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Mississippi Ave Por Que No Taqueria

Mississippi Ave

This is a story about a second-day in Portland (you can read about our first-day adventures here) where we crossed the Fremont Bridge, explored Mississippi Avenue, and ate the best tacos, and chips, and guac in the whole entire world.

Mississippi Ave

It was an overcast morning, but nice and cool and perfect for a day out and about. The lovely thing about Portland is you can wear your comfiest clothes and throw a hat on over your messy hair and wear socks with your Birkenstocks and you’ll fit right in. I dress like the people in Portland every day, but it was amazing to fit in for a change.

Mississippi Ave

We checked out Mississippi Avenue per recommendation of my Uber driver who had told me it was a perfectly hipster area. Mr. Uber Driver was a pretty neat guy and he seemed like he knew what he was talking about so we knew it was worth a try.

Mississippi Ave

Quite by accident, we stumbled upon this vintage clothing store Animal Traffic where we marveled at the variety of vintage jeans, hand knit hats, and colorful Fjallraven Kankens.

Opened its doors in the Historic Mississippi neighborhood of Portland on Nov. 7, 2009, after a whirlwind, vintage-picking road trip through the American West. The shop was stuffed with classic vintage pieces for men and women, including western shirts and boots, wing tip shoes, skirts and  dresses, classic Levi’s jackets and Red Line jeans, and lots and lots of Pendletons. New merchandise from classic American heritage brands like Minnetonka, Wigwam, Duluth, Kelty, and Jansport soon joined the vintage wares, as the theme and vision of Animal Traffic has always been classic Americana style and quality materials and manufacturing at an affordable price.

Animal Traffic | About

Mississippi Ave

Mississippi Ave

Even just window shopping makes you hungry so we did what anyone would do under the circumstances. We departed on a Great Search For Tacos.

Mississippi Ave

Mississippi Ave Por Que No Taqueria

By the time we found Por Que No? Taqueria, we were ready. We were ready for tacos. For all of the tacos.

Mississippi Ave Por Que No Taqueria

Por Que No? Tacos has a fascinating history behind it. As the story goes, the owner, Bryan Steelman, had an unfortunate incident with a boat he was in during an attempted Pacific Ocean crossing. He was left in Mexico where he was inspired by the food and culture to open this place in Portland. Read the rest of the story at Por Que No? | Mythology

The taqueria was a buzz of excitement and activity (tacos are exciting things, what can I say?) and we waited in line, picked fresh Aguas Frescas from the day’s selection, and then ordered housemade chips and guacamole and, of course, tacos.

I couldn’t be bothered to wait for a picture. The taco was calling to me.

Mississippi Ave Por Que No Taqueria

Best chips and guac ever.

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

After lunch, we didn’t need to walk far before we found The Meadow – a delightful shop that sells salt blocks, infused salts, chocolate, flowers, and other lovelies.

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

The Meadow was founded by Mark Bitterman in 2006 out of a shared love for food, culture, and travel. Before opening his first shop, he’d spent the greater part of two decades traveling throughout Europe. Mark came back to the United States and opened his first shop on the sleepy (soon to be very bustling) little street of N. Mississippi Ave in Portland, Oregon. It is here that he began to explore craft made salts, gourmet chocolates, handmade cocktail bitters, all of which we carry in our shops today.

The Meadow | Our Story

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

The entire shop smells like flowers and rich, dark chocolate.
Is there anything more deliciously wonderful?

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

Posies for sale – (heart)

Mississippi Ave The Meadow

Early Grey Chocolate? Just go ahead and take my money already.

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

We had heard a lot of differing opinions on the whole Voodoo vs Blue Star Donut Debate. Since we had already been to Voodoo, we knew it was time to give Blue Star Donuts a try and decide for ourselves which was the superior donut. (Spoiler: Blue Star won)

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

We selected two donuts to share between us, a Blueberry Bourbon Basil (quite possibly the best donut I’ve ever tasted) and a Buttermilk Old Fashioned.

