Not merely a well-traveled trail of spendy boutiques and patio tables full of West Hills residents sipping outdated cocktails, beautiful tree-lined NW 23rd Avenue has a lot to offer the sophisticated appetite. Here's a guide to the best sips and eats on one of Portland's most shoppable streets, from fennel gin cocktails to citrus-cured scallops to Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout ice cream.
Old school NW Portland brunch spot with plenty of history and a charming bar. Try the mighty breakfast burger or huevos rancheros. GF pancakes and French toast! Lines can be long on weekends, so go early.
Classic NY-style pizza joint that offers a nice affordable slice break while shopping along posh 23rd Ave. And you can give your poor credit card a rest, since they only take cash.
This darling gelateria has oodles of fun flavors, my favorite of which is the revered Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake, which tastes just like cake batter.
Good luck picking which tea you want at this eclectic Northwest nest...there appear to be something like 1000. Equally compelling is the layout of the place, there's a nook for every mood you might be in--people-watching or people-weary, and even a cute balcony overlooking NW 23rd.
This sleek spot has one of the neighborhood's best happy hours--choose from five inventive $6 cocktails (can't go wrong with the Planter's Punch) and then gorge yourself on dishes like lamb meatballs, mushrooms ragu with polenta, tempura green beans, fries with sour dill aioli and bacon deviled eggs, none of which are over $6.
Good things come in tiny boxes at this NW Portland bakery, where you can easily down a dozen diminutive treats before you even know what happened. My favorites are the peanut butter cremes, hazelnut baci and seasonal macarons.
Love a quiet dinner at this cute little family-owned Greek place, where the service is always unfailingly gracious. Try the Greek salad, cheesy tyropites, Greek meatballs (recommended with an ouzo pairing), and hearty moussaka.
Excellent for date night, special occasions, and parents are paying meals, this fancy spot hidden a block off 23rd at Vaughn is one of the most sensory meals around. Save up and go for the 8-course tasting menu to get the full experience (mandatory for groups over 4), but if you want a touch of posh on a small budget, you can also just pop in for small plates or a Grand Marnier souffle.
If long lines are not your thing, visit this super popular NW 23rd scoop shop early. Try the dandelion sorbet and ricotta lemon honey!
Visit this sustainable sushi superstar early to beat the hordes (happy hour is M-F 4-6pm), try the "house on fire" mackerel, and plan on double dessert, because even after you've had Bamboo's chocolate egg rolls, you're still going to want to investigate neighboring Salt & Straw's ice cream wonderland.
If exceptionally-executed Thai is what you seek, this is the spot--elegant interiors, sweet servers and artistic presentation take your pad thai experience to another level. Try the decadent Angel Wings and wild Sockeye salmon in panang curry.
Serious wines and serious food pair seamlessly at this elegant NW 23rd wine bar, where wines are organized by “crisp, juicy, or luscious” vs merely “white or red”. Spring for a $5 champagne cocktail and $4 deviled egg trio during the daily happy hour, 4-7pm.
The ideal spot to take a Trendy-Third shopping break...grab a quick chèvre-topped slider, truffle fries & a root beer float, then carry on with your retail therapy.
Six dollars will serve you well at this hot new NW 23rd spot's happy hour--try the $6 white cheddar and Mama Lil's grilled cheese or creme fraiche mussels, any of the half dozen $6 cocktails and perhaps best of all, the $6 s'mores.
The bahn mis never disappoint at this darling NW 23rd cafe set in a gorgeous restored Victorian, but I love the beef stew best of all--terrifically rich and satisfying, it's perfect paired with a bottle of something robust and red from nearby Liner & Elsen wine shop.