Portland’s newest culinary landmark, Pine Street Market, located on the corner of SW 2nd and Pine, is nothing short of a dream-factory for the city’s most noteworthy restaurateurs. Inside the historic building, an open floorplan with communal seating welcomes guests to parlay with local favorites like Toro Bravo, Salt & Straw, Olympia Provisions and Barista. Open daily from 7am to 11pm, the nine businesses housed in the market have patrons covered from morning coffee and breakfast eats to after-dinner dessert. Once inside the market however, the hardest part is deciding where to eat. To help unpack everything that Portland’s latest dining experience has to offer, we’ve put together this comprehensive beginners guide to a successful trip to the Pine Street Market.
Beginners Guide to the Pine Street Market
Barista Brass Bar
Overwhelmed by all of the options? Why not opt for a quick coffee while perusing the market. Barista, the brainchild of coffee connoisseur Billy Wilson, has been involved in the top tier of Portland’s coffee culture for years. Their latest undertaking, Brass Bar, is a purveyor of Barista’s own line of roasted coffee, single-sourced chocolate and specialty tea drinks. While you’re there, check out the shiny, sophisticated equipment in the shop — futuristic features like their Modbar espresso machine and Bkon brewer. Ooh and ahh accordingly, then allow the caffeine buzz fuel the rest of your marketplace-journey.
What to try: Brass Bar Mocha, made with single-origin Ecuadorian chocolate, available solely at this location. Decadent and bittersweet, it puts any other mocha to shame.
French-Asian food has never seemed so elegant or appealing. A marriage of chef Patrick McKee (former executive chef of Paley’s Place) and Laangban chef Earl Ninsom’s cuisine, Common Law brings delicious worldwide flavors together in gracious harmony. Take a seat at the chef’s bar overlooking the kitchen, or grab a stool near the window and help yourself to their great cocktails featuring fun and unusual ingredients like matcha and turmeric.
What to try: Beef Tongue Bahn Me. Enough said.
The second US (and Portland) location of Tokyo’s famous ramen spot, Marukin serves delicious meals that will warm your rain-soaked bones to the core. Their menu rotates, so depending on the day, the ramen available will vary. What is consistent, however, is their dedication to quality—everything is made fresh daily. One bowl will turn you into a believer, especially after a bite of their perfectly chewy ramen noodles. Instagramming your experience? Stop in and snap a picture of your immaculate looking (and tasting) bowl. No one can resist the molten yolk of a soft-boiled egg.
What to try: Marukin Red – ramen in tonkotsu broth, available Wednesdays. Also give their fried chicken a try and marvel at the crispy skin and intense flavor.
Olympia Provisions Wurst
Although Olympia Provisions is a household name for their renowned charcuterie, finding a frankfurter on their restaurant menu was a rare occurrence. Now they’ve got nothing but love for the gigantic franks, and their kitchen in the Pine Street Market serves up dog after dog to a crowd that can’t seem to get enough. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of a hot dog test kitchen—in true artisan style, OP offers toppings that range from delicious to daring.
What to try: The Pickled Egg frankfurter, topped with neon-yellow vinegary egg salad. An unexpected marriage of flavors, you may be inspired to go back for another. And another. And another.
Arguably the most delicious meal to be found in the marketplace, Pollo Bravo’s Winner Winner Chicken Dinner is about to become the best chicken you’ve ever had. Their menu is Spanish tapas style, wowing diners with small, tasty sandwiches known as bocadillos and serving up lovely cocktails from the well-stocked bar. If you’re lucky enough to grab a bar seat (they’re hard to come by) be sure to take note of their cool architectural feats – like the old vault repurposed as storage space, and the old, rolling library ladder making use of the exposed brick wall.
What to try: Despite the ridiculous name, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner will steal your heart with its radicchio salad and tender, deliciously exciting bird.
Salt & Straw Wizbang Bar
Ever wished Salt & Straw would give soft serve a try? Wish granted. The masterminds behind the enormously successful local ice creamery have heard your prayers. The Wizbang bar features luscious soft-serve ice cream, towering in a decadent swirl atop their fresh waffle cones. There are a plethora of toppings to complete your experience, including cookie dough bits large enough to bake into actual cookies. Still, there’s nothing wrong with savoring the pure, simple experience of an unadulterated vanilla custard cone.
What to try: Literally everything is delicious. Those used to braving the lines in other Salt & Straw locations won’t be surprised at the long, ever-present line here either. Have patience – it’s worth the wait.
Who would have guessed that Israeli street food and American whiskey go hand in hand? If the idea seems intriguing, give in to the temptation and see for yourself at Shalom Y’all. The food is authentic, pita baked fresh with every order. Vegetarian patrons will find solace in dishes featuring falafel, hummus, labneh, incredible salads and more. And if whiskey doesn’t do the trick, there are several Israeli beers to choose from, served by friendly and attentive folks who genuinely want to see you have a good time.
What to try: The Shalom Y’All Plate, featuring a hearty smear of velvety hummus, labneh, fresh olives and more, served with fresh pita.
Ken Forkish has done it again. Serving up breads and croissants from Trifecta Tavern, there is no reason not to stop by and snack on these heavenly baked goods. You’ll find more than one traditional croissant here – their berry croissant is light and sweet, and the ham and cheese could satisfy the soul of even the most sophisticated Frenchman. In the mood for lunch? Ken’s famous pizza is served by the slice or whole.
What to try: Flaky, buttery Croissant bread toast, served with a generous portion of seasonal jam and homemade butter.