When people visit from out of town, a food tour is usually in order – and as you know, one of the best ways to see Portland is by e-bike. There are the usual suspects on Alberta and NE 28th, but for this adventure, we set our sights on Sabin/Concordia.
Start your ride at the Mock’s Crest (aka the Skidmore Bluffs). With a great view of industrial Portland, train yards, and the Columbia River, it’s the perfect start to your morning. By using N Williams to NE Skidmore to get there, the ride is a breeze.
After some #seenonmygenze selfies, head up NE Shaver and South on NE 9th to Lower NE Fremont.
The County Cork looks like you think it would on the inside. With darts to a great patio, this local tavern boasts your usual pub fair. It’s kid friendly, dog friendly, and has a robust beer list. Fish and chips? Check. Scotch egg? Check.
Since it changed ownership three years ago, The Free House has become a polished NE Portland establishment. Craft cocktails and low lighting are paired with a menu that features sausages and charcuterie from Olympia Provisions. The menu here is very affordable for the quality – most items cost between $4-$9, making this a great pit stop mid-ride.
From Fremont, you can bike back up NE 9th to the NE Going Greenway.
Just off NE 15th in the former Tiga space, Muscadine is making waves both locally and nationally for their Southern specialties. The atmosphere is welcoming, and there is good reason for the acclaim. Find room for the BBQ Cup, or anything with their house-made Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. If you can only make it on the weekend, get there early!
The aptly named NEPO 42 has been on the block for a while. With a tavern/pub like feel, this is a great place for some hearty food paired with an impressive rotating list of 20 taps. There’s a large patio for a post bike ride beer in the sun (weather permitting), and they have lunch Monday through Friday. They also have brunch on the weekends, but don’t tell anyone. The wait is usually minimal (if there is one at all).
If you’re in the need for some coffee, check out Miss Zumstein. They have home-baked goodness and Extracto (roasted right in the neighborhood!). Next door is Old Salt Market Place – an excellent butcher shop during the day and a restaurant at night. While dinner and brunch are both quite amazing, they also do delicious counter service sandwiches for lunch during the week.
While ending your day now would be a day well spent, from here, you are not far from the ride on NE Marine Drive. A large paved path that follows the Columbia and passes the airport you can ride all the way past Smith and Bybee and out to Kelly’s Point in St. Johns. Why not see two rivers in one day?
Hope you enjoy these NE picks, and stay tuned for more rides and routes! If you need a bike for your out-of-town guest to join you, make a reservation by emailing tim.navarrette [at] genze.com.