Food & Drink

The best frozen treats in Portland, from boozy slushies to a bar made of ice

Published On 06/07/2013 Published On 06/07/2013
Andy Kryza
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1. What's The Scoop? 3540 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

What's The Scoop?'s an often-boozy ice cream parlor in which ice cream chefs (real thing!) create traditional and bizarro flavors almost instantly by combining liquid cream with liquid nitrogen. That chemical reaction comes in handy when freezing alcohol in flavors like Maple Jack Bacon Brittle, Tennessee Honey w/ bourbon & housemade honeycomb candy, and the limey Tequila Mockingbird.

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2. Riffle 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Located in the Pearl District, Riffle is a catch-inspired seafood restaurant where customers are treated to coastal dishes from around the world. Across the main dining room, the bar, the chef's table, the raw bar, or even the private dining area, you'll be treated to amazing seafood dishes, which include things like seared scallops, pan roasted halibut, oysters on the half shell, clam chowder, and more. If all that seafood alone isn't enough, spend some time choosing the perfect wine accompaniment from their 50+ options menu.

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3. Henry's 12th Street Tavern 10 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Downtown)

Located on brewery row, Henry's Tavern has a bar that's surrounded by a perimeter of ice, so you can keep your beer cool while you chow down on classic pub fare and, uh, enjoy the local scenery.

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4. Trigger 128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212 (Ne Portland)

We all know the warning: Don't mess with Texas. Well the dudes behind Trigger not-so-politely ignored that warning and opened up one of hell a Tex-Mex restaurant...in Oregon. Now that's ballsy. In a wood-paneled space that's got cattle skulls everywhere, they're serving up their own spins on Tex-Mex classics, like smoked brisket, beer-can chicken, and a hazelnut mole quesadilla. Get the Lone Star State food you want without, you know, having to actually go to the Lone Star State.