Though I’ve been to Portland before, I never really got a chance to explore its hidden gems. I’ve always focused on spending time with family. So this time around, my fiance and I decided to immerse ourselves in this weird, quirky city. Below are my recommendations for your next Portland trip!
Tapalaya is a Creole/Vietnamese fusion restaurant ran by Vietnamese head Chef, Anh Luu from New Orleans! The food was delicious and served in, you guessed it, tapas-style. I enjoyed every dish we ordered. Some notable shoutouts from the menu are the Steak Diane and the Deep Fried Oysters.
McMenamins Kennedy School
McMenamins is a historic elementary school that's been converted to a hotel, restaurant, bars (yes, plural), meeting rooms, banquet halls, and movie theater! To me, this was as Portland as you can get! Whoever's idea this was, props! I highly recommend the bloody mary from the cafeteria. It goes great with the cajun tots!
Complete with outdoor firepits and dog friendly patios, Stormbreaker serves delicious craft beer without breaking the bank! I was floored when my beer flight only came out to $8-9.
The words "german pub" almost always brings a smile to my face. An extensive list of beers, authentic german food, outdoor dog friend patio, and punch cards (yes I said punch cards) attract Portland natives and tourists alike. The part that I like the most is the food truck yard next door. Prost is so cool, you can bring food from the food trucks into the pub!
Hawks View Winery
This winery isn't quite in Portland but it's worth the 16 mile drive! The tasting room is beautiful, modern, and tasteful. And the view outside is fantastic! The tastings are cheap ($20 for flight of $5) and their charcuterie boards were just delightful.