A new croissant shop opened to the general public on NE Broadway this last month, and their croissants are decadent. They have been serving at farmer’s markets and other locations around town for a while, but now have their very own store.
After a tragedy last Monday when I walked by and discovered they are closed on Mondays, I had three croissants this Sunday:
Butter (aka plain)
Monte Carlo – a sweet/savory combo that may rotate through their menu
We were also able to order coffee drinks, and stuck to a cup of drip coffee on this trip. There is a little bit of counter seating at the front and back of the store, and you can also sit in the design store next door.
The Monte Carlo was our favorite and the Chocolate and Butter vied for second place. All were delicious, and three croissants were more than two people needed.
Address: 2129 NE Broadway St.
Gado Gado is a new restaurant in the Hollywood neighborhood of NE Portland. The food and drinks are superb.
Our first dinner was during their opening week, which felt a little chancy, but turned out amazing. Both the service and the food was delicious. We ended up with a fancier fish than what was on the menu, and the flavors were perfect. The dishes on the menu have changed with each visit, and I highly recommend ordering a variety of options to taste the range of textures, flavors, and cooking techniques. We have tried to order at least one dish from the Chef’s Specialties, and these have often been our favorite of the meal.
The mixed drinks are also delicious, and I’ve focused on options where I don’t have the ingredients available at home.
While my digestive system is no longer equal to chef’s menus (simply too much food in one sitting for me), we have gotten rave reviews of the Rice Table approach from friends. If you are young and hunger (or older and stronger than me), go for it!
The space is in the same little retail development as Baskin-Robbins, and is light and airy. Since it’s an old strip mall, there is parking out front, and you can make reservations using the Resy application.
Address: 1801 NE Cesar E. Chavez Bvld.