Navigating a new city can be intimidating. Navigating city guides shouldn’t be.
Our Portland launch is fast approaching, so we’re doing everything we can to get to know this epicurean mecca before we get there. Translation: we’re breaking down the PDX research so you don’t have to. Did we miss something? Comment below.
What it covers: Where to eat, drink, stay and shop in the PDX, organized into a very short hit list of favorite spots, from pizza and Polish to design stores and boutiques. The “Still Hungry” section includes recipes and niche features, like “How To Drink (And Eat) Like A Russian.”
What it’s missing: Under-the-radar establishments or places off the beaten path.
What it covers: James Beard winner Greg Higgins weighs in on the restaurant scene of the city he’s called home for 30 years. In addition to the 3 B’s, Higgins discusses Japanese izakaya and eating on the outskirts.
What it’s missing: A perspective from those outside the food industry and recommendations for activities that don’t involve eating or drinking.
We’re psyched about: Finding great eats beyond the city’s center. Higgins notes Bell Buoy of Seaside, a small coastal joint dishing up fresh seafood and smoking their own fish.
What it covers: Insider recommendations that span from splurges to bargain restaurants, cocktail bars to “foodie” hotels. Plus, recipes from Portland chefs.
What it’s missing: A wide range of picks. If you don’t want to comb through an exhaustive list of selections, this is the list for you.
We’re psyched about: Portland’s enviable craft cocktail scene. We’re thirsty for the serious mixology at Teardrop, where owner Daniel Shoemaker and his bartenders are making tonic water and speciality liqueurs in house.
What it covers: A day-by-day experience guide for a long weekend in the PDX, broken down by neighborhoods. Specific recommendations for things like: where to sip tea, where to eat the best pickles and cured meats, or where to outfit your wardrobe like a Portlander.
What it’s missing: Information on many of Portland’s neighborhoods, as this article zooms in on a chosen three.
We’re psyched about: Powell’s City of Books, a 68,000-square-foot new and used book store. Frequent author visits, a giant section for the young ones, and vintage cookbooks are a small fraction of the expansive collection.
What it covers: A list of eclectic culinary characteristics, like the pioneering nature of PDX vegetarianism, intel on the original pancake house, and a hidden haunted coffee shop.
What it’s missing: Mainstream picks. If you’re a traditionalist, this isn’t the list for you.
We’re psyched about: A chocolate waterfall. Need we say more?
What it covers: A curated list of dishes that have cemented a place in the Portland dining scene–“must-haves for out-of-town guests.”
What it’s missing: Selections for locals, as it’s geared for travelers. Eater also recently removed cocktails from the list, so expect to find only food here.
We’re psyched about: All of them. Worth reading about all 25.