Two Days in Portland, Or

Portland is full of local hotspots/eateries to explore! We hit all of these just on foot from our hotel downtown with the exception of Matt’s BBQ which we ventured out for (so worth it!) Although we only had a few days, here were the highlights of the trip!


  “McIsley”

“McIsley”

  “The Wedgie”

“The Wedgie”

Pine State Biscuits

There are a few locations, but this is such a fun spot! Definitely a splurge/once and a while joint, but so worth every calorie. We shared the “Wedgie” which was fried chicken, fresh iceberg lettuce and fried green tomato piled on a homemade biscuit, then topped bleu cheese. Our other taste was the “McIsley” with fried chicken, pickles, grainy mustard and local honey. Both so amazing. 

$-$$ (under 10-25)
Multiple locations | pinestatebiscuits.com


  Yummy BBQ roasted corn nuts instead of bread!

Yummy BBQ roasted corn nuts instead of bread!

  Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Steak

Tasty and Alder

We ate here and at first were a little bit confused by the concept! For the most part, all plates are all shareable. We had to ask a few times on portion size to be sure - and we ended up having just the right amount of food. The staff was extremely knowledgeable. I wouldn’t suggest it if you’re looking for a full meal, but to get a taste of lots of different dishes, it’s definitely worth it! Everything we had was amazing and perfectly cooked. The Apple Brined Pork Chop definitely stood out here. It gets very busy, so I would definitely suggest getting there as early as possible. We waited at the bar for our table and had amazing biscuits and a special adult grasshopper milkshake and it was to die for.

$$-$$$ (10-50)
580 SW 12th Ave., Portland | tastynalder.com


Salt and Straw

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! The flavors here are the most unique I’ve tried. I LOVED the Olive Oil flavor.  Their flavors change quite a bit, but they let you try all of them before purchasing a full size. I definitely recommend coming here to satisfy your sweet tooth.


(under 10)
Multiple locations | saltandstraw.com 


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Bamboo Sushi

Oddly enough, I found one of the best burgers I’ve ever had at this highly recommended sushi spot. The atmosphere here was calm and serene. The sushi was also fantastic, but the burger was the absolute stand out here. It’s a perfectly cooked, 1/2 lb wagyu burger with aged Tillamook white cheddar (yesssss), caramelized onions, house sauce & crispy tempura onion rings. And how can I forget the butteriest brioche roll. Heavenly and melts in your mouth. I haven’t had enough time to explore Portland, but I’m willing to bet it might be the best in the area? I need to know other spots that would compare or come close.  Please spill.

$$ (10-25)
Multiple locations | bamboosushi.com


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Matt’s BBQ

This is a fun spot, no frills. A really cool food truck with picnic table set up with a smoker alongside. When he sells out he closes, so make sure to get there on time! I knew I wouldn’t be back for a while so, naturally, I went for it with the “Whole Shebamwich.” Some of the best I’ve had. You also need the roasted garlic bbq sauce in your life. Super friendly staff/owner too. 


$$ (10-25)
4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland | mattsbbqpdx.com


Where should I venture on my next visit to Portland?

XO, M