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If you were to make a list of the best coffee destinations in America,
you’d simply have to include cities like Boston, New York City, San
Francisco and Seattle. But when it came to ranking them, one would
clearly claim the top prize — Portland, Oregon.
The bar of this progressive Peruvian restaurant boils with more energy
than the Urubamba River. Acoustic music shoots out of the corner, a sea
of daters and friends share design-intensive tapas and much chatter, and
everyone seems to be swirling glasses of interest. The bar and casually
elegant dining room share a menu with a staggering number of small
plates, from ceviches to a classic papas a la huancaina, plus a small
list of big-portioned mains. Seafood abounds throughout, a reminder of
Peru's 1,500-mile Pacific coast.
Recommended: Start with piquillo peppers stuffed with
quinoa, or beautifully grilled asparagus spears. Other keepers: pork
tenderloin with cheese ravioli; quinoa cooked up like risotto;
slow-cooked lamb shank shrouded with raw red onion and chiles;
delicately tangy goat-cheese lemon cake sided by a pretty, leaf-shaped
swath of berry sauce. Sacsayhuaman, full of passion fruit and sending
forth a delirious chile glow, remains one of the city's great cocktails.
This downtown hole in the wall elicits nostalgia for old-time soda
fountains. Jeff Reiter, former Park Kitchen sous chef, wields the
spatula in a modest kitchen with impressive results, from slow-cooked
brisket to properly gooey mac and cheese.
Recommended: The fabulous soda-fountain selections are the real
draw. Look for the "Toulouse Lautrec" with anise, coriander and mint, in
the forbidden spirit of absinthe, and the "Painted Desert," decked out
in the colors of sunset and flavored with honey, saffron and
pomegranate. (When the holidays draw near, think pumpkin pie
Veritable Quandary accurately calls itself a local landmark since 1971,
but it's been a landmark longer than it's been an interesting
restaurant. Over more than a decade running the VQ kitchen, chef Annie
Cuggino has changed things. Over time, and especially in the past few
years, she's developed a cuisine that's still bar-muscular but steadily
intriguing, with big portions and bigger flavors. Meals extend from
accurately named giant prawns with bacon and avocado to chocolate
souffle with a cap that rises heavenward as hot chocolate sauce
infiltrates its core. The kitchen hits its peak in a Saturday-night $65
tasting menu, heavy with skill and protein, that can be paired with an
imaginatively chosen six-wine accompaniment for $30 more.
Eat and drink: Grilled scallop on pureed root vegetables;
bacon-wrapped giant prawns; seafood stew; steak with gorgonzola;
pancetta-wrapped rabbit; chocolate souffle with Nocello liqueur.
$$$$ (American High-End, 2 choices available: Chef's menu (165) & Dinner
Nothing says "classic Portland" like Huber's.
"Turkey is king" and tastes exactly "how you always wanted your mom to
make it" at this "historic" Downtowner (opened in 1879 and in the Oregon
Pioneer Building since 1910) serving roasted birds with "holiday"
trimmings and other midpriced American fare; it's like "stepping back in
time" when you sit in the "delightful, clubby" wood-paneled bar &
elegant, historic dining room. And for a "cool show", order an "expertly
prepared" Spanish coffee – "it is a favorite."
This all-you-can-eat destination for serious carnivores is the only
devoted outpost of Brazilian churrasco, the traditional preparation of
spit-roasted meats. Waiters with bared swords, each skewering one of a
dozen different meats, prowl an expansive dining room, stopping at a
signal from a table to slice off a serving. You pay a flat fee -- and
the food keeps on coming.
“When I was a kid, you crossed the river to the east side for Blazers
games and the airport. That’s it,” remembers Noble Rot chef and Oregon
native Leather Storrs of fine dining in the 1980s and ’90s. A nice meal
meant a reservation at the west side’s
Heathman Hotel or
Ringside steak house. That is, until 2000, when a
cluster of low-rent storefronts along 28th Avenue near East Burnside
triggered a decisive shift in the city’s dining geography. Upstart chefs
traded traditional, rank-and-file gigs in downtown’s big kitchens for
their own grittier “shoestring” operations—and dragged the epicenter of
PDX dining across the Willamette.
2002, a boisterous little wine cave with a roll-up garage door dubbed
Noble Rot** delivered the coup de grace to west
side supremacy. Owners Kimberly Bernosky and Courtney Storrs took the
staid wine bar concept out at the knees, with seriously eclectic wine
flights and Leather Storrs’s comfort roster of onion tarts and fancy mac.
Bars With a View.
Today, East28th Avenue Restaurant Row’s
disruptive vision of intimate dining surrounded by concrete grit and
house pickles is the city’s default. “Because rents were cheaper and we
were on the east side, it allowed us to be freer and not feel like we
needed to ape Paley’s or Zefiro,” says Leather. “It was like, ‘What the
hell, let’s just do it.’ We just caught lightning.” —Portland
**Noble Rot moved to its current location on East Burnside in 2009.
this slick storefront on the ground floor of the retro-hip Ace Hotel,
the tattooed and tailored sit side by side at communal tables and
converse over a menu that roams from chicken-fried chicken livers to
popcorn, with an emphasis on edgy organ meats. Sure, you'll find ravioli
here, but it's probably filled with beef hearts. Chef Jason Barwikowski
is a promising talent who spins the likes of tongue and blood sausage
into dishes with a playful rusticity. Detractors find the food and
desserts uneven -- interesting, but still finding their way. Both would
be correct. But everyone seems to agree on one thing: The Clyde is
anything but common.
Recommended: Focaccia, soft and salty and sitting in an
olive-oil soak -- you can't stop eating it. Watch for duck pate or fried
anchovies on the frequently changing menu, along with good hanger
steaks, burgers and whole roasted fish. Check out the daily fish or meat
boards -- little bites and condimentia served with icy vodka or aquavit.
The modestly sized, largely European-dominated wine list is carefully
chosen with reasonable value.
The original farm-to-table spot. Greg Higgins has done more to
ennoble the humblest Northwest ingredients than anybody since Portland
native son James Beard. And the restaurant that bears his name is at
once an elegant gallery of local bounty and an earthy, no-fuss joint
where great food and drink are served up Portland-casual style. The
white-tablecloth restaurant in front boasts some of the town's best
service and inspired seasonal menus. In the woody bar around back, a
bistro menu allows you to enjoy an entire meal -- with drinks -- for
less money than you might spend on an entree up front.
Recommended: The ever-present house charcuterie sampler, the
pastrami-and-cheddar sandwich and the hamburger on a rosemary bun are
worth every penny of their quite reasonable prices. The
winter-slipping-into-spring menu is a good example of changing ideas:
potato-bacon dumplings in a delicate morel sauce; perfectly fried razor
clams; a "whole pig" platter of pork, with different cuts receiving
individual preparations; and a lovely dessert of almond tart served with
fig compote. The draft beer list rivals those of a lot of brewpubs, and
the wines are nicely varied and fairly priced.
What's so special: The only place to wine and dine on high-class cuisine
by award winning chef Corey Screiber, featuring fare straight from the
Oregon soil. Support local farms and tantalize your taste buds with such
dishes as Grilled Pacific Ahi Tuna, Mesquite Roasted Sweet Briar Farms
Pork Chops, or Stumptown Espresso Crème Caramel.
