Apr 2, 2024 - Food and Drink

Last Meal: The Love Shack's Garrett Benedict

Photo illustration of a place setting shaped like a skull and crossbones containing a photo of Garrett Benedict.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Garrett Benedict.

It's been nearly two months since chef Garrett Benedict opened his second business, The Love Shack, right next to his first, G-Love, in Portland's increasingly chic Slabtown.

The lively bar — now known for having a line outside before doors open at 5pm — centers around escapism (with miniature cocktails and bite-sized delicacies on carts, of course).

  • "It seems that everyone loves our tropical beach bar vibes and the interior design truly feels like you have left Portland for a warmer climate," Benedict told Axios.

We wanted to know: If he had one last meal, what would he eat?

  • His picks do require some travel.

🦪 Appetizer: Oysters and crab toast from Jacqueline, Portland's quintessential seafood restaurant and Benedict's all-time favorite.

  • Next up, fried mozzarella from Gabbiano's, which is smothered in red sauce and topped with fresh parsley and grated parmesan.

🍔 Entree: Benedict isn't the first chef who would make the 45-mile trip to Keizer for his last meal.

  • He would order In-N-Out's classic double-double cheeseburger with a chocolate shake and enjoy it in "the back seat of my '73 VW bus with the pop-top up and all the windows down. Nothing better than that!"

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