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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pick up a flank-steak sandwich with blue cheese or a BLB-bacon, lettuce, and golden beets.