Cloud City Ice Cream
4525 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland
Bryan Gilbert made the commitment to revive his neighborhood ice cream shop by, literally signing the lease on it, the day after his mother passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Today, he calls the business a tribute to her, featuring several flavors based on her famous desserts, like Bananas Foster, and her delicious cheesecake. The business also bears the mark of Gilbert's twin daughters—let's just say unicorns are a major source of inspiration.
2021 SE Clinton St., Northwest
Owner Chad Draizin moved to Portland for the first time for an internship at Portland Brewing, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Fifty Licks is famous for its ice cream cocktails. Draizin's on the tail-end of a major menu overhaul, so it'll be a few weeks before the cocktails are back in order, but there's plenty to enjoy while you wait: We love the Cuban coffee (which is sort of a Cuban version of an affogato) and the Chocolate Porter float (which is a 21+ root beer float). All of the ice cream is made French style, using real egg yolks, and its not too sweet, so the focus is on flavor.
Heart Coffee Roasters
2211 E. Burnside St., Kerns
Great coffee is in no short supply in Portland, but this café serves up some of the best—their experts roast the beans themselves as soon as they come in fresh from Central America, South America, or Africa. If you’re not into black coffee, their fresh, house-made almond, cashew, and hazelnut milks are a creamy, delicious alternative for those dairy-averse customers and go especially well with one of the flaky, buttery croissants, massive chocolate cookies, or fresh-baked brioches that are brought in from local bakers daily. There's a second location Downtown.
2805 SE Ankeny St., Kerns
Quin is a candy boutique filled with caramels, chocolates, lollipops, gummies, and more, made in-house by a small, skilled staff. Owner Jami Curl sticks to locally-sourced ingredients like Oregon-farmed nuts and berries, caramel and chocolate made from fresh cream and butter, coffee flavors from locally-roasted beans, and extracts from locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. What’s more, this outpost, which is significantly more spacious than the one on Union Way hosts hands-on events and classes for aspiring DIY candy-makers.
1025 S.W. Stark St., Downtown
Situated in the shopping alley Union Way, next door to the Ace Hotel on Stark and the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside, Quin is a candy boutique filled with caramels, chocolates, lollipops, gummies, and more, made in-house by a small, skilled staff. Candy-maker and owner, Jami Curl, sticks to locally-sourced ingredients like Oregon-farmed nuts and berries, caramel and chocolate made from fresh cream and butter, coffee flavors from locally-roasted beans, and extracts from locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. With its no-nonsense philosophy, Quin is perfect for health-conscious parents and their kids (or anyone with a sweet tooth, really). There's a second location on Ankeny Street.
Ken’s Artisan Pizza
304 S.E. 28th Ave., Kerns
Back in the day, Ken Forkish was just making pizza once a week out of his eponymous bakery. But when the pizza nights started getting out-of-control busy, he knew it was time to open a full-fledged restaurant. At Ken’s Artisan Pizza, you’ll find simple, Neapolitan-style pies that comes straight from a wood-fired oven in the open kitchen. The décor is as local as the ingredients, with a bar and tables made from old-growth Douglas firs that were salvaged from one of the city’s old roller coasters. P.S.: Ken’s James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Flour Water Salt Yeast, is a totally worthwhile souvenir. Photos: Alan Weiner Photography
414 S.W. 13th Ave., Downtown
Specialty chocolate has exploded in the last ten years, and this sweet little shop, which is somewhat of a requirement on any walking tour of Downtown, dedicates its shelves to the very best varieties from around the world. The knowledgeable staff will walk you through finding something that perfectly suits your tastes (or a friend’s, as this is a great place to shop for gifts). Kids will freak out over their decadent, creamy, house-made drinking chocolate.
P’s & Q’s
1301 N.E. Dekum St., Woodlawn
P’s & Q’s in Woodlawn is a gem of a neighborhood market and deli. You can eat in or take a picnic to go—offerings range from smoky tomato soup with saffron and sweet peppers, to a brisket plate, and fried polenta with pickled red onion and roasted chiles on a potato bun. There are also more kid-friendly options here, like grilled cheese or a ham and cheddar sandwich. Plus, P’s and Q’s has a separate weekend brunch menu.
Fried Egg I’m in Love
3207 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Sunnyside
Fried Egg I’m In Love (awesome name) is a yellow food cart situated on Hawthorne Boulevard with an attached, covered picnic seating area. Egg sandwiches are their thing–made with local eggs from Willamette Egg Farms, served on sourdough bread from Portland French Bakery, with FEIIL’s secret spice blend (Magic Egg Dust—which you can buy at the cart or online). Every sandwich can be made vegetarian- and gluten-free. For the adults, there’s coffee from Stumptown—as well as mimosas, local beers, cider, and FEILL’s take on sangria.
Pine Street Market
126 S.W. 2nd Ave., Downtown
This brand-spanking-new food hall downtown occupies the old United and Carriage Transfer building, offering more than 10,000 square feet of grab-and-go food concepts. Most of the stalls are offshoots of existing local restaurants, so it’s an excellent place to get a solid feel for the food scene if you’re short on time: Definitely hit Ken Forkish’s bakery/pizzeria, Olympia Provisions’ hot dog stand in the center, and Shalom Y’all, an Israeli concept from the Tasty n Alder group. There’s even a mini Salt & Straw.
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