Showing posts with label Portland OR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Portland OR. Show all posts

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Best Fish and Chips in Portland

Wondering where to find the best fish & chips in Portland, Oregon?

Here's my review of the Top 5 Fish and Chips restaurants and food trucks in Portland.

The full order of fish and chips at The Moon and Sixpence Pub is exactly that -- a plate-spanning piece of cod fried to perfection. Great pub atmosphere with a long list of beers. Enjoy a walk through Portland's Hollywood district after your meal. Read my full review of The Moon and Sixpence Pub.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back to the 50s: A Walk Along Upper Sandy Boulevard in Portland

Enjoy a walk through Portland's 1950s history along Sandy Boulevard
From a Catholic garden sanctuary to a former racist restaurant, Sandy Boulevard in Portland offers a look into Portland's recent history. Read my full review with what to see and where to eat on Sandy Blvd. after the break.

God in Nature at The Grotto in Portland


At the end of our walking tour of Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, my wife and I arrived at The Grotto. The Grotto is a church, and a nature sanctuary where you can walk along secluded forest paths as you gaze upon religious relics and inspirational statues. Read my full review with pictures of The Grotto after the break.

Walk at Pittock Mansion with Views of Portland

Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon
Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon
We found ourselves with a few hours to spare during our week in Portland, and we didn't want to waste the beautiful weather we were enjoying in February in Portland. So we decided to visit historic Pittock Mansion.

View of downtown Portland from Pittock Mansion
View of downtown Portland from Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion offers a spectacular view of downtown PDX and Mt. Hood, with gardens to stroll along, and a chance to see some of Portland's history. Overall, Pittock Mansion makes a great stop during any visit to the Rose City.

Back side of Pittock Mansion which overlooks Portland
Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 by Henry Pittock, the publisher of the Oregonian newspaper.

Pittock Mansion is really easy to get to. It's just a short drive from downtown Portland. There's ample parking.


Gardens at Pittock Mansion
You are free to walk around the grounds. To enter the house, you need to buy a ticket and you can then take a self-guided tour.

The gatekeeper's house -- it's 4 stories!

You can also go hiking. We didn't have time, but next time we will try a few of the trails.

Pittock Mansion features in the Forest Park: House on the Hill walk as seen in Walking Portland, an excellent book with many historic and interesting walks in Portland.

Book Review: Walking Portland by Becky Ohlsen (Wilderness Press)


During our wonderful week in Portland we had a chance to spend an afternoon walking. And after all we eaten during the week, we needed a long walk!

I thumbed through my copy of Walking Portland by Becky Ohlsen (published by Wilderness Press). It is full of walks that cover most of the city. The walks vary from short to long (less than a mile to 4 or 5 miles). See the book's Amazon.com page for more info and reviews at Walking Portland: 30 Tours of Stumptown's Funky Neighborhoods, Historic Landmarks, Park Trails, Farmers Markets, and Brewpubs.

Each walk includes historical sites to see, places to eat, and interesting facts about Portland. The walks are well-documented and easy to follow.

Are you planning a walk in Portland? I recommend this book. You can buy a copy at Amazon --

 
We took the Upper Sandy walk. Here's what we saw on our Upper Sandy Boulevard walk in Portland.

Pittock Mansion
We visited Pittock Mansion which is featured in the Forest Park: House on the Hill walk.

Here are some of the places we ate at as seen in Walking Portland --

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Hour at Alameda Brewhouse in Portland's Beaumont district


After our visit to Pip's Original mini donuts yesterday morning, we walked along Fremont Street in the Beaumont district of Portland. Nearby we came across the Alameda Brewhouse. We're from Alameda (in California, not Oregon) so we wondered about the name, and one of the owners told us there is a neighborhood nearby with that name. But also, the other owner is a fan of the Oakland Raiders whose training camp is in Alameda. So kind of fitting that we should try it, right? She told us they serve a daily happy hour, and we returned later in the day for a few happy hour beers and dinner. Read my full review of Alameda Brewhouse after the break.

Gourmet Donut Goodness at Blue Star Donuts in Downtown Portland


Are Blue Star donuts the Best Thing I Ever Ate? Read my full review after the break.

