Portland is the "Most Original Food Town in America."
At least, according to GQ magazine.
In its November issue, GQ correspondent and food critic Alan Richman tries to answer why the Rose City has become one of the fascinating places to eat in the nation.
For the article called Cloudy with a Chance of Stinging-Nettle Flan and tomato Coulis, he hit the streets to sample some of Portland's most noteworthy destinations, from Pok Pok to Gravy to Le Pigeon and VooDoo Doughnut.
"Where food is concerned, Portland attracts individuals with peculiar ambitions. It has become the promised land for young people who want to cook but lack the savings, the training, and perhaps the resolve to pursue traditional restaurant careers, the kind based on French-inspired drudgery," Richman said.
"They arrive and are greeted by a populace that instantaneously lines up for the food, the only stipulation being that it doesn't cost too much. Nothing else is demanded, not even experience preparing the food they plan to sell," he added.
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