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48 hours in Portland

Like every other poster on this board, I'll be in Portland for a weekend next month. Flying to Eugene from San Francisco and then driving to McMinnville.

Friday includes lunch at Baguette in Corvallis, a winery stop, and my one splurgy dinner at Thistle. Saturday a.m.: McMinnville market and another winery on the way north.

This leaves two lunches, two dinners, five espresso drinks, and assorted snacks in your fine town. (Breakfast is included at my hotel near Lloyd Center.)

Possible stops:
Saturday lunch: Mississippi Marketplace or another cart pod. So sad to miss Tabor.

The Red E or Barista followed by Sahagun Chocolates

Tanuki for happy hour/early dinner

Somewhere walkable for drinks, dessert, and people watching. Pour?

Sunday:
Broder or Little T or Pambiche for breakfast? Or just a great place to curl up with a cappuccino and a Sunday paper

Meeting an old friend at the train and heading to the Saturday market. Eat lunch there or at Kenny and Zuke's? Maybe squeeze in a happy hour snack before she gets on the train home.

Sunday dinner: Pok Pok, or anywhere in Southeast worth getting in the car for.

What's missing?

Especially curious about anything not available in California (small batch chocolate, cheese, wine), or that's better in Portland.

I'll be on my own most of the time (so no whole pizzas, or romantic spots required). More interested in fun and creativity than upscale. I like everything but beer.

Thanks for any pointers! I've saved JillO's posts on wineries and wish I had time to visit more of them.

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Tanuki
413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Pambiche
2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

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  1. a little known secret is that a solo diner at Apizza Scholls can sit at the counter and get one of a handful of personal pizzas that they have available on any given night.

    AS and Tanuki are two places you shouldnt miss if you are a serious food nerd. good travels!

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    Tanuki
    413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    Apizza Scholls
    4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

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    1. For your Sunday lunch - the food at Saturday Market isn't much to write home about. A couple decent food carts, but if you're trying to decide between those and K&Z? Do K&Z, definitely.

      Oh, and enjoy Mississippi Marketplace! Garden State, highly recommended. I'm sad for you having to miss Tabor, as well. ;)

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      1. re: JayinPortland

        Yeah, I suspected that about the Saturday market from my old friend Limster's trip notes. Not that I ever need an excuse to eat pastrami.

        Will look up Garden State. Just the idea of New Jersey cuisine is enough to pique my curiosity.

      2. Great post. Yours is the perfect example of how to write an "I'm visiting Portland soon" post in a way that will get responses. You actually took some time, did your homework, and are asking specific answerable questions!

        Pok Pok is a great idea. Don't even think about eating at Portland Saturday Mkt. K & Z is a far better choice. Excellent small batch cheese tasting at Portland Farmers' Mkt at PSU Saturday AM. Hard-to-find deep dish cornmeal crust by the slice at Dove Vivi Pizza.

        Walkable people watching would be good on NE Alberta (Creperie) or N Mississippi (Blue Gardenia or FlavorSpot Waffle cart).

        An alternative to Tanuki you may want to consider is Biwa. Far better quality IMHO, and more authentic. I've been to Japan many times, and my Japanese guests have always been mighty pleased.

        Have fun. Please report back!

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        1. re: Leonardo

          Yeah, we get a lot of requests on the SF board to read the minds of tourists and design custom itineraries.

          Unfortunately I've done enough research for a month's worth of meals...which is a great excuse to come back.

          I don't think I'll be in Portland before the PSU market closes, but cheese tastings might motivate me to drive faster. How do you feel about Cheese Bar? Will look into Biwa too. And the waffle cart.

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          Biwa
          215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

          1. re: Windy

            I love Cheese Bar, but I can't say I'm too familiar with the cheeses. Great selection, though. Good sandwiches. I go there mainly for Oregon Olive Oil, myself.

            If you have time on Sunday, there are some other good farmers' markets as well. Definitely smaller, and more neighborhood-type affairs, but you can still find a few of the vendors and others (Rogue, Jacobs Creamery, Fraga Farms Goat Cheese) from PSU there with the same product selections.

            Sunday Hillsdale in SW Portland is great (check out Ayers Creek Farm's booth there for all kinds of great and unusual stuff - frikeh, heirloom popcorn, the best grits outside the South, etc...), Milwaukie and King are two other good Sunday markets I regularly attend.

            Here's a whole listing in case you're interested -

            http://oregonfarmersmarkets.org/direc...

            1. re: JayinPortland

              Also, if your main thing is cheese tasting I'd recommend Sunday Milwaukie out of those three farmers' markets above as having the best and widest selection - Alsea Acres (goat cheeses), Black Sheep (sheep cheeses), Rogue Creamery (same exact selection as you'd find at Saturday PSU) and Jacobs Creamery (ditto).

              1. re: JayinPortland

                Cheese opens a whole other world of possibility. Not to mention local olive oil.

                Love love love Rogue Creamery. I drove a pound of Rogue River Blue home from Central Point last time I was there, and savored every bite.

                Thanks!

          2. The Cheese Bar is fun, and they have a nice selection...and be sure to try Ancient Heritage @ Saturday Farmers market...the Adelle is so, so good. Alma Chocolate is also there.
            Be sure to have something at the Sugar Cube cart@ MMarketplace...
            you may want to try the calzone at Al Forno Ferruzza on Alberta and 29th while people watching..or the Malo Mono tapas cart..along with some arepas on Alberta@23rd
            Ehjoy!
            Tanuki is worth going to.

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            Tanuki
            413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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            1. re: cheeseisheaven

              I did mention I'm on a diet, right? (Just kidding. Although I will need one after all the cheese and cupcakes.)

              1. re: Windy

                I wouldn't want you to leave our beautiful city hungry....

            2. BTW if anyone's interested in coming out for dinner at Pok Pok Sunday night, August 29, I'd be happy to organize a chowdown.

              (Otherwise I'll be the one with the khao soi and mango with sticky rice.)

              Send an email to itswindy(at)pacbell(dot)net.

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              Pok Pok
              3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR