In case you missed it, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Portland to its list of “America’s 5 New Foodie Cities.” If you read my blog regularly, you know that Portland has been regularly lauded by nationwide publications for a while now for a range of things, but perhaps more than anything else, its food.
This goes back to 2009 — five years ago — when Bon Appetit called Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town.”
So either Wine Enthusiast is late to the game in calling Portland a “new” foodie city, or the publication just doesn’t consider five years all that long ago. It is a magazine, after all, that writes extensively about a beverage that sometimes sits around for decades before anyone drinks it.
Here’s what Wine Enthusiast writes about Portland:
Portland (Maine) is the new Portland (Oregon). Here, a spate of new restaurants join burgeoning coffee and distillation scenes. Don’t miss Eventide Oyster Co.’s remarkable array of oysters and a great reserve wine list shared with Hugo’s next door, or Maine’s first “restaurant-within-a-restaurant,” David’s Opus Ten. At hyper-local, all-organic Vinland, try the turnip soup with yogurt, fermented carrot and micro cilantro.
Not to get too picky here, but Portland, Oregon, is actually named after Portland, Maine, so by a strict historical perspective, Wine Enthusiast has its opening sentence backward.
But I get it, they’re talking about trendiness.
The other four cities on the list are Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Charlottesville, Virginia. Click here to read more about the list and the other cities on it.