Olympic Provisions

Portland is full of interesting secrets—secret catacombs, secret kebabs, secret gardens, secret creperie-speakeasies, and Secret Society, to name a few. Then there’s Olympic Provisions Northwest, which isn’t technically a secret, but unless you’re a particularly thorough wanderer, prone to getting lost, or have business in the industrial wilds of Northwest Portland, you’d be hard-pressed to stumble upon it.

Walking through the door, you’re immediately confronted by one of the finest meat counters around—brimming with fresh sausages, frankfurters, patés, rillettes, Sweetheart hams, bacon, and the full range of OP’s acclaimed charcuterie.

Simply follow your paté-dar to the northern tip of Northwest 17th Avenue, where you’ll find this airy meat mecca tucked into a rapidly-evolving Alphabet District enclave set in the shadow of the 405 and populated by well-worn warehouses, a handful of intrepid eateries and salons, a flock of chattering Montessori schoolchildren who joyfully invade the nearby playground at regularly-scheduled intervals, and the serene atelier of revered Portland “tea shaman” Steve Smith.

cured-meats-illustrationWalking through the deli’s front doors, you’re immediately confronted by one of the finest meat counters around—brimming with fresh sausages, frankfurters, patés, rillettes, Sweetheart hams, bacon, and the full range of Olympic Provisions’ acclaimed charcuterie–all made on site. Orbiting the deli case is an intimate kitchen-side marble bar, and two boisterous communal tables—ideal for sharing a salami sandwich and a cold microbrew with friends.

If you’re in a hurry to get yourself and your Montessorian home for dinner, have a juicy chicken plucked fresh from the vintage French rotisserie and wrapped to go with a side of Schmaltz potatoes, while you cruise the floor-to-ceiling wine wall for a Cotes du Rhone or local Pinot Noir, aka Mom/Dad’s ‘secret grape juice.’

Details

Cuisine: New American

Executive Chef: Colin Stafford

Pastry Chef: Amelia Lane

Atmosphere: Petite, beautiful, convivial dining room in a quiet industrial neighborhood; part deli, part fine dining, with a small kitchen bar and a few patio tables

Outdoor seating: Yes, sidewalk tables along NW Thurman Street

Best Seat: If you're super social, at one of the long community tables; if you're on a romantic date, at one of the tables for two by the front window

Noise Level: Peaceful when lightly inhabited, boisterous when full

Dress Code: Casual, but you won't feel out of place if you dress up

Bring the Kids: Yes, they'll love the foot long frankfurters

Bathrooms: In the hallway between the deli case and the communal tables, don't go in the door at the end of the hall though, that's the meat room

Parking: Street parking is free and generally easy to find

Cocktails: Yes

Beer: Yes, draft and bottle

Wine: Yes, great wine list, and bottles can be bought for takeaway for 25% off

Corkage: $20

Teetotalers: Coke, Diet Coke, grapefruit-cinnamon soda, Fentimans ginger beer

Coffee: Stumptown

Tea: Steven Smith

Ideal Meal: Spanish charcuterie board, pork rillette handpie, butter lettuce salad, rotisserie chicken, chocolate ménage à trois

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes, a few dishes are vegetarian and the kitchen will work with you

Good for the following occasions: Work Lunch, Date Night, Dinner With Friends, Family Meal, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Group/Private Party Details: The restaurant can accommodate 50 people, and can be bought out for the evening. Call 503.894.8136 or email meat@olympicprovisions.com for more details

Catering: OP is available for catering and special events, just call 503.894.8136 for more info

Reservations: Yes, call 503.894.8136 or reserve online at Open Table

Take-Out: Yes

Catering: OP is available for catering and special events, just call 503.894.8136 for more info