In that vein, I thought it was high time I shared with you all the dishes that have made me swoon ever since we moved here. Some I've had an embarrassing amount of times already; some, I've recently tried. If you live in Portland - or plan to visit sometime soon - put these on your must-try casual eats list.
1.) The Lox Bagel ($8.75) at Eisenhower BagelHouse, 3990 N Interstate Ave.
2.) The Out to Lunch ($7.50) at Wolf & Bear's, multiple locations
Um, everything I've eaten at any Wolf & Bear's food truck has been amazing...which probably explains why Z and I have eaten here countless times already. But the Out to Lunch is my absolute favorite so far. Inside a fluffy, warm pita wrap lies creamy labneh, gorgonzola crumbles, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, falafel, salad greens, tahini sauce, and olive oil. Thanks to the tin foil all of their sandwiches are wrapped in, it's not a messy experience, either. Just downright delicious, indulgent, and addictive.
3.) Blueberry Bourbon Basil Doughnut at Blue Star Donuts, multiple locations
4.) Beet Tartare ($9) at Portobello Vegan Trattoria, 1125 SE Division St.
and capers - all drizzled with olive oil and sea salt, and served with crostini. Nothing gives me greater joy than scooping a huge dollop of this vegan tartare onto a toasted slice of baguette. Even if you're a meat eater - who likes beets - you will forever be dreaming of this dish.
5.) Chickpea Fritter Banh Mi ($8) at Double Dragon, 1235 SE Division St.
Located right across the street from Portobello is Double Dragon - and Double Dragon has made me a lot of these banh mis. They're just that good. A crusty baguette chock-full of almost-perfect chickpea-and-roasted-vegetable fritters and pickled vegetables = my idea of heaven on earth. The sandwich is also ginormous, usually leaving me with half for lunch the next day. Usually...... (Z always gets the Orange Sesame Soy Curls Banh Mi ($8), which is also fantastic!).
If you're from - and/or currently live in Portland - what are some of your favorite casual eats in or around the city?