Exploring Portland’s Food Scene

Tasty N’ Sons

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

Meatballs, Buckwheat cavatelli, and Polenta

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

Ava Gene’s

3377 SE Division St, Portland

Instagram @avagenes

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper ice cream on a cone

Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper ice cream on a cone, what an incredible combination of multilevel flavours!

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

3345 SE Division Street, Portland

Instagram @saltandstraw

Proud Mary

The Ricotta Hotcake

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.

Proud Mary

2012 NE Alberta St, Portland

Instagram @proudmaryusa

The Donuts

Donuts and more donuts, here I had one of their O.G. Horchata Glaze donuts as well as a Raspberry basil.

Blue Star Donuts

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

Instagram @bluestardonuts

Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Herbed Goat Cheese & Leek Croissant

As I was exploring the NW neighborhood, I visited Ken’s Artisan Bakery and enjoyed a delicious Herbed Goat Cheese & Leek Croissant.

Ken’s Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Instagram @kensartisan

Wiz Bang Bar

Cocanu’s Grey Bar “magic shell”

Greek Yogurt Soft Serve with baklava and chocolate

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.

Wiz Bang Bar

126 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland

Instagram @wizbangbar

 

Tusk Bar

flatbread

Hummus

Dukka with nuts, seeds and olive oil

Halva Soft Serve Ice Cream Sundae with hot fudge, salted peanuts and olive oil

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

Tusk

2448 E Burnside St, Portland

Instagram @tuskpdx

Tasty N’ Sons

Tasty N’ Sons

Dutch Baby

Maple & Cumin Glazed Yams

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.

Tasty N’ Sons

3808 N Williams Ave C, Portland

Instagram @tastynsons

Water Avenue Coffee Co.

Cortado

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.

Water Avenue Coffee Co.

1028 SE Water Ave #145, Portland

Instagram @wateravecoffee

By: Richard Wolak