Powell’s Books and Ox Restaurant (Portland, OR – Day 2 Part 4)

Portland, OR – Day 2 Part 4

Powell’s Books

1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209

Powell’s Books is on almost every list of things to do or go to in Portland because it has over million of new, used, and out of print books. It is also dubbed Powell’s City of Books and claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.

We drove out to Downtown Portland from Division, managed to find parking and then headed to Powell’s Books. Powell’s is huge! It took up a whole block and I guess you can kind of compare it to the amazing Macy’s flagship store in New York City.

Sebas managed to have some quality time with is friend to catch up, BH and I wandered a few floors (and barely covered a corner of the whole store), and V went shopping downtown before meeting up with us in the bookstore.

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It almost felt as though we in a library, except for the fact that you have to buy the books to take them home and there are lots of little trinkets etc to shop for as well. We made sure to go to the downtown location because that’s the flagship store, but if you can’t make it downtown, there area a few more locations in Oregon.

Instead of spending more time downtown, Sebas’s friend drove us to Ox located in Northeast Portland because there is most definitely be a wait and we don’t want to start waiting when we get hungry.

Ox Restaurant and The Whey Bar

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

When we arrived, it was going to be an 1 to 1.5 hour wait. They have a bar right next door at The Whey Bar where we can grab a few drinks and wait. It’s actually connected to Ox, making it quite convenient.

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We each ordered a few drinks, and then V and I ordered a couple oysters. yummy! The wait really wasn’t too bad at the bar.

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All of our phones were on the table so that we could actually enjoy each others company (I took pictures of all of the food with my Nikon J1). We were pretty excited to get some bread to start the meal as we waited for our food. Bread, butter, and chimichurri. That is how you know you’re at an Argentinian restaurant.

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Before our appetizer finally arrived, we were actually served some cold soup stuff complementary of the restaurant. And then we finally got the appetizer we ordered.

Baked House Ricotta, Button Mushroom Confit, Balsamic Brown Butter, Grilled Bread. Just what we needed to start a meal that is going to have lots and lots of meat.

We were finally seated at Ox Restaurant we were getting hungry. We went back and forth on whether we were each going to get our own dish or if we were going order family style and share. We ended up each ordering our own dish.

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I ordered the Smoked Beef Tongue a la Vinagreta, Horseradish, Ensalada Rusa, * Sweetbread Croutons. The beef was sliced thinly topped with a lot of stuff. There was a little kick from the horseradish and make it quite refreshing. This is actually something off of the appetizer section of the menu.

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14 oz Flanken-Style Beef Short Rib: BH ordered this (and I made sure that I could share).

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8 oz Beef Skirt Steak: V got the skirt steak medium. I think it was little too pink for V’s liking though, but still good.

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16 oz Maple-Brined Pork Loin Chop was actually what i probably would have ordered if I didn’t see the smoked beef tongue.


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