai / texas fusion that's highly rated
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Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails
3808 N Williams Ave
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Mississippi (neighborhood) Unlikely thai / texas fusion that's highly rated
Hawthorne (neighborhood) Good brunch. Busy on the weekend so go during the week
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Jam On Hawthorne
2239 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
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Hawthorne (neighborhood) Good brunch. Busy on the weekend so go during the week
Mt. Tabor (neighborhood) Fantastic brunch and adventurous meals
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Coquine
6839 SE Belmont St
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Mt. Tabor (neighborhood) Fantastic brunch and adventurous meals
Beaverton (neighborhood) Top notch Puerto rican food
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Boriken Restaurant
12800 SW Canyon Rd
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Beaverton (neighborhood) Top notch Puerto rican food
Division (Street) Amazing mussels, bone marrow, and cocktails
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La Moule
2500 SE Clinton St
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Division (Street) Amazing mussels, bone marrow, and cocktails
Netarts (coastal town) 1.5 hrs from home. If you're in the area and you like seafood, this will be your best meal of the trip. It is not a shellfish farm. It's a seafood shack. Order ~3 dishes per person. There's a big line if you get there when it opens at noon. However, get there at 1-130, and you'll quickly place your order.
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Nevør Shellfish Farm
6060 Whiskey Creek Rd
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Netarts (coastal town) 1.5 hrs from home. If you're in the area and you like seafood, this will be your best meal of the trip. It is not a shellfish farm. It's a seafood shack. Order ~3 dishes per person. There's a big line if you get there when it opens at noon. However, get there at 1-130, and you'll quickly place your order.
Division (street) Delicious artisan flavors dairy free options available
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Fifty Licks Ice Cream
2021 Southeast Clinton Street
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Division (street) Delicious artisan flavors dairy free options available
Beaverton (neighborhood) French /Asian fusion bakery. Great macaroons
Tous Les Jours Beaverton
11735 Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton (neighborhood) French /Asian fusion bakery. Great macaroons
2 locations: Sellwood and Alphabet District The best cakes. Good meals as well
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Papa Haydn
5829 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue
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2 locations: Sellwood and Alphabet District The best cakes. Good meals as well
Top notch Gelato with seasonal local flavors
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Pinolo Gelato
3707 Southeast Division Street
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Top notch Gelato with seasonal local flavors

Things to do

Peacocks walk around this area, though they tend to use this house as their main center. It's a nice walk. I recommend walking from Waluga to Oakridge to Bonaire and back. Some history: According to neighborhood lore, someone brought peacocks to the area in the 1960s or '70s, but after many years the original flock died off — some believe the birds were killed by a transplanted Texan who used them for target practice, according to a 2012 story in The Review. Eventually another neighbor decided to bring peacocks back to the area, and the neighborhood once again absorbed the birds.
16622 Bonaire Ave
16622 Bonaire Avenue
Peacocks walk around this area, though they tend to use this house as their main center. It's a nice walk. I recommend walking from Waluga to Oakridge to Bonaire and back. Some history: According to neighborhood lore, someone brought peacocks to the area in the 1960s or '70s, but after many years the original flock died off — some believe the birds were killed by a transplanted Texan who used them for target practice, according to a 2012 story in The Review. Eventually another neighbor decided to bring peacocks back to the area, and the neighborhood once again absorbed the birds.
Great park to take the kids. Also rentals: kayaks and SUP boards on the beach during the summer.
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George Rogers Park
611 South State Street
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Great park to take the kids. Also rentals: kayaks and SUP boards on the beach during the summer.
Get the tea flight. It's also next to Olympia Provisions which is a charcuterrie restaurants and Westward Whiskey for a fun afternoon
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Smith Teamaker
110 SE Washington St
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Get the tea flight. It's also next to Olympia Provisions which is a charcuterrie restaurants and Westward Whiskey for a fun afternoon
Smaller than the Portland farmer's market. However, it has a lot to offer and is much closer. Located in downtown Lake Oswego. It's a small town main street feel and has a good vibe. Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
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Lake Oswego Farmer's Market
300 1st St
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Smaller than the Portland farmer's market. However, it has a lot to offer and is much closer. Located in downtown Lake Oswego. It's a small town main street feel and has a good vibe. Same area as Salt & Straw, NOLA Doughnuts, Holy Taco, St. Honore Bakery
Huge farmer's market. Has it all including raw and cooked foods
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Portland Farmers Market
1831 SW Pedestrian Trail
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Huge farmer's market. Has it all including raw and cooked foods
Famous bookstore. It's huge, multi-story
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Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside Street
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Famous bookstore. It's huge, multi-story
Park at Red Fox Trailhead for ease of access and our favorite trail: Cedar trail
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Tryon Creek State Natural Area
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
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Park at Red Fox Trailhead for ease of access and our favorite trail: Cedar trail
Beautiful hikes
North Falls
Beautiful hikes
Beautiful spot on the coast, wether it's winter or summer. We recommend Indian's Beach, inside the State Park. You can get there by car or hike to it
Ecola Point
Beautiful spot on the coast, wether it's winter or summer. We recommend Indian's Beach, inside the State Park. You can get there by car or hike to it
If you feel up for an adventure, go rafting on the White Salmon River. They offer a whole day trip, which come recommened! The water is cold, so I would say, prime time would be June/July, maybe August if you're lucky with the water levels.
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Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking
860 Washington 141
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If you feel up for an adventure, go rafting on the White Salmon River. They offer a whole day trip, which come recommened! The water is cold, so I would say, prime time would be June/July, maybe August if you're lucky with the water levels.
One of the coolest places to spend an evening. Great ambiance, pool, hot springs, golf course, outdoor dining, concerts, multiple bars, gardens, spa, winery, brewery, movie theatre, etc.
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맥메나민스 에지필드
2126 Southwest Halsey Street
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One of the coolest places to spend an evening. Great ambiance, pool, hot springs, golf course, outdoor dining, concerts, multiple bars, gardens, spa, winery, brewery, movie theatre, etc.
Columbia gorge hike
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Horsetail Falls
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Columbia gorge hike
Colombia gorge hike
Latourell Falls
Historic Columbia River Highway
Colombia gorge hike

City/town information

Cute town East of Portland, right on the Columbia river. There's always lots of wind on the river in that area, so you'll see many windsurfers, kitesurfers, etc. Also known for its wineries Highly recommended there is Okalani, an AMAZING (and very fairly priced) sushi spot, and the Pfriem brewery. If you're there in summer, ask for their Wit beer (not hoppy, light but very tasty!).
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Hood River
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Cute town East of Portland, right on the Columbia river. There's always lots of wind on the river in that area, so you'll see many windsurfers, kitesurfers, etc. Also known for its wineries Highly recommended there is Okalani, an AMAZING (and very fairly priced) sushi spot, and the Pfriem brewery. If you're there in summer, ask for their Wit beer (not hoppy, light but very tasty!).
Coastal town with restaurant access. Go to Road's End State Recreational Site for beach access and check out the suspension bridge on the Drift Creek Falls hike
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Lincoln City
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Coastal town with restaurant access. Go to Road's End State Recreational Site for beach access and check out the suspension bridge on the Drift Creek Falls hike

Neighborhoods

A couple of mainstreets with lots of restaurants surrounded by bungalows
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Sellwood - Moreland
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A couple of mainstreets with lots of restaurants surrounded by bungalows