I’ve been passing the Foster & Dobbs store at NE 15th and Brazee (next to the new Mio Gelato) for the past few weeks, but it has always been at night when they were closed. Today I made a special trip to see what they were all about.
This is a somewhat higher-end food store. By “somewhat”, I mean they tend to carry things that are higher quality then your normal grocery, but not up in the stratospheric level.
The store itself is beautiful, everything is nicely displayed. A large cheese case dominates the space. They have a good selection of cheeses that would appeal to most people, one of the standouts being the Rouge River Blue. None of the really foul, stinky cheeses that get me going, but one could definitely find things that satisfy. They also have a good selection of Salumi Salami (by Mario Batali’s father in Seattle – try the Mole!). Funny how we are suddenly finding it all over Portland.
A small selection of wine is available as well as quite a few canned, bottled items such as olive oil, organic tea, good salts (the truffle salt is great), and the typical things you find in gourmet food stores. My only concern is that their prices seem a bit high on everything: for example, the Salumi is $20.00 a pound. Still, it is a good/classy addition to the Irvington neighborhood and I’m sure I’ll be stopping in from time to time.
- Address: 2518 NE 15th Ave Portland OR. 97212
- Phone: (503) 284-1157
- Hours: June 1 through September 30, Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 12-6PM. October 1 through May 31, Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun12-6PM
- Website: FosterAndDobbs.com