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Eating Through Portland, OR

A vintage sign in Portland's Old Town.

Photo: Steve Kepple

Is Portland, Oregon, America's newest food capital? Get to know the indie chefs, coffee geeks, meat obsessives, and salt fanatics who are turning up the heat in the Northwest. Read the article

Inspired by: Portland, Oregon's Cutting-Edge Cuisine — by Adam Sachs, Published Sep. 2010

Restaurants (12)

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    Sugar Cube

    The sweet, redheaded, and tattooed Kir Jensen serves cupcakes from her cart of desserts.The "Amy Winehouse" cupcake is soaked in brandy and comes t

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    Olympic Provisions

    Olympic Provisions is a salumeria, deli, restaurant, and bar that opened in 2009. The Southeast branch, located in a former warehouse, prepares sou

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    Nong’s Khao Man Gai

    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 so

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    Ned Ludd

    A small-scale, pure-hearted restaurant that has no stove. What it’s got is a wood-burning oven inherited from the space’s last incarnation, a short

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    Evoe

    A low-key lunch counter attached to a gourmet grocery called Pastaworks, on Southeast Hawthorne. There are jars of pickled vegetables, specials on

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    Bunk Sandwiches

    Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood debuted their humble, market-driven sandwich shop in Southeast Portland in late 2008 and spawned a downtown location in

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    Castagna

    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.

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    Meat Cheese Bread

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

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    Beast, Portland

    This northeast Portland newcomer isn’t so much a restaurant as a regularly occurring, eccentric dinner party in chef and co-owner Naomi Pomeroy’s e

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    Le Pigeon

    The small and celebrated Lower Burnside space is half civilized bistro and half culinary crack den, where your darkest desires (foie gras torchon w

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    Clyde Common

    In 2007, Nate Tilden and Matt Piacentini opened their “domestic and foreign” restaurant on trendy Ace Hotel's ground floor, boasting high ceilings,

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    Voodoo Doughnut

    Since 2003, Oregonians have lined up around the block to get into downtown Portland's funky Voodoo Doughnut, where toppings include Cap'n Crunch ce

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Activities (3)

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    Kir

    A dark little wine bar where diners eat baked chèvre and chicken-liver-and-currant mousse paired with Muscadet.

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    The Meadow

    The store looks like an innocuous gift shop but hides within it an outlandish library of exotic salts curated by salt “selmelier” Mark Bitterman.

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    House Spirits Distillery

    This multi-spirit distillery started in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2004 and relocated to Southeast Portland the following year. They make Aviation Gin,

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