FOOD AND DRINK IN PORTLAND If you only hit one food truck, make it one-dish-wonder Nong’s Khao Man Gai, in the Southwest Alder and 10th Street pod: the poached chicken with rice and garlic, ginger and chilli sauce is a $6.75 revelation.
For delicious sushi with every possible eco, local and sustainable credential, book a table at Bamboo Sushi (310 SE 28th Avenue; +1 503 232 5255) which has just opened a second, Northwest restaurant (836 NW 23rd Avenue; +1 971 229 1925).
Southeast Division Street has some of Portland’s best bites, including ever-expanding Thai sensation Pok Pok (3226 SE Division Street; +1 503 232 1387), and Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson’s Woodsman Tavern (4537 SE Division Street; +1 971 373 8264), which combines wood-cabin good looks with great local food: Pacific Coast shellfish, country hams, lumberjack-friendly cocktails like the Hunting Vest, with cedar-steeped Campari and rye.
A few blocks down is the filament-bulb-lit Ava Gene’s (3377 SE Division Street; +1 971 225 0571), which has a meaty, daily-changing Italian menu (I liked the orecchiette pasta with sausage).
And don’t miss the opportunity to drink Sorenson’s coffee for free at one of the daily 3pm tastings at Stumptown Annex (100 SE Salmon Street; www.stumptowncoffee.com).
For fine dining par excellence, head to tiny LePigeon (738 Burnside Street; +1 503 546 8796; www.lepigeon.com); for a low-key experience nearby, try restaurant-grocery store Luce (2138 E Burnside Street; +1 503 236 7195), where my $12 set lunch included a sublime, buttery al dente spaghetti with a peppery kick.
The preposterously popular Tasty n Sons (3808 N Williams Avenue; +1 503 621 1400) is the place to brunch: arrive before the doors open at 9.30am or suffer the consequences.
To take a ride on the city’s artisanal cocktail wave, make a date with Teardrop Lounge (1015 NW Everett Street; +1 503 445 8109), which mixes the ultimate Portland tipple, Have Faith (black bourbon with cold-brewed coffee and fig-balsamic gastrique).
Raven & Rose (1331 SW Broadway; +1 503 222 7673) has a great line in homemade fruit liquors, and at Clyde Common at the Ace Hotel, sample one of Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s barrel-aged beverages.
If you prefer your liquor straight up, Distillery Row (www.distilleryrowpdx.com) is a clutch of craft distilleries in former warehouses; the original is the New Deal Distillery (900 SE Salmon Street; +1 503 234 2513), whose tasting flight includes the spicy Hot Monkey vodka.
Pictured: cocktail hour at Clyde Common