Cuisine, craft beer and new nonstop flights
THIS MONTH IN PORTLAND
High of 64°
Low of 44°
Does it seem like everyone is talking about Portland’s cuisine-and-craft-beer scene lately? Well, thanks to more nonstop flights from SD, now’s the time to see, sip, and taste what all the fuss is about. It’s cold, but there’s a fried chicken, bacon, and cheese-stacked biscuit to cure the chills.
Any Stumptown eat-around is best begun bright and early at the Farmers Market (Southwest Park Avenue & Southwest Montgomery Street) where Portlandians forage farm-fresh fruits, forest mushrooms, and artisanal everything. They also congregate in 40-deep lines for “The Reggie”—a fried chicken, bacon, and cheese-stacked biscuit sandwich smothered in sawmill gravy from cult fave vendor Pine State Biscuits. Locals also brave lengthy queues for Vietnamese fish sauce wings from Pok Pok (3226 Southeast Division Street) and southern-style brunch at Screen Door (2337 East Burnside Street), where everything’s epic, but the chicken and waffles with maple pecan bacon is legendary. Humble sammy joint Bunk Sandwiches’ (621 Southeast Morrison Street & 211 Southeast Sixth Avenue) meaty empire now boasts a watering hole, Bunk Bar (1028 Southeast Water Avenue) with live music. Meanwhile, space added to supply rabid demand has made life easier for patrons at Apizza Scholls (4741 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard), where an owner dubbed “the pizza Nazi” used to never allow reservations or substitutions. For variety, hit any of Portland’s numerous food pods—clusters of vendors serving everything under the sun (even if it’s blotted out by Portland gray). Two of the best are at 11th and Alder (try Thai chicken and rice at Nong’s Khao Man Gai) and 12th and Hawthorne, where nothing spells deliciousness like Whiffies Fried Pies. Want to be the envy of the jet-set sect on the ride home? Carry on a pink box of avant-garde, king-sized confections topped with everything from bacon to Crunchberries to lemon iced tea dust (the Arnold Palmer) from 24-hour institution Voodoo Doughnuts (multiple locations).
Portland has more than 50 brew houses. Hit up Cascade Brewing Company Barrel House (939 Southeast Belmont Street) for barrel-aged sours including a sweet-tart kriek made with Oregon cherries. Find vintage bottles of unique brews built for slow maturation at Hair of the Dog (61 Southeast Yamhill Street). Drink some of Portland’s most inventive beers at Upright Brewing (240 North Broadway), while similarly whimsical brews—like the apricot-and-Scotch bonnet-infused wheat ale—are offered at Burnside Brewing Company (701 East Burnside Street). For a good pub, there’s the beloved British archetype Horse Brass Pub (4534 Southeast Burnside Street) or Apex (1216 Southeast Division Street) and Bailey’s Taproom (213 Southwest Broadway), both of which sport flat-screens with up-to-the-second updates on their offerings.
Metropolitan style converges with Portland’s eco-conscious sensibilities at The Nines (525 Southwest Morrison Street), a LEED-certified luxury hotel in downtown’s landmark Meier & Frank Building. Drop off your bags and catch the first elevator to rooftop hotspot Departure, a posh epicenter for night-lifers featuring sweeping views of the City of Roses from a pair of outdoor decks, plus exceptional neo-Asian cuisine and craft cocktails like the Thai basil and chili-spiked Tasho Macho. Indulge in an epic, one-of-a-kind New York steak tasting where carnivores weigh the merits of 42-day dry-aged, Oregon grass-fed, corn-fed Prime and American Wagyu side-by-side at farm-to-table eatery Urban Farmer. Or ease into your visit with in-room facial treatments developed specifically for hotel guests by Aequis Spa.
Hello, Portland! Beginning November 8, Spirit Airlines will make daily nonstops from SAN to PDX.