Top 10 Portland hot spots12 December 2011
Upon arriving in Portland, we were ecstatic to get into the city and explore. Immediately after stepping off the MAX platform, I was confident Portland would be a city I'd love. There is just a vibe about Portland that can't be missed. We checked out Saturday Market and stocked up on gifts to send back home for friends and family. The market is packed with booths displaying local artists' most-proud creations.
If it hadn't been for the second item on the agenda, we would've emptied our wallets right then and there. But Voodoo Donut awaited us. After nearly an hour in line, we left the bakery with smiles stretching the width of our faces.
Although The Grilled Cheese Grill ranked highly on our list of favorite restaurants, nothing topped Chiang Mai on Hawthorne. It's literally the best Thai I've had on the road...and we've had a lot of Thai. The Hawthorne neighborhood was a big hit for us. One-of-a-kind boutiques file the road with window displays depicting unique gift ideas and fun window-shopping opportunities.
The area and its residents have a lot of personality, which is rather apparent when you hit the street. If I could live in any area of Portland, I'd probably live near Hawthorne. It has such great character!