Portland: Eat, Drink, Bike

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Pinkham Millinery's hat trick.

Portland Authority

Eat, drink, and be active in America's best city for cycling—and pinot noir.

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Pedal-powered touring.
Bar banter at Clyde Common.

By Michael Kaplan 
Photography by Lincoln Barbour


Experience Portland’s laid-back vibe, exploding food scene, and love affair with quaint bungalow-style homes, many of which date back to the early part of the twentieth century. And, check them out from behind the handlebars of a two-wheeler—Bicycling magazine recently deemed Stumptown America’s best city for cycling—or take it easy in the backseat of a newly sanctioned pedicab.

Eat
Simple preparations and excellent ingredients are hallmarks of local favorite Lincoln Restaurant (3808 N. Williams Avenue; 503/288-6200); its duck confit is a must-have. Time-travel to Thailand by way of Pok Pok’s (3226 SE Division Street; 503/232-1387) authentic food and down-home decor. Definitely order the chicken wings, marinated in and cooked with Phu Quoc fish sauce.

Drink
Clyde Common
(1014 SW Stark Street; 503/228-3333) is a lively, go-to place for expertly mixed tipples. The house specialty: barrel-aged cocktails. Bucking the cocktail trend, Bar Avignon (2138 SE Division Street; 503/517-0808) attracts wine lovers who select from an extensive list of global vintages, including two dozen options by the glass—it’s difficult to go wrong with an Oregon pinot noir. Get to know the distilling process at House Spirits (2025 SE Seventh Avenue; 503/235-3174), then hit the tasting room for samples of Aviation gin, 100-proof whiskey, and an American take on aquavit.

Shop
Custom-made chapeaus are the headline stealers at Pinkham Millinery (1012 SW Washington Street; 503/796-9385), a classic hat maker with plenty of current style. Steven Smith Teamaker (1626 NW Thurman Street; 503/719-8752) offers some of the most meticulously crafted teas in the United States. Come for a tasting and keep an eye out for Smith himself. Bare bulbs, exposed bricks, and expertly worked leather goods—including wallets, belts, and boots—make for a nice combination at Tanner Goods (1308 W. Burnside; 503/285-4637). Remember to play a tune on the shop’s vintage jukebox.

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, May 2012.

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