Luke and I often get questions about what to do in Portland; where to eat, what to see, where to stay, etc. I've compiled a list of our favorite "go-to" Portland places as well as fun things to do in and out of the city. You can usually find us at any of these places on the weekends (keep checking back - this list will update as there are always new restaurants opening up around the city).


Harlow | a healthy and full of flavor brunch spot
Irving Street Kitchen | good food, good for crowds, the ambiance here is very Portland
Olympia Provisions | the most delicious meats in a beautiful space
Pine State Biscuits | a savory taste of the south
Proud Mary | an amazing Aussie-run breakfast joint with an elevated coffee game
Tasty n Alder | food/vibe is modern American with a Portland twist, i love everything about this place, part of the tasty group known for the best restaurants around town (a few more tasty group restaurants also make an appearance below, they're that good!)
Trinket | a cozy little brunch spot

Fire on the Mountain | the best wings in town and the owner is a fellow Hoosier like Luke
Lardo | delicious sammies often made with local food providers
Luc Lac | Vietnamese love, order anything on the menu, it's all good
Mt. Hood Brewing @ Tilikum Station | great beers and even better pizza
Pine Street Market | good if you're craving local, high-end and variety
Pepinos | Holly's favorite Mexican restaurant in town, get the chipotle potato burrito, you're welcome
Por Que No | the best tacos in town, but the bryan's bowl is my go-to
SuperDeluxe | arguably the best affordable burger in town

Ataula | best tapas around, the owners are from Spain so you know it's legit
Bollywood Theater | Indian street food, fun flavors and the closest place we'll ever find to Dishoom in London
Canard | adorable date-night spot with delish French cuisine - Canard is French for duck and just happens to be my favorite French word (there's a story behind that one...)
Chez Jose | a local spot close to our house, kind of like Portland-style Mexican food
Eem | amazing and authentic "vacation barbecue Thai style" food
Grain & Gristle | simple, delicious, affordable - the best place to take out-of-towners looking for a no-fuss place that doesn't sacrifice quality
Han Oak | delicious Korean food in a quaint setting
Interurban | great food, cozy ambiance - the patio in the summer is the best
LeChon | wood-fired south-american goodness
Mediterranean Exploration Company | so fun to sit at the counter and watch the food come out, everything here is lemony and Greek and oh so good
OX | a very special place to us where everything tastes amazing
Tasty n Daughters | the newest of the tasty group and absolutely delicious and cozy
Toro Bravo | tastes like you're back in Spain
Tusk | such a fun spot with the decor alone, food is also wonderful and middle-east inspired


Apex | lots of beers to choose from, community picnic table style seating
Breakside Brewery | visit the slabtown location for the best IPA's on tap
Coopers Hall | for the wine lovers
Century Bar | a good spot to watch a game and the food is vegan and delicious
Great Notion | Luke's favorite is the "juice jr.", holly always calls it "mister juice" (their new NW location is amazing!)
Modern Times | if you love hazy IPA's this is the place for you
Paymaster Lounge | our favorite dive bar to eat nachos and drink beer with friends at
Revolution Hall Rooftop Bar | city views and tasty sangria
Southeast Wine Collective | a great spot to drink wine, end of story
The Knock Back | a fun place in the summer to have a few evening beers on the patio
The Ship | our friendly neighborhood dive bar where they know us by name (oops!)
Vagabond Brewing | good beers, good food, relaxed and airy vibe
Wayfinder | a fun summer spot to drink beer with friends, the food rocks as well

Blue Star Donuts | best donuts in town
Pip's Original Doughnuts | visit Pip's on your birthday and get a free dozen, also the best house-made chais
Nuvrei | colorful macaroons and mouth-watering pastries
Salt & Straw | if the line is long, here's a tip: go to the front of the line and you can purchase a pint instead of individual scoops - this has saved us a 45 minute wait
Tea Bar | i'll have a vanilla rose boba tea with oat milk please


Brewery & Distillery Tours | always a fun way to spend a few hours
Eastbank Esplanade | if you're looking for a bit of exercise with city views, this is the perfect spot to walk/run/bike
International Rose Test Gardens | best visited in the summer months when the roses are in bloom
McMenamins Edgefield | a fun place 10 miles east of town, mini-golf, spa, concerts, restaurants
Multnomah Falls | the most beautiful place in Oregon in my eyes, a waterfall in the gorge
PSU Farmers Market | local farms and produce, local food trucks, fresh flowers, walk around here with a coffee in hand for 45 minutes
Hike the 4T Trail | fun trail that takes you by train, trail, tram and trolley
Day Trip to Wine Country | hit up 3-4 wineries in a day
Day trip to Hood River | an hour east of town puts you in Hood River, the most adorable small town filled with an impressive amount of breweries and restaurants, oh and gorgeous views
Day trip to the Oregon Coast | a little over an hour and you're at the ocean, how can you say no to that


  1. I highly recommend trying out Ava Gene's in Portland. It's one of the best restaurants I've ever been to!

    1. It's funny that you mention this because we actually ate here for the first time the day you commented on this :)


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