Food of Portland: Burnside Brewery, Le Pigeon, Voodoo Donuts Too, Food Trucks

Our initial plans were to have dinner at Le Pigeon. Even though we got there around 5:30pm, there was still a 60-90 minute wait on a Saturday afternoon. We saw Burnside Brewery on our walk down to Le Pigeon so we went back for a beer and some food as we were feeling a bit hungry.

Burnside brewery

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There was plenty of seating both inside and outside. We sat outside so we can catch the sunset as it was quite mild outside for Portland in mid October. It was about 60F that day.

I ordered a flight of all of their beers. They had 11 and each glass was 4oz. The entire flight was only 11 dollars, such a great deal. It was during happy hour so not sure if this was the happy hour price. The happy hour price for a 20oz beer was $4 so the flight is a bit more expensive per ounce.

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I ordered an entree, the Schnitzel sandwich while my friends ordered the pretzel and something deep fried. My sandwich was pretty good. It was very filling and I only ate the sandwich. I gave my fries to my friends as I wasn’t very interested in it anyway. They had also ordered fries and came with a few dipping sauces. We used the dipping sauces for my fries as well.

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Le Pigeon

By the time we were done at Burnside, we got a call from Le Pigeon that our table was ready. We got the check and I quickly drank a few of the last beers before heading over to Le Pigeon, which was only 1/2 a block away.

As you can see from the pictures, the restaurant isn’t very large and they are very popular, so there is always a long wait for the restaurant. We couldn’t even get a seat at the bar when we first arrived so we had to wait for a table.

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By the time we got back to the restaurant, it was already dark.

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We got two appetizers and an entree as we were all full. We got the Foie Gras and Glazed Eel for our appetizer and the Beef Cheek Bourguignon for our entree. All the dishes were great. We somehow managed to fit in the curried carrot cake for dessert as well.

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Voodoo Donuts

We wanted to check out Voodoo Donuts as it is famous in Portland. We went to the main location before heading to dinner at Le Pigeon. We saw the ridiculous line that formed. We got there around 5pm on a Saturday.

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The next morning, we went Voodoo Donuts Too as most of the reviews says that the lines are much shorter here. I am not sure why everyone wants to wait in line for the smaller location. I believe this location had a better decor and the line is short, so its a win-win.

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The line got ridiculously long right after us as there was a whole soccer team that came in. We later found out that there was a soccer field nearby so there were kids coming in here the entire time we were there. Not a lot of people were sitting so we grabbed a seat and ate some of the donuts we got.

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So yes you can get a coffin worth of donuts for $105.

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We got the popular Voodoo Donut, which was ok. It was filled with jelly and nothing too special about it. All of us noticed that the frosting wasn’t overly sweet. It was just right.

The second most popular donut there was a maple sugar bacon donut. I have to say, it was simply amazing. The saltiness of the bacon worked really well with the sweetness of the maple sugar frosting. This was much better than the voodoo donut the shop is famous for.

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We also got the glazed donut and the oreo donut for the following morning. The other box was some donuts for my friend’s friends back in Seattle.

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The shrub behind Voodoo Donuts Too was made into a large monster about 10 feet tall.

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Food Trucks

Later that day, we caught lunch at some food trucks in Downtown Portland. Many of them were closed because of Sunday. We still found a good meal in the food trucks that were open.

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I got some polish pierogi as they looked good and I was starving.

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My friends got the last Kobe burger, some cheese fries and fried noodles. I had a second lunch of an Indian lunch. There was three different kinds of curry with rice. It was very good as well. All the dishes we had were pretty good.

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It was a pretty big surprise that Portland had this much good food. We only went to a few places but found great food everywhere we went. I hope to make another trip there to try some other places including other breweries.


2 thoughts on “Food of Portland: Burnside Brewery, Le Pigeon, Voodoo Donuts Too, Food Trucks

  1. I had almost the same itinerary as you when I went to Portland! I tried the Captain Crunch Donut and it was delish! Next time you go check out the Deschutes Brewery. More commercial, but the hot pretzel there is to die for!

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