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[PDX] Tip Sheet Update: Chocolates and Ice Cream...

extramsg | Oct 31, 200506:30 PM

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I updated my tip sheet adding chocolates and ice cream (now that it's frozen dessert weather). Also changed around pizza, burgers, BBQ, Sunday and Monday restaurants, and external links. eg, New York NY has replaced Escape from New York. I should have listened to Marshall sooner. Now I'm eager to try more of their menu, which includes a lot of sandwiches. (I'm eager to do hot dog and sandwich surveys, too.)

Here's the ice cream and chocolates:

1. Sahagun: Artisan chocolatier in a tiny shop in NW Portland. Infused, ganache-filled truffles and chocolates are as good as any in the United States. Flavors are perfectly balanced. Many rotating seasonal items. Also makes a rich and foamy traditional chocolate drink. Often has a booth at the Portland Farmer's Market on Saturdays. Open W-Sa; 10 NW 16th Avenue, Portland;
2. Moonstruck: Locally-owned national chocolates chain. Flavors are more balanced, designs more interesting, and prices better than its large scale competitors, such as Godiva and Teuscher. Open M-Su; 608 SW Alder St, Portland, 503.241.0955; 526 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, 503.542.3400; Village Shopping Center, 45 South State St, Lake Oswego, 503.697.7097; Beaverton Town Square, 11705 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, 503.352.0835;
3. Verdun: Lebanese chocolate-maker whose only U.S. store is in Portland. Pieces shine like jewels in their pastel foil wrappings. Gift packaging is equally exquisite. Chocolate inside is smooth and flavored or paired with ingredients like hazelnuts, pistachios, cherries, cappucino, caramel, and cardamon. 421 NW 10th Ave, Portland, 503.525.9400;

1. Via Delizia: Possibly the best among the several good gelaterias in town. Creamier textured than most with a minimum of ice crystals and intense flavors. Skip the plated desserts, however, which are much better looking than they taste. Breakfast M-Su, Lunch M-Su, Dinner M-Su; 1105 NW Marshall St, Portland, 503.225.9300;
2. Dewey's Frozen Custard: Flavorful softserve, sundaes, and shakes where even a small (chihuahua) is large. Chocolate and vanilla are standard, but specialty flavors are common. Floats made with on-tap Thomas Kemper root beer. Serves hearty hot dogs and sandwiches also. Lunch M-Su, Dinner M-Su; 51 S State Street, Lake Oswego, 503.697.3399
3. Boppin' Bo's: Classic malt shop and burger joint, Portland's only laudable one. Uses Cascade Glacier hard ice cream, which is only decent, but they have a giant selection of sundaes, shakes, malts, floats, and so on. Desserts are served in traditional glassware and piled high with nuts, whipped cream, and cherries. Dinner M-Su, Lunch M-Su; 7809 NE Vancouver Plz Dr, Vancouver, 360.883.4900


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