Restaurants in Oregon

Inventive cocktails, happy hour specials, and creative sandwiches (like the smoked trout BLT) wherethe bread is baked to order, is where it's at this convivial saloon-like gastro-pub.

Screen Door is perennially well known for their great Southern fare including their savory mac n' cheese, biscuits, grits, fried chicken, and pulled pork. Be prepared for long wait-times during the weekend brunch rush.

This well-known food truck serves up vegetarian and vegan-friendly Middle Eastern offerings.

Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients plus naturally-leavened dough, Lovely's makes some of the best pies with the softest crust around. You can also add Calabrian chiles, anchovies, an egg, or a variety of Italian meats to any pie.

The downside of Apizza Scholls being on every “best of Portland” list are the long wait times or the shop running out of dough and closing for the night before you can even order a pie (though that's not a threat if you go during their new weekend lunch service.) The title for best pizza however

Opened earlier this year, chefs at PREAM allow you to DIY your pizza toppings pie by crumbling the sprigs of house-dried oregano you're provided with. The hip-hop vibe means music blares and the walls are decorated with over 1,000 records and needlepoints of lyrics by Ice Cube and NWA.

What sets this sushi apart is it's made from certified sustainably-sourced seafood. Order your rolls with sake and take in the dark, stylish wood decor.

Chef-owner Jenn Louis (who also runs the kitchen at Lincoln) has another home run with Sunshine Tavern. Best described as elevated pub food, standouts here are definitely the burgers and spicy fried chicken and waffles.

Award-winningcChef-owner Jenn Louis uses seasonal ingredients and her love of Italian pasta dumplings to make unique gnocci and memorable appetizers.

Using local Pacific Northwest ingredients, the menu here highlights salmon, halibut, Oregon Bay shrimp, and seasonal produce.

Right next door to hot spot Ava Gene's, the same chef-owners run a more casual restaurant with the same rustic Italian goodness, including thick square slices of pizza bianca.

Co-owned by the founder of Stumptown coffee with a chef who's cooked for Momofuku and Blue Hill, be sure to snag a spot at the counter at Ava Gene's. Rustic Italian in look and feel, the small plates of vegetables are a standout.

A highly-stylized new Russian restaurant that offers dumplings, vodka flights (including a dozen house-infused varieties, including early gray tea or horseradish), Kachka has already been nominated for a James Beard award.

Jars of homemade green tomato ketchup and pickled vegetables line the shelves at Community Plate, the latest farmer-driven restaurant in McMinnville.

If you need some picnic fare, head to Red Hills Market in Dundee for hazelnut-topped salads and sandwiches like roast beef with blue cheese and caramelized onions. Or come for the weekday happy hour (3–6 p.m.), when Margarita pizzas are $7 and wine by the glass is $2 off.