The intimate Hotel Modera combines cozy quarters with an accommodating staff and modern amenities. Entrust your four-wheeled steed to the hotel's valet before ascending to your room, where a bottle of pinot noir and a cache of hazelnuts will help you leave the day's Pig Latin shouting matches behind. The Premier Garden King room features a pillow-topped king-sized bed, an LCD TV with HD channels, and a view of Hotel Modera’s private courtyard, in which fire pits act as the centers of miniature solar systems. A host of complimentary amenities includes health-club passes, free WiFi, and newspaper delivery, ensuring guests are nicely toned and suitably informed before striking up small talk in the hotel’s stylish restaurant. Today's deal includes a 2 p.m. checkout, leaving guests plenty of time to explore downtown or build in-room igloos out of bedding and bath supplies.
At Kat's Crepes, thin pancakes filled with sweet and savory ingredients are what's for dinner, lunch, breakfast, or dessert thanks to the versatile dish. The menu beckons taste buds with crepes such as the BLT, smoked salmon, and banana and Nutella. Although the dish is traditionally French, local culinary items such as Tillamook cheddar and marionberry jam put a decidedly Northwestern American spin on things.
Pudding on the Rice is an unusual dessert shop that operates on the same principles as an ice-cream parlor—a glass-fronted case full of flavored treats and a friendly employee waiting to scoop them up for individual consumption. However, the devil is in the delicious details, and he knows how to whip up a mean batch of rice pudding. Opt to gobble a panel of kitschy-named sizes, from the bite ($2) and kilobite ($4) to the mega-, giga-, and terabite ($5–$10). The variegated flavor array also comes in a variety of punny monikers, such as Cinnamon Kane, which features plump golden raisins swimming in cinnamon cream, and Ziggy's Stardust, a trip to the outer stratosphere, where fresh oranges and vanilla are harvested by gender-ambiguous musicians and David Bowie. If you're craving a more traditional treat, Pudding also serves cups of tart frozen yogurt (same sizes and pricing as rice pudding) with your choice of toppings ($0.50 each) and makes both sweet and savory crêpes ($5–$6) fresh to order.
Founded by a pair of Russian emigres, Piroshki and a Pickle brings the rich, homey cuisine of the old country to a cozy cafe setting. Guests match cups of espresso or Water Avenue Single Origin coffee with flaky, made-from-scratch pastries known as piroshki, which are stuffed with eggs and Bavarian sausage or sweeter things such as poppyseed, apricot, and peach. Diners can cleanse their palates with locally-made MoonBrine pickles or use the salty treats to get horses to do their bidding.
Cupcake Jones was the utopian dream of Portland natives Lisa Watson and Peter Shanky, who believed you could simultaneously better a community while treating its taste buds. The menu is entirely handcrafted from scratch with fresh high-end ingredients such as madagascar bourbon vanilla, fresh whole eggs, and food colorings made from fruit instead of unicorn tears. Cupcake Jones's roster of jumbo ($3.25) and mini ($1.50) cupcakes is constantly rotating both daily and monthly. May's monthly flavors include the decadent devil's-food cake and sour-cream chocolate ganache of the Downtown Cupcake Brown, The Pearl's white-velvet cake filled with vanilla-bean pastry cream, and the red-velvet cake of the Velvet Painting. Ease the cakey delights down with a selection of beverages including Izze soda, Tazo tea, and Bridgetown coffee.