The Heathman Hotel Restaurant
[ Northwest/French ]
Chef Philippe Boulot's polished, French-rooted cuisine shouts Pacific
Northwest sourcing. But he's an eclectic fellow, reaching for a rustic
Mediterranean-island-style octopus salad or jumping to Italy to capture
a bagna cauda, the lusty "dip" heated enough to cloud seared, rare Ahi
tuna strips served with fingerling potatoes, wilted leeks and Oregon
Recommended: Start with oven-roasted red and gold beets topped
with baby spinach with a sheen of shallot-balsamic vinaigrette; the
accompanying fourme d'ambert blue cheese is a briny, cool-creme
counterpoint. American-style Kobe beef is sliced to fan out over a
rough-cut tossing of potatoes, spinach and watercress with hearts of
palm salad and sweet onion-soy vinaigrette. Two can share one dessert,
and make it the upside-down apple tart with vanilla ice cream. Wines are
in shrewdly selected abundance, from celebrated Bordeaux blends to the
little-known but proud Cornas to Oregon's pinots.
Downtown Dinner Cruise
simply, a Portland Spirit dinner cruise is the perfect night out. A
vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights. An
evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and
prepared fresh on board, entertainment, and live performances. For a
party of two to a small group of friends or co-workers, or a grand
affair for up to 300+ guests, this is the ultimate Portland experience.
Chef/owner Pascal Sauton isn't trying to rewrite le grand cuisine, and
in today's climate of showoff chefs, that's reassuring. Here, French
countryside cooking stays true to tradition, but because Sauton is
obsessive about his handpicked ingredients (Ayers Creek beans, Cattail
Creek lamb, etc.), the flavors are bright and alive. All the main
courses stay under $20, a real feat these days, and a nightly prix fixe
offers three courses for $20.
Recommended: Steak tartare; pork rillettes; mussels; frisee aux
lardons; burger; steak frites with bearnaise; lamb merguez sandwich;
profiteroles. French wines by the carafe are as easy to pay for as they
are to drink.
Le Pigeon(Gabriel Rucker -
James Beard's "The best young chef in America"
319 S.W. Broadway
$$$$ -- and then some
you can look a $50 entree in the eye and not blink, El Gaucho will give
both you and your steak meticulous pampering and attention. This
includes tableside preparation and carving, more tuxedos than a penguin
colony and, indeed, some remarkable beef. It arrives gently seared and
moist, with a mouth-filling, aged richness. Everything else, of course,
is supporting cast, but some of the other dishes, including some
appetizers and flambe desserts, considerably enhance the experience. The
service, plus a complimentary cheese, fruit and nuts plate, encourages
Recommended: Steaks, especially filet mignon and porterhouse;
Wicked Shrimp; steak tartare. Also, don't miss the Caesar salad, bananas
Foster and cherries jubilee -- all prepared tableside. In addition to a
substantial wine list, you'll find a Captain's Reserve list that goes
deep into three figures. Possibly reflecting Seattle ownership,
Washington reds seem to outweigh Oregon varietals, although there are
some nice pinot noirs.
2165 W. Burnside St.
503-223-1513; ringsidesteakhouse.com $$$$
A local institution since 1944, this classic
restaurant still wows with its steaks and sides — James Beard himself
called their onion rings the best he'd ever had.
doesn't quite match the vertiginous luxury of El Gaucho or the
old-school local vibe of RingSide, but it's the best of the national
steakhouse chains in town. From the ritualistic presentation of
ingredients before the meal until the moment you reel out into the
street sated and happy, you get first-rank treatment.
Recommended: Steaks are superior (consider the Diane and Oscar
treatments); lobster cocktail; smoked salmon; dessert souffles. They
call the hot chocolate cake "legendary" for good reason. The bar is very
well-stocked; the wine list is like a volume of tax law.
The check may be expansive, but so are the menu and the eye-popping,
sky-high view. Options range from upscale steaks to a full sushi bar and
a range of Asian-inflected dishes. And yes, that is Mount Hood behind
your pinot noir.
Recommended: Sushi, from a list wide and deep; steaks and
grilled meats, such as ginger-hoisin-glazed lamb chops; baked-to-order
cookies; chocolate mousse. Have a cocktail: This is, after all, the
city's most bustling after-work nosh-and-cruise spot; wines by the
glasses, mysteriously served in a tiny carafe, as if the gulps and sips
were especially chosen for you.
This Portland institution has served locals and visitors since 1892, and
it's still a favorite place to take out-of-towners. Jake's prides itself
on the freshness of its fish, and the daily list of sea creatures is
ample evidence. Most evenings the bar is as crowded as the
Recommended: Fine cured lox; delicious smoked, cedar-planked
salmon; simple grilled fish; the fabulous -- and fabulously rich --
banana cream pie. Beware of dishes that tend to be over-sauced, for the
ingredients can get masked.
Clam Chowder: Ds Bar, EaT: An Oyster
Bar, Breakside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House
Cafe, Fifth Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern**, RingSide Fish House, Wild Wood
Cafe, Widmer Brothers Pub and Year of the Fish.
** Lompoc Tavern won the Annual Chowder
Challenge 6 out of 8 times.
Yearning for a Lebanese mamma to make your lunch? Head downtown to Karam,
where artichoke stew and kafta casserole are simmering in the kitchen
and sometimes delivered to your table by the chef herself. Though homey,
this is Portland's most ambitious Middle Eastern cooking. Whether you
order the unusual or stick to faves like chicken shawarma or lamb
kebabs, Emelin Karam's home cooking is all about honest values: great
flavors, big portions and incredible prices.
Recommended: The real heat comes with steaming fresh pita
bread, which arrives still warm and puffy from the oven, perfect for
dipping into terrific hummus or sopping up broths from complex stews.
The massive menu has lots of dishes you don't see elsewhere: three ways
with goat, fresh pumpkin kibbeh, even molokhie, a traditional dish
layered with bread, rice, cilantro, mallow leaves and lamb.
Craving authentic baba
ghanoush? We've got good news and bad news. The bad news is
flights from Portland to Beiruit take over 24 hours. The
good news? PDX is bursting at the seams with top-notch
Lebanese cuisine. Here are some of our favorites!
223 SW Stark St, Portland, OR Lebanese
“That the food is superb is a given, but it's the
reception you get when you eat there. Even when
this place is humming and crowded they manage to
make you feel as if you are their dearest family
member that has just come home from a long absence
Dave C., Camas, WA
1012 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR Lebanese, Mediterranean
“Their tender lamb shawarma was love at first
bite. I am also a fan of their slightly smoky baba
ghannouj and the vegetarian grape leaves. Bonus
points for offering an all-day happy hour with a
pretty large selection.”
318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR Mediterranean, Lebanese
“The only restaurant I can go to for dinner, eat
leftovers for lunch the next day, and then
seriously consider going back for dinner again the
next night. The food is so good I could easily eat
it several meals in a row, or maybe even every
“The beef was delivered with crisp veggies, a
garlic dressing that I'm sure is housemade,
wrapped in another succulently warm pita. It was
so good that by the end I was getting full and my
stomach kept saying ‘no!' while my mouth said
‘shut up, stomach’.”
