Every day, the kitchen at Mama Leo's Restaurant orchestrates an innovative menu of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine using exotic spices, colors, and flavors. Relying on authentic recipes passed down through the generations in a tightly sealed treasure chest, cooks prepare dishes ranging from top-round beef with fried plantains or tilapia in coconut sauce to vegetarian offerings, such as arepa—cheese-stuffed cornmeal cakes. On Saturday mornings, they shake up the menu with traditional breakfast soups and cheese empanadas. The kitchen also prepares several vegan and gluten-free items. The fragrant spices of tropic climes fill the restaurant's tiny storefront, creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere. Though the space is decorated with only a few paintings, accents such as flowers in vases lend a homey feel.
When Marian and Lew Evans bought the 18 year-old Roses Ice Cream in 1968, they neatly divided the labor: she managed the restaurant, he crafted the ice-cream, and their children worked the lunch counter. Perhaps it's this childhood experience that engendered a true love for the place in their daughter, who took over its operation in 1979. She ran the ice-cream parlor until 1994, when she had to sell it—only to see it torn down just three years later. Finally, in 2007, she joined forces with her brother to rekindle the family business and establish the second Roses Ice Cream.
Though modern, this casual eatery follows the precedent set by the original. Throughout the year, the owner and her staff harvest a rainbow of local berries, nuts, and candies, which they blend into the parlor's old-fashioned 14% butter-fat ice cream. Following this painstaking process, they craft more than 30 flavors in 6-gallon batches throughout the year. Sometimes, these flavors change seasonally—shifting from refreshing berry flavors in the spring and summer to heartier pumpkin in the fall and humanely raised snowman in the winter. These classics are accompanied by other frozen treats such as soy-based ice cream, fresh fruit sherbets, and an ice cream sandwich made with snickerdoodle cookie and cinnamon ice cream. To complement the sweeter offerings, Roses also serves savory fare such as soups, salads, and char-broiled local chuck burgers.
With two walk-up and drive-thru stands—and one storefront—Frankie's Franks keeps Portland residents' hot dog, burger, and street-food cravings in check. Foot-long Coney Island dogs bask in a heavy dose of chili and cheese, Frankinator meals pair a double cheeseburger with a polish dog and chili fries, and cinnamon and sugar dust lightly buttered elephant ears. Slushies, tacos, and personal pizzas are also available at each location.
Amanda Rhoads took a course on ice cream from the University of Wisconsin before she set about correcting what she considered to be a grave ice-cream shortage in Portland. Now, from her cream-colored truck, she scoops up creative flavors, such as lavender honey almond and salted caramel, into freshly baked waffle cones. She churns out small batches according to the season’s freshest produce, resulting in summer’s strawberry balsamic, autumn’s sweet-potato pie, and winter’s straight-up snowman. Along with a strict preference for local and organic ingredients, she eagerly accommodates dietary requirements with gluten-free cones and a select menu of dairy-free sorbets. To share the meticulous care that goes into each batch of melty milk, Amanda sets her truck up at local farmer’s markets and food-truck hubs.
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It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.