Food & Drink
Portland is a haven for foodies. The food culture here is legendary, and the locavore ethic, quality ingredients, and low prices are a draw for people the world over. There are many ways to enjoy Portland’s food scene, from traditional restaurants to funky food carts.
Click here for a map of some of our favorite cafes and restaurants near the condo. These are just a sampling of the restaurants in the area – there are so many more to discover!
While tourists initially scoff at the idea of getting lunch from a trailer parked downtown, the locals know what wonders await them at what’s affectionately known as The Carts.
These clusters of motorized trailers serve up homemade cuisine of every sort – all at reasonable prices.
The place closest to Northwest to find the carts is downtown, at 10th & Alder (you can take the streetcar to the Alder stop). Here is a list of vendors at that location.
For your further edification, below is a bit more info about the food card phenomenon.
“Frugal Portland” – New York Times – May 10, 2009
“Portland’s Food Carts a Winning Stop” – LA Times – November 10, 2009
“Portland Food Carts Push Through Recession” – Oregon Business – January 2010
Guide to Portland Food Carts – (semi?)official website
Portland is host to quite a few excellent happy hours (don’t ask us why – just have a drink). They typically offer food specials if you order drinks during specified hours, so it’s a great opportunity to have an inexpensive, light dinner.
The best resource for happy hours around town is Urban Drinks. A directory like no other, Urban Drinks provides an interactive map, a graph of all happy hours in a given neighborhood at a given hour, and reviews from users. A true treasure trove!
Amenities (Grocery Stores & Other Conveniences)
With our lovely condo as your base, you will be able to walk to just about everywhere you need. Below are the closest of several local markets and other conveniences.
- Trader Joe’s (NW Glisan & 21st St)
- Safeway (NW Lovejoy & 13th St)
- Whole Foods (NW Couch & 12th St)
- City Market – specialty foods – (NW Johnson & 21st)
- Saturday Market (March 20 – December 18, 9am – 2pm, SW Market & SW Park Ave) *HIGHLY Recommended!*
- Safeway Pharmacy (NW Lovejoy & 13th St)
- Walgreens (W Burnside & 21st St)
- Rite Aid (NW Hoyt & 18th St)
- Pearl District Dry Cleaner (NW Glisan & 14th St)
- ACE Hardware (NW Glisan & 16th St)
- Cinema 21 – art house – (NW Hoyt & 21st St)
- Living Room Theaters – art house – (SW Stark & 10th Ave)
- Regal Cinema – mainstream movies – (SW Morrison & 3rd Ave)
Portland is a walker’s dream. It’s also a dream city for non-walkers who don’t have cars. With so many ways of getting around town, you really won’t miss having a car.
From your Portland Penthouse apartment, the easiest way to get around is to hop Portland’s famous streetcar line. The little bull’s eye in the map is where you’ll start.
You can find the southbound schedule here, and the northwestbound schedule here. (Keep in mind that the track is a loop, so when traveling north, you’ll use the 18th & Northrup stop.) To avoid looking like a lost tourist, check out the “How to Ride” FAQ feature about riding the streetcar; there are a few quirks that are handy to know about.
Another of Portland’s great transportation features is the MAX Lightrail system, which takes you out to the ‘burbs and to the airport. From the Galleria/SW 10th stop downtown (the closest stop, accessible by streetcar), you can get to the airport for only a few bucks.
First Thursday Gallery Walk
The first Thursday of each month, Portland’s art galleries open their doors to welcome visitors for a night of art, wine, and (sometimes) cupcakes.
It’s a fun tradition, and you’ll be in the perfect location to enjoy the gallery walk. Hop the streetcar, or walk to the Pearl to get started.
Here’s a map, and a link to more information.