Matt S., Hillsboro,
1318 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR Lebanese
“We went with friends and ordered multiple plates
for the whole table to share. Highlights were the
yogurt, the lamb, the dolmas, and the tomato and
cucumber salad. The bread is as fresh as it can
be, coming straight from the oven and still puffed
Jimmi H., Portland,
1002 NE Orenco Station Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR Lebanese, Persian/Iranian
“Salam is a gem. The gormeh sabzi, eggplant stews,
and rice are excellent. The lentil soup and house
salad are great. The rice pudding is laden with
saffron, and is out of this world.”
8005 SE Stark St, Portland, OR Lebanese
“Ya Hala made me wanna holla holla. I tried the
server-recommended butternut squash homous with
smooth garbanzo bean dip flavored with a healthy
dose of sweet butternut squash and served with a
warm and puffy pita.”
1037 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR Lebanese, Cocktail Bars
“The vegetarian mezza plate was fantastic. The
baba ghanoush was smoky and lemony and creamy,
with a hint of smoked paprika. My husband had to
fight me for the last bites of cauliflower.”
Owners Ken Gordon and Nick Zukin lavish attention on curing and smoking
their meats and making everything they can from scratch. This is
pastrami unlike any other, not only in its smoky taste and sheer
flavorfulness but also in its equally original texture. Not everything
scales the heights of the pastrami, but there's plenty here not to miss
-- from superb bialys to benchmark Reubens.
Recommended: Pastrami on rye enshrined in house-made rye bread;
the Reuben; the pastrami and egg salad sandwich; the stunning pastrami
burger, topped with thick-sliced pastrami and a crown of melted cheese.
Good matzo-ball soup with suitably dense matzos. Excellent coleslaw and
applesauce. Impressive nonalcoholic drink list; a few wines and beers
are well-selected and better than what one might expect in this sort of
restaurant. Editor's note: Freelance contributor Michael C. Zusman
owns a small minority interest in Kenny & Zuke's.
used to be you crossed the river to the east side for Blazers games and
the airport. That’s it,” That is, until 2000, when a cluster of
low-rent storefronts along 28th Avenue near East Burnside triggered a
decisive shift in the city’s dining geography. Upstart chefs traded
traditional, rank-and-file gigs in downtown’s big kitchens for their own
grittier “shoestring” operations—and dragged the epicenter of PDX dining
across the Willamette.
Taqueria Nueve* in 2000, a funky, fusion-free Mexican spot
from Paley’s Place alum Billy Schumaker at 28 NE 28th Ave. Neighbors
wolfed wild boar tacos and sipped margaritas bright with actual
fresh-squeezed limes (!).
3939 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, OR
Cocina salad came out first. Everything tasted so
fresh!... Next came my burrito. I love me some pastor
burrito, and this was really good... I'll definitely
become a regular. I'm actually salivating as I write
2924 N Lombard St, Portland, OR
their burritos like those I used to get in San Francisco's
Mission District. They're messy, they're big, they're
simple, they're loaded with meat, beans and veg, and they
are perfectly but not overly sauced and spiced.”
1212 SE Division St, Portland, OR
burritos! I am a meat-eater, but their vegan/veg burritos
are the best! Love the tofu, soyrizo, and soy curls. So
good! Nice service, friendly, and you can eat next door at
Apex while enjoying a beer.”
5901 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR
Mexican, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
“I got the
al pastor burrito, and it was quite honestly the best
burrito I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. Every single
bite. The people working there are friendly and charming —
exactly the kind of people who you like to give your
4035 SE Division St, Portland, OR
Mexican, Food Stands
“I got the
super sized veggie burrito, and it was delicious. It was
the size of a foot long sandwich... The burrito had the
usual veggie burrito filling, so nothing super unique or
anything but still tasty... I'm already a fan.”
2124 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR
“Big fan of
this place. As others have said, the veggie/vegan burrito
menu is really impressive and delicious... They have good
horchata and very friendly staff... The insides of the
restaurant are consistently well kept and very clean.”
8630 N Lombard St, Portland, OR
Mexican, Bakeries, Grocery
authentic comida mexicana muy rica! Very affordable (many
options under $8 or so). Huge burritos under $5 and very,
very good! Must have for cheap, delicious Mexican food.
Worth every penny. Get some pan dulce in the store after!”
4125 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR
veggie burrito in PDX! Order the veggie fajita option.
Light on the dairy (and probably amazing without it),
heavy on the beans, rice, and grilled veggies. Big enough
to warrant leftovers but too delicious to make that a
Hot, chocolatey, nutty, spicy, and... savory? Si señor – it's Mexican
mole. This earthy
sauce is pretty much good on everything, but it can be a little hard
to find this side of Oaxaca. That's why your
Weekly Yelp is making a
mountain of deliciousness out of Portland's mole holes!
Mi Mero Mole metes out an impressive number of rotating guisados,
and Andy D notes, "The menu lists over 30, with six to
eight available each day," some of which are stoked with the namesake
sauce. Meanwhile, Douglas C fondly remembers
Autentica's Platillo Mexicano (cheese enchiladas covered in mole) as
"to-die-for." He admits, "Once the enchiladas where gone, I sat there
and ate the rest of the mole with a spoon. It was that good." And
Jessica K recalls, "I
dreamed that I wrestled a burrito bigger than my head. I
woke up and realized I had, in fact, eaten a freakishly large, spicy
green mole chicken burrito wrapped in a fantastic tortilla of yumminess"
Santería. That's a lunch fit for a luchador!
"Maybe in California it's about grande, greasy burritos filled with a
pound of artery-clogging meat," but Brian N finds the
star of the veggie-heavy plate at
Verde Cocina. "It isn't the pork in the tortilla, but everything
around it – grilled apples, kale and bean salad, warm tortillas and
mole." Lucas Z has nothing but praise for the
chocolate-y goodness at
Amelia's, where the sauce is
"homemade and tastes as if you were in Mexico." He suggests the daily
special, whatever it be! And Lisa T lusts for
Mextiza's "Cameron en Pipián." Made with
prawns simmered in a traditional
tomato and nut mole sauce, it's "rich, creamy and
wonderful." Pair it with "El Zacatecano mezcal" and todo es bueno en el
Adam A checks in for his favorite "chicken with mole
and fresh homemade flour tortillas" at
La Costita. One bite and he exclaims, "What a meal! It has great
spices, creaminess from the mole, tender chicken," and fluffy rice.
Whitney O gets sauced with
Agave Azul's "beef in mole." Think "spicy, yet chocolatey, just like
it's supposed to be. The best Mexican food" in town? It's a-mole.
And Sandra W goes googley-eyed over the mole with pollo
Nuestra Cocina: "A nearly boneless, generous portion ofseasoned
grilled chicken," sitting in a
handmade pumpkin seed mole. We'll go mano-a-mano with
You make the trek home to the family hearth after a long absence and you
don't want trendy, edgy or experimental. You want familiar, homey,
comforting. You want, in short, the sort of fare that Mother's have been
serving with reliable skill and care for years. Chef-owner Lisa
Schroeder is a busy presence in the kitchen, dining room and even the
swank Velvet Lounge bar. Her gracious touch, like the parlor-style
furnishings and setting, gives you the essence of the place: It's all
designed to make you feel at home.
