One thing I’m really going to miss, the food scene in Portland, Oregon.
While we lived there (for a good 8 months), we tried a few restaurants and thought I’d share some of my favorites below. Many of them being gluten-free friendly!
I also got to hangout with some of my favorite people while I was at Feast, including the Two Peas and Their Pod family, Kevin and Amanda, Ashley from Not Without Salt. And I finally got to meet Sara from Sprouted Kitchen. Great people + delicious food is a recipe for a good time!
It was so fun to see various chefs do cooking demonstrations in the KitchenAid “kitchen”. Oh how I would love to play up there.
One evening we attending a tasting, where Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes was there giving out cupcakes and saying hi. Behind him was this amazing vegetable skewer kabob CAKE! It was picture perfect, and totally amazing.
My Favorite Restaurants around the Portland area are…
The Wildwood - everything is made with ingredients from local farms. Good luck making a decision on the menu, you’re going to want a piece of it all.
Andina - Fun restaurant in the Pearl District & they have an entirely separate gluten-free menu.
Deschutes Pub House – Everything from burgers, to big salads, to mac & cheese. Lots of gluten-free options, including hamburgers WITH the bun!
Little Bird Bistro - Sweet little french restaurant with a great atmosphere and wonderful food! If you’re gluten-free, they have a few options, but best to go if you’re interested in a light lunch.
Laurelhurst Market - This was my #1 choice for my birthday dinner, but they were full. Maybe next year.
OX - I haven’t experienced this myself, but was told you can’t go wrong here.
St. Jack - a sweet little spot with patisserie attached.
Paley’s Place - I celebrated my birthday here & practically closed the place down. Great service, exceptional food (beautiful salads, brussels sprouts & steak were my favorite) and cozy/romantic atmosphere. *if gluten-free, make sure to communicate that ahead of time
Imperial - I’ve eaten here for lunch and dinner and both great experiences. They even had gluten-free bread for my burger. Plus, it’s downtown Portland near many of the big hotels.
Portland Penny Diner - I’ve heard exceptional things, but have not experienced myself. Based on the menu, it doesn’t seem to be gluten-free friendly.
Dick’s Kitchen – this is a paleo restaurant & really good!
Salt + Straw - I basically lived off their salted caramel ice cream during my pregnancy.
Tasty n Sons – Great for breakfast!
Mothers - very popular (and very good) brunch spot downtown, but be prepared, there’s usually a wait.
Native Foods Cafe - I was introduced to this spot just before I left, otherwise I probably would have eaten here every day.
The Feel Good World - Great juices & cleanses to go.
The Whole Bowl - Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly.
Prasad (connected to a yoga studio in the Pearl District) – Vegan, gluten-free & fresh juices. I ate here for almost a week straight.
Bob’s Red Mill – Store, restaurant and bakery is here in Portland
Restaurants recommended to me by others, but have no tried
If you have some favorite spots (or meals), please share in the comments section below.
February 18 2013