Go Ahead: Eat This Raw Cookie Dough, Portland

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District

THE PLACE: Remember sneaking cookie dough batter from the mixing bowl as a kid? Or maybe… more recently? Now there’s a spot where you dig into dough guilt-free.

The Cookie Dough Cafe is the dream of sisters Julia Clark and Joan Pacetti, who discovered a way to omit the eggs and use a heat-treated flour to create edible cookie dough.

They started off in wholesale selling to fewer than 100 regional grocery stores. But after premiering on ABC’s entrepreneur series Shark Tank in 2014, those numbers skyrocketed. Their newfound fame led to a licensing agreement with Oreo, and their dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar “Scoop Shop” became a reality in 2017.

Located on NW 13th between Couch and Davis, the Cookie Dough Cafe also serves “douchwiches”—Tillamook vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookie dough — and rotating vegan dough options and dough you can take home to bake.

FUN FACT: Julia and Joan found a wheeled cart on Craigslist that they refurbished into a Cookie Dough Cafe mobile cart, which you can rent for your next event.

QUOTABLE: “It’s this whimsical moment that automatically brings you back to your childhood where you take that first bite of cookie dough, and it reminds you of your grandma or mom’s homemade cookies,” Julia said. “It can be a really emotional, really great thing.”

CHECK IT OUT: The Cookie Dough Cafe is open every day starting at noon.  You can also order from your couch.