Recommended: The standards always satisfy: matzo soup,
pot-roast plate, chicken and dumplings, chopped liver, mac and cheese.
But wandering in the less familiar portions of the menu can pay off,
too: fried calamari with a garlicky sweet-and-sour sauce, a perfect
Parisian bistro-style steak frites, Asian-accented pulled pork. Cocktail
service has grown more sophisticated.
200 S.W. Market St.
503-227-0080 $$ (regular menu), $$$$ (kaiseki)
Besides consistent, impressively fresh sashimi and sushi -- like
unexpected rolls and geoduck -- Murata sets out a range of Japanese
specialties, including seafood-dense nabe stews for two, unusual grilled
fish dishes and a kasu cod that makes "melting in your mouth" not a
cliche but a literal description. Tempura is equal parts air and
crispness, and it lures with nonstandard elements such as soft-shell
Recommended: Tempura, especially king-crab tempura; black cod
in sake paste; grilled salmon collar; sushi; nabe stews (for more than
one); and, if you're feeling expansive, multicourse kaiseki banquets.
Limited but adequate beer and sake selection.
has the soul of the 1917 Hung Far Low Building, the look of a Japanese
drinking club and the green sensibility of indie Portland. It pays
respect to Chinatown's past but looks to the future with food, art and
design from local cultures all over Asia, like you'd find today in
modern-day Bangkok or Tokyo. But mostly, as customers sit at the sleek
counter inhaling pork bone tea, Vietnamese short ribs and black sesame
ice cream, Ping feels exciting: the most daring, challenging, intriguing
restaurant to open in some time.
Recommended: The menu draws significantly from Singapore and
Malaysia, with some rare discoveries from China, like ju pa bao, a
sublimely brined pork chop on a tiny, buttery bun. But don't think
Chinese-style or family-style eating. This is high-level snacking, Ã
la drinking houses all over Asia. Plan to spend $20-$30 a person. Meet
friends, have fun over drinks and eat some good food, perhaps pork
collar with tangy-tart dipping sauce; skewers of spicy baby octopus;
rice soup with pork meatballs, paired with super-heady salted duck egg
salad; and kaipatam toast slathered with thick custard jam.
Sometimes you go to a place because it makes you feel cool. In downtown
Portland, Saucebox is it. The vibe: high-energy Hong Kong happy hour.
Bruce Carey's restaurants are always detail-oriented, and in the
cacophony of Saucebox's sleek black bar and beyond, libations are the
thing. The house cocktail menu lists more than a hundred, with rising
talent Kyle Billings pouring; a glass "shrine" reverently houses
liquors, cordials and infusions; and the daily happy hour and late-night
DJ scenes are off the hook.
Recommended: None of this means you should skip dinner. Just
order a Saucebox signature, like the Javanese roasted salmon, a pupu
platter or even sushi, and enjoy the action from the dining balcony
above the bar. The sedate white dining room offers sit-down dinners --
ideal on an expense account, what with $28 entrees. Cocktails put an
emphasis on fun. Hit the Thai Basil Gimlet or the chile-infused vodka
Kickboxer -- as the passion fruit and raspberry purees meld, the Lava
Lamp-like liquid entertains.
Thai-Som Tum ]
Som tum: the spicy, tangy, shredded green papaya salad that often plays Fatone to pad Thai's Timberlake.
It may not be as popular, but it has a fervent
cult following (and plenty of hidden talent). Now it's time for the
Weekly Yelp to get in sync with Portland's sizzling som scene!
A self-admitted "picky psycho about som tum," Bree C
attests that a good salad "brings
you up with spiciness, swirls happiness around all of your senses,
then eases you down smoothly into tangy pleasure." Where does she fill
her tum-my? No question:
Thai Abode. Meanwhile, Phil M swears by the
"namesake dish at
SomTum Gai Yang. Max it out on spice – it won't disappoint! The
salad is sweet and crunchy, with a fiery build." But Soi9
stoked Sandra W's mouth-flames. The salad was so hot
there that even "Mr. Macho Guy, 'I-can-handle-anything'" (aka her hubby)
ended up "sweating and twitching" from the heat.
If you crave a Lao/Isaan version (think saltier and spicier), have no
Pok Pok's signature salad will, as Anita H warns, "definitely
give you a HUGE kick in the pants." For an adventure,
try it "Isaan style" with fermented salt crab and dry chilis. Over at
Chiang Mai, Sylvia S swears "the menu reads like
something out of a Thai restaurant jackpot; featuring lots of
interesting, rare options" like som tum with choice of pickled black
crab or traditional dried shrimp. And
Kesone Thai Lao Bistro offers up Thai and Lao variations as well.
Andrew R reports, it's his "ace in the hole… as far as
neighborhood restaurants go." Need to cool your palate? "The salad rolls
are works of art." We can roll with that.
Down in Sellwood,
Jade Bistro And Teahouse serves up some "dirt cheap" som tum that
makes Tyler A say yum. "The salad isn't as spicy" as
most places, but he reckons it offers a "perfect crunch" to offset the
succulent grilled shrimp. A crustacean sensation! When Susan W
is faced with som tum at
Red Onion, she cries, "Holy moly, Batman!
When these guys say 'very spicy,'
they are not messing around." Go Laotian for an
added kick… Onions always make us cry.
And in SE Portland, Lang Baan (authentic
It's late and you're staring down tomorrow's impending hangover. Are you
seriously considering a greasy meal slapped together with a caulking gun
at a fast food joint? Stop right there! This
Weekly Yelp is here to save the day (or night) with a
list of Portland's bona fide
fifth meal grub.
Need to soak up those drinks?
Central serves full dinner until 2:30am on weekends and Rick
W reports, "The food is amazing. Try the rabbit and kale – it's
spicy with just enough fattiness to create an unctuous, undeniably
delicious meal. The cocktails are well crafted. And the ambience?
Delightfully rustic." For another fancy option downtown, rock with
Jeff M to
Lúc Lác for their namesake dish. This "tender beef tenderloin, seared
with Hennessey, beurre de France, garlic, and black peppercorn,
is served over mixed greens with tomato fried rice." And that's offered
until the wee hours? How'd we get so Lúc-y?
Sometimes you just need midnight pie. Kade M's go-to at
Hammy's is "fresh mozz, bacon, tomato, and basil on a garlic and oil
base." They even offer "all sorts of vegan options, like cashew cheese
pizza or whatever those crazy veegs are dreaming up these days."
Meanwhile, Eric L has "no problem downing four pieces"
Sizzle Pie's "oh-so yummy pizza in one sitting. And these slices are
HUGE!" His favorite items? "The Ol'
Dirty, Pig Destroyer and Heart Attack Man." Those'll
annihilate your hunger. Mary H never suffers a missed
Lonesome's: "Not only are these pizzas bomb at 2am when one is
bombed, but they also happen to be amazing for dinner with a bottle of
red wine and jazz." Need a dining buddy?
