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Meet the SPSP Portland Ambassadors and get an insider’s perspective on the best parts of their city. Feel free to reach out to them with questions as you plan your convention travel!

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Annie Greerhalgh headshotAnnie Greenhalgh (email)
1. For a filling, tasty brunch in North Portland in a fun area with tons of restaurants and cute stores, Gravy is wonderful.  There’s a good variety of things on the menu but my favorites are the vegan gravy with biscuits and the Monte Cristo.

2. The Bye and Bye is one of my new favorites for more casual vegan dinner spots- try the tempeh sandwich.  The restaurant has outdoor seating and is located in the Alberta Arts District which is in North Portland.  

Emily Denning headshotEmily Denning (email)
If you want to try fantastic ice cream that has flavors you have never tried before, check out Salt and Straw. They have locations in SE, NE, and NW, and while there is often a line out the door it is definitely worth the wait! (If you want to skip the line, you can just walk up and buy a pint out of the freezer)

You may have heard of Voodoo Donuts, but here are some local favorites. Check out Blue Star, Coco Donuts, and Pip’s. My favorite for classic donuts are Coco Donuts (they make the best apple fritter I’ve ever had!), but for more interesting flavors check out Blue Star Donuts. If you happen to be here over your birthday, pick up some free donuts from Pip’s!

Emma O'Connor headshotEmma O'Connor (email)
Nicholas Restaurant: Amazing Lebanese cuisine, with in house made gigantic pita for every table. The food is always top quality, and they offer options for everyone, including gluten free and vegan. They have two locations, one in the SE and one in the NE area of the city. 

Cynthia Mohr headshotCynthia Mohr (email)
To enjoy a true Portland experience, head over to one of the many excellent brewpub choices around town. Here are a few of my favorites:

Deschutes Brewery (note it is in an excellent location near Powell's Bookstore and conveniently on the streetcar line).
Breakside Brewery - has 2 locations:   SLABTOWN, 1570 NW 22nd, and  DEKUM, 820 NE Dekum
Hopworks also has 2 Portland locations:  Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE POWELL BLVD and  Hopworks Bikebar, 3947 N WILLIAMS AVE
10 Barrel - has an awesome rooftop deck. 1411 Northwest Flanders Street
Mother's Bistro is also a very popular spot and award winning restaurant (and chef, Lisa Schroeder). Excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is family-friendly (though with a quieter section for people without kiddos!), it is right downtown and very affordable.  212 SW Stark Street
Departure is another spot to consider for pan-Asian cuisine--  this downtown restaurant is located on the top of the Nines Hotel. Many people come here for the happy hour and enjoy the amazing views. 525 SW Morrison Street

Tessa Dover headshotTessa Dover (email)
1. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen is simple, delicious, and just a MAX ride away from the convention center in the middle of downtown Portland. Their Pho is particularly good when the weather’s a bit chilly. -   

2. Cascade Brewing Barrel House specializes in sour beers and tasty, not-too-expensive pub food. The ambiance is fun and casual, and it’s located in Southeast Portland. A short streetcar ride and then a five block walk.

Emma Money headshotEmma Money (email)
Hands down my favorite restaurant to go to is Kachka. It’s easily accessible by the streetcar and has the most amazing Russian dishes and delicious drinks. If you go, I highly recommend trying the herring under a fur coat and getting the Tvorog Vareniki (farmer’s cheese dumplings). Another good place to grab a bite is at the Piedmont Station in Northeast Portland. It has a wide selection of food carts, from sushi burritos to French food and beer, and lots of outside (covered) seating. My favorite is to go with someone who wants to share so we can get a selection of foods from various carts and taste a bunch in one sitting.

James Lee (email)
1. To experience southern cooking with a NW twist, head to the Screen Door on East Burnside St. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and organic. They have the best chicken & waffles in town and come highly recommended. Insider tip: after placing your name on the wait list, head next door to the Kopi Coffee House for a quick and remarkable Southeast-Asian coffee beverage.

2. For a casual and fun dining experience, check out Lardo in East Portland. They have a wide variety of hot sandwiches from their burgers to Nashville Hot Fried Chicken to Pork Meatball Banh Mi. Their “dirty fries” are a huge hit and make a great group appetizer. Lardo also has a large selection of rotating taps and a spacious backdoor patio in the eclectic, Hawthorne District.


2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA