Food & Drink

Where to Pick Up Food for a Picnic in Portland for Summer 2022

Charcuterie, Fried Chicken, and More
July 20, 2022
Kachka Lavka's "Baltic Picnic" has everything you need for an outdoor repast. (Carly Diaz)
We're well into the dog days of summer, and it's prime time for al fresco hangouts with friends. Not coincidentally, July is also National Picnic Month. We've got you covered with plenty of provisions perfect for a moveable feast, from fried chicken to charcuterie and cheese. We've even suggested a few conveniently located sites for your picnic. All that's left for you to do is pack up your wicker basket and gingham blanket and scout out a location. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

Arrosto Add to a List
This Mediterranean rotisserie chicken specialist inside Providore Fine Foods Add to a List will provide you with all of the makings of a mouthwatering picnic. Former Mercury food critic Andrea Damewood writes, "The three-plus pound, free-range, antibiotic-free chickens are smoked as they luxuriate in the rotisserie, the skin laced with lemon and rosemary oil. The result is a moist bird with infused skin that's made all the better with a bright orange Calabrian chili dipping sauce. For two hungry or three peckish adults, a half bird plus sides ($18) will get the job done. Add the sauce liberally to the meat and the side of golden potatoes roasted in chicken fat." Round out the meal with focaccia, a green salad, and cookies.

Bodega PDX Add to a List
This sandwich shop specializes in hearty subs made with Boar's Head deli meats and cheese in addition to fresh vegetables. (Vegan options are available.) You can also conveniently shop for snacks, drinks, and other picnic necessities while your sandwich gets made.

Cheese & Crack Snack Shop Add to a List
Devoutly dedicated to all things dairy, this snack shop offers "sampler plates" complete with Beecher's cheddar, Hook's Bleu, brie brûlée, caña de oveja (sheep's milk cheese), house-made rustic butter crackers, baguettes, olives, cornichons, marionberry jam, Dijon mustard, and honey. Each platter feeds two to four people, making it an ideal option for sharing with a few friends. If your group is feeling particularly hungry, there's also a "deluxe" option with salami, capicola, and an extra baguette.

Cooperativa Add to a List
If you're in the mood for an Italian-inflected meal al fresco, hit up this Italian-inspired Pearl District market for salads, Roman-style pizza by the slice, panini, pastries, housemade pasta, and other prepared foods.
Pearl District

Dinner Bell Barbecue Add to a List
Tucked away inside the Flying Tortoise food cart pod, this barbecue cart earns rave reviews for its affordable prices, large portions, and high quality. Add some cheesy grits and/or collard greens, and haul your goods over to spacious Laurelhurst Park.

Elephants Deli
Piece together a meal from the various soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries, and entrees available at Portland's beloved specialty foods and catering company. If you hit up the NW 22nd Avenue location, head to Washington Park for a peaceful respite.
Various locations

House of Flavor Add to a List
Akadi Add to a List chef and owner Fatou Ouattara launched this grocery store this spring, with locally grown African fruits and vegetables, house spice blends, house-made sauces, and other ingredients, plus African beer and wine. The shop plays its own original videos educating visitors on how to use the ingredients.

Kachka Lavka Add to a List
Kachka's cafe and deli has plenty of options for outdoor Slavic snacking, including breads, caviar, cheeses, meat, fish, pickles, preserves, and condiments. Choose your own adventure, or check out the "Baltic Picnic" (smoked sprats served with parsley mayo, a hard-boiled egg, pickled onions, herbs, and pumpernickel toasts).

Laurelhurst Market Add to a List
Carnivores will appreciate this steakhouse and butcher shop's panoply of meaty picnic offerings, including salami, corned beef, pate, charcuterie, jerky, and sausages. Other offerings include sandwiches and deli salads by the pound. Tote your spoils over to the stunningly landscaped Laurelhurst Park.

Mama Đút Add to a List
Thuy Pham's smash-hit vegan Vietnamese deli is a no-brainer picnic destination. Grab some bánh mì and bao and schlep them over to Colonel Summers Park.

Milk Glass Mrkt Add to a List
This shop offers a selection of grab-and-go goods, including snack boxes, noodles, kale salad, sandwiches, salsa, olives, and other bites. Bring your bounty over to nearby Arbor Lodge Park.

P's and Q's Market Add to a List
Like a Lunchable, but better: The beloved upscale grocer will pack up a "picnic plate" for you, complete with turkey, Swiss cheese, apples, sweet potatoes, house pickles, and grilled bread.

Reel M Inn Tavern Add to a List
Fried chicken is a time-honored picnic staple, and it doesn't get much better than the famous fried chicken with jo-jos at Portland's beloved dive bar.

Sebastiano's Add to a List
Stock up on freshly baked focaccia, muffuletta, Sicilian pizza, salads, cheese, crackers, olives, tinned fish, and baked goods at this Italian deli and take your meal over to Montavilla Park.

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