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!
Annie 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.
Emily 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)
Emma 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 (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:
Tessa 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. -
Emma 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.