Extracto Coffee Roasters: Great space, great logo and a good Mexican pour over to boot.
Coava Coffee Roasters: With Coava there are no frills, including their space. That’s because they focus on the coffee. Good coffee.
Tasty n Sons: I’m opening an elastic pants emporium next door to this establishment — because you’ll need them after ordering one fantastic dish after another. I know this sounds odd, but you have to order the breakfast board for one reason: it’s consists of the best chicken liver pate I’ve ever had. Period.
Pine State Biscuits: Now that’s a hearty breakfast. The Reggie: Fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with sausage gravy.
Boxer Ramen: It had been a long day and I was so grateful that Boxer let me take my meal to-go. Ramen was great, but make sure to also order the Okonomiyaki Tots (tater tots, creamy spicy sauce, bonito, togarashi and nori).
Lardo: This establishment is serving the best chickpea sandwich I’ve ever had (carrot-harissa slaw,feta and a cucumber yogurt sauce).
Clyde Common: I was encouraged to visit this restaurant for one reason … the barrel-aged Negroni. I agree with the suggestion and I’ll add another: order the punch too.
Pips Original Doughnuts: Crisp, perfectly fried and portioned. I loved the honey and sea salt doughnut.
Alma Chocolate: I’ve got a thing for drinking chocolate. In fact, I would go on record to say that I’d rather have an amazing cup of hot chocolate than coffee. Alma has their drinking chocolate down to a science. It’s deep and rich in flavor, but it doesn’t have the heaviness of a typical drinking chocolate. I can’t explain it so you’ll just have to try it yourself. While you’re there, pick up a couple bon bons.
Portland Knife House: I was lucky enough to pick up a Carter Knife at the new Portland Knife House. Very cool shop.