Posts Tagged ‘Portland’

Food Cart Gluttony

August 3, 2010

As a frequent traveler, one of my favorite things is to have a food cart experience when visiting a city.  Hands down, some of the most unique and yummy meals I’ve had are the ones grabbed on the fly from a corner vendor.

When I read last week that my hometown of Portland, OR was ranked #1 as the World’s Best City for food cart culture I was surprised and decided I simply must experience the local fares.   This led to a family outing of local food carts where I learned firsthand why Portland beat out other great cities like Los Angeles (#2), Rio de Janeiro (#6) and Brussels (#8).

Before hitting the highway to explore, I checked in with fellow resident PDXer katetuomimonster to get her thoughts and must stops, which include The Big Egg for their legendary Monte Cristo (french toast “bread,” eggs, ham, gorgonzola, maple syrup), Nuevo Mexico for their stuffed sopapilla, and The Sugar Cube, for a vanilla bean lemonade. 

After some additional on-line research, we decided to try some different places, starting at  Wicked Waffles, which was by far the family favorite.  I’m thinking it was due to the chocolate strawberries and whipped cream waffle we shared.  From there we hit my personal favorite, Moxie RX Roadside Juice Bar & Cafe where everything was simply fantastic.  The Cheddar Biscuit sandwich, the Eggs and Greens, and the Berry/Milk/Granola juice/smoothie were delicious.  Now completely stuffed, we had one more stop to go – Garden State.  I think the only reason this wasn’t a favorite was because we were all too full to appreciate it fully.  We tried the meatball hero sandwich and promised each other we’d be back for some Cheese Puffs and Chickpea Fries when we had more room in our bellies.

What are your favorite food cart experiences?


Portland’s Top 5 Happy Hours

April 10, 2010

In our last post we told you all about Seattle’s Top 5 Happy Hours for the up-and-coming professional crowd.  Here, we bring you Portland’s Top 5 Happy Hours for the workplace elite.  Using my ever-so-trendy friends and colleagues living in the City of Roses to get the inside scoop on what’s hot now, I have selected a sampling of fantastic restaurants where selection and price are complemented by style and creativity in eateries ranging from the modern tavern to the romantic bistro.  Check them out!

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Half-priced bar menu with options like seared sea scallops and steak frites are just two of the reasons this local favorite tops any happy hour list you’ll find in the City of Roses.

4:30-6:30 Sunday-Friday, 5-6:30 on Saturday, and late night HH after 10pm
250 NE 13th Ave at Everett Street in Porland, OR.

Casa del Matador, Portland
With two locations in Portland, you’re never too far away to enjoy Casa del Matador.  The Northwest Portland location features a great outdoor dining area, with fully open windows on warm summer evenings and a large fireplace inside for those who want to linger after the sun goes down.  $4 and $5 appetizers including fire jumbo prawns and blackened fish tacos complement an extensive tequila menu and will be sure to keep you happy long into the night.

4-6pm and 10pm-1am daily
Two locations in the Portland area:
NW Portland:  1438 – 23rd Ave NW, Portland OR 97210, 503-228-2855
East Portland:  2424 East Burnside St, Porland OR 87214, 503-719-5757

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Fenouil in the Pearl
Upscale, romantic, and great happy hour prices on both food and beverages.  What’s not to love!

4-6pm Monday-Sunday
900 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209, 503-525-2224



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 Andina Restaurant
“A taste of Peru in the Pearl”, Andina Restaurant provides a warm atmosphere along with a healthy selection of happy hour food and beverages.  With a grand total of 223 combined 4- and 5-star reviews (of a total 261) from, the cuisine at Andina speaks for itself.

1314 NW Glisan, Portland OR 97209
Happy hour: 7 days a week: 4:00-6:00pm

The Gilt Club Restaurant
Featuring local and organic products, The Gilt Club Restaurant serves up class, comfort and style from 5pm until 2am Monday through Saturday.  Happy hour is featured weekdays from 5-6:30, and offers a range of treats from $1-$5, including signature cocktails.

306 NW Broadway, Portland

This post is by Jessica, special to the Event Services team.