"Everyone knows the dirtier the taco shop, the better the food," and
Beth N finds her burrito at
Javier's. It's "well-seasoned, simple and flavorful." But Nicholas
N goes for dogs at hisZach's
Shack after-party: "It's within stumbling distance of
Space Room and is open late!" The "John
Popper with jalapeños, cream cheese and Mae Ploy"
alongside "a PBR tall boy" always hit the spot for him. And
Joanna Y blows it up at
Big Bertha's, "the perfect late-night yum-factory in the
'Bar-muda Triangle.' Think classic falafel and lamb gyros with upgraded
extras like whole garlic cloves and feta for maximum flavor." We'll
toast tomorrow's mimosa to that!
Erin N grabs her "takeout container full of yum"
Mum's. This little cart dishes out Indian food with a "South African
side to it, which is different but tasty." Try the garlic pork – it's
the pig's oink! But Robert H touts
The Tao of Tea as "a
great spot for a date with your yoga crush." Aside from
world-class teas, they offer "light and tasty Indian food." Case in
point? The besan ka pura: a chickpea crêpe, filled with tomatoes,
onions, cilantro, and cumin. Mandana S is a huge fan of
pani puri, which she describes as "sexy little pillows made of angel
wings, stuffed with potato crack and topped with liquid love." And
Bombay Chaat House carries "the best in all of Portland." Sounds
Chowing down on a huge portion of tofu dahl at
Real Taste of India, Mac M yells, "Holy sh*t! These
are some damn fine vittles!" He's talkin' "slow
roasted lentils, perfectly cooked basmati rice, flavorful tofu, ginger,
and garlic." And Melissa V digs
Abhiruchi for dinner: "All of the dishes we ordered, and especially
my lamb kharai, were super flavorful and fresh. Plus, they offer hot,
fresh naan and super attentive, friendly service." There's naan
better than that.
"Appearances can be deceiving," but as far as Christopher J N
is concerned, at
Gandhi's, "thebills stay safe in your pocket and
the tasty food safe in your gullet. Imagine trays full
of delicious Indian fare inside a mini food court." Meanwhile,
Devon D makes a passage to
East India Co for "five-course lunch specials." Set a
midday date – you won't "even come close to finishing and will get out
of there for $30" for two. When it comes to the dishes, "the tandoori
lamb chops steal the show." But Aaron W doubles down on
Roshambo's moong dahl – "yellow moong beans with spinach and spices,
topped with house-made ghee. It's a hearty, delicious dish and the
traditional Indian spices really amplify the experience." Korma-n
Let's be blunt: you don't have to be Fidel Castro (or even wear an
ironic Castro hat) to appreciate a fine stogie. In fact, Portland has a
fairly robusto cigar scene notwithstanding the '09 smoking ban.
Weekly Yelp is lighting up a list of
spots to puff, puff, pass
those oh-so sweet
Need some seriously "fine cigars or quality tobacco smoking
paraphernalia"? Frank L reports that
Rich's "is your store. No fancy
frills, just smokes and a ton of magazines." And the
salespeople don't make "you feel like a chump for lack of cigar
expertise." Join Jenn A for a smoky treat at
82nd Avenue Tobacco and Pipe. They boast a "friendly and helpful
staff," and a "plush cigar lounge" with a flat-screen for in-store
puffery. And Lena W admits, "I don't smoke big fancy
cigars or pipes, but I do really enjoy mini cigars. Lucky me,
Broadway Cigar has a nice little shelf of quality stogies that
aren't nearly as intimidating as the big ones in the humidor." That's
some sweet leaf.
Often in need of advice, Laura H appreciates that the
Timber Valley Tobaccos "are very knowledgeable" about their wares.
Plus "they help you find the best deal for what you're looking for."
Pearl Specialty may be, according to Melissa P, a "fancy
schmancy store full of amazing, delicious booze," but it
doesn't stop there. The well-stocked walk-in humidor seals the deal. And
11th Avenue Liquor is "one of the most organized and efficiently run
liquor stores" Heather H has ever visited. Aside from
the "wide selection of booze and mixers," the cigar offerings are
top-shelf. Even aficionados should be able to find some succulent,
Of course, "places where you can smoke cigars indoors," which, in
Ethan D's "opinion is the best way to smoke cigars, are
few and far between. Places like
Greater Trumps are a Godsend." Not only do they "serve alcohol, but
you can bring your own cigars from home" to enjoy in the bar. Or,
retreat from the hustle of the city with Mark H into
the "bar in the basement" of
Kells. This smoky spot is where he finds "a
great selection of beer, whiskey and cigars."Lastly, Matt W recognizes that
El Gaucho's "filet mignon is the best out there," but add in "classy
service, romantic atmosphere" and an upscale cigar room hidden in back
and he's set. Roll out!
It's a well-settled fact that booze is a healthy part of a complete
breakfast. But sometimes it's nice to start your day the soft drink way.
Weekly Yelp is digging deep into Portland's
beverage scene to find
fountains and house-made suds that even a (soda) jerk would love.
"Part novelty and part delicious,"
Fizz has Shannon H feeling bubbly. Offering an
array of ice cream flavors – "salted caramel, anyone?" – she recommends
adding a scoop to their fountain pop. The syrups are made with real cane
sugar and none of that
high-fructose malarkey! Eva A
Fairley's Pharmacy offers "a less rushed attitude" than most modern
script dispensaries. But what really makes it special is the "stuff your
typical pharmacy might have had 75 years ago," like a functioning soda
fountain! Peter T feels, "visiting
Pattie's Home Plate Café is like going into an old-time diner while
under the influence of something strong." Why so quirky? The costumes,
Avon counter, "a jukebox with 45s that haven't been changed since the
mid '60s," and some interesting fizzy beverages.
Craving straightforward sodas? Kaitlin P really loves
the house-made ginger and vanilla bubblies up at
Firehouse. "The flavors are crisp and not overly sweet," she
reckons, and pair well with pizza that's "simple yet full of flavor."
Plus Tommy T attests,
Pyro Pizza pours up "a great handmade soda selection" courtesy of
Give Pizza A Chance, adding that they "rival most sodas out there."
With rotating flavors like naturalcola, sarsaparilla or root
beer, ginger, Thai coffee, and basil-lime, his cup
When Megan T needs a "nice change of pace from the
standard diet cola," she slurps up a special at
Blueplate. Think "homemade
sodas from the fountain," like an anise-hibiscus blend,
alongside classic American comfort food. Meanwhile, Melissa V
makes tracks for the "delicious drinking vinegars" that
Whiskey Soda Lounge makes in-house. Her recent choices were
"pomegranate and pineapple. Both have that nice, tart, funky edge, and
go great with the fish sauce wings," which are also a must-try.
Frannie H has fun with one of
The Original's "fancy sodas" brewed on site. She digs the
"ginger-lemongrass concoction – such a clean and refreshing flavor! It's
nice and bubbly and not too sweet." Spike it with booze for a couple
Contrary to the official words of House Stark, we can rightly say that
spring is coming. In fact, if you couldn't tell by the weather,
it's already here, which means food cart season is right around the
Weekly Yelp has a truckload of info on some of Bridge City's most
recent mobile menus.
