1752 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Buckman
The kitchen here is run by talented Executive Chef Justin Woodward, who previously had stints at Noma in Copenhagen, San Sebastian's Mugaritz, and with pastry chef Alex Stupak at NYC's WD-50. Woodward's tasting menu, which typically highlights fresh vegetables and fish, is perfect for a special date night, as is the excellent wine list. (Next door to the restaurant is the more casual OK Omens, which has indoor/outdoor seating, a happy hour, and an à la carte dinner menu—plus excellent natural wines.)
107 S.E. Washington St., Buckman
Deli-slash-tapas bar Olympia Provisions is also the proud proprietor of America’s first USDA-approved salumeria, meaning they take their charcuterie very seriously: co-founder and master salumist Elias Cairo prepares the cured meats on-site using techniques he picked up from masters in the Swiss Alpine region, all while abiding by stringent health standards. Charcuterie boards on offer are paired based on origin—French, Italian, Spanish—or ask for the chef’s choice for a custom-curated tasting. The modern industrial decor and dark wood furnishings in the dining room (including floor-to-ceiling shelves that hold their vast selection of wine to accompany the tapas-style menu) makes it an easy go-to whether you’re up for casual drinks or out on a date. Stop by mid-day for lunch and a selection of salamis and pickled veggies at their marketplace—you can even join their salami-of-the-month club for hand-picked recommendations straight from Elias. The Slabtown outpost has its own unique menu and is definitely worth a trip.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Headquarters
100 S.E. Salmon St., Buckman
It’s hard to imagine now that their coffee is in every cute coffee shop from San Francisco to Charleston, but there was a time when you could only get Stumptown in Portland. Their cheeky shops are still the best for local roasts, and Tasting Bar at their HQ makes a fun (and energizing) outing for coffee snobs. There are locations in every major neighborhood: Downtown, Sunnyside, Old Town Chinatown, and Richmond.