With over 20 domestic Rock ‘n’ Roll events each year, the #CGISTAFF sure work up an appetite on race weekend. As runners, we’ve already done all the homework for your visit to Portlandia, so you can come prepared to taste the best of the Pacific Northwest. Here are the top recommendations from staff and locals to help you make a swift decision when you’re tired and just plain ol’ Rungry!
FOR THE FOODIES AND COFFEEHOLICS
Mother’s Bistro & Bar
Nothing’s better than Ma’s cooking! At Mother’s Bistro & Bar you’ll find traditional homemade favorites with a classical twist. For brunch, try their Wild Salmon Hash with scrambled eggs or Crunchy French Toast, for lunch their Matzo Ball Soup or Irish Nachos will do the trick.
For the best Italian in town, Chef Cathy Whims, a 5-time James Beard Award Finalist, has you covered. Offering simple food from honest ingredients, Nostrana specializes in hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas, seasonal pastas, meat and fish dishes and award-winning Italian and Northwest wines. Try their seared flat-iron steak atop a bed of fresh arugula, and for dessert the chocolate budino.
For a taste of Thailand, famed Chef Andy Ricker brings Southeast Asian street food to life. From Fish Sauce Wings, to baby octopus marinated in lime and garlic, and eggs steeped in black tea, ginger and anise you’ll get your fill. For something sweet, try the Whiskey-soda float for dessert.
You won’t go rungry or bored with the plethora of food trucks in Portland. From BIG-ASS Sandwiches, to The Brunch Box and the Pie Spot you’ll fuel your desire to carbo-load up.
Craving some Southern comfort? At Screen Door everything is locally sourced and Southern-fried. Be sure to arrive before the brunch-line! Choose from dishes like Fried Chicken & Waffles, Brisket and Hash, and Praline Bacon.
For the freshest brew in town, Stumptown Coffee is worth the hype. Only sourcing from the best beans in the world, you’ll taste the difference in every cup. Order a traditional Latte or an Americano. For something to cool you down, their cold-brewed coffee served in dark amber glass bottles will jolt you back to life.
Voo Doo Doughnuts
With 70 unique varietals to choose from, Voo Doo Doughnuts is a Portland original you can’t miss. Try their Maple Bacon Bar, or if you’re having a bad day, name the Voodoo Doll doughnut © after your antagonist. Be prepared for a line out the door and around the corner!
Price: $ (CASH ONLY)
FOR THE BREW CREW
For a taste of Central Oregon, Dechutes offers seasonal and experimental beers developed and brewed on site. Select from 19 brews on tap like the Mirror Pond Ale or Black Butte Porter. To up the ante, try The Abyss, or Hop Trip paired with delicious Sweet Potato Fries and an Elk Burger.
GF Beer & Food Menu Available
Named one of Portland’s first Eco-Brewpubs, Hipworks Bikebar serves handcrafted organic beers and fresh, sustainable dishes made of local ingredients. Try one of their tasty brews on tap like the Secession Cascadian Dark Ale with the Pint ‘o’ Pretzels (with Fondue), Pepper and Garlic Beer Sausage or a Calzone to fill you to the max.
Bike Parking Available
As the official bar of the Portland Timbers and MLS, you know you’re in for a good time at Prost! Serving up traditional German food like brats and bier to toast, you’ll walk away happy and full.