Fred Armisen’s five favorite Portland places

With a few seasons of Portlandia in the books, sketch master and former Trenchmouth drummer Fred Armisen has helped spawn a renewed interest in The City of Roses (aided, of course, by the talents of ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein).

Just about every restaurant I go to in Portland is unbelievably great. Portland really does have its own style of food, and it never feels derivative or desperate. It says a lot about the city. You know what’s great too? The service. It’s always informative and polite, but never too much. I am crazy about the food carts too.

In no particular order, here are five places I really like going to:


1. Ping (Old Town / Chinatown)

I love the menu. Different and fast.

Clyde Common

2. Clyde Common (Old Town / Chinatown)

Right by the Ace Hotel. It looks and feels great. Amazing food. The good kind of fancy.


3. Any Stumptown Coffee Roasters

When I first heard about it, I was told that it was the best coffee in the world. I said, “Hmm, really? Sure.” But then I tried it, and I said, “Oh, my god, this is the best coffee in the world!”

Pok Pok Noi

4. Pok Pok Noi (Sabin)

I love this place too! I like sitting at the counter and getting whatever crazy noodle-soup thing. And one of those vinegar drinks. It feels healthy for some reason.

Olympic Provisions

5. Olympic Provisions (Buckman and Slabtown)

Are you kidding me? How can something be this good? A selection of dry-cured salami? Hell yes.

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