Looking for a casual dining experience with maximum flavor? Check out Olympia Provisions Portland.
When you mention the word charcuterie in Portland, Oregon, there’s one restaurant that instantly comes to mind: Olympia Provisions.
Olympia Provisions is Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria. Since 2009, Elias Cairo and his sister Michelle Cairo – along with fellow owners Nate Tilden and Martin Schwartz, and their incredibly talented staff – have been building the charcuterie-based empire into a multi-faceted business with worldwide acclaim.
I’ve been to all of the main Olympia Provisions Portland locations (except the hot dog cart), and the location that speaks to me the most is the NW Portland location. Here, you’re able to purchase any and all Olympia Provisions products: from their portable Pepperettes to their large selection of handcrafted deli meats. You can even pick up their pickled products here.
And, it’s the perfect place to order a charcuterie board to go, along with a bottle of low intervention vino, for a picnic in the park or day trip to the beach.
Dining at Olympia Provisions NW
Olympia Provisions in NW Portland is also an amazing spot to meet friends or dine solo while traveling. The flexible menu allows you to order small plates to share, larger entrée size portions, and curated charcuterie boards.
Olympia Provisions places the same emphasis on quality with their seafood as with their charcuterie and deli meats. The mussels escabeche ($7) are briny, salty, and packed with flavor.
And, of course, local oysters (with gazpacho granita) are always a great way to start a meal ($3.25 ea).
If you’re dining solo or just want a few healthier nibbles with some wine, check out the Garden section of the menu. You can enjoy items like butter lettuce, ava bruma melon, and foraged mushrooms. These are available in small portions ($5), large portions ($10), or choose 3 for $14.
Charcuterie Boards at Olympia Provisions
Olympia Provisions NW offers four curated charcuterie boards, making it easy if you’re feeling indecisive:
- French charcuterie board ($23): two french inspired salami, rillettes, pork-pistachio pâté, blue d’auvergne, assorted pickles, dijon, baguette
- Italian charcuterie board ($23): two italian inspired salami, mortadella, capicola, italian sausage, pecorino toscano, calabrian chili mustard, baguette
- Spanish charcuterie board ($25): three spanish salami, sweetheart ham, fresh chorizo, cana de cabra, salted almonds, padron pepper conserve, baguette
- And a Mediterannean charcuterie board ($27): loukanika, rigani loukaniko, salami capri, green peppercorn pâté, mussels escabeche, fata morgana, marinated olives, baguette.
Or, you can create your own charcuterie board, choosing from
- Approximately 17 dry cured meats ($3 for 6-8 slices)
- 8 grilled sausages ($3.50/half, $7/whole)
- 6 sliced meats ($3 for 4-6 slices)
- 4 oysters and seafood (including the oysters and mussels above)
- mixed pickle plate ($4) or a la carte pickled items ($1/1 oz)
- 7 cheeses (prices vary)
- 5 patês ($3 for 1 slice)
My vote? The honey hazelnut patê. Made with Oregon hazelnuts, bacon, cognac, and honey. The flavor and texture combination here is amazing!
Finish off your custom charcuterie board or kick off a meal with some light accompaniments. There are approximately 8 accompaniments from which to choose, including fresh honeycomb ($3) and salted almonds ($3).
I also always order a side of the olives ($3). Always. I could eat these olives by the bucket. But, one serving also keeps me happy.
In addition to small plates and charcuterie board items, you can also choose from a selection of larger plates.
The sweetheart ham benedict ($15) is so in-demand that they’ve started serving it at lunch during the week, as well as their weekend brunch.
Made with OP’s own sweetheart ham, on top of house-made english muffins, topped with a rich hollandaise sauce. It’s served with a side of crispy lazer potatoes. Perfect for brunch or lunch!
For dinner, try the seared flat iron ($25) or OPNW Burger ($15) if you’ve got a hankerin’ for a hearty entrée.
End your meal on a sweet note here, and you won’t be disappointed. I love their beignets ($6) served with a side of lemon curd.
Wine + Dine
Olympia Provisions may shine for its cured meats and stellar food program. Yet its under-the-radar wine program deserves accolades of its own.
The OP wine program is headed up by Jessica Herth, who was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 2018 Top 7 Sommeliers of the Year. Under her expert guidance, the wine program at Olympia Provisions focuses on small production wines made with minimal intervention.
Dine at Olympia Provisions Portland
Olympia Provisions NW Portland
1632 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97209
HOURS: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11-3
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9-3
Happy Hour: Daily 3-5 pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 5-10 pm
For more, visit the Olympia Provisions website
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