With just 40 hours in Portland, my girlfriends and I managed to cram in 10 solid dining destinations without a hitch. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, we filled our drizzly days with savories, sweets, and seemingly everything in between. Not to mention lots of walking to balance everything all out, or so we hoped.
While Bakeshop, Blue Star, Pok Pok, Nong’s Khao Man Gai, and Salt & Straw delighted me most this trip, these five spots had their charms as well: Pine State Biscuits, Olympic Provisions, Le Pigeon, Nuvrei, and Tasty n Alder. The best of the rest—PDX style:
Pine State Biscuits
Pine State Biscuits launched their kitchen at the Portland Farmers Market in 2006. Even with a brick and mortar location on Belmont Avenue, which opened in 2008, the trio behind the operation continues to lug their stoves to the farmers market each Saturday to feed the hoards of hungry fans.
We dug into “The Reggie,” a fried chicken, bacon, and cheese situation, topped with a whole lot of gravy.
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Voodoo might make Portland’s most famous doughnuts, but Blue Star fries its finest!
As soon as we pulled ourselves out of bed on our first morning in Portland, my travelmates and I made a beeline for Micah & Katie Camden’s doughnut shop. Awash in natural light and staffed by friendly folks, Blue Star was every bit as splendid as I had been told.
The doughnuts here are made from scratch throughout the day using a classic French brioche recipe and well-sourced ingredients. Head pastry chef Stephanie Donlan brings together bread flour from Shepherds Grain, cage-free eggs from Stiebrs Farms, whole milk from Sunshine Dairy, and European-style butter from Larsen’s Creamery for her recipe. The fruits used in the fillings and glazes are organic, while the oil is made from rice.
Blue Star’s uncompromising craft, commitment, and care makes for some really, really amazing doughnuts.
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Dentists and doughnuts don’t usually go together, but the two collided on a recent Saturday morning thanks to Grandma. When she needed a lift to a dental appointment in Santee to fix a pesky chip, The Astronomer and I happily obliged, knowing that a visit to Mary’s Donuts afterward was definitely in the cards.
Mary’s 24-hour doughnut operation has been around since 1985. This spot came recommended to me by my aunt Nancy; she and my uncle have been heading here for post-temple sugar highs for years. Recently, fellow blogger Ila confirmed its worthiness.
Even though I initiated the visit to Mary’s, both The Astronomer and Grandma were game! Everyone loves doughnuts.
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The Astronomer and I crossed county lines for a taste of Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee, and boy was the trek worth it.
Located in a “nice” strip mall in Costa Mesa, Sidecar has been wowing Orange County residents with their yeast-raised, cake, and buttermilk old-fashioned doughnuts since debuting just a year ago.
The shop is a collaborative effort between Chef Brooke Des Prez, Sumter Pendergrast (an artist and clothing designer), and Chi-lin Pendergrast (a photographer). It’s no wonder that the space and design elements here are as impressive as the doughnuts!
Our friend and O.C. resident Kat showed us the ropes on our inaugural visit; lucky girl lives down the street.
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