Guide to Oregon Part 1: Portland Victory

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In the MUNCHIES Guide to Oregon, host Gabi Chai traverses the state to uncover the natural culinary bounty of the state of Oregon. Overflowing with great wine, coffee, food trucks, seafood, and more strip clubs per capita than any city in the world, this gem of America’s Pacific Northwest is just begging to be explored.

Gabi kicks off her journey with a caffeinated history lesson about coffee and Portland from Duane Sorenson—founder of Stumptown Coffee Roasters—before popping next door to his restaurant, The Woodsman Tavern, to partake in another Oregon specialty: a tower of fresh-caught seafood. She also eats her way through a few of Portland’s 600 food trucks to understand the regional phenomenon that has created an entirely new dining scene. And no visit to Portland is complete without a meal prepared by Gabriel Rucker, the 2011 James Beard Award Rising Star Chef of the Year and 2013 Best Chef: Northwest—we get the VIP treatment and enjoy a home-cooked meal with Gabriel and his family.

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  1. You need to add Sugar Street Bakery and Bistro on this list. Honestly the cupcakes are ridiculously DELICOUS and they are named after Portland streets…. Naito, Pettygrove, Alberta, etc. This place is so popular but still a lot of non locals have no idea about it!

  2. Do these coffee people really go to “Ethiopia”? Or are they just saying that? I suspect they just went to visit their moms for a couple of days.
    The interactions of the host and the interviewees also seems to some degree “fake”. They seem to feel the need to be obviously “authentic” which is another way to end up not genuine but forced and calculated.

  3. She’s overly skinny
    and on a show called “Munchies”

    Not being mean cause I’m skinny too, just hope she knows and should start eating better and healthy for herself and no hard drugs.

  4. The bitch in the blue hoodie isn't hip or cool, she's addicted to heroin. I was certain that at some point during the coffee reviews she was going to start blowing the restaurant owner or some random passerby. Oregon prides itself in degenerate behavior, well-done weirdos.

  5. Wtf……
    You go to potato champion but ignore chicken and guns?!.. The employees and potato champion go eat the guns (potatoes) at chicken and guns

  6. Why does the bulk of Portland food look like it came out of someone's garbage can? That crap they ate — the stuffed squid — was possibly the least appetizing thing I've ever viewed.

    And, by the way, I've lived in Portland most of my life. It's getting harder and harder to find a nice slab of rare beef and a baked tater in these parts.

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