Portland is full of mouthwatering food and I love to try dishes that are new or new-to-me. Here are some recent tastes and my first impressions of them.
Superfood Coleslaw | Dick’s Kitchen. If it’s not clear yet, it should be—I’m a big fan of coleslaw. The Dick’s version contained things like brussels sprouts, kale, carrots, and red cabbage; it was light on the mayo and had a nice balance of natural sweetness and tang. The vegetables had softened a bit but were still crunchy, making it highly pleasant to eat. I’d get it again. Dick’s Kitchen NW, 704 NW 21st Avenue, Portland
Griddled Bread Pudding | Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry. This was my second visit to Vivienne, the previous (and initial) visit being November 2016, so it might as well have been my first time there. The Griddled Bread Pudding was a chalkboard special, and the staff basically swooned over it, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did—the bread pudding was dense yet soft and at times had almost a mochi texture to it (disclosure: I love mochi). The variety of berries atop were lovely, and it was nice to have a mix rather than only the requisite strawberries; there was a dab of soft compound butter featuring an herb that might have been dill. It was accompanied by two sunny side up eggs with bright orange yolks and bacon that was deeply satisfying in its savory-saltiness. Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry, 4128 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cannelé | St. Honoré Bakery. I picked this one up at the Bastille Day Festival at Jamison Park. It was shorter and more squat than ones I’d had before, but had that signature dark, chewy crust—however, the interior was chewier and moister than ones I’m accustomed. It definitely had more heft and was a substantial snack. St. Honoré Bakery, 315 1st St, Lake Oswego
Buttermilk Marionberry Ice Cream and Affogato | Cool Moon Ice Cream. I had passed this place before when I had less time on my hands, but after spending a warm afternoon in a few parks in the Pearl, we decided to duck in to cool down. I tasted their Coffee Crackle flavor first but the texture wasn’t as creamy as I wanted; then I tried the Buttermilk Marionberry and was hooked. It was smooth and creamy, slightly tangy, sweet and fruity from the seasonal marionberry swirl. We got an affogato with their cinnamon ice cream and it was a dream! Flavors of Saigon cinnamon and rich espresso were fast friends to make this dish a winner. I’d get both again. Cool Moon Ice Cream, 1105 NW Johnson Street, Portland
Special Sunday Pizza | Pizzeria Otto. This was one of the best pizzas I’ve had so far in Portland. It was made with a ragu-style meat sauce (AKA gravy) topped with sausage, mozzarella and ricotta. It was a little spicy, which I liked, and full of flavor. And the crusts were so good! They cooked it in a gorgeous domed wood-fired oven that allowed the dough to char here and there. I look forward to returning to try other pies. Pizzeria Otto, 6708 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland