Dining in Portland, OR

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Voodoo Doughnut Portland

You'd expect to find something like Voodoo Doughnut in the Bourbon district of New Orleans and even then it would get a few stares. But Voodoo Doughnut Portland is nothing to be scared of unless you're diabetic. In that case run.

Voodoo Doughnut is nothing short of a tourist attraction in itself and for that reason you'll hear local hipster foodies complain that Voodoo Doughnut is overhyped and not as good as its counterparts in a town packed with hole in the middle pastries. We call B.S. 

Yeah it's popular to tear down an eatery when it gets popular and some confuse the kitsch appeal as a tactic to make up for subpar food but Voodoo Doughnut does donuts right. Didn't you notice that they keep the "ugh" in the name? That may be their way of showing disgust to those donuteries that have neglected to stay true to one key ingredient in the original art of donut making - fun.

Voodoo Doughnut makes great donuts. There's no doubt. The variety is epic ranging from wonderfully ridiculous such as the Captain my Captain (topped of course with Captain Crunch) to perfectly pretentious with the Grape Ape (raised yeast doughnut w/vanilla frosting, grape dust, and lavender sprinkles). Like controversy? The offensive in a "but it's ok" manner Gay Bar is a long donut full of "luscious" cream with Fruit Loops lined across the top in a rainbow of color. The Maple Blazer Blunt was made for those with a taste for another popular Pacific Northwest commodity and please don't ask us to describe the Cock-n-Balls. Our favorite is the Memphis Mafia - Fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon sugar covered in a glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips on top! Finally, no one should leave without at least one Voodoo Doughnut Voodoo Doll if not for photographic purposes alone. 

To all you hipster foodies that say Voodoo Doughnut is less than amazing, we'll be sure to bite a few limbs off of a Voodoo Doll rolled and raised in your honor. Donuts are supposed to be fun, douchebags.

Voodoo Doughtnut Portland Bacon Maple Ale

Be sure to grab a bottle of Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale!

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Brunch Box Food Truck

Comfort food sandwiches at their best. This Portland Oregon food truck type eatery serves up some seriously hefty handheld meals at a very reasonable price. Apt to the name, the Brunch Box is indeed a popular spot to satisfy those in between morning and afternoon hunger pangs. 

We recommend the famed three bun pieced Burgermeister which packs in two big beef patties, american cheese, grilled onions, greens, and thousand island dressing. For those that enjoy some blue in their cheese then the Black & Bleu Breakfast Sandwich (also available as a burger) combines sausage, bacon, blue cheese, egg, cajun spice, and thick crusted bread.

The Brunch Box Food Truck is one of Portland's staple mobile eateries that is well worth a visit.  

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Coava Coffee Roasters - Best Espresso Bar in Portland

Coava Coffee Roasters as an espresso bar is an Instagrammer's dream. Dubbed the Brew Bar, the location in the industrial portion of Portland is perfectly matched by its contemporary industrial decor. Wooden beams, bar stools, communal seating, and patina coated steel accent the room. Used to be hipsters, hipsters, and soon to be hipsters make up a large part of the clientele but there are a few aspiring screenwriters pecking away on laptops, edgy models checking portfolios on iPads, and food bloggers photographing the whole thing. Everyone seems relatively environmentally conscious.

Even with all the industrial chic it's still about the beans at Coava Coffee Roasters. Renowned for selecting some of the best fair trade beans from around the world, Coava Coffee Roasters is first and foremost known as one of the best coffee roasters in Portland. The Brew Bar doesn't have the expansive specialty espresso menu as many other popular coffee bars in Portland but their lattes need no syrups to make you froth. On that same note their straight coffee, delivered to cup by the pour over method may feel time consuming BUT in all of Portland this may very well be the only coffee bar where your brew needs no milk, cream, or sugar. We'd suggest everyone take it black, but gold - liquid gold - may be a more apropos color code.

