5 places to eat before or after a book shopping spree at Powell's bookstore in Portland.

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Powell’s City of Books isn’t just a store in Portland. It’s a reason to visit Portland.

But humans cannot live on literature alone. So here are five places to eat near Powell’s once you’ve satisfied your book lust.

QUIN CANDY                  

1025 SW Stark St..; across W. Burnside St. from Powell’s


If all you need is a little blood-sugar spike, dash across the street to the Union Way shopping arcade. Inside are great stores like Danner and Spruce Apothecary, as well as rising-star candy maker Quin. The petite shop has gumdrops, lollipops and caramels made from natural, quality ingredients, including local fruit and nuts.


921 SW Oak St.; one block southeast of Powell’s


“Luncheonette” spot Maurice is an adorable little French/Scandinavian restaurant that serves delectable pastries and light lunch items such as quiche, salads and Norwegian meatballs. And don’t skip the desserts, including lemon soufflé pudding cake, crème brulée pops and black pepper cheesecake. (Closed Mondays.)


1014 SW Stark St.; about one block south of Powell’s


Tuck your bags under one of the communal tables in this beautiful space and dig into fresh, seasonal fare like gnocci with morels, salmon and pork belly. But the real standouts here are the cocktails, and happy hour is 3–6 p.m. every day. Just don’t forget your bag of books once you’re done.


Lardo’s Dirty Fries and appropriate signage on the wall.
Lardo’s Dirty Fries and appropriate signage on the wall.


1205 SW Washington St.; about three blocks southwest of Powell’s


This food cart turned mini-chain (there are three locations) serves outstanding meat-laden sandwiches including a Pork Meatball Banh Mi and Korean Pork Shoulder. But do not miss the Dirty Fries — a huge pile fries covered in pork scraps, marinated peppers, herbs and parmesan.


1237 SW Washington St.; about four blocks southwest of Powell’s


Stop in before and after book shopping for brioche-style donuts that are made fresh from scratch each morning. The Bacon Maple is not to be missed if it’s available, nor is the Blueberry Bourbon Basil that’s currently on the cover of Bon Appétit. Drip coffee only available, but it’s Stumptown.