8 of us are planning to visit Portland over the July 4th weekend. We'll be staying at The Inn@Park Lane Suites in downtown. Most of us are traveling from NYC and SF. Based on what I've read, I've narrowed it down to a few restaurants and bars and was hoping to get some advice on the same - if I am missing a gem or have a dud in my list! One important thing is that one of us is a VEGETARIAN. I also have a couple of questions and I'll appreciate if someone could help me with those as well!
GRUB (A quick note, I deliberately did not include Pok Pok because of its branches in NYC. I understand that the Portland one is probably better but I'd rather try the other things that Portland excels in)
- Food carts@10th and Alder (Nong, Zibar's, Ate Oh Ate which is at SW 9th), Clyde Common (We'll be arriving at different times so I wanted to keep something relatively close to our hotel but if there is a stellar lunch place that I should absolutely have in place of these, I can look into it)
- Ned Ludd
- Also considered Olympic Provisions and St. Jack
- Carts@Cartopia and Good Food Here (I read about the Saturday Farmers Market but I'm not sure as to how many in my group will be willing to brave the long lines that seem to be the norm at the good eateries there, plus these 2 pods seem to have some pretty decent carts - Whiffies, Pyro, Eurotrash, Sugar Cube, Lardo, Kitchen Dances). I know that there are some benches that one can sit on in the pods on the east side. Can we also get some beer there?
- Little Bird or Gruner - will getting anything vegetarian be a problem here?
- Tasty N Sons
- Toro Bravo (I know that this is managed by the same people as Tasty N Sons but the menu looks very interesting). Since this does not accept reservations, I would like to have a backup, maybe the one that we do not go to for dinner on Saturday (Little Bird and Gruner).
I'm not sure when/how but I'll see if I can fit in some places for coffee and some bakeries as well,
Coffee - Barista, Risteretto, Spielmen, Heart, Stumptown, (Considered Public Domain, Water Avenue, Oblique and Sterling)
Bakeries - Nuvrei, Ken's Artisan Bakery, Little T Bakery, Lovejoy Bakery (Considered Pearl Bakery, Bakery bar, Baker and spice, Pix Patisserie)
Chocolates - Cocoa and Alma
We are planning 2 crawls, one on the east side and the other on the west side. Casual, fun, lively, maybe with live music, quintessentially Portland kind of places. The places that I found are,
WEST - Deschutes, Bailey's taproom, Oregon wines, Gilt Club, Teardrop Lounge and Clyde Common
EAST - Apex, Horse Brass, Coalition, Breakside, Upright, Migration, Bazi Bier, Cascade barrel room, Burnside, , Belomont station, East Burn, Green Dragon, Roscoes, Hophouse, Beaker & Flask and Thatch Tiki Bar
Here are the problems,
- All the places on the West seem to be pretty close to each other but are in downtown. From what I understand Old Town is a fun, casual, Bourbon Street-esque neighborhood which would be awesome. Not sure if we should stick to the well known places in Downtown or go to unheard of places in Old Town which might be a more fun/lively experience
- On the east, the places seem to be pretty spread out. Cascade and Green Dragon are close, Horse Brass and Belmont are close but it's hard to plan a crawl with 4-5 places here
Any suggestion on the above? Based on that, I'll try and narrow this down.
Thanks a lot!!