Frying Fish & Chips at The Frying Scotsman in Portland


The Frying Scotsman is a food trailer in a downtown Portland food pod as seen on Eat Street. There's just one guy with a Scottish accent in there, and he's frying up fresh fish and chips. And it doesn't get any fresher than this -- your fried fish is dumped directly from the fryer into your to-go box. There's no intermediate stop at a draining station. See more pictures after the break.

Small Is Good at Pip's Original Mini Donuts on Fremont Street in Portland

A dozen fresh mini donuts at Pip's Original in Portland
A dozen fresh mini donuts at Pip's Original in Portland

How does a hot fresh donut sound on a cold day? How about a dozen of them? They sounded good to me so we dropped by Pip's Original on Fremont Street in Portland's Beaumont district. Read about these award-winning doughnuts enjoyed by Alton Brown in my full review after the break.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Pub in Hollywood: The Moon and Sixpence in Portland

The Moon and Sixpence British Pub in Portland's Hollywood district
The Moon and Sixpence British Pub in Portland's Hollywood district
After our walk along Sandy Boulevard and stopping at The Grotto, we drove to nearby The Moon and Sixpence British Pub in Portland's Hollywood district. Read my review of The Moon and Sixpence in Portland after the break.

Afternoon Delight at Annie's Donuts in Portland


During our walk along Sandy Boulevard, we stopped in at Annie's Donuts to sample their, well, donuts. Read my full review with pictures after the break.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fish & Chips at The Fishwife Seafood Restaurant in Portland


In the Northwest Portland neighborhood of Portsmouth is The Fishwife Seafood Restaurant, a place to get your fish & chips prepared any way you like. Read my full review with pictures after the break.

Healthier Fish & Chips at Corbett Fish House in Portland


Fish & chips breaded in brown rice flour is probably a little healthier for you than traditional battered fish & chips, but does it taste good? Find out in my full review of Corbett's Fish House in Portland after the break.

Grilled Cheese Goodness at The Grilled Cheese Grill in Portland

The Grilled Cheese Grill in Portland
The Grilled Cheese Grill in Portland
When in Portland, a must-see for a foodie is a visit to a food pod. A food pod is a collection of food trucks and trailers which are settled in permanently. Usually there are benches, and one I visited had a 3-piece jazz ensemble providing entertainment! These pods are everywhere, including downtown and out in the various districts of Portland. Read my full review with pictures after the break of Grilled Cheese Grill food truck in Portland, Oregon.

Every Day Is A Donut Day in Beaverton (near Portland)

Every Day Is A Donut Day in Beaverton, Oregon
Every Day Is A Donut Day in Beaverton, Oregon
If you don't have time to drive into downtown Portland for a Voodoo Doughnut, you can stop in nearby Beaverton at Donut Day where their slogan is, "Every day is a Donut Day." Read my full review with pictures after the jump.

A Cheese Board at Cheese Bar in Portland


On Belmont Street in Portland's Southeast district is the Cheese Bar cheese and deli shop. Cheese sandwiches, cheese boards, cheese by the pound -- the Cheese Bar has cheese covered. Read my full review after the break.

The Magic Is In the Hole at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut in Portland
Voodoo Doughnut in Portland
When is a donut more than a donut? When it's a Voodoo Doughnut, of course. I return for more sugary goodness and this time I drag my wife along to stand in line for donuts in Portland in February. Read my full review with pictures after the break.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

British Grub at Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon
Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon
We arrived in Portland for a week of eating and scenery. For our first dinner, we had British pub grub at Horse Brass Pub. Read my full review with pictures after the break.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shirley's Tippy Canoe in Troutdale, OR (near Portland, Oregon)

Shirley's Tippy Canoe in Troutdale, Oregon (near Portland)
Shirley's Tippy Canoe in Troutdale, Oregon (near Portland) 
Shirley's Tippy Canoe is a bar & grill on the banks of the Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon (about half an hour east of Portland). Located in a big lodge, there is plenty of parking, seating, and space at the long bar that seems to wrap around the entire restaurant. There's a cozy fireplace for the cold winters. There's a lot on the menu and several specials of the day.