“Welcome to Portland, as in Oregon, the land of milk and honey — also coffee, tea, beer, wine, game, berries, crab, salmon, ice cream in flavors lifted from food trucks and olive oil that chefs compare favorably to Italy’s liquid gold.”
In a Merry Christmas to businesses in Portland, Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post has named Portland as one of “The 10 Best Food Cities in America“. Interestingly, he get’s in a special dig to Seattle “Not every trip produced fruit. (Maybe next year, Nashville and Seattle?)”
This ranking is as follows:
10. Charleston South Carolina
9. Washington D.C.
8. New York
4. New Orleans
3. Los Angeles
2. San Francisco
1. Portland Oregon
Oddly, his “Defining moment” was when a clerk at New Seasons Market showed him honeysuckle fruit from Siberia, and his “Best Breakfast” was at Screen Door, which is nowhere near the top of my list.
The article includes a nice map of favorite Portland food related things: Alma Chocolate, Ataula, Blue Star Donuts, Bollywood Theater, Castagna, Clyde Common, Davenport, Expatriate, Heart Coffee Roaster, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Langbaan, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, The Meadow, New Seasons Market, Nodoguro, Nuvrei Bakery, Ox, Pepe Le Moko, Pok Pok, PSU Farmers Market, Powell’s City of Books, Powell’s Books for Home and Garden, Renata, Ristretto Roasters, Screen Door, and Sweedeedee.
It’s a good article, with an interesting take on some of the places we take for granted, or may have forgotten about altogether. You can read it here.