|fried cookie dough = heaven|
|biggest corn dogs ever, and I don’t mean the girls…|
Other things to be excited for:
Taco Asylum’s brand new menu of tacos (including Bacon PB&J!).
C4 Deli’s Cupcake and Wine Pairing Nights on Thursday.
Blaze has opened in Mission Viejo.
The Robbins Nest Wine Bar is alive and kicking in Santa Ana.
Montreal Poutine has opened in Costa Mesa.
Just got home from Portland, Oregon for a long weekend trip and I wish I could list each and every place you should eat at, but we would be here all day. So instead I will provide a go to list of must sees and eats and you obviously can always ask me about more if you actually are going there…
My uncle knows Portland well. And I mean WELL. He helped us eat and drink at as many places as we could in the three days that we were in town. Without him (and a little of yelp) we would have been lost, but instead I now need to go on a permanent diet and probably have shortened my life span by 10 years…
Brunch: without a DOUBT eat at Screen Door – Southern cooking, fried chicken and waffles, pecan crusted bacon, biscuits and gravy…should I keep going? Other spots: Bijou Cafe, Mothers, Byways. Brunch is a HUGE deal in Portland see either wake up early or expect a two hour wait.
|Oregonian at PBJ: jam, blue cheese, peanut butter|
Lunch: Food carts. If you do nothing else in Portland you must try at least one Food Cart. My favorite was PBJ. One of the more famous one’s is Nong’s Khao Man Gai which is Thai chicken and rice. Didn’t get a chance to try it but everyone knows about it.
Dinner: The end of the day is one of my favorite times because you are allowed to eat until your stomach hurts then go to bed. Oh you aren’t supposed to do that? Oops. We started off our Portland experience at Clyde Common; great first experience into the Portland food scene and phenom food. The pastrami short rib was full flavored and juicy, I’m already starting to miss it. Also recommend food at Deschuttes, Burnside brewery, and again any food cart (they are open late). But the real star was Andina. Fresh Peruvian tapas that is just so flavorful and made so well that even in my buzzed state I knew the food was better than just drunk munchies. Only issue with it, you probably can’t get in. It was a Christmas miracle we got reservations.
|beer on beer on beer (but I didn’t like this brewery)|
Other must eats/drinks: Ruby Jewel ice cream (Portlandian’s might shoot me but I preferred it to Salt & Straw); Blue Star Donuts (NOT Voodoo – its overrated); Cascade Brewery for anything sour beerish; Deschutes for beer (obviously); Rogue (beer and food was pretty good); anything McMenanims; Rontoms for the outdoor patio; and The Departure for the most amazing views.
Can I move to Portland yet?
4 huevos for good food but long lines and little seating.
1. Clean, yet art deco appearance.
When you think hipsters, you usually think unshowered, unclean, vintage clothes, and obnoxious tats. Well C4 has done a great job at giving you a retro vibe while keeping it clean and classy.
2. 16 rotating handles and wines on tap as well as bottles you can purchase for in-store consumption.
I love a place that has more than just Sierra Nevada on tap. After spending a night with frat boys ordering bud light, I could not be more thankful that C4 is as far from the Peninsula as possible.
3. The price is right.
Delis, especially “hipster” ones could be super expensive. If this place was located in CDM it would easily be twice as expensive. But C4 keeps it reasonable by having sandwiches priced from $5.99-$9.99 and they also even have combos.
4. Food is hella good.
Can’t believe I just said that, but SF has changed me. The sandwiches aren’t too big, but they weren’t small either. The Rebuen and corned beef were just incredibly moist and tasty, and the sauces were like nothing I have had before. They pickle almost everything, and their coleslaw was quite unique.