Welcome to Feast, where you’ll eat and drink too much, contemplate napping in between courses in Pioneer Square, and maybe bump into a chef you watched on a competitive cooking show once. It’s a magical time.
If you’re new to Portland, welcome! Below, you’ll find everything you need for the weekend, from places to grab coffee or drinks between events, the schedule with locations and times, a list of events that still have some availability, and everything else you might need. If you have some free time, below you’ll find a handful of quick-and-dirty culinary pit stops you can take, as well as a panoply of maps that you may or may not find helpful.
Eater Portland will be at Feast all weekend, updating our Instagram story with highlights. You’ll also spot our Hangover Report on Monday, with everything you may have missed. And hey, if you catch something wild this weekend and think we should know, you can always toss something to us via our tipline.
Okay, so where do I... go?
Here’s a handy-dandy Feast schedule for you, with links to the locations and times. It doesn’t include classes, so you may want to check the official schedule if you gotta hit that Macramé and Rosé on time. In general, you’ll want to take a Lyft there; parking in Portland is a hot mess in general, but parking downtown is atrocious. If you’re more of a NUMTOT, public transit get you where you need to go, if you’re willing to bus. Pro-tip: if you’re taking public transportation, download the Trimet app so you can buy tickets on your phone.
Help! I need coffee between events!
Boy do I feel you. If you’re near any of the main events — Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Grand Tastings, Zidell Yards for Night Market, The Fields Park for Smoked — this map will help you find coffee, booze, and general sustenance between events. If you’re at one of the fun-sized events or classes, these are the official Eater Portland quick recommendations for popular event spaces:
The Nightwood Society — Get a tiki drink at Hale Pele or a far too luxurious chocolate drink at Woodblock Chocolate. Woodblock has coffee, too, as well as several good souvenirs. Who doesn’t like chocolate, right?
Director Park — Director Park is downtown; it’s a super easy jaunt from Pioneer Courthouse Square, so you have plenty of options on the map above. The closest worthy coffee shop is Case Study, which is a block away. And if you’re a Vegas Yong Kang Street fan, do not go to the one in Pioneer Square.
Blockhouse PDX — Blockhouse is kind of isolated, but you’re not a far walk from a very worthy Portland restaurant, Ataula, which would be a mighty fine spot for a drink or bite. Also, if you’re stuffed and looking to kill time, a testament to Portland’s weirdness, the Peculiarium museum, is also nearby. Go to Good for coffee, or Moberi for a quick green drink.
The North Warehouse — The North Warehouse is awfully close to one of Portland’s best breakfasts, Broder Nord, but otherwise, you’re in old school brewery territory. You can visit the legacy brewery Widmer, or for something a little more charitable, Ex Novo.
For everything else, you may want to trawl through our neighborhood guides.
Okay, but I’m new to town and I want to make the best of my visit. Where else do I eat?
Based on a conversation I had last night, this is my pocket-sized Portland guide for ya:— Brooke is Feasting (@jacksonglidden) September 14, 2018
*Breakfast at Coquine or Maurice
*Lunch At Hat Yai or Little Conejo
*Dinner At Han Oak or Canard
*Drinks At OK Omens or Expatriate
I am taking requests, #feastpdx tourists.
I answered this question via Twitter, but I’ll elaborate below. I’ve included recommendations for every quadrant of Portland, which requires some explanation: Portland exists in five main quadrants. The river designates the east and west side of Portland, and Burnside Street splits the city into North and South regions. But here’s where things get tricky: The river turns, which means there’s a chunk of Portland that isn’t really in the east side, though it’s on the east side of the river. That’s North Portland — everything left of North Williams until you hit the Willamette. For each meal of the day, I’ll have a recommendation based on quadrant; click on the restaurant name to learn more. No promises you’ll get in — this is a big food weekend in Portland — but if you need other recommendations, you’ll have a map with more recommendations available to you, as well. Let’s do this.
Drinks: Teardrop for cocktails and Arden for wine (NW Portland), Pepe Le Moko for cocktails and Park Avenue for wine (SW Portland), Expatriate for cocktails and Dame for wine (NE Portland), Palomar for cocktails and OK Omens for wine (SE Portland), Interurban for cocktails and Sardine Head for wine (North Portland)
More, please: If you’re still searching for somewhere to go, you may want to try our essential 38 restaurants or bars or our favorite new restaurants or bars. If you need more help understanding Portland, our city guide is for you.