Restaurants in Oregon
Oregon’s eco-friendly reputation spills over into local cuisine. The state is a haven for the farm-to-table movement, and many Oregon restaurants stock their pantries exclusively with organic ingredients sourced from the region. With beef, salmon, crab, berries, hazelnuts, potatoes and wine all within arm’s reach, the practice leads to some delicious results.
Portland is a mecca for foodies, and many of the best restaurants in Oregon are found in its urban center.
Northeast’s buzzy Beast restaurant offers nightly seatings at communal tables to show off the culinary artistry of its James Beard award-winning chef, Naomi Pomeroy, and all of the ingredients in its five and six-course prix-fixe meals are sustainably sourced. For more exotic flavors, check out restaurants in Oregon like Portland’s Andina, which specializes in Peruvian small plates. Other Portland must-sees include Huber’s, the oldest restaurant in the city that’s been open since 1879. Here, bartenders turn Spanish coffees into a tableside show, and cocktails come with complimentary sandwiches.
What’s more, Portland boasts the highest concentration of microbreweries in the country. Plenty of standout Oregon restaurants can be found in more rural locations. Stop in at a bakery in a small coastal town or taste award-winning fare at vineyard-adjacent eateries for fare that’s dashed with a little extra local flavor.
Start the day with omelets and crepes.
Check Nong's Twitter feed (twitter.com/nongskhaomangai) to see if she's sold out of her signature (and only) dish, poached chicken and rice with soup. On the cart is a smiley-faced, rain-smudged sign: add fried chicken skin $1.
This restaurant turns out “New Ranch Cuisine” (for example, a sophisticated version of meatloaf) in a converted 1923 smithy.
Pick up a flank-steak sandwich with blue cheese or a BLB-bacon, lettuce, and golden beets.
Creative Asian-inspired food and cocktails. Owner Joe Rogers found the name for his bar in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, where it refers to an unruly child.
A downtown Portland fixture since 1892, this restaurant specializes in Pacific Northwest seafood. The menu at Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant changes daily, depending on what’s in season. The namesake seafood — crawfish — is available from April to October and comes from central Oregon.
Housed in a former garage adjacent to the North Park Blocks, this New American restaurant showcases the locally inspired cuisine of chef-owner Scott Dolich.
Latin dining sensation
This northeast Portland newcomer isn’t so much a restaurant as a regularly occurring, eccentric dinner party in chef and co-owner Naomi Pomeroy’s exhibition kitchen. Dining is at a pair of communal tables, and there are just two seatings per evening (plus brunch on Sundays).
The restaurant puts local produce to good use: foraged chanterelles in pasta, roasted organic beets with fresh fish.
This key cog in Portland’s movement of market-driven, farm-to-table restaurants opened in 2004 near the Willamette River's eastern banks, honoring the two American pioneers. The industrial space includes roll-up garage doors and exposed ductwork.