Traveling well means to eat well, too! Portland, Oregon is a breeding ground for good, locally conscious and unique grub so it’s no wonder that some of our favorite places to eat can be found in the city’s parameter. If you’re looking for some of the best worth-while places to eat and experience in Portland, here are WTM’s must try’s:
Elephants is not your typical gourmet deli. Here you can make your selection of different cheeses and cold cuts, but you can also order made-to-order grilled dishes like slider burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, healthy greens with local and most organic ingredients, gourmet soups and lots of chocolate. WTM’s favorites are the beef sliders and spicy tortilla soup!
As a ‘make your plate’ kind of place Elephants it’s an excellent option for vegetarians. We love the idea that you can add whatever veggies and side you want and only pay for what you take. If you are looking for other veggie only dining options in the city, here is a great guide to vegetarian restaurants in Portland.
1611 SE 7th Ave
Koi Fusion is food truck that travels around Portland, making stops in popular areas or by a special event. As LA food truck connoisseurs, the Well Traveled Mile agrees that Koi is magical and is definitely worth eating from its menu a couple of times a week. The menu is a fusion of Korean BBQ protein fillings in tacos, burritos, sliders and quesedillas. Kimchi is also available of course. Just sweet and spicy enough, the WTM’s favorites are the bulgogi beef tacos and burritos.
827 SW 2nd Ave
Tea Chai Te
With Portland’s rainy seasons, it’s nice to warm up in a cozy nook with a cup of hot chai. At Tea Chai Te, they offer a plethora of organic teas created in-house. They are best known for their boba teas, served hot or cold perfect for chilly, wet days. WTM’s favorites are the hot almond milk chai with tapioca boba and the green tea tapioca boba.
If your more into micro brews, there are plenty of great places drink your way through Portland.
734 NW 23rd Ave
Salt and Straw
With massive ice cream scoops of “unique” and interesting flavors like Pad Thai Iced Tea, Lotus Seed Matcha, Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Arbequina Olive Oil, Salt and Straw made it on the list of Oprah’s favorite ice cream. The old-fashioned dairy farm decorated ice cream parlor has a line out the door every time, but it’s definitely worth the wait. The ice cream is churned in the shop and all the dairy used is local to Oregon. WTM’s favorites are the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and the Lotus Seed Macha.
Try out their entire flavor menu.
838 NW 23rd Ave
2035 NE Alberta St
A cookie bar dedicated to some healthy, all tasty and made-from-scratch goodies. Grab a glass of milk and try the variety of gourmet samples that are baked in batches every day. Baked delights include bars like the “Boozeberry” Cheesecake bar, rich brownies, macaroons and sweet cookies like the salted caramel, brown butter oatmeal with toasted pecans or glazed sour cherry almond. WTM’s favorite is the toasted pecan!
2390 NW Thurman
Pick your pasta and have a seat inside of Justa Pasta, a restaurant that serves authentic Italian dishes from whole-wheat linguine to specials like smoked salmon ravioli. All of their pastas, ravioli, and everything else are made fresh in-house. They also have a great wine section with wines local to Oregon as well as wine from different regions of Italy to compliment your pasta dinner!
1326 Nw 19th (at Pettygrove)
If you’re more into the nature aspects of Oregon, then Portland is a convenient hub for you. Without ever leaving the city you can embark on nature hikes in old growth forests after having lunch ordered from a Korean-Mexican fusion burritos from a food truck. If you happen to be in Portland during the winter and have nothing but wet weather, there are still plenty of things to do.
The Hoyt Arboretum is a magnificent 187 acres of trees from all over the world. Trees dotting the trails here are sectioned off in different groves making it a perfect place to trail run, hike or bird watch.
Explore over 80+ miles of trails in the lush and serene Forest Park, located just a few blocks from 23 ave in Portland. One of my favorite hikes it the Macleay Trail that links into a 27 mile long Wildwood trail. You can go for as long as your want by making multiple different length loops. Columbia Gorge
Pack the car and take the quick jaunt (30-min drive from downtown Portland) east along Columbia Gorge for some breathtaking view and jaw-dropping waterfalls. Be sure to visit Multnomah Falls, a 620‑ft., two‑tiered cascading waterfall near Corbett.
During the summer months you can venture into Oneonta Gorge, where you can clamber over logs and swim to the waterfall at the end of the gorge. The hike is less than one mile and is a great adventure if you don’t mind climbing over some logs and getting a little wet.