Portland, OR

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.

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.

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.

Opened in the city's northern St Johns neighborhood in 2006, this vegan establishment houses a market that showcases organic produce, plus a café with art-lined yellow walls.

Andy Ricker’s northern Thai restaurant in Southeast Portland started as a cart, before expanding and spawning nearby Whiskey Soda Lounge and Pok Pok Noi. The exterior has a corrugated metal roof and picnic table seating, while the interior has wood-panelled walls and brick-backed banquettes.

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.

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.

Sangria and tapas rendezvous

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.

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.