Across the country, Oregon is known for the delicious food it produces. Its chefs, farmers, and entrepreneurs value homegrown ingredients and real flavors. From ice cream to berries to seafood, here are six foods you must try at least once in the Beaver State.
Based in Portland, Voodoo Doughnut offers more than 50 types of doughnuts from the typical glazed doughnuts to wild flavors like mango and bubblegum. They have several vegan options and can create custom donuts upon request.
Voodoo Doughnut was featured in Food Network’s “The Craziest, Most-Over-the-Top Desserts in the Country” collection. Check it out here.
Marionberries (and the pie!)
Marionberries, the most popular cultivar of blackberries, can be found all over Oregon. These berries, loved for their balance of acidity and sweetness, are the star in a variety of dishes, one of the most common being marionberry pie. You can’t miss this Oregon classic.
Salt & Straw
What began as an ice cream cart between two cousins in Portland has turned into a cult classic around the country. Salt & Straw’s ice cream is homemade and uses local ingredients. In addition to unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else, some of their most popular flavors are Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Double Fold Vanilla, and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Plus, they offer nationwide shipping, so you can enjoy Salt & Straw wherever you are!
Salt & Straw was featured in Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” show in the episode focused on America’s best ice cream parlors. You can watch the clip here.
Producing award-winning dairy products for more than a decade, Tillamook County Creamery Association is owned by farmers and loved by all. If you’re passing through the area near the Pacific Ocean, be sure to stop by the new creamery for a free self-guided tour that ends with a tasty treat!
As Oregon’s state nut, hazelnuts can be found nearly everywhere, including at approximately 1,000 family farms throughout the state. For the ultimate guide on where to buy and new recipes to try, visit the official Oregon Hazelnuts website.
Dungeness crab is one of the tastiest crabs, so it’s no surprise Oregonians love it. On average, Oregon harvests 16 million pounds of Dungeness crab each season, from December to August. Throughout the state, you can find restaurants serving a variety of dishes with this ingredient as the star.
By Hannah Drewieck, TDS Communications Intern