The Meadow

The Meadow, Portland: Hours, Address, The Meadow Reviews: 4.5/5

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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Meadow was founded by Mark Bitterman in 2006 out of a shared love for food, culture, and travel. Before opening his first shop, he'd spent the greater part of two decades traveling throughout Europe, restoring chateaus in France, eating perfectly salted grilled steak at a roadside stop somewhere in the Pyrenees, and generally exploring and eating everything in sight ... and maybe causing a little trouble along the way. Mark came back to the United States and opened his first shop on the sleepy (soon to be very bustling) little street of N. Mississippi Ave in Portland, Oregon. It is here that he began to explore craft made salts, gourmet chocolates, handmade cocktail bitters, all of which we carry in our shops today.
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MIchy_MoG
Nevada City, CA122 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
I want to note we visited the location on NW 23rd and it was an excellent stop. We were attracted by the slabs of Himalayan Sea Salt - very curious. We were floored at the associates description of cooking on these blocks. What a curious concept!

If you are looking for a unique gift from Portland, come here.

We purchased a salt brick and the cooking with salt block cook book. We cannot wait to try it!

They also have a great selection of special chocolates and bitters. The associate was SO sweet and adorable. She was very knowledgeable about the products and helped us make great purchases.

I will be back next time I visit.
Written April 20, 2016
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Phu C
Alexandria, VA380 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Street parking on 23rd Street can be challenging during peak hours, so veer off to one of the side streets to improve your chances of finding a spot, then walk to this little gem in the middle of the Alphabet District, my favorite neighborhood in Portland. The Meadow is a sort of novelty shop offering chocolates, bitters, and salts from around the world. It appeared on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, so you know it's a treasure. While my girlfriend and I didn't need anything here, it was still fun to roam around and learn about things we never thought were even relevant to chocolates or salts. This place is now my favorite store in America for its quirky persona, in addition to being located across from my favorite ice cream parlor in the country, Salt & Straw. The next time you drive through Portland, check out the Alphabet District and give this shop a peek.
Written April 1, 2015
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tdhat
Flower Mound, TX808 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Oh and the chocolate, amazing. We went as part of a Forktown Food Tour, the people working there were really friendly and helpful. We learned a lot and went back after the tour and bought a bag full of salts and chocolates.
Written February 19, 2019
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runaway2travel
Kalamazoo, MI1,147 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is not my kind of place, but I have to say that it was pretty impressive.

It was the fifth stop on our Forktown Food Tour with a sampling of chocolate bitters and salt. More importantly was the knowledge provided about the different kind of salts they offered and how they could be used in cooking, especially the slabs for meat. I had never heard of this before, and it is something that peeked my interest for sure once I had gotten back home.

I am not a huge fan of bitters. While here we had tried Fleur de sel, sel gris and flake salts, and a sampling of Portland made chocolates. While none were really to my personal liking, I did enjoy being exposed to things I would most likely never try on my own. That is what taking a food tour is all about. Not only the food, but getting some experience and knowledge that you can use afterward.

This unique little shop is worth a peak. I found the staff very friendly and knowledgeable about cooking salts and the different ways in which chocolate was made. They offered many more varieties than we had tried on the food tour, so while those were not my cup o tea, I am sure you can find something up your alley.
Written April 30, 2018
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diasmiles4u
Los Angeles, CA58 contributions
Feb 2017
I came here with a food tour and was pretty skeptical. It's salt. Boy, was I wrong. I had no idea how many salt options were available. When I tried the Parmesan Truffle on popcorn, I was in heaven. This stuff is sooo good. After the tour I went back to buy some to take home.
Written February 27, 2017
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Kirk H
Green Valley, AZ1,025 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
My wife was looking for some unique bitters so it was suggested we look here. I was surprised by the number of different offerings. Another nice surprise was that they offered a smell or taste of most of them. Also a great selection of specialty chocolates and a variety of seasoning salts along with large salt blocks for cooking. Well worth a stop in. The Portland Bitters Project came with three bottles of bitters in a unique leather pouch. Prices are comparable to other high end stores.
Written November 30, 2016
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MTSDave N
San Francisco, CA783 contributions
May 2016 • Family
Cute little shop with tons of different salts and chocolates. Good mix of each with some interesting favors. Got to try some trouble black salt with popcorn in the store which was delicious!
Written May 7, 2016
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Rosie L
Bend, OR316 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
This section of Mississippi Street has so many fun places to venture in to but this is a must. Try the salt blocks they sell plus the variety of salts and peppers and bitters. What a combination plus flowers and chocolate too. Helpful staff when we visited with everyone in our group making purchases.
Written April 14, 2016
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PDXFoodie614
Tigard, OR47 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
I was having lunch at the restaurant next door (Northwest Portland location) and literally the smell of truffles drew me in. Small store packed with dozens of salt varieties and flavors. I especially enjoyed the ability to taste any of the products and that the store had different sized bottles to choose from. Then, there are all the unique bitter choices. My husband and I love to create new cocktail recipes, so I had to bring him back. Books, chocolates, lots to see and enjoy. The black truffle salt is wonderful on popcorn!
Written February 9, 2016
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Henchelson
Upper Stowe, UK801 contributions
Nov 2015 • Business
This a really cool store with a quirky hipster vibe and all sorts of esoteric boutique salts, chocolates and bitters. If you're a discerning drink mixer, or foodie, or just want to try something different pay them a visit. The staff are really friendly and helpful.
Written November 23, 2015
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