Food & Drink

Candied bacon & BBQ sauce: Portland's 8 best Bloody Marys

Published On 02/03/2014 Published On 02/03/2014
Olympic Provisions
Urban Farmer
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Podnah's Pit BBQ
Irving Street Kitchen
Woodsman Tavern
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1. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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2. Olympic Provisions 1632 NW Thurman, Portland, OR 97209

OP Northwest is setting you up with some fine fowl and more, either for dine-in or take-out. A string of patio lights in an otherwise industrial area alerts you to the location where you can enjoy spit roasted pork shoulder crepinette, eggplant, piquillo peppers and stewed corona beans. They're also known for their next-level charcuterie plates, with high quality meats like proscuitto and chorizo.

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3. Screen Door 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Screen Door knows Southern cookin', modeling their menu off of such spots as South Carolina Lowcountry and Cajun flavors from New Orleans. What's more, their meals are made with local organic produce and meats to ensure you appreciate the food as much as they do.

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4. Podnah's Pit BBQ 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

Podnah's Pit's a smoked meat temple in Portland with BBQ styles emulating Carolina and Texas. According to locals, there is no finer barbecue fare in Portland than the dishes served up a Podnah's, and we can't help but agree. Their ribs and brisket are as close to perfect as barbecue can be.

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5. Irving Street Kitchen 701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Irving Street Kitchen's got a classic space with wood-accented bar and serves up a killer Bloody Mary.

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6. The Woodsman Tavern 4537 SE Division, Portland, OR 97201

The Woodsman Tavern is a gastropub delivering upmarket takes on American favorites like fried chicken, broiled cod, and New York strip steak, all the while slinging craft beer, vintage bourbon, win, and a handful of house specialty cocktails. The burgers here are unforgettable and some of the best in Portland -- the two stacked patties come straight from Lanet Family Farms and meet raw onions, pickles, and lettuce on a toasted bun.

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7. Sckavone's 4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

This family owned Italian resto has become a staple of the PDX brunch scene. Try the house-made entrees ranging from bennies to Florentine or their chicken-fried steaks. You can also enjoy the spicy bloodies and other b-fast 'tails, as well as the cute servers.

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8. Broder Cafe 2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Established in 2007 -- and the older sibling of Border Nord -- Broder is a small, Scandinavian eatery/bakery specializing in breakfast. European eats like pytt i panna (hash), lefse (Norwegian potato crepes, with various filling options), and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) can be found here. Your move, IKEA.