100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces
In this pocket-sized (if you have a large-ish pocket) guide to the Portland, Oregon, culinary scene, Jen Stevenson wittily winds her way through Portland’s quirky neighborhoods. Entries on each restaurant, coffee shop, and bar are written with a warmth and humor that’s hardly typical of city dining guides. Portland is all about the esoteric, and so it stands to reason that a Portland guide written by a Portland writer should reflect that. It does. The book has personality and verve—so much so that you might find yourself lingering over its pages long after you achieve your face-stuffing goals. It’s written, designed, and printed in the City of Roses, and features only locally-owned restaurants (which means a lot in a city that takes local to a new level). It’s also highly pragmatic. Nifty notes indicate recommended dishes and good-to-know details (like where street parking is metered and can be difficult to find). See the back index for top 10 lists and restaurants sorted by cuisine. For all those on a mission to stuff their faces (aren’t we all?) the map on the inside flap comes in handy, and for the truly ambitious, a checklist is available for download online, so you can chart your face-stuffing progress. Fun factoid: the writer’s brother is charcuterie-meister Elias Cairo, the mind behind Olympic Provisions.