Restaurants in Portland, OR
From traditional cuisine to wildly creative menus, plus large quantities of the organic, farm-to-table fare that’s become synonymous with the city, Portland restaurants offer eclectic dining opportunities as well as modern twists on traditional dishes, sure to satisfy even the most discerning foodies. At Pok Pok, James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker serves up a fusion menu inspired by classic Thai cuisine and served in a trendy, low-key environment. Locals’ favorites include Vietnamese chicken wings, boar collar, and Thai noodle soups. Castagna, on Hawthorne Boulevard, takes the farm-to-table ethos very seriously: Chef Justin Woodward forages greens and flowers from Portland’s surrounding woods himself, and serves them up in an molecular style that will blow the lid off your classic salad. Just try not to Instagram each course of Woodward’s inspired tasting menu.
For a dash of rustic-chic, visit Ned Ludd, a Portland restaurant where everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven, including the salads. Chef Jason French’s menu includes whole roasted trout, pork noodles made entirely from pork fat, and a variety of pizzas, all cooked in the wood oven, of course. Portland’s favorite meal – brunch – gets a makeover at Tasty ‘N Sons, with a massive family-style menu comprising dishes from around globe. Some of this Portland hotspot’s best dishes include shakshuka with merguez sausage, steak and eggs with corncakes, spaghetti carbornara, grilled lamb chops, and polenta and sausage ragu.
The restaurant has taken off not just because of its highly rated American cuisine but because of its home in the LEED Platinum Ecotrust Building, which includes a green roof with raised garden beds and its own water well.
This stand-alone cafe in eastern Portland has practiced a farm-to-table philosophy from its 2003 inception. The former Victorian home with art-lined red walls and a spacious back patio generally shuns meat in favor of vegetables or seafood.
In 2007, Nate Tilden and Matt Piacentini opened their “domestic and foreign” restaurant on trendy Ace Hotel's ground floor, boasting high ceilings, communal wood tables, and a destination bar.
The comfort-food restaurant's been around for a while, but it has a young new chef who trained at Mugaritz, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.
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 convivial space along dapper Nob Hill’s 21st Avenue restaurant row draws a mix of young professionals and beer aficionados enticed by the extensive selection of Belgian beers—from potent tripels to fruity lambics to a nice range of Trappist brews.
The extensive menu at this upscale Peruvian spot presents some tough decisions. The small-plate selection is awfully tempting, with choices like grilled octopus kebabs with a caper-chimichurri sauce, or prawn-mango-passion-fruit ceviche.
Sangria and tapas rendezvous
Olympic Provisions is a salumeria, deli, restaurant, and bar that opened in 2009. The Southeast branch, located in a former warehouse, prepares soups, salads, and sandwiches at lunch.
There’s usually a weekend line outside this low-key neighborhood spot; owner and pizza-maker extraordinaire Ken Forkish inspires a devoted following and doesn’t accept reservations.