No other food combines spice, meat, and phallic punnery quite like sausage. And, lucky you, Portland's got so many artisan intestine-stuffers that it's easy to turn a day wandering the city into the greatest sausage fest this side of a pre-DMB tailgate (see!). That's why we've designed the meatiest, most artery-clogging sausage crawl in town, an epic bender of sausage-y bliss. There will be meat. There will be beer. And then there will probably be a prescription for insulin.
Meat your match on this PDX sausage crawl
1215 SW Alder St; Downtown; 503.241.7163
Much like Bob Evans on a long trip, downtown's Alpine oasis packs its own sausages, with the bratwurst taking the spotlight… and sharing it on a "choucroute garnie" plate that also comes w/ dry saucisson sausage, plus non-packed meats like cider-braised pork belly and cured tenderloin. But don't get distracted: you've gotta stay on-theme!
Stop #2: The Bent Brick
1639 NW Marshall St; Pearl District; 503.688.1655
Offering a peaceful solution to your brain's internal war when choosing between hamburgers and hot dogs, Bent Brick's put them together in the Hamburger Dog, which packs ground beef and cheese into a sausage casing. But then there's the Reuben Sausage. And a duck/sage Hunter's Sausage. And a chorizo one… Looks like the cerebral war has only just begun.
Stop #3: Olympic Provisions
107 SE Washington St; SE Portland; 503.954.3663
Having executed a salty takeover of pretty much every charcuterie board in town, OP's basically a synonym for NW sausage, making its SE location the ultimate sausage party… a wonderland full of salami, chorizo, kielbasa, chocolate sausages, cacciatore, and the biggest franks this side of Ocean.
Stop #4: The Wurst
724 E Burnside St; Lower Burnside; 503.236.2454
Now that you've gotten the traditional ones out of the way, it's time to get weird at this hubris-less bar/mini-arcade, where the buns are filled w/ sausages stuffed w/ everything from pork/garlic and elk/maple syrup, to lamb/apricot and duck/pancetta.
Stop #5: The Slide Inn
2348 SE Ankeny St; Buckman; 503.236.4997
This funky little German-inspired Buckman joint attached to the Jade Lounge rocks gigantic -- like, almost emasculating -- house-stuffed sausages, including a turkey beast w/ roasted apples and perhaps the spiciest Hungarian since Zsa Zsa Gabor, which's stuffed w/ beef, pork & cayenne.
Stop #6: Bar Dobre
3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd; Hawthorne District; 503.477.5266
Portland's only all-Polish joint -- read: sausages, vodka, and potatoes -- translates to "good bar", probably because the real reaction to the gigantic, hand-stuffed kielbasa plate would register as slightly profane… which it so say, it's dobre as f***.
Stop #7: Zach's Shack
4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd; Hawthorne District; 503.233.4616
Finish your tour de intestinal casings w/ that most American of creations: hot dogs at Zach's, which're served until 3a nightly and include epic twists on the classics, like a cheese-stuffed chili dog or a neon green-relished Chicago dog. Cap off the night with a game of ping-pong. Then realize you're way too full for that, and find yourself under the (ping-pong) table and dreaming.
1. Grüner527 SW 12th Ave, Portland
2. The Bent Brick1639 NW Marshal, Portland
3. Olympia Provisions107 SE Washington St, Portland
4. The Wurst724 E Burnside, Portland
5. The Slide Inn2348 SE Ankeny St, Portland
6. Bar Dobre3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
7. Zach's Shack4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
House-made sausages, beet-pickled deviled eggs, and more German deliciousness awaits you at Gruner.
Bent Brick sports a sweeping curved bar and mod seating/ tables, all done in untreated metal that'll be allowed to patina over time as diners chow on amped-up, locally sourced American tavern fare they call "non-dogmatic".
The SE Portland outpost of OP sits in a beautifully restored industrial building and serves innovative takes on traditional Spanish and Mediterranean dishes. Locally-sourced meats and seasonal vegetables shine throughout the menu, and cheese and charcuterie boards offer a range of shareable options for a romantic or group meal.
The Wurst is making alcohol and bratwurst sexy again, and they don't care who knows it. With a fine selection of beers on draft and in bottled form, as well as a number of specialty mixed drinks, there's plenty of special sauce to prepare you for the pool tables, pinball and skee ball they have as well.
Legit German food in an unpretentious setting -- with vegan and gluten-free offerings to boot.
Bar Dobre's menu of bar food features a Polish twist, so each item is slightly tinged with ethnic flair and flavor. There's also house-made kielbasa, pierogies and golumpki, and the bar also features a fine selection of beer, wine and specialty cocktails.