Alright Portland Board, first off thank for your tips and also for allowing me to post here. You have a beautiful city and Oregon is wonderful.
For future visitors, be sure to support the local businesses, especially the food carts located throughout. 2020 has been rough for many so help the local economy, many options ranging from Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, Mexican. Most of them are take away however a few carts have a table on the side that allows a few customers at a time to eat there.
Regarding the pandemic: Every place I went seemed safe with social distancing. Most donut places like Voodoo donuts only allows one customer per cashier, others have to wait outside 6 ft apart. Blue Star donuts is set up with the cashier standing at the door so you don’t have to go inside (donuts are pricey but sooo worth it). The Max Light Rail was usually empty, and most wore masks and kept distance.
Food is awesome.....many others added recommendations on this thread, I’ll add a few of my own. Afuri Ramen, sooo good (they’re famous from Japan). They offer outdoor seating and the ramen is great. Get the soft shell crab bun as well. Pho 503, get their Bun Bo Hue or their pho. They have coconut shrimp but it sells out. Po Boyz food cart. Get their fried oysters.....an absolute must! 180 Xurros, they have chocolate filled Churros, need I say more!?!
LBC SoCal wrote:Do you have any recommendations for the best sushi?
If I had to pick one I would probably recommend Mio.
Sooo uh....I ended up eating at Mio twice, thanks for the recommendation. Their premium rolls are so good, more expensive but Damn worth it. Can’t go wrong with any of them. #selfspoilage
Transportation: The Max Light Rail and Streetcars are easy to use. $2.50 for a single trip, scan the ticket on the reader and it’s good for 2 hrs 30 min. For a day pass pay $5.00, still cheap. If you are flying into Portland, the redline goes from Downtown to the airport. No need to Uber, save that money (to spend on the food carts lol). Though as I type this, the airport stop has construction so in the interim there are shuttles at the airport that takes you to and from the next redline stop. The Tri Met website says construction will only be through January 2021.
Additional note to future travelers: do yourself a favor and rent a car....go and visit the Oregon coast, no excuses. Interpret my cap letters as me yelling this to you: Oregon Coast is GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, GO AND SEE IT. Also, don’t bother googling pics, because any photos you see will not do it justice. Most lighthouses were open and I was luckily to catch the Sunset.
Thanks all. Stay safe, hopefully next year I get to see South Oregon.