Bread And Broth (Downtown) Steve M reminisces, "Back when I was a kid, my grandma
used to describe cold blustery weather as 'Soup Weather'," and we get
"soup weather an awful lot in Portland." Good thing there's "someone
downtown who makes soup as good as both of my grandmas."
Rescue Bagels (Downtown)
"These bagels are seriously the best thing to ever happen to bread,"
boasts Michelle H. "They're chewy and dense, without a
wack texture. Plus, "the option to get a bagel breakfast sando for less
than $5" is a real saving grace.
Pizza Box (Inner-SE Industrial)
With a wood-fired oven in the cart, it's no wonder "the crust is cooked
perfectly and the ingredients are nice and fresh." Coleen M
offers a protip: "It's not fun to stand in the rain to wait for your
pie, so grab a drink at the brewery that's right there and then eat your
pizza with a microbrew."
Okinoshima (SW 3rd & Stark Pod) Lawrie M calls this the "best okonomiyaki in Portland.
Warm, savory, seafoody goodness perfect for toting back to your office
on a rainy day. Your salivating co-workers will be jealous (or think
you're a sadist) as you awkwardly chopstick goopy chunks of meat and
magic into your gaping maw."
Garden Monsters (Alberta Arts) Misty B gets all teary-eyed for the "vegan, meaty, and
gluten-free offerings" at this salad cart. Her fave? "The steak caesar
salad (Caesar the Great). It's dressed perfectly, the croutons are
crunchy and well seasoned, the bacon is crisp and smoky, and the steak
bites are juicy and full of flavor!" Rawr!
Sure, getting sauced on PBR and playing Big Buck Hunter is a
great way to spend a Saturday. But what if you're looking to
class it up while you smash it up?
Weekly Yelp is taking flight with some of Portland's most di-vine
When Kari S needs to find the vine, she heads to
ENSO, where the "small batches of wine just taste better." Sip on
that alcoholic grape juice in the unpretentious, "hang-with-your-buddies
atmosphere." And Mikhail H may keep
Kir close to her heart for their "amazing selection of wines," but
also finds, "The food that comes
out of the tiny kitchen is small but mighty!"
Amber A takes her wine junkets to
Journeys for the "cozy, homey and relaxing" feel. "If you're really
looking to hang out," she recs you "grab a seat in the back room and
pull a board game from the game shelf." Play date, anyone?
To sate her cravings, Patti F puts
Noble Rot on her list: "Big comfy booths? Check. Amazing view of the
city lights? Check. Good happy hour? Check. Great wine selection?
Check." A regal repose. Meanwhile,
Every Day Wine is anything but ordinary, according to David
R. It "aims to keep affordable, really good wines on hand. In
addition to wines by the glass, the flights are great ways of
going on mini wine tours without
prying your butt off the bar stool." Abbie H
offers her ode: "I. Love. Red. Wine. It makes me happy. And the
knowledge of the people that work at
Coppia has helped me understand pairings and my palate." Decant
For all you "vino fans looking to expand your knowledge and repertoire,"
Jim S swears by
Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro. Why? Simply put, "their commitment to
sharing Oregon wines," by offering "weekly free tastings,"
periodic "cellar tastings sponsoring local wineries, and pairing
dinners." Tiffany B sips her cares away at
Bar Avignon. It's a "sexy place
in SE to have some wine and talk about the end of one's day
at a quaint, candlelit table. The wine list is a big one," so get
pouring! And Katherine K admits she's "in complete lust
with robust, full-bodied, spicy red wines," and
Barilé fulfills her every fantasy. Plus, the beer snob husband even
gets to come and enjoy "a small, yet diverse tap list." Someone's got
her crush on.
Old Town - Chinatown
215 W Burnside St, Portland, OR Greek, Mediterranean
“We both had the avgolemono soup which is a
delicious chicken broth, with orzo pasta, egg, and
lemon juice. On a previous visit I had the octopus
marinated in olive oil, vinegar, and a dash of
garlic. It was perfect, not chewy or rubbery but
411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR Lounges, American
“A quick pour of Triple-Sec, and a generous
helping of Bacardi 151 preceded the fire. With a
quick flick of a lighter the glass was ignited,
and a very tall pour of Kahlua proceeded. After
the show, it was topped up with coffee and a
lovely top of cream.”
Dan N., Forest
“Come in prepared to indulge, schmooze, and soak
up the atmosphere. I had a delicious pacific
salmon sauté, with oyster and shiitake mushrooms
in a hazelnut cream sauce. Some raspberries on top
and my prosecco on the side cut through the cream
Randi W., Portland,
5829 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR American (New), Breakfast &
“I've been coming to Papa's since 1979 and have
never had bad service or bad food. Six of us
ordered six different desserts. They were all
excellent but the party favorites were the creme
brûlée, the boccone dolce, and the coconut
macaroons to go.”
Holly D., Portland,
2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR Steakhouses
“We tried the bone-in filet topped with crab in a
béarnaise sauce. Delicious. The topping was very
delicate and a perfect complement to the meat. We
ordered a side of brussels sprouts, abacony,
mustardy, slightly sweet roasty bowl of goodness.”
18019 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR Hot Dogs, Burgers
“Coney dogs, burgers, milkshakes, and fries, oh
my! This place hasn't changed much since it opened
in '38, but the food is food stuff. Dining room is
not much unless you've seen the inside of a
sardine can, so call ahead and place your to-go
Josh C., Clackamas,
10519 SE Stark St, Portland, OR Steakhouses, Seafood
“You can get a 20 oz t-bone for less than $30 and
it includes soup/salad, a side dish, and a scoop
of ice cream. Not to mention the veggies with sour
cream sauce and bread with garlic butter that
comes to the table before your meal.”
Mike W., Portland,
1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR American (New), Breakfast &
“A friend of mine and I came for lunch, and
luckily got a seat at the bar without a
reservation. I got the duck confit, and holy hell
— that dish blew my mind! I was so full about
two-thirds of the way in, I still had to polish it
Pi day (3.14) is almost upon
us, and what better way to make all your food-filled
mathematical dreams come true! We're here to help you
calculate the most efficient method to overindulge your
way through all the sweet and savory pies PDX has to
offer! Don't miss this crumbly affair.
11477 SW Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR Desserts, American
(Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch
“It's a 24-hour diner, serving exactly the sort
of food you expect. Banning's pies are
excellent. I'm fond of the pecan and the mudd
pies, but both of the apple pies are excellent
8001 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR Lounges, Pizza
“Awesome energy and a stellar pizza there. Go.
Go now. The pepperoni isn't any ordinary,
run-of-the-mill sort of pepperoni. This is
tasty, and made with pesto, and the crust! Oh
the crust is crisped to perfection!”
Taylor J., Lake
410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR American (New), American
“Their dessert chef is a pro, and made a mean
brown butter pecan pie. We paired it with their
housemade honey ice cream and the flavor combo
was out of this world! They serve up big
portions too, so split a dessert and take a nap
Meg R., Portland,
3402 SE Division St, Portland, OR Bakeries, Desserts,
Breakfast & Brunch
“I've tried many of the sweet pies and my
favorites are the fruit-based, such as the tart
cherry or blueberry. The chocolate cream is
indulgent and delicious. The crust is great,
flaky, and crusty but unwilling to break when
you need it most.”
