Portland may not invent every foodie trend — but we do tend to perfect them. Take Pine Street Market, opened in May 2016, for example. Set in Old Town Chinatown, downtown’s oldest quarter, this chef-driven emporium is Portland’s answer to the kind of modern “food halls” that have drawn gastronomic raves in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Open from early morning to late night every day, Pine Street makes a great lunch stop for visitors staying in downtown hotels or exploring the nearby Portland Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnut or Stumptown Coffee.
Among the market’s tenants, you can delight in a new soft-serve ice cream venture from Salt & Straw (called Wiz Bang Bar) and sip meticulously roasted coffee from Barista’s Brass Bar. Checkerboard Pizza, helmed by James Beard Award-winning author and baker Ken Forkish, offers croissants, breads and pizza while Kim Jong Smokehouse, a star-st\udded collaboration between Kim Jong Grillin’s Han Ly Huang, BJ Smith (formerly of now-closed Smokehouse Tavern) and Earl Ninsom of acclaimed Thai eatery Langbaan, serves up a smokey twist on Korean BBQ.
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Pine Street’s culinary curator (yes, that’s a real job in Portland), Mike Thelin, who co-founded the city’s popular Feast Portland festival, has also wooed far-flung talent, including legendary Tokyo-based ramen shop Marukin. It all adds up to what feels like a kind of permanent food festival. Best of all: It’s good for the city.
“Pine Street marks the beginning of a total reimagining for the most iconic and historic heart of Portland,” says Thelin.
That makes Pine Street’s story all the more delicious.
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Portland’s selection of more than 600 food carts, most grouped in “pods,” has drawn raves from the likes of Bon Appétit and CNN.