Sandwiched in between funky, shop-heavy SE Hawthorne and busy, no-nonsense SE Stark, this laid back Southeast Portland street cuts through the heart of the Buckman hood, home to one of the highest densities of delicious Portlandisms. Stretching from Green Dragon's taps to Cheese Bar's tommes, this guide spans 50 blocks of coffee and teahouses, bars, cafes, creperies, food carts and cupcake shops, plus a beautiful park where you can have a picnic with your newfound foodstuffs or nap off your dietary excesses.
Driving by, you'd hardly notice this laid back little teahouse, but every time I go, it’s filled to the brim with loyal regulars enticed by the serene setting, late hours, internationally-influenced menu (try the signature coconut date flatbread), and huge selection of teas.
Set in a gorgeous old Victorian right at the beginning of the main Belmont commercial area, this dessert + coffee house rocks an elegant-meets-haunted house aesthetic and has a delightful hidden patio that's perfect for summer date nights.
You'll always get a solid breakfast, served fast and fresh, at this busy Belmont spot (go early to beat the wait). Bloody Marys & Garys are great, and definitely opt for the fruit cup with your bacon 'n eggs--it's a thing of beauty.
Abundant Latin color and ghoulish kitsch galore make for A+ ambiance at this venerable Belmont ristorante, which has one of the greatest patio gardens in town and a super happy hour--I love the spinach tortillas with house salsa and cactus quesadillas.
When you’re in the mood for a spot of Strongbow, steak & kidney pie, fish 'n chips, and perhaps some bangers, head to this low-energy (in a very good way) British pub on Belmont, motto “if it were any more authentic, you’d need a passport.” Check the events page on their website for the soccer viewing schedule.
As quirky-romantic destinations go, there’s nothing quite like a three-hour meal at this curious Belmont Thai hidey-hole run entirely by a husband-wife team who’ve still managed to stay together even after owning a restaurant together for years.
One of the coziest spots in town to sip a cup of Ristretto, this darling Belmont Street cafe has a dangerous secret--they make their own fresh donuts on the premises. Piping hot from the fryer, rolled in cinnamon sugar or dipped in chocolate, and only one dollar each; you'll suddenly get what I mean by dangerous about midway through your fifth. Speaking of which, if you buy 5, the sixth one is free.
Quite centrally located at the corner of SE Belmont and 20th, this sprawling park has a lot going on beyond the hipster-choked grassy area in the NE corner. Head past the community garden, beyond the covered picnic area and playground, and behind the basketball court, and you'll find a lone picnic table and a flowering (if it's spring) fruit tree that's absolutely perfect for a private picnic.
Besides being a hub for serious beer lovers (there are over 60 taps), this relaxed Buckman pub hosts loads of great events like Meet the Brewer nights and Firkin Fest. Don't miss The Wedge, their annual fall collaboration with the Oregon Cheese Guild.
Cheese whisperer Steve Jones presides over one of the finest cheese counters around, but don’t buy your Roquefort and run, stay awhile and enjoy a Stinky Board, Cubano, or the decadent mac ‘n cheese with a bottle of something merry.
This relaxed Buckman bistro has dubbed their weekend brunch “Eggs Til 2,” but even the yolk shy will find something to love on the succinct menu; greatest hits include the cottage cheese pancakes with nutmeg and bacon and the panko cod cakes with dill sour cream.
Ever since traveling to Belgium and engaging in more Kriek Crawls than I care to count, I've been in love with fruit beers, so this Buckman pub is one of my favorites in town. Go on "Tap It Tuesday", when new barrels are tapped and tasted at 6pm.
They don’t come any cuter than this Belmont nook, which produces some of the most thoughtfully-constructed crepes in town—I lust after the lemon butter-drenched, cider poached apples-topped Normandie. And a lovelier brunch special never lived--$13 for a mimosa, almond teacake and proscuitto & egg crepe. PS: Sit at the bar, where you can watch the crew slowly caramelize skillets full of onions for the outstanding French onion soup.
Not just a pretty happy hour and dinner face, this cheerful, casual counterpart to schmancy Genoa serves a delectable brunch as well, and with most dishes in the single digits dollar-wise, you can afford to go on both Saturday and Sunday. If the buckwheat crepes with seasonal compote are on the menu, order them at once.
Normally, I head to this sigh-inducingly cute Airstream trailer-turned-gourmet food wagon for the lefse--thin potato-born crepe-esque wraps of Norwegian persuasion, filled with all manner of savory and sweet delights (as in, melted dark chocolate and caramel custard)--but don’t miss the terrifically rich beef stew topped with black pepper chevre if it's on the menu.
This Belmont sweet shop's bin candy selection is good, and the retro/novelty candy selection and soda fountain are great, but it's the nearly 300-strong pop selection that makes my sugar-loving jaw drop--they've got everything from dozens of different root beers to odd-but-amazing novelties like Buffalo Wing and Bacon sodas.
Beautiful sushi and Japanese small plates in a contemporary space populated primarily by neighborhood families and couples celebrating date night. It can get busy, so go early if you're in a hurry.
The tiny sister shop to downtown's Saint Cupcake Galore, this darling destination holds its own with a sweet lineup of signature cupcakes, cookies, candies and Melty Goods, plus some of the cutest cards and party accessories you will ever see. And it also fronts Noun, one of the city's finest boutiques. It's one-stop gift shopping at its best.