Otherwise known as the Rose City, Portland is home to more than 100 diverse and unique neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are divided into five quadrants (not a math genius, but always thought there were four sides to a quadrant…): North, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast.
Itinerary – 36 Hours of Eating and Drinking in Portland
- City: Portland, OR
- Neighborhoods: North, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast
- Type of foodie adventure: Solo, couples, city adventurer, sports weekend
- Vibe: Local
The epic sports weekend of eating and drinking to remember.
When I got the call from Shireesh, my childhood friend living in Portland, to come down and watch Game three of the NBA’s Western Conference Final, part of me was jacked to see my very first NBA playoff game, but another part of me was equally anticipating the renowned Portland food and drink scene. The challenge was how do you do Portland in 36 hours? You can’t do it all, but you can “trailblaze” and get a slice on what this beautiful city has to offer.
Day 1: Midnight Arrival 12:30am, Voodoo Doughnuts
What we ate:
No stop in Portland is complete without a visit to Portland’s iconic and eclectic Voodoo Doughnut. We visited the original location in the Southwest quadrant. Open 24/7 at the downtown location, there was a lineup of young and hardy Portlanders eagerly wanting to try one of their 50 different doughnuts with memorable names like the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Voodoo Doll and the Maple Blazer Blunt to name a few. You can view the day’s doughnut collection by staring into a revolving glass pie case that showcases the sugary delights. My friend Shireesh chose the traditional but yummy Chocolate Ring, while I chose their famous Bacon Maple Bar that featured a real slice of bacon on top of a maple long john doughnut. After one bite, I can safely say that “the Magic is in the hole!” Besides the doughnuts, you can check out their eclectic pink décor and people watch to your heart’s content.
Want to get married with no fuss and no huge costs? Voodoo Doughnut offers legal wedding services complete with doughnuts and coffee for the reception. Wedding packages start at $300 for a lucky couple. Who needs Vegas?
After the sugar high and almost a nine-hour plane trip that included two stops, one must get a good night’s sleep and start Day 2 with a bang.
Directions to Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA