17 May 2010

T-bird does Portland, Day One

Day one couldn't have been better. I'm staying in the Ace Hotel on Southwest Stark Street in Portland's Pearl District. If you've ever been to Hotel San Jose in Austin or the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, you'll have an idea of what this is like: modern, minimalist design, unique feel, very cool environment.

I started my trip with a visit right next door: the Stumptown Coffee Roasters that adjoins Ace. Check it out.

Had a really nice espresso there. After that, headed right next door to Kenny and Zuke's Deli for a local beer (can't remember which one) and a great Ruben.

From there I wandered around the city a little. I'll tell you, I picked a good spot in the Pearl District. Here's a view from the street:

Everything is here: Cafes, coffee shops, bars, movie theaters--and of course, Powell's Books. I stopped in that evening and it turns out that comic-book legend Dan Clowes was speaking and signing copies of his new book, Wilson. Clowes is a funny and interesting guy, and had some cool stuff to say about his work and comics today.

After that I ran into another coffee shop I wasn't familiar with, Public Domain. Turns out that there's a good reason I hadn't heard of it: It opened up about five weeks ago. Beautiful place:

Had a very tasty espresso here as well. Will definitely return before leaving.

Tomorrow I'm planning to hit up Barista, Sip and Kranz, another Stumptown location, and the Deschutes Public House Brewery. All in a day's work. If you know any great spots in Portland I should check out, please let me know in the comments section or via our Twitter account.


Josh said...

We stayed in the Pearl District last summer and went to Kenny and Zuke's twice, that Ruben was amazing.

We liked both Hopworks Urban Brewery (cycle theme) and the Tug Boat (small, hidden place in downtown), along with all the other usuals.

Have fun!

Mo said...

Just finished a trip to Portland, though mainly focused on beer.
I'd try Cacao for some excellent drinking chocolate (it's either near or in the Pearl). Random Order Coffeehouse has excellent pie. Definitely grab a great cheap lunch at one of the many food trailers (there's a big grouping not that far from Powell's City of Books).
Enjoy the wonderful town.

Mazarine said...

Oh, I heart that Reuben too! Kenny and Zukes know how to make a sandwich as big as your head!

Is there anywhere in Austin that does a Reuben like that? (Just moved here from Portland)

If you're checking out coffeeshops, there's one more to do-try the Fresh pot at the Powell's on Hawthorne, they've got a divine Queen of Sheba Iced Tea... can't place the spices in it, but it's worth trying to replicate for your Thunderbird back here!