Louis is the founder of the catering company Culinary Artistry, and the co-founder, with her husband, of the acclaimed Lincoln Restaurant. Both are located in the vibrant city of Portland, where Louis has lived for almost two decades.
What neighborhood do you live in and how long have you lived there? I live in Northeast Portland, and have lived there for 11 years. I've lived in Portland for a collective 18 years, and love it!
Where is the best place to find your hometown’s signature dish? Voodoo Doughnut, which captures that Portland hipster vibe perfectly (22 SW Third Ave.; 503-241-4704; voodoodoughnut.com).
What is your favorite restaurant to take visitors? Boke Bowl for comforting bowls of ramen and dim sum (pictured below; 1028 SE Water Ave.; 503-719-5698; bokebowl.com).
Where can you find the best cocktails, beer, and wine? For cocktails, I go to Clyde Common—they have a huge and awesome bourbon selection (1014 SW Stark St.; 503-228-3333; clydecommon.com). For beer, I like Imperial, SE (3090 SE Division St.; 971-302-6899; imperialbottleshop.com). 3 Doors Down has the best wine list in town, with everything from grower Champagne to tons of local Oregon producers (1429 SE 37th St.; 503-236-6886; 3doorsdowncafe.com).
Where would you choose to splurge on a night out? Irving Street Kitchen where executive chef Sarah Schafer does an amazing job at creating perfect rustic dishes from local Pacific Northwest produce. It's very in and of Oregon, from the decor to the Wild Spring Nettle soup (701 NW 13th Ave.; 503-343-9440; irvingstreetkitchen.com).
What is your go-to after-hours bar? Bunk Bar; they also have great live music acts (1028 SE Water Ave.; 503-328-2865; bunksandwiches.com).
What’s the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon in town? I love to walk over the bridges between downtown and Southeast Portland when the sun is shining.
What is your Sunday morning routine? I go to the gym or for a run, get coffee at one of my favorites, and then go to brunch at Podnah's, where they make an unreal breakfast taco with housemade chorizo (1625 NE Killingsworth St.; 503-281-3700; podnahspit.com).
Where do you go for the perfect cup of coffee? Barista (529 SW Third Ave.; baristapdx.com) or Stumptown (Various locations; 128 SW Third Ave.; 503-295-6144; stumptowncoffee.com)—though we have endless options for great coffee in Portland!
What’s your favorite view in town (that tourists might not know about)? Council Crest is never too overrun with tourists but it is the highest point in town. The views are breathtaking and it has a lot of open green lawns for hanging out.
What’s your favorite path or trail to follow on a walk? Oaks Bottom nature trail, or Forest Park. Also great spots for trail running.
What are your favorite offbeat cultural attractions? NE 42nd Avenue has a string of delicious, authentic taquerias. I love to go to a bunch of them in one afternoon.
What’s your favorite shop or boutique? Kush Handmade Rugs, a rad carpet shop (pictured above; 205 NW 10th Ave.; 503-231-0700; kushrugs.com).
What’s the best-kept local secret? EC Kitchen. It's a super small Chinese restaurant owned by a husband and wife team, one from Hong Kong and one from Taiwan. They make Chinese sausage from scratch, which is rare to find in the U.S.(6335 SE 82nd Ave.; 503-788-6306; eckitchenllc.com).
Photo Credits: © Kari Young; © David Papazian.
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