As Alton Brown traverses the country on his Alton Brown Live tour, he happily documents his #ABRoadEats on Twitter, Instagram, and his blog. And the guy has good taste, or at least does his research. [Before hitting Portland he gobbled up some of Vancouver, B.C.'s best casual eats, including the iconic porchetta sandwich at Meat & Bread.]
But he documented more meals on his trip to Portland this past Monday and Tuesday, than he has for most other towns. And though it doesn't look like he had time for upscale dining, he did hit some of the best coffee shops and fast-casual places our city has to offer, prompting him to declare two dishes the best he's ever had. Read on for details:
His first stop was Mexican Coffee at Extracto, which, for some reason, inspired a slew of Instagram followers to implore him to go to Pip's Original. Brown apparently is a bottomless pit when it comes to hot caffeinated drinks, as he later stopped at Fresh Pot, and then Alma Chocolate for drinking chocolate.
You can't visit Portland and not have at least one brunch, so he headed to one of the city's most popular joints.
And dinner came delivered from Boxer Ramen, just a short walk across the street.
The next day, he started the morning off right with a serious belly buster.
Then he was back to sipping java juice, this time at Coava #2.
He whiled away some time at the new Portland Knife House on SE Belmont. He'd be a fool to walk out of there empty-handed, Shun endorsement deal or no. And Alton's no fool, as evidenced by his purchase of a gorgeous Carter knife, made in Hillsboro. It's the perfect PDX souvenir.
Then he wisely took everyone's advice and made time to jet up to NE Fremont for mini donuts at Pip's Original.