A couple of weeks ago, Nate had a business trip up in Portland. He headed up on Sunday and it ended on Wednesday, so Wednesday evening Colby and I flew to Portland to tag along and take a fun, and much needed family vacation. I love traveling so much, and have always loved it thanks to my parents who took my brother and I on a family road trip almost every summer.
One of the best parts about traveling though, is definitely trying out new foods and restaurants! Nate and I were able to eat so much amazing food while on our trip, so I hope you don’t mind if I share some of it with you here!
The first one I’m going to share with you is Grüner. Now, before we went on our trip I asked around as well as browsed the internet and Lauren’s Latest for different restaurants we should try in the Portland area. Lauren suggested a restaurant called Tasty N Alder, so we planned on going there for brunch on our last morning but after finding out it was an hour long wait, we headed across the street to Grüner, which she had also suggested.
I love German food, since I went on a study abroad to Austria a few years back, so I was more than happy to try out this wonderful German restaurant, and Nate was happy to oblige me too. Grüner means greener in German, which I already loved the idea that name brings, thinking of beautiful green German alps and the green countryside too.
Nate ordered a bratwurst (which we surprised to see came without a bun), but came with a side of sauerkraut and potatoes, and hot german mustard for dipping. Even without a bun, the bratwurst was quite flavorful. The mustard was definitely a little spicy for us, but that’s normal for that kind of mustard. And the potatoes were so soft and tender and they were cut to be so delicate too. The sauerkraut was really good too, I don’t like a sauerkraut normal, but the pickled flavor wasn’t as strong as some, so I thought it was pretty good and Nate really liked it.
I got the schnitzel sandwich, which came with a side of german potato salad. The schnitzel was from fork loin, and had a delicious apricot sauce and a red cabbage slaw on a toasted roll. It was delicious! I did pick off a little of the red cabbage because there was a little too much for me, but the pork schnitzel was so perfectly crispy, and delicious on the bun. And the potato salad was so good too. It brought me back to memories of my time in Vienna and the delicious food I ate there.
And of course we couldn’t stop there, and had to get dessert! We went ahead and got two desserts to share, but even picking the two was so hard, all of their desserts sounded so good! We got the cinnamon sugar donuts with blackberry jam and the nusstorte.
The cinnamon sugar donuts were so good! It was obvious they were just made, because they were so warm and fresh tasting. The tasted a little bit like biscuit donuts, which I love, and the blackberry jam to dip them in was perfect!
We also got the nusstorte, which is a carmelized walnut tart, with plums, ice cream and a salted caramel sauce. This was DIVINE! The carmel nuts, inside the pastry shell, all eaten with a bite of plum, ice cream, and caramel sauce. I can’t even.
And a cute ending touch, was that they brought our check in a German book, Der Räuber Heigl.
Besides the delicious food, the service was amazing. Everyone was so attentive, filling our water often and checking if we needed anything. They also loved Colby and said they don’t get babies often (go figure) so we should come again soon. If only we lived closer and could!!