If you are looking for a gourmet food store in Portland Irvington neighborhood, Foster & Dobbs is a good choice.
When Foster & Dobbs first opened in 2005, it made an impact just because it was the first “gourmet” food store anywhere in northeast Portland. They had a few rough edges, but over the years they have worked hard on making it a full service shop with all the ingredients you need to put together a quick meal, or as a source for that hard to find ingredient you’ve been looking for. At this point they run like a well oiled machine.
The store itself is beautiful, everything is nicely displayed and easy to reach. A large cheese case dominates the space. They have a good selection of cheeses rotating in and out that will appeal to most people, one of the standouts being the Rogue River Blue. All are available for a taste if you are serious about buying, and if you want an education, sign up for their Cheese of the Month, where you receive three cheeses along with a history and notes for each one. If someone wants to find their way into my heart, that’s the way to do it!
Foster & Dobbs also carries a good selection of Salumi Salami (by Mario Batali’s father in Seattle – try the Mole!), in addition to local favorites like Chop, and the international Spanish Iberico. A meat case holds pâté, foie gras and cured seafoods.
They have excellent sandwiches – some of my favorites in Portland. Try the Beecher’s Cheddar with Mango Chutney and Sweet and Hot Mustard, hot from the press, or the Mole Salame of Beecher’s Cheddar, Three Figs Tomato Chili Jam and greens. They’ll be made while you wait, and with plenty of other goods available, it’s easy to find all the makings for a good picnic. Try a cheese or charcuterie board to accompany your meal.
A small selection of mostly Oregon wines are available, and they have an in-store wine club which seems to be popular. You’ll find gourmet canned or bottled items such as olive oils, organic tea, good salts (the truffle salt is great), and the typical things you find in all good food stores. They sweeten the deal with high quality cocktail bitters, and a selection of chocolate.
The only negatives with Foster & Dobbs is that their prices seem a bit high, though less now than when they first opened. 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: Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM, Sun 8AM-6PM
- Website: FosterAndDobbs.com