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

Keep Calm and Eat Donuts, my friends.

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

Mississippi Ave Blue Star Donuts

Mississippi Ave

Our final stop on Mississippi Avenue was an herbal shop that we were lured into by the sign “We Sell Kombucha On Tap” that was outside.

Mississippi Ave

Mississippi Ave

Kombucha in hand, we were ready to head back to the car and beeline for a quick coffee break before heading back home.

Mississippi Ave Blue Coava

We found ourselves in Coava Coffee which warmed us up after our long day of meandering through the dampness of an overcast Portland.

Mississippi Ave Blue Coava

We sipped strong, black coffee, and shared some of the chocolate we had purchased at the Meadow and the moment was perfect.

Mississippi Ave Blue Coava

Do you have a favorite local taco place that you love?

Voodoo vs Blue Star – which do you think makes the winning donut?

Have you been to Mississippi Ave?

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  • I already knew I wanted to visit Portland. Now I know I NEED to. Even just for those donuts!

  • I bet Portland is great for Tacos! You’re seriously making me want to plan my next vacation out there. And I think I’d fit in well in Portland as well since my hair is messy pretty much every day.

  • Rachel

    This looks like a afternoon I would have LOVED to do with all three of you girls!!!!!

  • I’ve wanted to visit Portland for a while, and your post just adds to that! I’ll have to refer back when I finally make it up there 🙂

  • I am so glad you made it to these spots. I agree 100% on Blue Star.

  • You are giving me major Portland withdrawls. Such an incredibly fun city!! Love reading your recaps. Takes me back. 🙂

  • Kombucha on tap?!??! WHAT?! That is my heavenly place! Would love to check out Meadow too. Totally my vibe of a shop. Great post!

  • Next time when i visit Portland I must visit this place.

  • Your entire trip looks amazing and now I want to book a flight ASAP!

  • Love this post! I’m hoping to be heaheading out that way soon. Perfect timing!

  • Wow! Such great photos. You make this city look GOOD!

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    Krista
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  • I love this part of Portland! We tried to hit up Blue Star once but got there right as it closed! I think a weekend afternoon in Portland may be in our near future, and this is definitely on our list of parts to spend our time in! Living outside the city we just don’t spend enough time downtown exploring all the fun streets and communities! This is definitely making me want to though!

  • Oh those donuts are calling my name! they look soo good!

  • Portland is such a beautiful city! I definitely want to visit again!

  • Looks like such a great time! I’ve never been to Portland but it’s on my bucket list. Looks like such a fun town! And kombucha on tap?! Um, yes please!

  • Ace

    I’ve never been to Portland, but your pictures are so beautiful and make me want to go! Not to mention, I now have the desire to visit Taco Boy!

  • I love Portland, 3 hrs from me, been there many times. Such a lovely city and so much to do! Great photos!

    Valerie

  • I LOVE Mississippi Avenue in Portland! My family introduced me to that neighborhood when I visit them. Blue Star Donuts is one of my favorites! They just opened one in Venice Beach, near where I live. I could eat their donuts every day! =) This is a fabulous post. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  • Isn’t Portland so wonderful!?!?? Looks like you fit a lot into your time!

  • Oh I definitely need to try that Kombucha the next time I am in Portland, looks so delicious! Glad you had a great time in Portland, I love that place.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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  • This part of portland looks amazing! I absolutely love that octopus graffiti. Your photos are wonderful!

  • Hannah R.

    Love this <3 I've worked on Mississippi for 5 years now, and I appreciate you highlighting some of the fantastic businesses. Blue Star wins, by the way (as I guiltily indulge there a few times a week). They have a French brioche dough recipe from the south of France. I mean, come on.

    If you want an insider tip, they serve beignets, but ONLY ON MONDAYS. They are incredible: their fried dough with fennel, thickly coated in powdered sugar. Ps, they're also half the price of a typical Blue Star donut. Seriously makes Mondays the best days of the week.