Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland, Ore., shares his dining and drinking tips for visiting Portland. Naturally, Gourdet recommends travelers try the modern Asian cuisine at Departure, which offers great views of the city.
Gourdet explains how Portland’s five neighborhoods — Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest, and North — each have a unique vibe and all are worth a visit, including the hipster venues in the city’s Southeast.
Not to be missed on Gourdet’s list is a visit to one of Portland’s 100 farmers markets, where vegetables, fruit, coffees, and pastries can all be found. Also on his culinary list is Pok Pok, which serves traditional food from Northern Thailand.
Grabbing a drink at Kask, a small bar that makes its own bitters, also tops Gourdet’s list of things to do in Portland.