I love living in Portland.
It's a fantastic place with a lovely climate, friendly people and delicious food and drinks - what's not to love?
People are always e-mailing me and asking me for suggestions of where to go and what to eat, see and do when they come to visit Portland. People want to see Portland like a local and look beyond the cliche stop at Voodoo Donuts (*side note: if you're visiting Portland, don't waste your time. The donuts aren't that good...unless you don't care how they taste and are just after a donut shaped like a penis or or something else gimicky. Just saying).
So, I was inspired to start this series called: "Portland Places"
I'll share some of my favorites from around town. Favorite restaurants, dessert spots, breakfast joints and boutique shops will all make their appearances.
First up? Southland Whiskey Kitchen.
I went here recently with a group to celebrate a friend's birthday and it was fantastic!
Delicious barbecue and southern style fare. I ordered the Smokestack Sandwich and it was so, SO good...and giant. I gave the other half to Craig who had already eaten a full meal himself. That kid can eat. Anyway, the Smokestack is a great option if you want variety and can't decide on just one thing to eat, because it has their house smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, jalapeno+cheddar sausage, and their house sauce. AMAZING.
I got a Manhattan, because it seemed like I should get something with whiskey in it, but I'm a wuss and can't handle my liquor, so I gave it to Craig. They have about a billion whiskeys though for those who are fans - literally a massive two page menu.
Also, the decor is industrial and homey.
So, to sum it all up. Southland Whiskey Kitchen is awesome and you should go if you live in Portland or even if you're just visiting. The end!