I will be visiting Portland for a 3.5 day stint over Labor Day weekend for the first time with my boyfriend. We are committed to finding the best food experience in that short time possible. Any arguments, contributions or suggestions to this first-stab meal itinerary are welcome.
-Thursday late dinner after arrival = food carts, most likely 9th-10th/Adler-Washington pod with Nong's Khao Man Gai as must-hit
-Breakfasts focused on grazing, so many bakeries & such. WILL DOs = Blue Star, Loretta Jean's (for biscuits/pie)
-Lunches at Evoe, Pok Pok (suggestions for best time not to wait?)& Tasty & Son's (this likely happy hour burger after all-morning graze at PSU farmer's market Saturday)
-Dinners at Beast (rez Saturday 8:45 seating), Le Pigeon & Hokusei. Wanted Simpatica but closed Fri & Saturday for private events (is their brunch noteworthy enough to warrant a spot)?
-Other in-between WILL DOs = Salt & Straw, The Meadow, Cacao, PSU Farmer's Market Saturday, more carts
Do any of these trump something above? Apizza Scholls, Ox, Ken's Artisan, Por que No, Tanuki. Most interested in food, not wine/cocktails; we are craft beer addicts and will seek out breweries for imbibing/souvenirs.
More concerned with treatment of ingredients/composition/balance than pretty plating; and want to see what Portland scene is about. We know more $ doesn't always = better tasting. Thanks for the advice!