If you’re traveling with picky eaters, serious foodies or just a large group, plan to stop at the Pine Street Market, a mainstay in the Portland food hall scene. This European-style food hall houses a handful of food and drink vendors under one roof, with an open layout and a shared seating area. Standouts include the Japanese noodle bowls at Marukin Ramen, cheeseburgers and chili-topped fries at Bless Your Heart Burgers and gourmet soft serve creations from Wiz Bang Bar. Hours vary inside the market, but most vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m.
2035 N.E. Alberta St.
Out-the-door lines are a sign that the sweet treats at this Portland-based ice cream company are worth the wait. Everything is made from scratch at Salt & Straw, and their unique flavor combinations are sure to please: roasted strawberry coconut, pear and blue cheese, honey lavender, cinnamon snickerdoodle and rotating seasonal specialties like salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey are among the interesting options. Look for additional Salt & Straw locations in Portland’s southeast (3345 S.E. Division St.) and northwest (838 N.W. 23rd Ave.) neighborhoods.iStockphoto.com / smpics
2337 E. Burnside St.
If there’s one Portland brunch spot you try, make it Screen Door
. Waits can be long for their weekend brunch, but as you sink your teeth into their Southern comfort food (think praline bacon, buttermilk-battered fried chicken and sweet potato waffles), you’ll see why crowds flock here. Wait time can be 45 minutes or more on weekends, but you may have better luck on weekday mornings when breakfast is served 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (although some specialty menu items may not be available).Read MoreAAA / Katie Broome
26 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Make the pilgrimage to Voodoo Doughnut for a sugar-filled start to your day. The tiny donut shop turned tourist attraction is open 24 hours and features all sorts of sweet creations with clever (and sometimes risqué) names, from the M&M-covered “Marshall Mathers” doughnut to the Cocoa Puff-topped “Triple Chocolate Penetration.” A few tips: long lines can form seemingly out of nowhere, so plan to arrive before 9 or 10 a.m. to avoid the crowds; it’s cash only, but there’s an ATM inside. Another popular spot for sweet treats is Blue Star Donuts, which has locations in just about every quadrant of the city.AAA
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