Feed-Good Fare: The Realm Refillery
You are already aware that the most typical thing you can do in Portland is order takeout from a restaurant that is waste-free, but this restaurant takes it one step further than that. Customers have the option of filling their own glass jars or compostable bags with regional specialties such as orange sea salt caramel popcorn from Poplandia or loose-leaf tea from the Jasmine Pearl Tea Company. This company has done away with the needless use of plastics and has reduced its amount of wasted food.
Innovative Lattes: Portland Cà Phê
This Vietnamese specialty store continues to stand out in a city that is essentially known as the birthplace of craft coffee roasting, and it does so for more reasons than just the vibrant concoctions that it offers. The sweet guava doughnuts can be purchased from the bakery located on the premises and go wonderfully with the coconut cream latte that is served there. The ube latte, which has notes of vanilla and nuts and is made with homemade yam syrup, is delicious. It is a deep purple color and has a nutty flavor.
Plant-Based Snacks: Mama Đút
If you want to order takeout from this renowned restaurant, you will need to get there as early as possible to place your order. The banh mi and bao buns filled with vegan ‘pork’ and drizzled with a garlicky ‘phish sauce’ created by Chef Thuy Pham will be on your Instagram Story. Her whoopie pies made with pandan and strawberry are also mouthwatering.
Fine-Dining Food Cart: Poppyseed
Even though there are plenty of innovative food carts in this city, not even the hippest taco truck in town can compete with the high-end seasonal options that are provided by this luxurious trailer. You are going to stuff your face with dishes such as oysters on the half shell because it’s Portland, after all, and then you are going to empty your reusable plate at the station where they compost food waste.
Family-Style Experience: Kann
The Haitian roots of the chef Gregory Gourdet (yes, Gregory from Top Chef), are responsible for preparing dishes meant to be shared, such as smoked beef ribs with a coffee rub. You should advise your group not to skimp on the sides, and they should also make sure they save room for Gourdet’s famous pineapple upside-down cake that has been flame-kissed.