Portland’s laid-back Woodstock may be, in fact, named after a now-obscure Walter Scott novel and not the legendary rock festival, but the spirit of ’69 manages to abide here regardless. Its residents are a mix of retirees, Reed students past and present, and young families in this still-somewhat-affordable section of town. The culinary main drag is a stretch of Southeast Woodstock Boulevard between Cesar Chavez and 52nd, with a Bi-Mart and a New Seasons — old Portland and new — kitty corner from each other at the center. That bridging of old and new is reflected in the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, and cafes, which range from tried-and-true specialty markets to up-and-coming food carts and coffee shops.
Day-trippers will find the quiet, walkable neighborhood flanked by the large Woodstock and Brentwood Parks on one side, and the Reed campus and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden on the other; any of the above would serve as fine spots to dive into takeout.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More