five things you must eat in Portland, Oregon

Earlier this year, I had a job that required me to travel to Portland, Oregon. I went three times and each time, I had amazing food! Every time someone tells me they are about to travel to Portland…I give them a list of things they MUST try. So here’s my list of five things you must eat in Portland. (All photos are iPhone photos, by the way.)

1. gorgonzola fries at Henry’s Tavern

A-amazing. I love love blue cheese and these fries were so decadent. We couldn’t finish these…I still think about these fries all the time!
Henry’s Tavern, 10 NW 12th Ave.

2. mac-n-cheese at the original

Baked mac and cheese perfection. One of the best I have had in my life, my zucchini gratin was inspired by this mac & cheese! They use cheddar and parmesan cheese which makes it perfect – topped with panko breadcrumbs, it adds a little crunch. (Sorry no picture!)
The Original, 300 SW 6th Ave.

3. hawaiian fried chicken from the 808 grinds food cart

I had never had Hawaiian fried chicken before and definitely want to try to make it! It’s dark meat chicken fried in a very very light batter. Incredibly crunchy and moist at the same time. You just need to try it!
808 Grinds Food Cart, check out their facebook page for locations

4. litte big burger

Umm, yeah burger and fries for $6…and they are truffle fries! It’s incredibly simple and amazing all at once. Cheap food but not cheap ingredients. The beef, buns and cheese are local and the fries are to die for.
Little Big Burger, 122 NW 10th Ave. (several locations too)

5. mini cupcakes at saint cupcake

last but certainly not least. The best mini cupcakes!! They are amazing. Their vanilla buttercream and their cream cheese frosting are just perfect. You can’t go wrong and 5 cupcakes equal one large one right? I haven’t had a bad one and I have had too many of them! Red velvet and pumpkin spice are my favorites…and I’m not even a huge pumpkin fan!
Saint Cupcake, 1138 SW Morrison (2 locations but this is the one I have been to)

What are your favorites in Portland? Did I miss any of your favorites (I want to hear about it)? What do you recommend to your friends if you have been there? If not…have you ever wanted to visit Portland?

27 Responses to “five things you must eat in Portland, Oregon”

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 3, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    I was hoping Henry’s gorgonzola fries were on this list. I am salivating just thinking about those fries. I guess I need to make another trip to Portland for some!


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    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] — November 3, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Oh yes! Portland is my most favorite city in the world. I feel like it’s where my soul [and my tastebuds] belong. Sigh…

    I’ll be adding these to my must-eat list for our next visit. Saint Cupcake will be a revisit..and a revisit..and another revisit. :)

    On our trip last year our food highlights were:
    – Greek Fries [garlic + feta] from Yo Yo + Lefties food cart
    – Pierogies from the downtown Portland Farmers Market
    – Pancit but I can’t remember what food cart it was from. Epic glass noodles + veg. So good.
    – Kenny + Zukes – pickle mania!
    – Poutine from Potato Champion
    – any and all fried pies from Whiffies

    Sigh. Now I’m going to drown my tastebud’s longing in leftover Halloween candy.


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    Barbara — November 4, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    Omg you forgot

    They have crazy delishious combos like the maple bacon donut that made this Canadian feel right at home in Portland<3


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 4, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    Oh goodness, those gorgonzola fries – TO. DIE. FOR. I’d love to go to Seattle soon so I will most definitely save your recommendations!


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    Cindy Brickley — November 4, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I live in Pa and I don’t see a trip to Portland any time soon. I lived in Seattle in the early 80’s and I miss it a lot. So here is the deal, I need a CopyKat recipe for the Gorgonzola Fries and the Hawaiin fried Chicken, even if you have to hold their children for ransom (HEE, HEE) okay maybe just a bribe.


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    Katie — November 4, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    We have family in Portland and make a yearly trip to visit and pick tons of blueberries. A must visit for us is burgerville. All local ingredients including their shakes which are to die for and their wala wala onion rings. They even have gluten free buns and fries cooked in different oil than the onion rings for the gluten free folks. It’s a must try! Can’t wait until next August to go back


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    addie | culicurious — November 4, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I’ve never been to Portland but plan on going one day. Thanks for the list. All these things look amazingly good.


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    Jennifer The Quirky Momma — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I live in Portland, I live in Portland! Next time hit Grilled Cheese Grill in SE, Gravy on N Mississippi (the last time time I was there GRIMM was filming a block away,) Hush Hush in downtown PDX–the list is never ending!


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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:43 pm


    I’ve never been to Portland, but your food recommendations look incredible! Thanks for sharing!! 😉


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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 4, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Ohh man, there’s a pub close to me which sells the most amazing gorgonzola fries ever! I keep meaning to try and recreate but now your just fully inspiring me! Everything looks delicious…


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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 5, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Oh girl, that Hawaiian Fried Chicken looks ridiculous good! Need to get to Portland….


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    Shaina — November 5, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I needed this in August! Still, you should add Salt & Straw to this list. The ice cream was nothing short of fabulous. Buttermilk Sweet Corn? Mm-hmm.


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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — November 5, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Wonderful – I went to Saint Cupcake last time and they all soooo yummy. I was having trouble picking favorites. And food cart – ow yeah, that’s one of the best places. I’ll try the rest when I’m back in Portland.


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 5, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Booking my flight now! What a feast for the eyes… it all looks SO good!


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    Vics — November 6, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    We were in Portland earlier this year – gutted I missed those gorgonzola fries, they look incredible!
    Have you eaten at Ping? Everything we had there was incredible, but the deep fried pork shank with mustard greens and sour chilli dipping sauce was out of this world!


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    Kelly Senyei — November 6, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    How in the world did I miss the Hawaiian fried chicken!? What an awesome roundup of treats, Julie!


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    Carlas Confections — November 6, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Oh I am so excited to go try these places now that we moved up here! I had a lot of fun eating the ice cream at Salt and of course Voodoo with Julie, Lauren and Megan when they were all here! But I sure cant wait to try these places! Those fries on top look so amazing 😀


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 6, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Ooh, those cupcakes! I’ll take one of each. :)


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    Parsley Sage — November 7, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Never had ANY interest in going to Portland….but those gorgonzola fries might be worth the trip. Wowsa!


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 7, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I am dyyyyying to get to Portland! This food is definitely providing wonderful motivation to go :)


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    Samantha — November 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Portland. If I ever get there I want those Gorgonzola fries, STAT!


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    The Suzzzz — November 11, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    I’m planning on going to Portland next August to visit a friend and I’m bookmarking this post so I remember to harass her into taking me on a food tour of the city, those fries are killing me!


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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    It kills me that I didn’t do any good eating in Portland or Seattle when my husband and I were up there for a trip! Ugh. It’s just painful. I’m going to use this as a good the next time I go! Or move there. Whichever comes first. :)


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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving — November 17, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Well, considering I’m a carnivore, I love Podnah’s Pit. They have the best bbq in town.


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    Rachel @ Following In My Shoes — November 23, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I’ve not been to been to Portland … but you are making me HUNGRY!!!


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