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Food Lover's Guide to Portland
Liz Crain

Sep 2014

Second Edition


Trade Paper

$17.95 US
($19.99 CAN)
978-0-9893604-6-3 | 9780989360463
0-9893604-6-6 | 0989360466

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United States/West/Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

Fall 2014

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Published by Hawthorne Books

For residents and visitors alike, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland is a road map to finding the best of the best in America’s favorite do-it-yourself foodie mecca. Navigate Portland’s edible bounty with this all-access pass to hundreds of producers, purveyors, distillers, bakers, food carts, and farmers markets. This book is the indispensable guide to it all. In the second edition, readers get 20+ new full listings, 150+ new businesses, a new food cart chapter by food cart expert Brett Burmeister, and an Hispanic market section from food writer and Mi Mero Mole owner Nick Zukin. Whether you’ve lived in Portland your entire life, are visiting for business or pleasure, or are a hungry transplant — this book helps you find all that is delicious in Portland.

16 The Food Lover’s Guide to Portland
Little T American Baker
Location 2600 SE Division St, Portland ?? 503-238-3458
? M–Sa 7am–5pm, Su 8am–2pm
Little T American Baker doesn’t lack chops even
though it’s one of Portland’s youngest bakeries
– open just since the summer of 2008. Owner
Tim Healea hails from Portland bakery goldstandard
Pearl Bakery (O p. 18). “Little T” was
his nickname at the 2002 Coupe du Monde de
la Boulangerie in France (an international artisanal
baking competition held every four years
in Paris). His team brought home the silver
Little T’s tasty breads are different every
day, but there’s always an assortment of popular
“slabs” – focaccias topped with everything
from olives and sea salt to fresh rosemary – as
well as more traditional choices such as baguettes
and ciabatta. It’s not exactly a warm,
dusty, rosy-cheeks sort of bakery. In fact, Little
T is more like a lot of Portland’s newer cafés
with its polished concrete floors, minimal industrial
design, tall windows, and exposed beams.
What the space lacks in warmth it makes up
for with its baked goods.
The large deli case showcases the breads
and sweet treats (cookies, sweet rolls, scones,
biscotti, and tarts) baked in the back. Breakfast
and lunch offerings include soup, panini, and
a tasty meatloaf sandwich served with a pickled
There’s beer, wine, Foxfire tea, Stumptown
coffee, and Columbia Gorge juices in this counter
service bakery/café. Of note: The hot breakfast
pretzel bread topped with ham and cheddar
is a thing of beauty.
Indian Kati rolls
Bollywood Theater
Location 2039 NE Alberta St, Portland
?? 971-200-4711
Long line for killer sandwiches
Bunk Sandwiches
Location 621 SE Morrison St, Portland
?? 503-477-9515
Panini and more
Location 3584 SE Division St, Portland
?? 503-233-3656
Cheesesteak love
Grant’s Philly Cheesesteak
Location 15350 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
?? 503-252-8012
Big-ass New York deli–style sandwiches
and house-made pastrami
Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen
Location 1038 SW Stark St, Portland
?? 503-222-3354
Variety of sandwiches and dogs
Kenny & Zuke’s BagelWorks
Location 2376 NW Thurman St, Portland
?? 503-954-1737
Seasonal takes on classics
Meat Cheese Bread
Location 1406 SE Stark St, Portland
?? 503-234-1700
Messy classics with an attitude
Michael’s Italian Beef and Sausage Co.
Location 1111 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland
?? 503-230-1899
Refined sandwiches on Fleur de Lis bread
Location 1411 NE Broadway St, Portland
?? 503-360-1048
17 Food
Marsee Baking
Location 1625 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland ?? 503-232-0000 ? 6am–5pm every day
Location 9100 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland ?? 503-295-4000 ? M–F 7am–3pm
I often pick up Marsee Baking’s sandwich breads at New Seasons Market (located
throughout Portland), despite the bakery’s acquisition by Tully’s in 2000.
Marsee Baking opened in 1993 as a small European-style retail bakery, and several
Portland locations followed. These days, Marsee Baking has narrowed its
retail focus and stepped up the wholesale side with a large product base that includes
cheesecakes, muffins, scones, and more distributed through Sysco and
Peterson. Only one retail Marsee bakery remains – in Sellwood – with breads,
pastries, coffee, espresso, and breakfast and lunch menus.
Pearl Bakery
Location 102 NW 9th Ave, Portland ?? 503-827-0910
? M–F 6:30am–5:30pm, Sa 7am–5pm, Su 8am–3pm
Pearl Bakery has been the local gold-standard artisanal bakery since it opened
in the Pearl District in 1997. Besides rocking an amazing bread, pastry, and dessert
counter, Pearl Bakery’s breads and other baked goods can be found in many
esteemed Portland restaurants such as Higgins Restaurant and Bar, Castagna,
Giorgio’s Restaurant, Tabla Mediterranean Bistro, 23Hoyt, Clyde Common, and more.
Pearl Bakery also wholesales to local markets such as Foster & Dobbs Authentic
Foods, Pastaworks, and City Market.
Pearl Bakery distinguishes itself by making its bread with unbleached wheat
flour and sea salt, its pastries with local rBST-free butter, and by never adding
dough conditioners or preservatives to its products. Some breads that you’ll
always find in-house include paesano, ciabatta, pugliese, and various pain au
levain such as baguettes and walnut levain.
Keep in mind that Pearl Bakery sandwiches are very tasty, making it a nice
pit stop after a trip to the downtown Powell’s City of Books – especially if you love
Batdorf & Bronson coffee as much as I do.