Portland Eats: Must-Try Food in Portland on Your First Visit

Hello all! I just blogged about my weekend trip to Portland and I realized I had quite a few pictures of food… So why not make a separate post just for food, right? Below is a list of my favorite food, cafes, and desserts we tried on our first trip to Portland!

Foodies, rejoice!

Foodies Guide to Portland, OR

Pine State Biscuits

This spot makes the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had! Pine State Biscuits was our first stop after landing in Portland, and we were quite happy filling our empty stomachs with their warm biscuits and flavorful gravy.

Barista Coffee

Our favorite coffee shop from our Portland trip. We walked over to the Barista on Alberta Street, conveniently next to Pine State Biscuits.

I loved their coffee shop’s interior and their coffee was real good. Perfect way to start up our day of exploring the city!

Pok Pok & Whiskey Soda Lounge

The Thai food at Pok Pok was definitely our favorite meal during our trip to Portland.  Pok Pok is known for their delicious Thai dishes and authentic ambiance; you’ll feel like you’re eating street food in Thailand. We loved everything we tried here, especially the chicken wings, but be wary of the spices if you’re sensitive to spice.

There will most definitely be a wait, especially if you come for dinner, but it’s expected since the place is so popular. What’s nice is that we were able to have a few drinks at Whiskey Soda Lounge, a segment of Pok Pok, across the way while we waited to get seated. Our waiter even notified us when our table at Pok Pok was ready, so we didn’t have to worry about rushing back.

Salt & Straw

We’d heard about Salt & Straw ice cream enough times to know we had to try a scoop for ourselves. There’s one conveniently right next to Pok Pok, so that’s where we headed for dessert after our dinner. The flavors at Salt & Straw are rich and perfectly balanced out the savory spices we had at Pok Pok.

Tasty n Sons

The perfect spot for a brunch that’s both delicious and aesthetic.

We ordered several different dishes, including French toast, potatoes, and lots of eggs.

Everything was super tasty and the champagne we got was light and refreshing.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee is a big name coffee maker now and they hail from Portland, so we made sure to stop at their coffee shop for our next coffee run.

I personally liked Barista more, but Stumptown is still pretty good and their coffee shop aesthetics are on point.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

If you’re looking for a quick lunch while strolling around Portland, try out the food carts at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Grab a bite from one of the food vendors or food trucks and then have your meal on the steps of the square.

Voodoo Doughnuts

The famed Voodoo Doughnuts was our first dessert stop on our Portland trip. They have a large selection of unique donuts, so it was really hard to pick just one… I ended up with a box of several different donuts, each of which had their own unique look and taste. They’re not the most impressive donuts flavor wise, but if you want a fun treat (and a pic of their quirky shop) it’s a place you’ve got to try once.

Blue Star Donuts

We tried Blue Star Donuts right before heading to the airport at the end of our trip, and I’m so glad we made time to stop by! Blue Star Donuts are delicious and I liked them more than Voodoo. They’ve got creative flavors, like Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, and they have brioche and cake donuts. I went for a Lemon Poppy donut and it was so creamy and tasty!

Heart Coffee

Our final stop before leaving Portland! We wanted to warm our bellies before heading to the airport, so after a donut at Blue Star we walked over to Heart Coffee.

Heart Coffee is yet another good coffee shop in Portland, and their vibe was more quiet and relaxed. There were people doing work in the cafe so we quietly sipped our hot drinks and took in the cute interior.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these pics of Portland food! Let me know what you think of these spots and please let me know if you have more Portland food spots you’d recommend! For more on visiting Portland for the first time, check out my post on my three-day trip to Portland!

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