Northwest 23rd Ave – Portland, OR

A few weekends ago Keenan’s friend Jackie came to Portland for a weekend visit so we took her to some of our favorite places in the city. Our first stop: Northwest 23rd Ave where the streets are lined with great little restaurants and funky shops housed inside the attics, main levels, and even basements of beautiful, antique homes.

Before hitting the streets we fueled up with an authentic New York style slice of pizza from Escape from New York Pizza. This narrow restaurant is as simple as it’s pizza: order a slice at the counter (cheese, pepperoni, or cook’s choice), pay (with cash or local check- NO credits cards here), grab a seat, and enjoy a perfectly crisp thin-crust slice of pizza. I’ve never been to New York but I know Portland based New Yorkers that rave about this pizza. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures here but I found this great video on

After a little shopping at some of my favorite shops: Ipnosi (cute and affordable dresses and tops), Gilt (beautiful vintage jewelry), 3 Monkeys (funky accessories and random finds), and Ether (fabulous accessories and shoes at a great price), we were ready for a little afternoon delight.

You won’t find anything more delightful than the decadent desserts at Papa Haydn. I was first introduced to their sinfully good dessert menu by my friend Ben and his girlfriend. I am obsessed with chocolate so the first time I went to Papa Haydn’s I had the Chocolate Hazelnut Torte but this time I couldn’t get my eye off the Carrot Cake. It sounds so simple but it was hands down the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. Besides being beautifully displayed on the plate, the cake was super moist, perfectly spiced, and topped with smooth, sweet cream cheese frosting. I had to spend some quality time on the treadmill after indulging in this cake but it was worth every bite! If you’re in the Portland area be sure to checkout these great finds on Northwest 23rd Ave.

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Posted by: Denise Angvick on Denise’s Dish