Dear Portland Hounds,
My SO and I are heading down from Vancouver to Portland this upcoming weekend. It's our fourth or so trip in the past six years, and there are spots we definitely love and will revisit, but I'm hoping for some new ideas as well. We'll be staying near Overlook Park and will have a full kitchen. Here are my questions:
Burgers and Beer
My husband loves IPAs, and we usually go to Deschutes near the Pearl District for a dinner. We like it fine, but I'm wondering if there is something closer to us that is better, both food and beer wise. Excellent burgers and great craft beer or ales is something we don't want to miss.
We usually have a burger at Little Big Burger on Mississippi because we bring their ketchup back home with us, and their burger is pretty good as well, but I'm itching for something wicked in a burger. Any suggestions?
Blue Star Donuts looks to be right up our alley, but we're not really morning folks, and I think they might be sold out by the time we got there. SO likes a donut as a nighttime snack. Any recommendations for fresh donuts that can be bought later in the day. We checked out Voodoo during our last visit, and while it was fascinating, we weren't interested in trying the wares.
We will, of course, go to Pok Pok, which we love. But we'd also like to try a more traditional sit down family place. Something with a nice room and great food. Doesn't have to be top drawer; we have our favorite Thai hole-in-the-wall here at home, but would like to find a room with some visual appeal as well.
You probably know there isn't any really authentic Mexican food in Vancouver. Some reasonable facsimiles, but they leave the palate wanting. We like Nuestra Cocina a lot for a full meal, but are wondering about a taqueria as well. We're tried twice to get into Porque No on Mississippi, but the first time it was slammed, and the second it was closed. Is it worth making an effort to get into Porque No, or would you recommend another taqueria?
I like The Meadow for their chocolate bar selection - particularly their wide selection of premium dark bars with salt. But I'm unfamiliar with other chocolate sellers in Portland. What is worth checking out?
Since we'll be cooking some meals I did some checking on grocery stores. We'd like to shop somewhere with excellent local produce and I was wondering if you'd recommend either or both of New Seasons Market and Foster and Dobbs.
We're really looking forward to being back in Portland and secretly hoping we spot some of the cast of Grimm at some local eatery. We'll be in town from April 26 to May 3. All recommendations gratefully and gladly received.