Greetings Portland! I am so excited to be visiting your beautiful city in 2 weeks for a total of 5 days/ 5 nights. I've been once before 2 years ago (in the winter so there were no roses in the Rose Garden then) and had an excellent time at Pok Pok, Apizza Scholls, Higgins, Bunk Sandwiches, Nong's Kao Man Gai, Potato Champion, cocktails at Ten 01, and beer tastings at Deschutes, Tugboat, Lucky Lab, and Widmer.
Since then I've found a love for espresso and drip coffee thanks to the Blue Bottles and Four Barrels here in San Francisco...so that is a huge mission for sampling this trip to Portland too.
My idea for the 5 days is sort of a lunch, dinner, and special pastry or ice cream snacks here and there, and pretend as if we'll do one cocktail or bar and one brewery tasting each day...we'll keep the trip flexible. The only repeat I really want to do is at Pok Pok, but to try lunch there this time around.
Thanks to your all of your wonderful recommendations on other threads with helpful suggestions, these are the ideas I've come up with:
Dinners (5): Le Pigeon, Beast, Ken's Artisan Pizza, St. Jack, and Paley's Place
Contenders: Clyde Common, Beaker & Flask, Biwa, Toro Bravo, Larelhurst Market, Nostrana, Portobello, and Natural Selection
Lunch (5): Olympic Provisions, Gruner, Tasty n Sons, Pok Pok, and Broder
Snacks/Breakfast if we feel like it: Salt n Straw, Voodoo Doughnuts, Waffle Window, PB & J Cart, schnitzelwich at Tabor, Pine St.
Breweries: Hair of the Dog, Cascade Barrel House, HUB Organic, Bridgeport, and Upright (unique blend of old and new, small and bigger is the goal)
Cocktails: Kask, Clyde Common, Teardrop, Rum Club, Beaker & Flask
Contenders: Bunk Bar, Bent Brick, cocktails at Wafu
Other Bars/Pubs: wine at Bar Avignon, tasting at Clear Creek Distillery, Horseshoe Pub
Coffee: Coava, Heart, Ristretto, Spella, Barista, Stumptown, Sterling, Coffeehouse Five
Please let me know your thoughts, I'm sure the list will be a little trimmed once we arrive, but it just shows how exciting it is to visit and dine and drink in Portland! Thank you so much!!!