Discover Northeast Portland
If NW Portland marks where newbies first live, NE Portland is where they move when they grow up and settle down. The northeast is also trending hip—it's become a destination for eating, drinking and window shopping, thanks in large part to the DIYers near the Alberta Arts District and the Boise neighborhood. However, the northeast also boasts the historical Hollywood neighborhood, with its glorious art house, the Hollywood Theatre, and the district is, without a doubt, the city's expo and sporting hub: The Blazers play here and it's also home to the Convention Center where organizations from all over the world come to set up shop, celebrating everything from dogs and beer to Legos and comics.
Eat and Drink
Sarah Hart’s chocolates come in bon bons, toffees, barks and bars, and they're always made with very carefully sourced beans. But she’s probably best known for her icon series of sweets: intricately molded gold-leafed chocolate sculptures of the Virgin Mary, the Virgin Guadalupe, the Buddha and Ganesha. Each of these is a little spendier than your average bar, but they can stand as tall as seven inches.
Kim Boyce is a busy woman. The pastry chef published her first cookbook, Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours, in March 2010. By June of that year, she and her husband, tired of living in Los Angeles and in search of a higher quality of life, settled in Portland. In May 2011, she accepted a James Beard Award for Good to the Grain, and just last month, she opened her first, appropriately named, Bakeshop in NE. Now famous for her Figgy Buckwheat Scones, Boyce says visitors can find all kind of goodies in her shop's pastry case, including maple Danishes (on weekends) as well as sweet and salty cookies made with milk chocolate, raisins (golden and dark), chili flakes, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Her shop also offers a variety of seasonal fruit pies. Production for large orders happens every day of the week, but if you're in need of a quick, sweet bite, you can drop by her shop from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
Eb & Bean
When Elizabeth Nathan decided to get in the frozen yogurt game, she had her children, Eben and Sabine, in mind. She wanted them to treat them to what all kids want—sweets—but she wanted those sweets to be as clean and healthy as possible. After leaving a job in San Francisco’s publishing world (a job that allowed her to work remotely from Portland for years), she set off for France (where she studied the art of crafting ice cream and pastries) before returning to Stumptown and promptly setting her sights on opening a small-batch frozen yogurt shop that she hopes locals will come to know for its healthy, high-quality, organic, thoughtfully and locally sourced ingredients. She describes her small-batch craft yogurts as having clean and creamy mouth feels with flavors ranging from vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, marionberry and dairy-free almond coconut. And for the kids (and the kids in all you grown-ups), Nathan offers all sorts of playful toppings, including some sourced from spots right here in town like Kim Boyce’s Bakeshop.
Oregon craft brewing pioneer John Harris’ 14,000-square-foot, 15-barrel brewpub aims to one-up what other brewpubs already do well, namely by producing great beer and high-quality eats delivered with exceptional service. Harris’ food menu is seasonal, so the sides and some of the entrees come and go, but you can always find staples like sweet and spicy drumsticks, barbecue brisket sandwiches, and the kitchen’s increasingly famous Ecliptic burger (pancetta, red onion, gruyere and Russian dressing). And you can always expect to choose from around a dozen oft-rotating, risk-taking, Harris-brewed beers on tap, as well a list of signature cocktails. Harris is also slowly rolling out events for the community, including food-themed Lunation dinners, telescope parties and Ecliptic’s Beer Mile. There’s also a menu for the kids and it’s happy hour all day on Mondays.
Kyle Webster and Naomi Pomeroy's new 30-seat spot—housed in a former brothel across the street from Pomeroy's Beast—leans heavy on spicy dishes. The tempura halibut sandwich gets the sweet chili sauce treatment, the housemade ketchup's been given a dose of curry, and the house-stuffed Chinese sausage corn dogs come with hot mustard and something called XXX Death Sauce. But don't worry, you'll have plenty of adult beverage options to help you soothe the sting, including a palm sugar-sweetened daiquiri and a cocktail honoring literature's greatest expatriate: the Jameson Whiskey-based James Joyce.
Everybody loves a good doughnut, but until recently, you’d be hard-pressed to find fresh, made-to-order, piping hot doughnuts. Pip’s has changed all of that, and its bite-sized mini-donuts are preservative- and trans fat-free, and made to be eaten within—what owners Nate and Jamie Snell call—the golden hour of their soy shortening bath. Plus, Nate says, because they’re so small and naturally prepared, you can eat a dozen "without feeling like you've swallowed a cannonball." Wash them all down with Extracto Coffee espresso drinks, housemade old-fashioned sodas, or one of five flavors of raw-spiced, small-batch, homemade chai lattes.
For years, Lily Tollefsen and her husband, Jonathan Berube, have been splitting their time between the nation's coasts. They were most recently in Long Island where they helped run the Lobster Inn, a restaurant owned and operated for 43 years by Tollefsen's father, Skip Radar Tollefsen, before he sold it and retired in 2011. The couple has since returned to Portland and opened the small plates bar, Radar, as a tribute to Tollefsen's dad. (Radar really is his middle name, she says, adding that all of her father’s sisters and brothers have long been named for nautical terms.) The 36-seat space will feature a food menu that rotates every two weeks with an emphasis on seafood, like a bluefish pâte that spotlights bluefish caught by a fisherman in Long Island and shipped overnight to the City of Roses. The bar also features signature cocktails made with imported spirits that British sailors and merchant marines would've quaffed while in port a century ago. And because her family and husband are soccer fans, European and local matches will be constantly screened on the bar's two televisions and, when it's warm outside, projected onto a big screen on the 20-seat back patio.