Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Portland, Part 2: Is it local?

As I said in my previous post, we didn't have a set schedule for our trip to Portland. Instead we picked things to do and places to eat at from a list I'd made before hand. Since I'm such a food snob, I wanted to try spots that are original to Portland. No Quizno's for you, Tyler! First up was Byways Cafe, which I found while researching restaurants on the Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives website. Thursday morning we woke up pretty late and by the time we made it to the Byways Cafe, they were serving lunch slash I'm not even sure they serve breakfast. Luckily, we we're just pig enough that eating a bacon burger first thing isn't a problem for us. We woofed those babies down in no time.

^^ Order the Napa Burger at Byways Cafe. You won't be disappointed! Unless you hate burgers. And bacon. And life in general...

After stuffing our faces at Byways we thought we'd walk to the Chinese Gardens. When we realized how long of a walk it would be there and back to our hotel, we turned around. Luckily we spotted Powell's Books on our walk to the restaurant, so we headed there instead. I was real glad we made that call. I was pretty much in love with the place! So much so, that we went back for more on Friday.

^^Book lovers paradise.

^^Creeper alert.

^^There's books about video game culture. Who knew?

After wandering around Powell's for a while we were pretty tuckered out, so Thursday afternoon we took a long nap once we made it back to our hotel. When we woke up, we were ready to stuff our faces again. I read lots of good things about Tasty n Sons on the internets, so that's where we headed for dinner. Little did we know what a pain in the you-know-what it would be getting there! Word to the wise: don't get anywhere near the Rose Garden on the night of a Trailblazers game. Unless, you know, you actually want to go see a mediocre NBA game. Navigating through that traffic was a straight up nightmare! I'm really glad we went that night though... because it was so good, we tried to go back multiple times to get brunch and all THREE times it was packed (two of those times we tried going to the location that was close to our hotel). The food was seriously that good and I guess everyone else thinks so too. Hopefully someday soon we'll return and try their brunch menu. Or maybe we'll just hang out there all day long and tell them to bring us all the food! Yes.

^^Seriously the best asparagus and bacon and egg I've ever eaten. Also pictured: THE BEST FRIES OF MY LIFE! I'll be dreaming about those babies for a while. Also, the chicken strips? Delicious! Not pictured: yummy yellow potatoes with more bacon. 

If you ever go to Portland, seriously try to go to Tasty n Sons on a weeknight. You won't regret it! Everything is made for sharing, so don't be shy and order everything that sounds good. That's what we did and we loved it all. Just know that you might have to sit awkwardly close to complete strangers. They like community tables in Portland. Get it over it.

The rest of Thursday night was obviously spent in a food coma. I wasn't mad about it at all!

Friday morning, before heading to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), we walked to another Portland treasure, Voodoo Doughnut. We were in and out of there, but those devil chocolate donuts were the bomb. Sorry, but we weren't adventurous enough to try the donuts covered in cereal or bacon. We also weren't willing to stand in the outrageous line there was when we went back to get a box full before heading back to Boise. We love donuts, but not enough to wait an hour in line to get them. Ain't nobody got time for that! If we go to Portland again, we'll probably stop by again, so long as we don't have to wait.

^^Enjoying a double devil chocolate doughnut outside Voodoo Doughnut. Those tables were real nasty out there, especially with the pigeons hanging out close by.

Portland certainly has some gems! As I'm typing this, I wish I had a plate of those Tasty n Sons fries in front of me. Yum...

I promise we did more than just eat food in Portland. Next up, OMSI!