We’ve survived Portland without getting run over by bicycles. And given how much food/drink there is in this city, we could have risked our lives for a few more weeks and still had more to cover. A big highlight was Gabriel Rucker’s food at Le Pigeon—surprising, fun, and served in a really approachable space. It was no surprise to see that he was just nominated for a James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef.
Portland is a ridiculously good place to find good drinks—according to the Oregon Brewers Guild, the city alone has more than 30 breweries. I would have liked a week just to check out the beer scene, but I only had time for one brewery, and it had to be Cascade, a personal favorite. But throw in the inventive bartenders, microdistilleries, and nearby wine country, and it’s dangerous. Oh, and the first beer food cart I’ve heard of over at D-Street Noshery.
But the most fun thing about Portland is the sheer creative genius of the people living there. Thai peanut butter cups? Barrel-aging a vat of cocktail? Cooking everything in a wood-fired oven? The Norwegian answer to the burrito? Portland people have answers.