With laid-back vibes and access to fresh seafood and local produce, even the most well-rounded foodie can try something new in Seattle, Portland, Hood River and Bend. Here's a look at some of our favorites.
1. Poke at 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar in Seattle
“Honestly, we didn't expect to be a hidden-gem, or for things to blow up this fast.” Even John, the founder of this local's fish spot has been surprised by the rise of their unique convenience shop and poke bar combination.
Read DRT's full story on John and 45th Stop N Shop.
2. The Prix Fixe at Le Pigeon in Portland
According to Tyler Malek, who co-founded Portland's most famous ice cream spot Salt & Straw, "If I have a friend in town, I try to make sure they get the full food experience and Le Pigeon is obligatory." So you heard it from the source, Le Pigeon is a Local Must when passing through Oregon.
3. Oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle
Stop by Chef Renee Erickson's The Walrus and the Carpenter to sample a variety of oysters on their ever-changing menu. According to nearly every Seattleite we met, "You cannot find oysters of that quality anywhere else. Their service is always impeccable and the space is beautiful."
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4. Breakfast at White Salmon Baking Co in Hood River
30 year old Jure Poberaj says it best: “I love bread baking. It’s four ingredients, as simple as it gets, and you can come out with this delicious product that goes with every meal.” We'd say to opt for a classic baguette or to try out the Sprouted Emmer Bread, topped with barley flakes.
5. Mediterranean at Ray in Portland
Top Chef Masters' Jenn Louis is as kind, talented and hard working as they come. She spearheads the Israeli-inspired, seasonal menu at Ray. “Portland's food scene is off the charts," she says, and you can read where she'd send her friends to eat and drink here. Any trip to Portland has to include a stop at Ray for a thirst quenching Mediterranean cocktail and some pita and hummus.
6. Everything at Wild Rose in Bend
Co-Owner Rosie Itti set out to build something special, inspired by her family's past. We'd argue there isn't a better bite of food in all of Oregon than the tasty soups, stews, and meals she's cooking up in Bend.
Rosie won't take all the the credit though. 'My father, Paul Itti, is the chef. All of our recipes are passed down generationally from his side of the family. While I craft the menu, he's the brains behind the kitchen."
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