Coava Coffee Roasters Portland

Coava Coffee Roasters Portland

Coava Coffee Roasters Portland

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Apizza Scholls Portland

Very few locals agree upon the best pizza in any city and while it's true that Apizza Scholls will be argued both for and against holding the title of Best Pizza in Portland the fact of the matter is that Apizza Scholls is ALWAYS mentioned in that conversation and that's proof enough that you should give them a shot and judge for yourself. At the very least you'll have sampled some of the best pizza in the Pacific Northwest, even if not the best according to your palate.

Apizza Scholls serves a Neapolitan American styled pizza to the succession of lucky souls that get seated after waiting in a line that has been known to wrap around the door, torturing those outside with the wafting scent of tomato sauce, peppers, sausage, mozzarella,and hand kneaded dough that molds into a crisp and airy flavor sensation. 

So confident is Apizza Scholls in their pizza that they forbid customers from adding more than three toppings on the build-your-own option. There's no need to mask mediocre sauce or crust because at Apizza Scholls there's no such thing. For those that don't want to experiment and prefer to leave the order to the pros, any one of Apizza Scholls creations takes the cake (pie) although our favorite without question is the Bacon Bianca - $ 23 Whole milk mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, lots of fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil and house cured bacon - a pie to die for.

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PBJ Cart Portland

Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches are as much a part of the staple comfort food diet of America and this local Mom & Pop food cart in Portland whips up a PB & J as good as Mom does in the kitchen (don't tell Mom). Their unique twists on a traditional favorite don't veer so far off the track so as to not spoil the essence of this lunchtime treat yet it changes the plot enough to keep you guessing. The result is sweet satisfaction no matter your order. Practically everyone's favorite order at the PCJ Cart Portland is the Good Morning - French Toast, blueberry jam, apple wood smoked bacon, 100% maple syrup, and PBJ's special homestyle peanut butter ($6). Best Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich in Portland - Mom's included?

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6. Annie's Donuts

Address : 3449 Northeast 72nd Ave, Portland, OR

Phone : (503) 284 2752

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Annie's Donuts - One of the Best Donut Shops Portland Oregon

This traditional diner styled Portland donut shop is a real treat - simple layout, fast & friendly service, and a scrumptious donut menu. Many locals will argue that the more famous Voodoo Doughnut Portland is more kitsch while Annie's serves up a better donut. That's up to you to decide for yourself. What can can declare is that when it comes to the basics Annie's truly is top notch. Know for thier two tiered (when the donut has that crispy cavern creating ledge surrounding it) basic glazed donuts, you also can't go wroing with an order of their Apple Fritters which are soft and chewy on the inside and covered with a crisp glaze of tansparent sugar and apple accents on the outside - perfect. The Peanut Butter Filled Butterflies are creamy and filling. Annie's Donuts Portland may not offer many foodie photo opportunities BUT they compensate with plenty of belly rubbing memories and sweet donut dreams. 

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Staccato Gelato is definitely a favorite, if not the favorite, gelato shop of everyone in Portland and it's creative and expansive menu (including Spaghetti & Meat Ball Gelato?) manages to stand out amongst a country full of gimmicky gelato shops competing to serve the most unique flavors around. We could name drop our favorites here such as The Pope Says Hi (meringue & chocolate), the Hedgehog (chocolate /w coconut), and the Banana Toffee Crunch, but with so much to choose from you can go in with a game plan and come out with a completely different order than you had your mind set on upon entry. Staccato also dominates a second sweet culinary market in Portland - donuts. One the weekend Steccato brings in a master donut maker (that's marriage material right there) and there is nary a conversation about donuts in Portland that doesn't result in a mention of Staccato Gelato in the same breath. Order the Fairy Princess donut. As a "cafe" Staccato Gelato is also a fun place to congregate (indoor and outdoor seating) with a colorful atmosphere, friendly staff, and overall gleeful customer base - gelato and donuts make for a pretty tasty and cheerful experience and Staccato Gelato embraces its position as a purveyor of such in Portland.

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Grilled Cheese Grill Portland

We barely know where to begin when discussing the Grilled Cheese Grill. We've been to many grilled cheese trucks, carts, and diners where grilled cheese is the main event but if you put all of those visits across America together you still won't have an expansive enough menu to beat the Grilled Cheese Grill in Portland. This of course goes without mentioning that you can either opt to eat a Grilled Cheese Grill sandwich from either a food pod cart, a school bus, or a double decker bus. Yes, a double decker bus - completely outfitted for dining, no lunch box required. 

Location alone sets the Grilled Cheese Grill on the right track. Next to mom's kitchen we can't imagine a better place to enjoy this childhood favorite comfort food than on the squeaky vinyl seats of a school bus. Leave it to Portland to figure this out.

The Grilled Cheese Grill mantra encourages patrons to "come for a taste of childhood" and that's exactly what they deliver right down to the gooey goodness. While they can get a little gourmet with some of their grilled cheese creations with the likes of The BABS - Bacon, Sliced Braeburn Apples, Crumbled Bleu Cheese and Swiss on Marble Rye - the Grilled Cheese Grill is no fufu pretentious panini wedged fancy finger sandwich eatery. Fan favorite and food challenge worthy Burger Behemoth is a monster. They "replaced" the bun with two grilled cheese sandwiches. Picture it - two grilled cheese sandwiches - one stuffed with pickles and American cheese and the other with grilled onions and Colby jack, each bookending the burger. Then factor in lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and a 1/3lb beef burger in between. It's like something a 12 year old latchkey kid would build for a session of Super Mario Brothers before the folks get home from the office. The Grilled Cheese Grill in Portland is a taste of childhood indeed.

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Sugar Cube Food Cart

The aptly named ridiculously charming Sugar Cube Food Cart is like a box of chocolates - literally. Inside the well wrapped package of a food cart is a conspiracy of the sweetest confections that Portland has to offer - an assortment of sugary, chocolatey, gooey, rich, creamy, and saucy baked and blended sweets, scoops, and slurps that will have your head spinning like a kaleidoscope.

What chance does a diet conscious citizen have when they happen upon a drink menu that exclaims Banana What What Malt - Roasted banana ice cream, malted milk, ripe banana blended up, topped with fresh whoop and “white dog” whiskey caramel? It's just not fair. Forget about the What What when we tell you what's next, the CCPC Cupcake - a Chocolate buttermilk cupcake, dipped in bittersweet chocolate ganache, crowned with a tower of Ruffles potato chips and doused in salted caramel. WTF is someone to do to resist that temptation? Never mind the Rotating Daily Specials where the "you never know what you're gonna get" box of chocolates analogy kicks in. We hate you Sugar Cube. We love you.

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The Big Egg Food Cart Portland

The best breakfast sandwiches in Portland are found at the Big Egg Food Cart. Light and fluffy eggs are the staple commodity between the sheets of cheese, greens, buttered bread and whatever else you choose from the menu to have stuffed within. What makes the Big Egg food cart breakfast sandwiches so tasty is that although their sandwiches are fresh and light tasting they can be weighty and wonderfully sloppy at the same time - a marriage that is often impossible to pull off in unison in a sandwich. If you understand that statement then you know. If you don't (we don't blame you) then you'll have to taste for yourself at the Big Egg food cart.

Because we believe in the ol' When in Rome mantra we must recommend ordering The Portlander (over medium farm egg & Tillamook vintage white cheddar Cheese with fresh chives & stone ground mustard on grilled Grand Central Bakery brioche Pullman bread and add your choice of Hill Thick-Cut Smoked Bacon, Hill Black Forest Ham or Field Roast Apple Sage Vegetarian Sausage for an additional $1.50) Otherwise the Big Egg Sandwich Cart has weekly special based on seasonal availability of locally harvested goods, so if the special of the week catches your eye then go for it, you can't go wrong at the Big Egg.

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