Matt’s mom Linda is visiting and she bought us tickets for another fabulous Forktown Food Tour.
Here’s the food plan for the day. Doesn’t it sound fabulous?
At Picnic House we had a great beet salad as well as a very good sample of wine. I loved the beet/panko crumb topping to the salad. They take beet juice and mix it with panko, then roast it. Very good.
I also learned that the Picnic House was the entrance to the original Heathman Hotel. When the owners found what was behind the drywall, they revamped their restaurant concept and their goal is to bring the picnic indoors. Thus, they have a lot of moss in their decor. They also use old lithograph plates, which are fun to look at.
Our next stop was the Dump Truck, so we could sample some dumplings. We also learned about Portland food cart culture. The guy in the picture was not part of our tour, but was super excited to show off the Dump Truck’s dumplings to his friends.
Our next stop was Verde Cocina, which has a location near Matt’s work and so he eats there often. He really enjoys their specials. We had enchilada with mole sauce, guacamole and vegetables, plus a margarita, all of which were delightful. And I don’t usually drink margaritas.
Next was Lardo, another of my favorites. We were treated to a pork meatball banh mi and Lardo fries. Lardo started as a food cart and became a brick and mortar establishment. You can also (and I have) eat at Grassa, which is the handcrafted pasta establishment.
Next was Cacao, where we sampled two different single origin chocolates as well as Cacao’s famous drinking chocolate. Which was amazing. So amazing that at least one person from almost every group on the tour purchased drinking chocolate to take home.
Our last stop was Petunia’s Pie and Pastries where we sampled a marionberry bar as well as a salted caramel bar. All items sold at Petunia’s are gluten-free and vegan.
It was a great food tour. Thanks Linda!