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Where to Eat and Drink Between Feast Events This Year

Where to find coffee, a quick cocktail, or a snack between the big events

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It’s Portland’s most wonderful time of the year for diners and culinary tourists: Feast, the city’s biggest, baddest food festival, is back September 13 through 16, with everything from cannabis-laced baking classes to a meat-and-three with the Austin-based smoke champion Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. While events are spread out across the city, the festival’s main events are held in the below locations:

Rosequarter Commons — ‘80s vs. ‘90s (6 p.m. Thursday)
Pioneer Courthouse Square — Friday Grand Tasting (1 p.m.), Saturday Grand Tasting (noon), Brunch Village (11 a.m. Sunday)
Zidell Yards — Night Market (6 p.m. Friday)
The Fields — Smoked! (6 p.m. Saturday)

Grabbing a quick coffee, digestif, or heck, maybe another meal nearby is the key to surviving the weekend. Below, find a smattering of nearby coffee shops, bars, and worthwhile bites organized by venue; most hang out near Pioneer Courthouse Square because it’s the location for the most main events. Need more dining suggestions for elsewhere in Portland? May we suggest:

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10 Barrel Brewing

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If you’re looking for a post-barbecue beer, 10 Barrel is a 15 minute walk away, and it’s often considered one of Bend’s best breweries — just in case you don’t have time to hit the beer capital while you’re in Oregon. 10 Barrel is already poppin’ most days — especially on the rooftop patio on the sunny ones — so expect a raucous time.

Close to: The Fields Park

Nossa Familia Coffee

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Need a pick-me-up before Smoked? Nossa Familia is the ethicist’s favorite coffee shop and roaster, owned by the the descendants of coffee farmers serving sustainably sourced beans. The industrial Pearl District shop is a perfect pit-stop before you visit the pitmasters.

Close to: The Fields Park

If you’re looking for something more substantial for happy hour, this pioneering high-end Peruvian restaurant runs a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., complete with deep purple causa morada, a bright and festive poached prawn ceviche with passion fruit leche de tigre. Make sure to pair your bites with a pisco sour in the elegant lounge area.

Close to: The Fields Park

Pépé le Moko

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Beware: You will lose all track of time in this cozy cocktail den below Clyde Common. It's the brainchild of celebrity bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, who has created a place where '70s fern-bar icons like the easy-drinking Long Island Iced Tea and the thick, dessert-worthy Grasshopper take top billing next to classic cocktails like the Manhattan. If you’re looking for a place to camp out after the grand tastings, Pepe Le Moko is open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Courier Coffee

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One of Portland's most fiercely independent coffee houses famously roasts its own, plays records at the bar, and delivers to wholesale accounts by bicycle, Courier is a key spot to refuel between events. Take your pick of pour-over from the daily menu before trekking further downtown (FYI: There's very limited seating, so grab that cup to-go).

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

MÅURICE

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Maurice is just a sliver of a shop, but it serves some of the most refined plates in the city. Portions are slight, but chef-owner Kristen Murray's delicate French- and Nordic-inspired sweets and savories make a big impression. Pop in for a breakfast pastry or light meal before those big lunch-into-dinner events.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Imperial

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The sultry bar at downtown's Imperial is always worth making a trip for on-tap craft cocktails. But during happy hour, they're an unbeatable deal: $5 each, best paired with a $3 basket of fries.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Departure Restaurant & Lounge

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The futuristic, glitzy restaurant by Portland cooking royalty Gregory Gourdet stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Pair a nightcap with Gourdet's carefully built, Pan-Asian dishes, like chunks of pork belly with pickled cherries. Desserts are always a highlight.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Spella Caffè

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Step into a tiny, traditional Italian cafe for some caffeination. Andrea Spella serves what is perhaps the best affogato (espresso over ice cream) in Portland, but you can't go wrong with anything made on the fully manual Rancilio espresso machine.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pine Street Market

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The food hall's culinary program was curated by Feast co-founder Mike Thelin. Inside, find restaurants from major Portland restaurateurs, from the super-rich ramen shop Marukin to Salt & Straw's soft serve-dedicated location, Wiz Bang Bar.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Cha Cha Cha Taqueria

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The Zidell Yards area is kind of a dead zone; still, if you’re looking to get a little loopy post-Night Market, this super casual cantina serves a smattering of margaritas (it is a party, after all). Just make sure to get there soon; the spot closes at 10 p.m.

Close to: Zidell Yards

Sweet Heart Pizza

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Pregame those Pacific Rim delights with a Neapolitan-style pizza. Sweet Heart, a project from prolific fast-casual restaurateurs Matt Lynch and Micah Camden, is an airy, counter-service spot perfect for a quick bite before Night Market; try the simple Margherita or something salty and fun like the lamb merguez.

Close to: Zidell Yards

Ex Novo Brewing Co.

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After getting nostalgic at ‘80s vs. ‘90s, it’d be easy to pop over to Ex Novo, a Portland-based brewery and pub that donates a huge portion of its proceeds to various charitable causes. The beers are split by the hop-forward, malt-forward, light and fresh, and Belgian and sour, so you’ll likely find something to please everyone. Find a tucked away wooden booth for a couple of pints over a dish debrief.

