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Jan 2, 2014 07:17 AM

ladd's addition suggestions

i'll be staying in ladd's addition to write for a few days in late jan.
i'm setting my (cheese-related) novel in this area of portland, and want to immerse myself in the neighborhood's offerings. will have a car, but prefer to keep things close. any suggestions for dining and groceries much appreciated!

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  1. In Ladd's Addition proper is Palio Coffeehouse for coffee, tea, desserts, etc. Nice place for a little bite and to relax and to maybe work a bit outside of the house..

    On the north end, Ladd's is bordered by SE Hawthorne. Castagna and Cafe Castagna (one of the best burgers in town at the Cafe) are solid recs. on SE Hawthorne near 17th

    On the SE 20th border of Ladd's, just south of SE Hawthorne is Boxer sushi - do the omakase and get some sake and relax. Great food, interesting preps, awesome value (I think the omakaseis $38). Same owner is opening a Little Big Burger on the corner, next door to Boxer. I love the little burgers and the truffle fries.

    SE Division is the border on the south end of Ladd's. New Seasons local markets has a store nearby at SE Division and 20th. There is also a big new Safeway on SE Hawthorne and SE 27th and a neat little co-op, People's Co-op, on SE 21st and Tibbets (south of Division). A great fish monger (and he has local meat and eggs and dairy too) is Flying Fish on SE Hawthorne and 23rd.

    Great stuff for kitchen store, Mirador, on SE Division and 21st and down the block there are great roasted coffee beans and decent bagels at Spielman's...and next door to that is Taste Unique and awesome Italian prepared food (from scratch) to take home and heat up (as well a limited menu to eat there, and occasional events). And Bar Avignon on the corner of 22nd. Across SE Division at 22nd, Nuestra Cocina is a very popular higher end Mexican choice.

    At SE Division and 26th is Little T's - one of the best bakeries in town. Awesome breads (the baguettes and pretzel bread are stellar), great laminated dough pastries and many other delights. Great sandwiches and a tasty limited breakfast/brunch menu too.

    One of my fave restaurants in town, French bistro with a killer cocktail bar and great wine list, St. Jack is on SE Clinton and SE 21st.

    There are lots of great places further up in the 30's on SE Division too like Sunshine Tavern, Block and Tackle, Richmond Bar, Ava Gene's, Lauretta Gene's, Whiskey Soda Lounge/Pok Pok, Salt & Straw, Cibo, Xico...

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      1. re: chez cherie

        We enjoyed Sok Sab Bai's newish bricks and mortar near St Jack in October.

        Savoy Tavern's not far away and has an excellent burger, good for happy hour and more.

        1. re: chez cherie

          just wanted to follow up with another thanks! so far i've hit palio (and also cellar door, which my daughter recommended). had some little t bread with vino and cheeses the other night. hit roost for dinner last night-pretty good, but there were a few details that grated on me. the evening prior we were at the farm cafe, which was charming and also grabbed some soup at ford's that was good. did the se branch of olympic provisions today and it was amazing. (not on your list, but not too far away!) tonight we were at bar avignon, had just ordered when my daughter felt ill. had them box up our meal and i took her home to rest. i thought my foie agnelotti with roasted pear and cider reduction would be a little gross from a cardboard container, but nope! it was fantastic. can't wait to try again next visit, on real plates. i will be checking out people's co-op and mirador tomorrow. loving this airbnb i found, and walking through the maze of ladd's addition, so i will def be back in this neighborhood again.

          1. re: chez cherie

            Thanks for the report! That is a highly strategic food location. Next time consider 28th/E Burnside or NE Alberta.

            1. re: chez cherie

              ohmylord. the chicken thigh and sausage hash with fennel, sweet potatoes and i-don't-even-know-what-else, with two poached eggs on top at simpatica dining hall changed my life.

          2. re: JillO

            This is a great list, I agree. Palio is a relaxing place to have a dessert and coffee or tea. It tends to be pretty quiet (people reading/studying).

          3. just returned from PDX. definitely try pok pok (on division). i had high expectations for broder (next to savoy), but frankly, it wasn't worth the wait. toete is also nearby - quick and cheap arepas. the people's co-op food store is lovely for groceries. i think there may be a new seasons market nearby as well (maybe at 34th?).

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              1. re: figgycrave

                been to pok pok a number of times, but i didn't realize it was in the neighborhood. (when i'm not the driver, i never really get my bearings in cities i visit.) there's never too much pok pok, so thanks for mentioning it.

              2. You might like Press Club @ 26th & Clinton. Coffee, drinks, light food. Main attraction is quite a selection of reading material, ranging from Paris Review to music magazines. If you're a reader it's a good place to hang out.

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