My brother Joe is the first person in my family or friend-group to visit Portland. He had four nights of total gastronomic excess. We covered a lot of ground, hitting multiple stops a day, and for the most part we came out unscathed, if not a little fuller around the waist. Since the trip may have been blurry at times, I thought I’d chronicle his short stay with us.
Noisette [Sat 3-2-13] I had to work, but it was great to serve Joe and my wife Anne at the Chef’s Counter. Of course, tasting menu with pairings. Thanks Chef Tony & Debbie!
Olympic Provisions NW [Sun 3-3-13] Brunch with beers, a Pickleback; plus an amazing Kielbasa hash and country Benedict. Thanks Diego!
Biwa [Sun 3-3-13] Cocktails, sake, sashimi, age-mono. Thanks Kana!
Lardo Westside [Mon 3-4-13] Hangover food, Joe threw down the double burger with pork belly.
Blue Star Donuts [3-4-13] Post bike ride donuts.
Boxer Sushi [3-4-13] You cannot eat here and not order Omakase!
Tasty & Alder [3-5-13] Lunch #1 Eggs, potatoes, radicchio.
Nostrana [3-5-13] Lunch #2 Pizza, radicchio.
Cheese Bar [3-5-13] Lunch #3 Should be rather obvious what we ate. Thanks Tim!
Le Pigeon [3-5-13] Sans Rucker, but still amazing. Thanks Andrew!
Stumptown [3-2-13] Coffee after Clyde Common snack.
Barista Downtown [3-3-13] Start the morning off right.
Coffeehouse NW [3-3-13] A much needed pause between OPNW and going up to Council Crest.
Case Study Coffee [3-4-13] A quick cup while waiting for Kask to open.
Coava [3-5-13] Coffee break between lunch #2 and lunch #3.
Clyde Common [Sat 3-2-13] Stop # 1 for a cocktail and snack, right after Joe’s flight and before I went to work at Noisette. Anne got off work to take over the reins as tour guide for a night. We also went again [Tuesday 3-5-13] for nightcaps after Le Pigeon. Thanks Jeffrey!
Teardrop Lounge [Sat 3-2-13 & Mon 3-4-13] It was a packed freak show on Saturday night, but Monday was perfect. Thanks Daniel!
Imperial [3-3-13] Joe crushed a couple of Bloody Mary’s while waiting for me to join him. He was staying at the Hotel Lucia.
Rontoms [3-3-13] Walked over after Biwa and pretty much the final coffin nail for this day.
Kask [3-4-13] Even without Tommy K behind the bar, still one of my favorites.
Rum Club [3-5-13] Much needed bitter cocktails after lunch #3.
Raven & Rose [3-5-13] Took the cab straight from Rum Club and had a couple more amazing cocktails in The Rookery.
Bailey’s Taproom [3-3-13] Our stop here pretty much sealed our fate for having an early night. Hi-octane Pac NW beers annihilated us. Thanks Bill!
Prost [3-4-13] We rented Joe a bike, rode to Mississippi; so, Joe could get salt at The Meadow. We took a pause for a Schwarzbier.
Oregon Wines On Broadway [3-2-13] Anne took Joe here before Noisette for bub, Pinot and sass.
Council Crest [3-3-13] It was a clear day, but not enough to see Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, or Mt Rainier.
Joe’s a super busy man. I was glad I could show him around beautiful Portland, Oregon. I’ve got a feeling he’ll be back soon. There were so many places I wanted to take him, but we ran out of time!