Quick Trip: Portland, OR

For work, I get to make an annual trip to Portland, OR. Since it is such a long flight from Indiana, I try to stay out there for 3-4 nights. This gives me ample time to check out the food & drink scene. My coworker is also a great friend, so we enjoy hitting up all the “hot spots” – making sure I get to visit all the classics, but also dive into the local scene.

On my last trip to Portland, we had a great time experiencing the classics: Pok Pok and Salt & Straw. Located literally right across the street from each other, Pok Pok  is a famous Thai restaurant that (while I’ve never been to Thailand…) is super authentic. Almost intimidatingly so. The menu doesn’t read like most menus, and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in a Thailand. They’re known for the wings, and they’re fantastic. The servings are intended to be family style, so we ordered a bunch of items from chicken skewers, corn, wings, etc. taking the recommendation from our waiter. It’s definitely a spot to try!

Salt & Straw, located across the street, is also a well known ice cream shop. They have unique flavors, and it reminded me of Jeni’s ice cream for my Midwest readers. With flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, or my fave – Honey Lavender, you are sure to have a unique experience here! My favorite, is you can add some finishing salt to the top (and sprinkles!) to give your ice cream a salty finish. It’s so incredible – you MUST try it. They also have locations in California (LA, San Fran & San Diego)!

On the DRINK side, you all know Portland is known for the COFFEE. As I work through my Daily Meal’s Top 33 coffee shops in America list, I’m pleased to report that #3 & #4 are located here! Barista & Courier Coffee Roasters. My favorite of the two is Barista! This trip, I also explored Case Study Coffee Roasters (which was conveniently located by my hotel!) and a second location of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. For any coffee lover, you’ll love the PDX airport because they have a MASSIVE Stumptown right in the airport. How many times do you go to an airport and have to suffer with bad coffee?? Not in Portland!

Not into coffee? Also across from my hotel (I stay at the Marriott City Center) was Oregon Wines on Broadway, and we stopped in for a sparkling rose flight. They had so many great local wines from Washington & Oregon. It made me want to go back out that way just for a winery tour!

I love my trips out there and excited for all the new places we can check out in 2018. What are your favorite spots to eat or drink in Portland???

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