1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR Bakeries, Cafes,
“Wow! We had the steak and cheese pie... The
crust was flaky and buttery and I love the
little animal cut-out they bake onto the top of
it. It's so cute I almost didn't want to eat it.
But I did eat it... in like under three minutes.
So, so good!”
7316 N Lombard Ave, Portland, OR Food Trucks
“I saw they were offering a
blueberry/strawberry/rhubarb pie. When our order
arrived, there was an extra slice of their
chocolate banana pie! Why? Because they didn't
feel the two (pretty decent) slices were big
enough — wow! Also, thanks, Paiku!”
521 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR Desserts, Cafes
“Choose from the traditional Bradley apple pie
or for something more familiar yet unknown as a
pie, the s'mores pie! Love that this place is
open late night and totally satisfies a craving
of something sweet.”
1800 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR Coffee & Tea, Desserts,
“I had the chicken pot pie there and it was
absolutely delicious. Succulent chicken chunks
with all the required vegetables, the lovely
inner-gravy, and that wonderful crust. The crust
was perhaps the best feature in that it has a
wonderful cornmeal taste.”
A sampler tray of beer on the rooftop bar at 10 Barrel
Brewing. Photo courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing.
By Jon Shadel
What’s better than drinking? Drinking
outside, of course. And what’s better than drinking outside? Sipping a
stiff one while lazing on a roof — ideally a lofty vantage from where
you can take in the varied scenery of Oregon’s wild nature blending in
with the urban fabric of the city.
Since one of Portland’s claims to fame is its
hyped craft bar and brewery scene, it’s no surprise that we’ve got
plenty of patios and rooftops to choose from. And each offers a
different take on the al fresco boozing experience — some with the
best views, some with the best brews (or wine, cocktails, etc.). But
there are a few that hit that sweet spot.
We’ve undertaken that grueling task of
identifying the best locales for hanging out on a roof with a few good
friends, visiting every bar with an open rooftop and asking ourselves
a few simple questions at each stop: Sweet views? Yep. Great drinks?
Mhm. Let’s just say we’ve done the hard work for you.
The view: The unassuming
Hotel Eastlund, which stands
just a few stories above street level, might seem an unexpected host
for one of the city’s best rooftop bars, but Altabira City Tavern, a
relative newcomer to the bar scene, offers sweeping views from its
sizeable rooftop patio of the sunlit spires of the Oregon Convention
Center and the humble skyline of downtown Portland.
Drink this: While its
concise tap list may pale in comparison with other bars, Altabira
offers a well-curated selection of
16 local craft
brews and cider, as well as cocktails and wine.
The view: The newest rooftop
to open in the city unsurprisingly ranks among the most crowded. This
Bend-based brewery first welcomed guests to its rooftop bar in early
2016, and it’s been a buzzing spot on sunny days ever since — offering
a modest view of the glossy condos and converted warehouses of the
upscale Pearl District.
Drink this: As one of
Oregon’s most well-known breweries, opt for a sampler try to try a
little bit of everything on the menu. But if you have to settle on
just one drink, don’t miss their flagship beer, the Apocalypse IPA.
The view: This fourth-floor
wine bar on East Burnside Street offer sweeping views of downtown and
Southeast Portland — especially at night, when it’s just about the
only place you can swirl a glass of local pinot while taking in the
twinkly lights of the city’s humble skyline backed by the dark
silhouette of the West Hills.
Drink this: The
ever-changing wine menu features standout labels from around the
world. Try a flight to get a taste for what’s on offer at the moment.
Their drinks menu also includes cocktails, beer and cider.
The view: The only rooftop
bar in Southwest is perched on top of The Nines, a ritzy hotel
attracting a primped and perfumed crowd taking to the roof for
unmatched views of Pioneer Courthouse Square. It’s here that the
Portland’s true scale reveals itself — the height restrictions on
buildings means even the density of the downtown center feels
intimate, manageable and small, but the buzz of this always-busy,
fashionable bar makes clear this is a trendsetting city — or, perhaps
more appropriately said, a small town on steroids.
Drink this: The kitchen
shines under the watchful eye of Top Chef-contestant Gregory Gourdet,
and a menu of fine craft cocktails pairs deliciously with his
The view: Formerly a gas
station, the patio and adjoining second-floor rooftop bar area teem
with activity on summer weekends, when locals from this artsy,
fiercely independent enclave in Northeast Portland turn out in droves
to sip drinks from a concise menu of craft beer, cocktails and wine.
Bell towers of St. Andrew Catholic Church, an icon of the
neighborhood, dominate the westward view from the top—a great spot to
soak in the last few rays of sun on a sunny evening.
Drink this: The drink menu
is no showstopper, but it is nonetheless a crowd-pleaser. The craft
cocktails creations are the clear standout, specifically the Lavender
Gin Fizz, a twist on the classic, but shaken with lavender bitters.
The view: This hybrid
boutique hotel and upscale hostel, which is housed in a Victorian-era
brick building in Old Town/Chinatown, doesn’t really have a top-floor
bar. Why is it on the list? Well, it does have a rooftop terrace with
commanding views of central Portland. To enjoy alfresco drinks here,
guests can order cocktails from the cafe in the lobby, where you’ll
also find rotating local beers on tap as well as a full espresso bar.
Drink this: This third-wave
cafe meets craft bar means you’ve got plenty of options, but you can’t
go wrong with the menu of cocktails, which are the minimum purchase
required to gain access to the rooftop area.
The check may be expansive, but so are the menu and the eye-popping,
sky-high view. Options range from upscale steaks to a full sushi bar and
a range of Asian-inflected dishes. And yes, that is Mount Hood behind
your pinot noir.
Recommended: Sushi, from a list wide and deep; steaks and
grilled meats, such as ginger-hoisin-glazed lamb chops; baked-to-order
cookies; chocolate mousse. Have a cocktail: This is, after all, the
city's most bustling after-work nosh-and-cruise spot; wines by the
glasses, mysteriously served in a tiny carafe, as if the gulps and sips
were especially chosen for you. And lastly, the happy hour menu (until
6pm) if full of great food deals.
Chris O. wrote: “The selections very
good from black to oolong, to green, white,
and even herbal infusions. I also saw some
teas I hadn't seen before which was a nice
surprise. All the teas are out in tins that
you can open to see and smell. This is very
Amiee H. wrote: “I tried the tea flight,
which is four different teas for $10... The
tea flight is served on a platter, you get
one large cup of each tea, a small sample of
what the tea leaves look like, a little
description card of the tea, and two little
North Portland, 3972 N
Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR
Jessica S. wrote: “My purchases today
entailed: Mangosteen Green Tea, Coconut
Mango Oolong, and Organic Lavender Tulsi
Herbal Tea. All three different in their own
respects but equally delicious when steeped
and sipped out of whatever container suits
your sipping pleasures.”
Southeast Portland, 4330 SE
Division St, Portland, OR
Isaac H. wrote: “As far as boba tea in
PDX, this is by far my favorite. The tapioca
pearls are always well balanced, chewy, and
just the right amount of sweetness... I
recommend the vanilla rose, but if you like
green tea, the matcha boba is also amazing
Mellissa B. wrote: “They have over 120
different kinds of tea blends including
Chai, green, black, white, oolong, and
herbal remedy types... Teas are brewed less
sweet than other places around town (thank
you!), so speak up if you're a sugar fiend
and they'll help you out.”
