The Quirky Portland series explores the more…unique…side of living in Portland. The specialty shops, events, and oddities that help make the city’s unofficial motto ‘Keep Portland Weird.’
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Buttercraft, a small shop in the SE Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood of Portland, specializes in exactly what the name suggests…butter. They make savory butter and sweet butter, everything from Kung Pao to Easter Peeps. The shop also sells wine by the glass or bottle, draft beer, and a variety of other snacks and goodies. They have seating for about 20 inside, as well as an outdoor patio. They offer a variety of ways to sample their butter, including with toast, as a sample platter, or in pots to take home. They occasionally change their flavors, and the display of their butter selection almost looks like it could be gelato.
We went for the Butter Sample Board for $12, which came with 7 different flavors of butter and a crispy baguette (with complimentary gluten free crackers for the man upon request). After sampling a few of their wine options, we each also got a glass to accompany our butter.
Overall, the experience was delightful. The Cinnabon was heavenly, and I nearly wiped the plate clean of both the Black Garlic and the Once Upon a Thyme. Neither of us were the biggest fan of the Hedgehog, but the man greatly enjoyed combining the Kung Pao with the Honey and Fig.
We had plenty to take home with us, and we were informed that they would stay good for about a month in the fridge. I think we’ll try the savory butters over some steak or grilled chicken, or maybe with some broccoli or green beans. We were also so enamored with the Côtes du Rhône that we got a bottle to go, and with a $5 corkage fee we enjoyed another glass before leaving.
We’ve done plenty of cheese tastings, wine tastings, and beer tastings, but a butter tasting was a first. We both enjoyed the experience, and would come back. Maybe next time we’ll try the Butter Slider…
What’s your favorite Quirky Portland spot?
6664 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR
Open Wed-Sun 1:00-7:00