Close to: Rosequarter Commons

Whey Bar

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While it’d be totally worthwhile to luxuriate over a meal at the award-winning Ox next door, that endeavor will likely be a hot mess during Feast weekend. Instead, grab a spot inside this tiny, moody bar, an aggressively underrated cocktail destination. Sip savory Ox Bloods with beet syrup and tarragon, or for something undeniably celebratory, try a Let Them Eat Cake — sort of an Aperol spritz-meets-French 75 with Pamplemousse, gin, and bubbles. If you’re still hungry somehow, try the prawn ceviche.

Close to: Rosequarter Commons

10 Barrel Brewing

If you’re looking for a post-barbecue beer, 10 Barrel is a 15 minute walk away, and it’s often considered one of Bend’s best breweries — just in case you don’t have time to hit the beer capital while you’re in Oregon. 10 Barrel is already poppin’ most days — especially on the rooftop patio on the sunny ones — so expect a raucous time.

Close to: The Fields Park

Nossa Familia Coffee

Need a pick-me-up before Smoked? Nossa Familia is the ethicist’s favorite coffee shop and roaster, owned by the the descendants of coffee farmers serving sustainably sourced beans. The industrial Pearl District shop is a perfect pit-stop before you visit the pitmasters.

Close to: The Fields Park

Andina

If you’re looking for something more substantial for happy hour, this pioneering high-end Peruvian restaurant runs a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., complete with deep purple causa morada, a bright and festive poached prawn ceviche with passion fruit leche de tigre. Make sure to pair your bites with a pisco sour in the elegant lounge area.

Close to: The Fields Park

Pépé le Moko

Beware: You will lose all track of time in this cozy cocktail den below Clyde Common. It's the brainchild of celebrity bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, who has created a place where '70s fern-bar icons like the easy-drinking Long Island Iced Tea and the thick, dessert-worthy Grasshopper take top billing next to classic cocktails like the Manhattan. If you’re looking for a place to camp out after the grand tastings, Pepe Le Moko is open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Courier Coffee

One of Portland's most fiercely independent coffee houses famously roasts its own, plays records at the bar, and delivers to wholesale accounts by bicycle, Courier is a key spot to refuel between events. Take your pick of pour-over from the daily menu before trekking further downtown (FYI: There's very limited seating, so grab that cup to-go).

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

MÅURICE

Maurice is just a sliver of a shop, but it serves some of the most refined plates in the city. Portions are slight, but chef-owner Kristen Murray's delicate French- and Nordic-inspired sweets and savories make a big impression. Pop in for a breakfast pastry or light meal before those big lunch-into-dinner events.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Imperial

The sultry bar at downtown's Imperial is always worth making a trip for on-tap craft cocktails. But during happy hour, they're an unbeatable deal: $5 each, best paired with a $3 basket of fries.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Departure Restaurant & Lounge

The futuristic, glitzy restaurant by Portland cooking royalty Gregory Gourdet stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. Pair a nightcap with Gourdet's carefully built, Pan-Asian dishes, like chunks of pork belly with pickled cherries. Desserts are always a highlight.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Spella Caffè

Step into a tiny, traditional Italian cafe for some caffeination. Andrea Spella serves what is perhaps the best affogato (espresso over ice cream) in Portland, but you can't go wrong with anything made on the fully manual Rancilio espresso machine.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pine Street Market

The food hall's culinary program was curated by Feast co-founder Mike Thelin. Inside, find restaurants from major Portland restaurateurs, from the super-rich ramen shop Marukin to Salt & Straw's soft serve-dedicated location, Wiz Bang Bar.

Close to: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Cha Cha Cha Taqueria

The Zidell Yards area is kind of a dead zone; still, if you’re looking to get a little loopy post-Night Market, this super casual cantina serves a smattering of margaritas (it is a party, after all). Just make sure to get there soon; the spot closes at 10 p.m.

Close to: Zidell Yards

Sweet Heart Pizza

Pregame those Pacific Rim delights with a Neapolitan-style pizza. Sweet Heart, a project from prolific fast-casual restaurateurs Matt Lynch and Micah Camden, is an airy, counter-service spot perfect for a quick bite before Night Market; try the simple Margherita or something salty and fun like the lamb merguez.

Close to: Zidell Yards

Ex Novo Brewing Co.

After getting nostalgic at ‘80s vs. ‘90s, it’d be easy to pop over to Ex Novo, a Portland-based brewery and pub that donates a huge portion of its proceeds to various charitable causes. The beers are split by the hop-forward, malt-forward, light and fresh, and Belgian and sour, so you’ll likely find something to please everyone. Find a tucked away wooden booth for a couple of pints over a dish debrief.

Close to: Rosequarter Commons

Whey Bar

While it’d be totally worthwhile to luxuriate over a meal at the award-winning Ox next door, that endeavor will likely be a hot mess during Feast weekend. Instead, grab a spot inside this tiny, moody bar, an aggressively underrated cocktail destination. Sip savory Ox Bloods with beet syrup and tarragon, or for something undeniably celebratory, try a Let Them Eat Cake — sort of an Aperol spritz-meets-French 75 with Pamplemousse, gin, and bubbles. If you’re still hungry somehow, try the prawn ceviche.

Close to: Rosequarter Commons