Little Black Book

11 Things You Have to Do in Portland

by Beth Riesgraf

Breakfast at Broder Cafe. Photo: / Flickr

Actor Beth Riesgraf gives us her top picks for Portland, Oregon, her home away from home when shooting TNT's .

1. Eat several awesome meals. The food options are endless.

Breakfast: has great fried chicken and waffles. is known for its Swedish cuisine. does an Irish twist on traditional breakfast. is good for old-fashioned pancakes and bacon. And has freshly baked bread and to-die-for scones.


Boar collar with an iced plate of mustard greens at Pok Pok. Photo: / Flickr

Lunch: makes their own charcuterie. has amazing Thai food. Their fancy James Beard Award is hanging in the bathroom.

Coffee Break: at the , where there's a black-and-white photo booth in the lobby and bikes to rent if you're in the mood.

Dinner: is a classic steakhouse. has delicious French food. is cozy and well priced. Naomi Pomeroy, a Top Chef Masters alum, runs , which changes its menu every week.

2. Visit . My favorite gallery in town. Charles collects prints that are timeless and modern. He's knowledgeable, kind, and willing to pull pieces from his inventory to show you whatever you're interested in.


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3. Roam the stacks at . You could easily get lost in here for days. If you do, there's a for nibbles and a caffeine boost.

4. Peruse . Friendly staff and great selection of limited-edition albums.


Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach. Photo: / Flickr

5. Take day trips. is a quaint beach town on the edge of the Pacific. You can tour the vineyards in wine country and feast on locally sourced foods. has tons of outdoor sports (hiking, windsurfing, fishing) and is famous for its craft beers.

6. Shop the . The South Park Blocks location on Saturdays is brimming with fresh herbs and vegetables grown by local farmers.


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7. Go on runs and . Break a sweat at the and trails.

8. Take

9. Visit . A live music venue where my castmate and good friend puts on a great show during the summer.

10. Head to . Set up a picnic in the park, let the kids play, and listen to live bands perform.

11. Remember . One big block party that happens on the first Thursday of every month. Shops and restaurants open their doors and welcome visitors for a glass of wine. There's live music and streets lined with stands selling goods from local artists and farmers.