On my recent visit to Portland, Oregon for Feast Portland, I also had a chance to visit some cafes, bakeries, restaurants and such on my own.
Ava Gene’s Restaurant is owned by Chef Josh McFadden and specializes in Italian cuisine, this was his first restaurant that opened 5 years ago, he has since opened more eateries in Portland.
Corn, eggplant, walnuts, sweet onion, provolone
Sheep cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Chile bread
Meatball Monday tomato, ricotta, and its incredible
Buckwheat cavatelli, fennel, Basil, pine nuts
Amish butter corn polenta, ground to order
3377 SE Division St, Portland
Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper ice cream on a cone, what an incredible combination of multilevel flavours!
3345 SE Division Street, Portland
As I was on my own I was only able to enjoy one dish, and it was The Ricotta Hotcake, a delicious vanilla ricotta hotcake, sticky macerated berries, lemon curd cream, cinnamon cookie meringue. I also had an Iced Cold Brew Coffee as I had to try their coffee.
2012 NE Alberta St, Portland
Donuts and more donuts, here I had one of their O.G. Horchata Glaze donuts as well as a Raspberry basil.
3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
As I was exploring the NW neighborhood, I visited Ken’s Artisan Bakery and enjoyed a delicious Herbed Goat Cheese & Leek Croissant.
338 NW 21st Avenue, Portland
The Wiz Bang Bar is a gourmet soft serve ice cream emporium in the Pine Street Market, here I had the Cocanu’s Grey Bar “magic shell” made with ground black sesame on top of their vanilla custard soft serve new flavour that I enjoyed, created by Tyler James Malek using @cocanu black sesame; I also tried the Greek Yogurt Soft Serve with baklava and chocolate, a collaboration flavour made with Souvla San Francisco that was on offer for a one day pop-up during Feast Portland.
126 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland
Over at Tusk a Middle Eastern focussed eatery is owned by Chef Josh McFadden and Chef Sam Smith, has a gorgeous interior, this is where I had the delicious Tusk Hummus with flatbread; and the Dukka with nuts, seeds and olive oil; Halva Soft Serve Ice Cream Sundae with hot fudge, salted peanuts and olive oil
2448 E Burnside St, Portland
For Brunch on Sunday, I met up with some cousins at Tasty N’ Sons where I had a Dutch Baby with lemon curd and jam served up in a black iron skillet, even for the non-egg lover in me, I loved this dish! Also tried the tasty Maple & Cumin Glazed Yams.
3808 N Williams Ave C, Portland
For my last stop in Portland, I visited Water Avenue Coffee Co. for a Cortado before hitting the road for the drive back home to Vancouver, BC.
1028 SE Water Ave #145, Portland
By: Richard Wolak