Restaurants in Portland, OR
Lucy Brennan opened the Mint, a 40-seat Latin and Mediterranean-tinged bistro, in 2001 in the city's historic Frederick Torgler Building and derived its name from the Greek symbol for hospitality.
This glass, steel, and wood-framed restaurant leaves little doubt about its intentions: the logo is a pizza peel, and they feature a wood-fired oven. The interior contains exposed wood rafters, communal and intimate seating, and black-and-white photos of the old country.
Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood debuted their humble, market-driven sandwich shop in Southeast Portland in late 2008 and spawned a downtown location in mid-2011. The co-chefs change their blackboard menu daily, but there are some standbys like the Italian cured meat sandwich.
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
Since 2003, Oregonians have lined up around the block to get into downtown Portland's funky Voodoo Doughnut, where toppings include Cap'n Crunch cereal, maple-glazed bacon, and Tang. The shop's weddings are equally unconventional.
This establishment in north Portland has been operating in one form or another for over eight decades. Larry and Carla White have been in charge for more than 25 years, building on the prior owner’s commitment to tiki.
Located in Northwest Portland, Justa Pasta Co. has been producing pasta in its current location since 1998. Roland Carfagno sells six pasta varieties, such as tagliatelle, whole wheat rigatoni, and spinach linguine, each pairable with sauces like putanesca, marinara, and alfredo.
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.
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.
The small and celebrated Lower Burnside space is half civilized bistro and half culinary crack den, where your darkest desires (foie gras torchon with buttermilk pancakes? Sweetbreads with blue cheese?) are indulged.
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.
Pick up a flank-steak sandwich with blue cheese or a BLB-bacon, lettuce, and golden beets.