We spent a week in Portland this summer and fell in love with the food culture there. Below is our list of where to eat in Portland, Oregon.
LucLac started as a food truck and grew so quickly in popularity that they opened up a restaurant. Their Pho is delicious – highly recommend stopping by when you are in Portland!
Almost everywhere in Portland you have to wait in a line to get your food. Everyone living in the city seems to be a foodie and prepared to wait. Voodoo is more for the tourist I would guess but there is almost always at least a 30 min wait for doughnuts covered in Fruit Loops, Oreo crumbs, grape Kool-aid – you name it, it might be on a doughnut here! If you order their namesake, the “Voodoo doll” they are all made differently, so you’ll have a unique design.
If you love spicy Thai food, Thai Peacock, across the street from Powell’s Books, can deliver the punch! We asked for Thai spicy and were happy to have our mouths on fire by the end of the meal!
Salt & Straw
Love this place. If you skip every foodie spot on this list – don’t skip Salt & Straw. The most unusual flavors mixed together that work so well. I had blue cheese and pear ice cream and Josh ordered one scoop of bourbon & coffee with a second scoop of goat cheese, marionberry and habanero.
Get a coffee or latte at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a locally-owned roaster that has since expanded to Seattle and New York City. While there are many Starbucks in Portland, you’ll be shamed for stepping foot in one, due to the proliferation of local coffee shops.
Did you know at any given time Portland has over 500 food trucks serving up delicious food across the city? They are organized in pods and usually serve until they run out of food for the day. If there is a specific food truck you want to try show up early, and as usual – expect a line!
Grilled Cheese Grill
One of our favorite food trucks was the Grilled Cheese Grill. I tried The Sour Apple with Tillamook Cheddar, and fresh sliced Braeburn apple on Sourdough and Josh had The Gabby with bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, Colby Jack, Swiss and Mozzarella on white bread.
Add your must-eat places in Portland in the comments! We are already starting a foodie list for our next trip to the city!
You HAVE to try Pok Pok next time you’re in town…. truly authentic Thai food like I’ve never seen anywhere outside of Thailand.
Caroline Eaton says
Pok Pok is definitely on our list, a few people have named it as a must eat next time! Thanks for the recommendation!
Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) says
I’ve never been to Portland, but as it becomes more and more popular, I’ve been reading more posts about the incredible food scene and am totally jealous. When we’re back stateside, I think we’re definitely going to work out a west coast food-centered road trip!
Caroline Eaton says
Yes! I can definitely imagine a foodie tour of the west coast – Portland alone will take you a month to get through all there is to eat 🙂
Zara @ Backpack ME says
After traveling in the US (mostly West Coast) for 2 months, Portland was my favorite city food wise. Actually not only food wise.. but the food did particularly stand out! Seattle would come in 2nd place.
Didn’t manage to wait for the Voodoo Donuts though.. it’s crazy to wait for like an hour for a donut!! But truth is that I’ve been craving the maple bacon donut ever since!.. one day, I’m gonna go back for it!! 😀
Eric | Venture2Adventure says
The food trucks are awesome here (I live in PDX) the best street tacos are at a cart on SE Division & SE 42nd! Next time you’re here you should check out Big Ass Sandwiches too.