Mar 27, 2024 - Food and Drink

Best Day Ever: OG Portlander Jordan Schnitzer

Middle aged white man in suit and tie standing in art gallery in front of three framed prints

Art collector Jordan Schnitzer's best day ever means hitting some old Portland eateries for pancakes, burgers and dogs. Photo: WSU Photographic Services

Jordan Schnitzer, president of Schnitzer Properties, is an art collector and philanthropist, and his personal collection of prints is one of the largest in the country.

While Schnitzer — the son of Arlene Schnitzer (as in the concert hall) — travels the country loaning works to multiple museums, his best day in Portland centers on old-school spots.

ğŸ¥ž For breakfast, he loves the Original Pancake House on Barbur Boulevard.

  • "Those German pancakes literally melt in your mouth," he told Axios.

ğŸŽŒ Next, Schnitzer drops by Portland Japanese Garden, where he served on the board for 20 years.

  • "They have a way of manicuring everything to perfection to make it look like only Mother Nature's hand was involved."

🍜 Lunch is at The Boiling Bowl on NW 21st Avenue.

  • "It's a little hidden jewel."
  • His other nearby lunch option is Kingston Bar & Grill near Providence Park, where he goes for a bacon cheeseburger.

🐟 If he has out-of-town visitors, he takes them to the Bonneville Hatchery to see Herman the Sturgeon.

🍔 Then, Schnitzer takes his sons, ages 6 and 8, to taekwondo, swimming and rock climbing at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

  • Afterward, they sometimes go to the Skyline Restaurant, the 1935 diner in the west hills, for barbecue bacon cheeseburgers.

🌭 For dinner, he prefers the classics — at Nick's Famous Coney Island he gets the frankfurter and chili. He started going there in high school and returned last month and said it hasn't changed.

  • He was in a suit and tie but no one minded.
  • "It feels so neighborly and there's a sense of connection to being a Portlander."
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