10 Spots to Eat & Drink in Portland, Oregon : Part – II

Continued from here – 10 Spots to Eat & Drink in Portland, Oregon : Part – I

6. StumpTown Coffee Roasters

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Stumptown coffee is an iconic Portland roastery specializing in gourmet coffee from all over the world. It is named after the Portland’s old name – Stumptown – because when the town expanded rapidly, trees were felled leaving behind large masses of tree-stumps with no time to root them out completely.

Stumptown Coffee is a part of the Third Wave Coffee movement in America, as in it places importance in quality single-source coffee and fair-trade prices to growers –  or as some people call it “hipster coffee from beanie bearded baristas.”

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Link : www.stumptowncoffee.com


7. Von Ebert Brewery

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Started by a 30-year old entrepreneur as an homage to his German immigrant grandmother, Von Ebert specializes in Midwestern, West Coast IPA and German and Austrian wheat-beers. The beer is poured directly from the brite-tanks where it is brewed and the process can be observed from the bar.

Link : http://vonebertbrewing.com


8. Kargi Gogo Georgian Restaurant

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Created by US Peace Corps volunteers who returned from service in the Republic of Georgia, this place was my first foray into Eurasian cuisine. On a rainy day, I had steamed dumplings called Khinkhali, which were served with the red and spicy Ajika paste on the side and Separavi wines.

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Georgia is one of the oldest wine-producing regions on earth, and has a unique cuisine of Khachapuri (flatbread with cheese and eggs), Badrijani (eggplants with walnuts) and Sulguni (stuffed mushrooms).

I would love to visit this Cacuses country some day, considering my memorable experiences of visiting Central and Eastern Europe before.

Link : http://kargigogo.com/


9. Hopworks

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This was small place I chanced into while walking back to my hotel. They had an amazing selection of local craft-beers and excellent food. I partook in their barley-wine which was sweet, bitter, fruity and pungent at the same time.

To cut the hopp-i-ness, I ordered their Hub Honeycombs – which were fried dough with locally produced Oregon honey.

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Link : https://hopworksbeer.com/


10. Salt and Straw

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This is the best thing Portland has produced in my opinion. Salt-and-Straw makes ice-cream in the old-fashioned way, when cream was hand-cranked  into freezing inside an ice-bucket with straws and salt added to the ice to retain low temperature.

Not only is their ice-cream handmade and fresh, they also have an innovative flavor range – from Bone-marrow with Tea-smoked cherries, to Coffee-and-Bourbon to Almond-Brittle-and-Ganache. I had the Pear-and-Blue-Cheese and it felt right in place as a medieval European tavern pie.

I also love their San Francisco outlet where Chocolate Hazelnut are directly sourced from Dandelion Chocolates and their Matcha with Fermented Blueberries.


Portland is a major food-capital on the West Coast of North America and there are many more places to explore. Definitely worth multiple visits.

What are your favorite spots in Portland?

See Also :

10 Spots to Eat & Drink in Portland, Oregon : Part – I

3 Bengali Vegetarian Recipes

10 Tranquil places in San Francisco Bay Area for Introverts

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3 comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to try making khinkalis myself for some time now… It’s so interesting that there’s a Georgian restaurant in Portland – I will have to add that to my list if I ever go up there!

    1. I’m surprised Georgian cuisine is relatively unknown here in the US. There’s a food-truck next to my place with Khachapuri but that’s about it. I was surprised when I found that restaurant in Portland.

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