2/10/12

Besaw's & Shopping on NW 23rd Ave + Dinner Makings at Zupan's - NW

NW 23rd has something for everyone: coffee, snacks, fancy grocery shopping, boutiques for the ladies, and girl watching for the guys. Walking this famous Portland street is a great rainy day activity that only takes an hour or two. This 18-block walk starts with the best breakfast in town and ends with you getting steaks for dinner at Zupan's.


Start your day off with this map and a trip to at Besaw's. This cozy restaurant has been serving up up to-die-for breakfast dishes since 1903. Lunch is great, too, but breakfast is the star here. No reservations are accepted. Do NOT go on a weekend morning unless you enjoy 1-2 hour waits.


If Besaw's wait line is absurd, walk a few blocks up to another Portland breakfast landmark, the Stepping Stone, where they serve up huge breakfast servings in a funky cafe setting. Their omelets are great and non-greasy (which is kind of a rarity). You'll also see funky stuff hanging from the ceiling.


After filling up your tanks with food and caffeine, head down the street towards the various shops. I recommend Manor for random browsing, Lush to indulge the senses, Kitchen Kaboodle for creative cooking ideas, and the Paper Source for ooh'ing and ahh'ing.

Non-IKEA furniture and decor
Lush all-natural soaps and cosmetics
Do these shops seem too girly for the guys in your family? Not to worry: the guys won't mind waiting outside for you as you shop because NW 23rd is crawling with young 20-somethings dressed fashionably in skin-tight clothes and sexy boots. Remember, there's nothing wrong with a little innocent people-watching!

Paper Source, a feast for the eyes
Do not read this if your parents are not well-to-do because it will make you sad, but right across the street is a Prana store where sometimes rich, generous mothers will buy their daughters one of the most comfortable, NW-chic pieces of clothing known to man.

This could be you!
As you get near Burnside, head a half block north to Twist, a fabulous jewelry store that offers high-end, independent jewelry. Even if you don't wear so much as a toe ring, you'll still appreciate the works of fine craftsmanship that this large and warm store proudly displays.

Lots to see and lust for at Twist
While you and the ladies fawn over expensive trinkets, the guys can head to Zupan's to pick up some steaks for dinner. Are your male guests into red meat? They will love Zupan's Harris Ranch USDA Choice all-natural, source-verified Angus beef, boneless Delmonico steaks that you can cook at home with very little risk of failure. Seriously, unless you plan to cook these steaks with a flame thrower, they always turn out buttery and delicious.

Red meat fest

After you meet up again with the guys, head down NW Everett to Elephant's Delicatessen. This amazing little deli has the best cheese, wine, and olives in the city. If you need a snack, they offer wonderful deli foods and drinks, as well as a little eating area. Be sure to pick up some cheese here to go with the Zupan's steak - just be sure to ignore the price tag and go with the flow.
Ahhh, Elepant's
A snacking area
That's it! You are now free to walk back to your car and drive home to start dinner. Enjoy!

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