More than 25 breads, made from fresh, natural wheat flour, fill the racks at House of Bread, ready to be toted home and eaten, or sliced for the bakery's hearty sandwiches. The stone-milled flour combines with honey, which serves as a natural sweetener, and natural ingredients to create mouth-watering loaves of challah, raspberry swirl, gluten-free rice bread, and over 20 others. A rotating schedule of breads, muffins, and scones keeps the menu as fresh as the pastries.
Baristadors handcrafts coffee drinks, microbrews, bagel sandwiches, and more, whisking them to visitors' taste buds seven days a week. Take in the egg-and-cheese Hen on a Kettleman bagel ($3.95), or top a scuffin—the love child of a scone and a muffin—with peanut butter, homemade jam, and a college scholarship ($2.95). A cup of freshly brewed Stumptown coffee keeps eyes open through soporific conference calls ($2 for 16 oz.), and a Speed Racer—iced coffee with chocolate, caramel, and two shots of espresso—helps sippers scale shopping-mall escalators in a single bound ($4 for 18 oz.). Diners can also spike a scoop of Prince Pückler's ice cream ($2.50) with a splash of espresso ($0.50) or break the world krumping record after downing a 24-ounce Black Bull shake made of espresso ice cream, coffee-bean shavings, and a double shot ($6.50).
Like a rainforest filled with still-undocumented species, Uptown Market stocks so many kinds of beers it feels like some of them haven't even been discovered yet. More than 850 varieties of beer are on display. The selection extends well beyond Oregon borders, with hundreds of microbrews from around the world available in kegs and bottles. Weekly visits from various breweries fill Uptown Market's calendar and customers' stomachs with complimentary tastings. On Sundays, the staffers host home-brewing classes. They have all the equipment required to start brewing your own beer, which is helpful since the government has decided to repeal the 21st Amendment next month.
Edge Coffee isn't just community-oriented, it is also a reflection of the community. That's because they source most of their ingredients locally, whether it is their coffee beans from local roaster Sisters Coffee or their pastries and bread from Marsee's and La Provence. These ingredients form the basis of their menu, with staff grinding, blending, and pouring coffee into classic drinks or lattes made with premium Monin syrups. Atop their breads, they create breakfast staples such as bagel- and english-muffin sandwiches or their signature boxed lunch specials served with a juicy kosher pickle and locally made kettle chips. Even their drinks have Oregon connections, with fresh smoothies incorporating Oregon strawberries alongside unique add-ins such as protein powder or a splash of energy-boosting Rockstar. They also serve beer from Oregon, such as the Overcast Espresso Stout, which fuses the flavors of beer, chocolate, and coffee.