From food trucks to finer dining spots, you’d be hard-pressed to find places to eat in Portland where you’ll get the side-eye for wearing jeans. Eati... Read More
From food trucks to finer dining spots, you’d be hard-pressed to find places to eat in Portland where you’ll get the side-eye for wearing jeans. Eating well—especially eating farm-to-table—is a cultural obsession here, whether you’re having a $4 egg sandwich or a $30 entrée. Though many chefs around Portland have James Beard Awards and Top Chef wins, it’s still rare to wait more than an hour for brunch or dinner, even at the city’s hottest restaurants—the toughest spots to get a table are Screen Door, Pok Pok, and Ava Gene’s. And if an hour wait is too long, there’s always a great place nearby to have a drink—or you can just head to the food carts.
The best restaurants in Portland 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. At Nostrana, award-winning chef Cathy Whims turns out authentic Italian cuisine with a rustic, lightly modern take. She makes her mozzarella in-house daily, imported her wood-burning oven from Tuscany, and works closely with her farmers to incorporate local produce into the menu, even if it’s not a traditional Italian ingredient.