Need a sugar rush? Portland’s The Pie Spot takes the cake: Gerry Frank’s picks – OregonLive

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The Pie Spot (521 N.E. 24th Avenue, Portland; 503-913-5103; has been quick to gain popularity since its original opening as a food cart in 2010. By 2013, the food cart had expanded into a brick and mortar business and now in 2020, a second location will be coming to town soon and Portlanders couldn’t be more excited.

As someone who considers himself a cake kind-of-guy, I had to find out what the hype was all about. For starters, the aromas of fresh coffee and sugar are enough to make anyone intrigued as they walk in to this little eatery serving up great coffee and chai, handmade savory and sweet pies as well as limited offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Over a dozen individual-sized pies fill a case near the counter and change seasonally. A variety of flavors are also available for pre-order in whole 9-inch pies. If available, the marionberry and the peanut butter chocolate are topnotch choices, as are the quiche varieties (breakfast, smoked salmon and vegetarian options) and pot pies (chicken or mushroom gruyere). Other recent selections included s’more, brandy apple, Meyer lemon, chocolate hazelnut and so much more.

If you want to have your pie and eat it to, head to the Pie Spot 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. They also offer catering; many people have been exchanging their traditional wedding cakes for tiers of hassle-free mini pies in different flavors – something to consider.

Eat and drink like the king of Rock ‘n Roll at The Elvis Room (203 S.E. Grand Avenue, Portland; 503-235-5690), housed in the historic Osborn Hotel building. This vintage bar and grill may not be for everyone, especially with some of its eclectic decor, but Elvis fans and those looking for an interesting outing in the area are sure to enjoy it – at least once. The two-story space has been designed and decorated in such a way that it allows customers to choose from two different experiences when dining in; think 1950’s early Elvis upstairs with a touch of quirkiness and Southern charm and late 1960’s Elvis in the dark lounge downstairs where live music can often be enjoyed. Regardless of your choice, menu offerings include southern-inspired small plates, salads, wings, a variety of burgers and sandwiches as well as some Elvis-inspired dishes like the Graceland burger, which is topped with bacon, pickles and peanut butter – and to my surprise, folks seem to really like it! Whether you have an adventurous palate or not, you’re sure to enjoy build-your-own-burgers as well as their other burger variations (Memphis BBQ, Southwest, East End, etc.); just make sure to add a side of tots. Open 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily.

The all-new fourth edition of “Gerry Frank’s Oregon” guidebook is available through; 503-585-8411; [email protected];; Macy’s; and P.O. Box 2225, Salem, OR 97308.

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