Deschutes Brewery Public House – Portland

To say that I like beer is an understatement, beer is the ultimate social lubricant bringing people together since 6000 BC. When I was a young man I thought that beer was something you bought in 12 packs, drank tons of, wasn’t that expensive and gave you a wicked hangover. 3 out of 4 of those statements are still true except nowadays I cough up the extra couple of dollars for good craft beer. My favorite craft beer is Deschutes Black Butte Porter from an awesome little brewery in Bend, Oregon. Thankfully they have a brew pub in Portland which I was more than happy to try out on a recent trip there.

Deschutes brew pub in Portland is quite large and extremely popular with long waits  pretty much every day of the week. The inside is a mix of carved rich wood and typical brew pub old school touches. During my visit they were serving a cask conditioned Black Butte Porter (naturally carbonated) which made me quite sad, they’ve made my favorite beer even better but I can’t get it here. I had the beer flight, which consists of 6 beers of your choice from their large beer menu, you can’t go wrong with any Deschutes beer, except the gluten free option which was quite bad…

The menu at Deschutes is quite progressive as is most of Portland’s restaurant scene. I had a fantastic root beer glassed pork belly with a soft poached egg yolk as an appetizer, I could have ordered 3 or 4 of these and been quite happy with not trying anything else, it was great! My main course was a take on an east coast lobster roll using west coast crab. It was good, a little bland perhaps but the crab meat was fresh as was the roll. The soup that came with it was so bizarre that I couldn’t wrap my head around how it tasted so good. It was a tomato based soup with a few different kinds of shellfish and Elk Chorizo?? I know it sounds crazy but it was so good, rich, a little spicy and very fresh. I would have written down all the ingredients but the waiter wasn’t 100% sure what they were and the guy who makes the soup had gone home for the night (typical laid back Portland). Check out the rest of the pictures!!

Scott.

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Voodoo Doughnut – Portland

You have all heard of Voodoo Doughnut right? They’ve been on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, Good Morning America and many many other TV shows. Home of the Portland Cream doughnut (Portland’s official doughnut), the original Voodoo Doll doughnut and the world famous Bacon Maple Bar.

The whole reason I wanted to try Voodoo Doughnut was the Bacon Maple Bar and it was everything I dreamed of. You know when you’re eating pancakes with maple syrup and a side of bacon and you get a little syrup on your bacon? It tastes exactly like that, and the doughnut plays the part of the pancake quite well. It is a right of passage for bacon lovers, or breakfast lovers, or doughnut lovers, hell it’s a must for everyone!

You can get married at Voodoo as well, under a velvet portrait of Kenny Rogers no less! The rest of the doughnuts were good but none compared the the Bacon Maple Bar. There are 2 Voodoo’s in Portland, one downtown and one on N.E. Davis (the one I went to) and one in Eugene. They’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and always have a line up. Stop what your doing and book a trip to Portland. RIGHT NOW!! Here’s some more pictures…

Scott.

Brunch Box – Portland

The street food love affair continues, this post focusing on Portland’s Brunch Box, as seen on Eat St. on the Food Network. Known for their over the top burgers with even crazier names like the You Can Has Cheeseburger, the Slaughterhouse IV and the Redonkadonk, the later being named one of the most unhealthy foods in Portland. My weapon of choice was the OMG, a hand pressed black angus beef patty with cheese, bacon, ham, Spam, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo. It sounds crazy right? It is crazy, crazy good. I think my heart rate dropped about 20 beats per minute after I was finished but it was so worth it. You would think that with bacon, ham and Spam that the burger patty would be totally lost but it was so good, super high quality and so flavorful. This is a messy burger so load up on napkins! All of the toppings are fantastic together (yes, even the spam) and the bun is made fresh by the Brunch Box.

The other burgers on the menu all look great but there is one that takes the OMG to a whole other level, the Redonkadonk. It’s an OMG with 2 grilled cheese sandwiches in place of the buns, one on top and one on the bottom. I wasn’t in the mood to visit the world famous American hospital system as I hear it’s quite pricey…so I settled for the less (not much) ridiculous OMG. Portland is crazy awesome.

Scott.

The Sausage Shack – Portland

Portland, a street food lovers mecca. What could make it even better? Bacon, specifically deep fried street food wrapped in bacon. Healthy, no. Delicious, yes. The Sausage Shack just so happens to be winners of Portland’s Illustrious 2011 Bacon Cup, the first annual. So what does one have at this bacon lovers utopia, bacon wrapped chicken wings, the Big Bacon Burger? Nope, it had to be the bacon wrapped corn dog.

This is the smartest thing anyone has ever done, anywhere. Wrap things in bacon and deep fry them. I don’t care who you are, if you’re a health nut or a marathon runner or whatever you will not be able to resist this food. The corn dog is just a regular corn dog but when it’s wrapped in bacon…wow. This is the only thing I had at The Sausage Shack due to a fairy intensive day of food trucking but I think I made the right choice. Check out the rest of the pics!

Scott.

What’s for Lunch BC is headed to Portland!

Lock your liquor cabinets Portland, I’m coming this Friday! That’s right boys and girls, What’s for Lunch BC is headed to America land over the Remembrance Day long weekend for a little R&R! Portland is well known for its restaurant and street food scene as well as it’s craft beer and it just so happens that eating and drinking are 2 of my favorite things!

I’m headed down with some great friends that I don’t get to see often enough due to my ridiculous work schedule and my even more ridiculous social media events calendar. I’m also planning to do this trip on a fairly frugal budget. I’ll be setting myself a daily limit and when it’s gone, I’m done for the day!! I hear you can stretch a dollar pretty far down there though, I guess I’ll find out.

If you want to keep up to date with where I am, what I’m doing and whether I’ve been arrested you can follow me on Twitter @whatsforlunchbc and search for the hashtag #WFLBCinPDX, feel free to wire me bail money, I’ll totally pay you back…

Scott.