When you’re hankering for an excellent cup of coffee and a cure for your sweet tooth in Portland, head over to NE Alberta Street where you’ll find Random Order Coffeehouse and Bakery. Featuring local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, this coffee shop fills its display cases with tantalizing pies, muffins, and other freshly-baked treats.
The super-scrumptious Chocolate Cream Pie is made with three kinds of chocolate, topped with lightly-sweetened whipped cream and garnished with chocolate shavings. Oh my, it’s good! Not a chocolate lover? Try a slice of something seasonal like the Rhubarb Pie with Ginger Streusel – not too sweet, slightly tart, and made with local rhubarb, fresh orange and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.
There are plenty of other delectable seasonal choices, including: Shaker Lemon, Kentucky Pecan, Oregon Cherry, Coconut Cream, Strawberry Rhubarb, Brandied Peach, and Caramel Apple…all made in-house and from scratch. Pastry choices change with the season so chances are you’ll find something new being featured each visit.
If you’d rather skip the sweets, Random Order Pie also offers a selection of savory pies and other items. Try the Heartthrob Egg Sandwich (herbed cream cheese, candied tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil, and a fried egg on toasted ciabatta), a grilled Bacon Cheddar Panini (hormone-free bacon, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, and pesto on wheat levain), a slice of the Chipolte Pork Pie (slowly stewed Pacific Farms pork with smoky chipotle, tomato, and cabbage), or a slab of hearty, Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie with Draper Valley chicken and roasted vegetables in a buttery pastry shell to satsify your cravings.
This cozy eatery also caters to the mid-day and evening crowd by serving beer, wine, and mixed drinks during their Happy Hour (4-6pm) and Late Night Happy Hour (9-11pm) every Monday through Friday. The cocktail menu features some creative concoctions like Dane’s Irish (bourbon, Kaluha, French press coffee and fresh whipped cream), Spiked Apple Cider (mulled organic cider and ginger rum) and the Lemon Ginger Whiskey Squared (ginger whiskey and homemade ginger lemonade) – all are a treat for your taste buds! A few types of beer and wine are also available, as well as coffee drinks featuring Seattle-based Caffe Vita coffee and espresso.
As for those amazing pies, they can be special ordered to serve at weddings, birthday parties, holiday festivities, and just about any other celebration you can think of. Since they’re a small shop, you’ll definitely want to call ahead of time to talk to a baker and schedule your pie order.
Whether you stop by for coffee, lunch, or a light dinner – don’t forget to save room for a heavenly slice of Random Order pie…you’ll be so glad you did!