The Two-Stop Method for Barbecue Essentials in Portland
One pleasant aspect of barbecuing or grilling out with friends is that you end up with a hodgepodge of beers, wine and meat. When you’re headed to a barbecue and you’ve got more time than the normal dash into Fred Meyer for hotdogs and chips, we suggest the two-stop method at these bottle shops and butchers in Portland. Grab your meat first, and then find the perfect pairing.
Pono Farm Butcher: If you’ve been hanging around the landmark Hollywood theater lately, you probably noticed the big white letters "Soul Kitchen" added to the corner of the building at 41st and NE Sandy Blvd. Pono Farm from Bend has moved some of its meat to PDX, and we're super excited about it. So now, there’s the Japanese Soul Kitchen with asian inspirations and then there’s the butcher shop next door so you can prepare cuts of their natural beef or pork for your next barbecue. (4118 NE Sandy Blvd.; 503-889-0885)
Bottles: After checking out the meat counter at Pono, cut through Hollywood up to the Beaumont Village neighborhood to Bottles. Mix and match bottles depending on what you think guests at the barbecue will like best and impress them with one-offs or hard-to-find sours or wheats. (5015 NE Fremont St.; 503-333-8122)
Tails and Trotters: In the micro restaurant complex located at NE Glisan and 24th Ave. you’ll find Tails and Trotters, the meaty marketplace best known for its Northwest hazelnut finished pork. T & T also has pancetta, bacon and sausages for your next barbecue if you can avoid filling up your stomach with one of the savory sandwiches from the counter. (525 NE 24th Ave.; 503-477-8682)
Portland Pairings: Cross the street at the corner of 24th Ave. with a package of pancetta and the folks at Portland Pairings will find you a red wine chock full of tannin that will love your meat pairing. The owner, Jeff, has been selling wine for over 30 years, and with Pairings he’s dedicated to turning Portland’s wine geeks into pairing geniuses. (455 NE 24th Ave.; 541-531-7653)
Olympic Provisions: In need of some Italian sausage or Bratwurst? Surely, Olympic Provisions is available all around town, but don’t forget about the shop where all of the artistry happens. The provisions company located in the industrial, waterfront area of SE has all of the ingredients needed to “wow” your fellow party goers, including a pâté sampler. (107 SE Washington St.; 503-954-3663)
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