Elephants Delicatessen

A friend of mine, who is from Oregon, told me of a few places to visit when I was in Portland.  He told me that I had to go to Elephants Delicatessen as it was one of his favourite places to visit.  I knew I had to go, so “R” and I did a little hike from downtown Portland to their main shop on NW 22nd.  While I didn’t like the hike up the hill to get there, and it wasn’t that difficult, I really enjoyed the place and don’t regret going there.

Elephants Delicatessen on NW22nd

Elephants Delicatessen on NW22nd

If you are going to Elephants Deli, they have a few locations and the Flying Elephants Deli at Fox Tower looked just as good if you are too lazy to leave downtown Portland.  I was eating so much and drinking so much that a little walk up to the NW 22nd location did me some good but being hungry at the time didn’t help at all.  It is a little difficult to find as I was on the wrong side of the road looking for the shop but we eventually did find it.

Elephants Delicatessen

Elephants Delicatessen

The inside of Elephants Deli at NW 22nd was a mad house.  It was a great place but trying to figure out how things worked at first was not so easy.  I already knew I needed to get a sandwich and ended up getting a roast beef.  It was delicious with a little horseradish on it.  It was amazing to have a real proper sandwich, and as Rurousha kept spouting when she was in England, Japan doesn’t know how to make a real sandwich.

Roast Beef and Beer

Roast Beef and Beer

If you are ordering at Elephants Deli, be ready to wait a bit if you are at their main shop.  It isn’t Japan so there aren’t any formal lines and trying to talk to people behind the counter can be a challenge for shy people.  I did get my sandwich and it came a lot faster than I expected.  If you don’t speak a lot of English, be prepared for various questions as the person who helped me was pretty quick, even for me.

Elephants Delicatessen

Elephants Delicatessen

Once I got my sandwich, and a bottle of beer, I headed to the seating area.  There are a few seats outside and a bunch inside too.  It was crazy busy so I had a tough time finding a seat.  I grabbed a seat at the long table next to a big family that was just enjoying a chat before heading out.  A nice group of older ladies also came up and sat for a bit.  Soon after they arrived, a booth opened up and I told them to grab the booth as me and “R” didn’t really need a booth and the nice old ladies probably enjoyed it more than us.

Elephants Delicatessen

Elephants Delicatessen

After we finished, we headed back to the shopping area where we got a few treats to go.  I can’t tell you how good it is to eat super sugary treats when you are tired.  That jolt of sugar and the soft cookie did the job and I was able to keep going for the entire day without feeling very tired.

Elephants Delicatessen

Elephants Delicatessen

Elephants Deli is a great place and I would gladly grab another sandwich there if I could.  I doubt it would be a priority but it is a place I would like to visit again.  There are just too many places in Portland and going back there again anytime soon would be difficult.  On my next trip, if I can, I may head there, but I think I will go to the Fox Tower location and save myself the hike.

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