Think 'Pacific Northwest' when you're thirsty, and you'll likely picture hops. Or coffee, perhaps, or rain. What you're probably not thinking about is apples. But about 100 miles north of hoptopia's famed Yakima Valley is another valley—the Wenatchee Valley—where a different bumper crop is fueling the Northwest bar scene. Here, one of America's oldest drinks may just be the next big thing. Here are our favorites from a blind tasting of 3 dozen ciders from the Pacific Northwest.
'oregon' on Serious Eats
I'd argue that the best way to eat in Portland, Oregon is by visiting the city's many food carts. If you've ever doubted that street food could be serious food, these carts will convince you otherwise.
Now with two locations, Blue Star has emerged as the place to get sugary rounds of deep-fried dough in Portland. We went behind the scenes with pastry chef Stephanie Donlan to see how Blue Star's butter-rich brioche dough is made.
How does a collection of food carts come together? A thriving example in Portland, Oregon shares a few secrets to success.
Lardo chef Rick Gencarelli doesn't need to go far to score a great sandwich, but even so, his cravings take him all over town. Find out his top picks, which range from barbecued pork banh mi to an unusual take on PB&J.
When it comes to cookies, Bridgetown can hold its own. From delicate French macarons to hefty oatmeal cookies that are almost substantial enough to qualify as breakfast, you can find a cookie to satisfy every craving. Read on to discover our favorite bakeries (and what to buy there).
Nong Poonsukwattana, creator of Nong's Khao Man Gai, recently opened her first brick and mortar restaurant in Southeast Portland. We ordered one of everything on the menu.
The unfortunately named PDX Sliders does not sell any actual sliders as of yet, but they do serve up some tasty mini-hamburgers. At $3.50 a pop, you can afford to try a few, so we took it to the next level and ordered the entire menu.
The toppings on at least one of this fancy banh mi joint's burgers are enough to make a purist reconsider a predilection for the simplicity of beef and bun, but no toppings, innovative or otherwise, can save a lackluster patty.
For those looking to dine on the cheap, Portland's countless food carts provide an obvious solution. But there's also no shortage of sit-down places with stellar dishes for under $10. Good value can be found all over the city, including table-side at some of Portland's most celebrated restaurants. In fact, the difficulty isn't in seeking out bargains, but rather narrowing down the bounty of options. Here are ten of our favorites.
Breweries, wineries, distilleries; Portland, Oregon has them all. Its craft beverage scene is the envy of cities around the nation. But sake? Yep: I visited SakéOne in Forest Grove to view the sake-brewing process firsthand and learn what distinguishes Oregon sake from Japanese.
Portland Penny Diner, a cheap eats lunch spot from one of Portland's most respected chefs, sells a simple burger at a price equal to its value. That price is $6.95.
In a world so inundated with meat innovation and extreme toppings, sometimes you need an everyday burger like the one at Grain & Gristle.
Baker extraordinaire Ken Forkish delivers yet another winner with his new Trifecta Tavern + Bakery's Pimento Double Cheeseburger, a pricey, half-pound beauty that's easily one of Portland's very best burgers.
We pay a visit to Portland's recently opened Broder Nord, featuring Swede-inspired cuisine. The menu, identical to that of the SE Broder location, highlights daily lefse (flatbread with various savory and sweet fillings), baked eggs, hashes studded with smoked seafood and seasonal vegetables, and Swedish-inspired charcuterie boards with piles of house-cured gravalax, and tiny jars of yogurt and granola.
How many Hawaiian restaurants can you say serve a first-rate burger? Portland's Ate-Oh-Ate is one of them, and its kimchi-and-pork-belly-topped Aina Burger is the reason you should sit up and take notice.
Portland, Oregon's Mi Mero Mole's spicy and complex Frijoles Charros has a secret ingredient: time.
Whether you're looking for rare peach beers, DIY turkey processing, or a festival of chocolate, you're sure to stay busy and entertained in the coming weeks. Here's our round-up of upcoming events in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
There's a reason beer lovers call Portland 'Beervana,' and it's not just the 52 (and counting) local breweries supplying the city's tap houses. Portland happens to be home to some of the most noteworthy beer bottle shops in the country. These are our picks for the very best of them.
I grew up in landlocked Chicago, where clamming is not exactly a popular pastime. So when I was offered the chance to go clamming in Oregon, I jumped. The great outdoors? Check. Fresh seafood? Check. A rare opportunity to wear full-body waders in public? I was totally in.