A First Timer's Guide to Eating in Portland, OR

Looking for a great place to snack in Portland? Consider this a first timer’s starting guide to eating and drinking in the PNW. If you’ve got some recommendations, leave them in the comments below!


Base Camp Breweries
10 Barrel Brewing

To be fair, you could throw a stone in Portland and hit a variety of amazing breweries and no trip would be complete without visiting a few!

Base Camp Brewing - Ever wanted a delicious stout with a toasted marshmallow on top? Look no further.

10 Barrel Brewing - Might we suggest a pizza alongside your beer? Their burgers are pretty amazing, too.

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House - After all, what trip to Portland is complete without this?

Rogue Pearl Public House - For the namesake alone, we find ourselves drifting back here.

Breakside Brewery - Beer with a side of amazing patio.

Por Que No? Margaritas

Por Que No? Margaritas


If you’re looking for any number of good eats, Portland is sure to not disappoint.

Por Que No? Tacos

Por Que No? - Easily some of the best tacos that we’ve had outside of Texas. Plus, they serve a margarita in a pint glass. We’re here for it.

Batter Griddle & Drinkery
Batter Griddle & Drinkery

Batter Griddle & Drinkery - We absolutely stumbled on this little restaurant by accident, but the Battle Griddle is everything that breakfast chicken and waffle dreams are made of. Whatever kind of waffle you would like, they have it! We went with a mix of savory gravy and waffles. It was easily one of the best non-biscuit breakfasts to be found in the PDX.

Pine State Biscuits

Pine State Biscuits - These are the kind of biscuits that you wake up craving. They can also keep you full all day.


Dig A Pony - Super cute little corner bar, with an amazing happy hour. Try the Pink Moose for a spicy tequila kick!


The Screen Door - Holy fried chicken Batman. The mac & cheese is amazing, too, but don’t you dare go without getting the chicken.

Crisp - Like their namesake, crisp salads made to order.

Tasty n Alder - Small plates in the downtown Portland.

Jam on Hawthorne - You’re going to wait a bit, but a serious, can’t-miss brunch.

Afuri - Upscale ramen + sushi, with a great variety of craft cocktails.


Usually desserts aren’t our thing, but Portland has a way of making us crave them the second that we get off the plane.

Blue Star Donut Apple Fritter

Blue Star Donut Apple Fritter

Blue Star Donuts - VooDoo Donuts gets all the hype in Portland, but these are the real OG. The apple fritter is one of my favorite foods on the planet. Also, the very first place I asked to go when I landed.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

Salt & Straw - There’s very few foods we’d stand in line too long for, but this is it. Try the gorgonzola & pear (It’s not as weird as it sounds) if you’re feeling adventurous. The Strawberry and Coconut is probably one of our favorite ice creams of all time. Extra points for a crunchy, sweet waffle cone.

Where are some of your favorite places to eat in Portland?

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