Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share their under-the-radar recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
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Ben Jacobsen started Jacobsen Salt Co. nearly two years ago this August, after more than two-and-a-half years of trial and error, learning how to make his flakey sea salt in his home kitchen. Much like home brewers, Jacobsen opted to spend his free time learning how to make salt, a finishing salt that is now currently used by chefs at restaurants all over the nation, including local outlets like Riffle NW and Ned Ludd. So what does he crave when he's not at work? Salt, of course, courtesy of a old NW Portland favorite, Acapulco's Gold.
While I alway enjoy great food cooked by talented chefs, I'm not afraid to step out on the town for cheap beer and nachos at Acapulco's Gold. Located on Vaughn Street, on the edge of Northwest Industrial Portland, with Dos Equis Amber on tap, nachos, and classic dive-bar-ish Mexican staples, Acapulco's Gold is instant comfort. My favorite thing to order aside from Dos Equis? The "number 2" nachos: Swiss cheese, shredded chicken, and guacamole. An unusual combination but definitely a tasty favorite.
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