8421 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR
wrote: “Two words: Bánh mì. I don't know what kind of
black magic sorcery they use to make that pork taste
so good, but that is a bomb sandwich... Top it off
with a veggie and pickle mix and a fresh baked
baguette... This was a top-notch gourmet sandy.”
North Portland, 3535
N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR
wrote: “Warm ciabatta bread filled with lots of turkey
and big chucks of perfectly-ripe avocado were in total
harmony with the well-seasoned tomato jam. Best turkey
sandwich I've had in a long time. Also, very fulling.
Also — also! — comes with potato chips.”
wrote: “If eating an entire reuben from Charlie's is
wrong, I don't wanna be right... There is nothing else
I could think as I was enjoying the perfect texture,
crazy good sauerkraut and better yet- flavorful
dressing that was NOT gloppy and too much.”
wrote: “I got the 'Little Britain' sandwich and it was
one of the best breakfast sandwiches I've ever had...
The sandwich has a fried egg, banger pork sausage,
applewood smoked bacon, black pudding, mushrooms,
tomato, and HP brown sauce.”
1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR
wrote: “I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with aioli
and broccolini. It was amazingly full of flavor, juice
like you wouldn't believe, and it was a total mess of
yumminess! Loved this one but you may not want to get
it on the first date.”
Central Eastside, SE
12th Ave & SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
wrote: “The grilled spicy peanut, coconut shrimp,
basil, and orange marmalade sandwich was to die for.
Deliciously oily with a wonderful combination of
flavors. Sandwich is big enough for two meals for me.
This is a creative food cart creation at its best.”
3848 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR
wrote: “Shut Up And Eat is home to my current favorite
sandwich, the Broad St. Bomber. The steak is chopped
into pieces that are just the right size... The cheesy
goodness is evenly melted throughout, and I highly
recommend getting hot and sweet peppers.”
1704 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR
wrote: “Their mighty sandwiches will make your hands
feel small. It's not some small wimpy sandwich that
you can easily take a bite out of. It's massive and
often overflowing. Lots of meat, lots of bread, lots
of veggies, lots of cheese... A lot of everything!”
It used to be you crossed the
river to the east side for Blazers games and the airport. That’s it,”
That is, until 2000, when a cluster of low-rent storefronts along 28th
Avenue near East Burnside triggered a decisive shift in the city’s
dining geography. Upstart chefs traded traditional, rank-and-file gigs
in downtown’s big kitchens for their own grittier “shoestring”
operations—and dragged the epicenter of PDX dining across the
redefined “local” eating with a checklist of inspired European small
plates conjured from chef John Taboada’s weekly farm box.
Hilton's Executive Towers
- The whole pig's head (right) is one of
Jackrabbit's "Shared Suppers." Alternative suppers include braised
rabbit with 80 cloves of garlic, and a $110
pin bone steak with seasonal vegetables and bone marrow dip. In the
photo: slow-roasted pig head, fried pigs ear, and chicory salad, served
alongside "brainaise" (a Cosentino signature), and pork-fat salsa verde
Opal - From
Dossier’s inviting lobby, guests can see into Opal, the newest
destination from Portland’s acclaimed Lightning Bar Collective. Windows
offer a bartender’s eye view into an architectural jewel box serving up
expertly crafted classic cocktails and a food menu of light, sharable
fare with plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices.
Tucked behind Opal is Omertà, an intimate 50-seat restaurant dedicated
to celebrating the rich tradition of Italian American cuisine, helmed by
Chef Mark Barnett. Here, guests can expect to find delicious,
classically prepared food served in a setting that is simultaneously
elegant, comfortable and unpretentious.
was one of the 1st in the Pearl. It specializes in contemporary "big
night out" meals, such as grilled lobster w/brandy sauce & pickled green
strawberries, or grilled rib-eye w/kale & duck-fat emulsion.
Elk Burger or Spicy Fried Chicken and
Inspired by the cayenne-infused Nashville-style hot chicken that’s become
famous nationwide in recent years, Deschutes’s version is served over a
house-made sourdough waffle with smoked provolone, kale-fennel-pecan salad,
and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Pairs with: The brewery’s
spruce-inflected Pinedrop IPA offers a crisp, slightly citrusy balance to
the sweet fire of this delicious dish. 210 NW 11th Ave // 503-296-4906 //
This two-fisted work of carnal ecstasy derives its mild burn factor from a
layer of pickled jalapeños and melted pepper Jack cheese. Crispy pork
chicharonnes, mashed avocado, and slightly tangy tequila-cilantro mayo lend
depth and texture.
Pairs with: There’s nothing subtle, nor saintly, about
Holsteins’s hedonistic Bridgeton Birthday Cake milkshake, which is exactly
why we love it! 1139 NW Couch St // 503-616-4321 // holsteinsburgers.com
Irving Street Kitchen
is a southern-inspired joint featuring such foods as fried chicken and
smoked pork chops w/black garlic applesauce.
Oven & Shaker
where you can order a wood-fired fennel-sausage with chilies pizza and sip
on a pineapple trainwreck (rum & pineapple juice cut with spicy ginger
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Rellenos*
Renowned for its creative Latin American cuisine, ¡Oba! focuses more on bold
flavors than searing heat. But this piquant appetizer that’s a favorite
during happy hour in the lounge packs some punch and couldn’t be more
delicious—the smoked bacon and chorizo–cream cheese filling create quite the
Pairs with: What’s ¡Oba!’s spiciest dish? It’s actually a
cocktail—the habanero mango martini. This zippy elixir contains habanero-infused
Monopolowa vodka, fresh mango, house sour mix, and cilantro. 555 NW 12th Ave
// 503-228-6161 //
Andina for Peruvian
Metrovina isa top spot for serious diners with an oenophilic (love of wine)
Delizia or Mio Gelato, where you may choose from their menu of panini sandwiches and save the gelato for dessert.
Prasad Vegan Cafe (925 NW Davis St, )
Parish, where you can wake up to a plate of braised rabbit hash and a Bloody
Mary made with pickled Thai chili pepper & garlic.
River Pig Saloon-
Rare Whiskeys (529 NW 13th) - A concept of the lumbermen (River Pigs) who
worked W. Burnside (Skid Road) in the old days. "They were brutes who
enjoyed their booze and good times." This watering hole feels connected to
those River Pigs. Serves Lunch & Dinner
Verde Cocina (shown right)
Puerco con Fuego*
At this cheerful Mexican eatery, chef-owner
Noe Garnica isn’t kidding about the con fuego part of this hearty appetizer.
It might just be the hottest dish in the Pearl District, thanks to the
house-made infierno salsa doused over crispy chunks of pork belly with
potatoes, onions, and greens.
Cool off by quaffing a tangy Tamarind Sour with Bulleit bourbon and fresh
lime. 524 NW 11th Ave // 503-894-9321 // verdecocinamarket.com
Spicy Pearl--Heat seekers, rejoice!
We’ve found these local dishes that’ll make your mouth—and
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