Alberta Street has gone through massive changes in just a few years. The street that once struggled with gang violence is now home to over-priced boutiques and queues of visitors waiting at popular spots for biscuits or ice cream. Here are some of the places in the ‘hood where you may find residents of the neighborhood imbibing or shopping. Note: Try Helser's on a weekday or early morning to beat the rush.
Skip the line of tourists at Salt & Straw for ice cream AND donuts that melt in your mouth.
Produce and lots of supplements give this corner spot "That Co-Op Smell." Don't pass up the cheap wine that's often marked down.
Ditch your usual eggs and bacon for the Brioche French Toast, Scottish eggs, or the Pear & Havarti Pie. Daily specials keep it fresh.
Avoid coming right from Salt & Straw to a show here, it's sure to make you "not punk enough" for this venue. The crowd is inviting otherwise.
A Mexican corner store with a great selection of meat, produce, and of course, their own brand of deliciously fresh tortillas.
The covered patio out back is the best place on Alberta to grab a brew. Mostly organic and local, the fare is ahead of the pack.
Blending "Baghdad traditions and Portland alternatives" into mouth-watering shawarma takes time, especially in the small kitchen of this carriage house. The short wait will be rewarded with transcendently melded flavors.
It looks like bridge-and-tunnel folks might hang here, but it's a great stop-off if the Nest is out of control, and full of many locals.
You'll feel just like you're looking through records in a buddy's living room, except when you're done you'll have to open that wallet.