Portland is a foodie city. Period. Where some cities shine in the upscale, fine dining varieties, Portland does things a bit different. Even though the city has gone through the transformations in the past few years, you can still feel the blue collar origins of Portland in the food. Okay, maybe there’s a little pretentiousness….Between all the coffee and drinking, here are some of the best places to eat in Portland.
It would be a mistake to leave Pok Pok off the list. A long time Portland staple, Andy Ricker has turned his Thai cooking into an empire. This restaurant arguably put Portland on the foodie map. To this day, Pok Pok is one of the best places to eat in Portland.
Pine State Biscuits
A Portland staple. The menu is, well, biscuits. Biscuits and gravy, biscuit sandwiches, you name it. With a few locations around town, you probably won’t be too far away from one.
Blue Star Donuts
Yes, for the longest time Voodoo has received most of the donut attention in Portland. After all, who could resist a penis shaped donut? But Blue Star is infinitely better. Try the apple fritter or the passion fruit coco-nib flavors.
Tin Shed/Screen Door/Jam
Ok, so technically this is three. In my defense, they are all kind of similar amazing brunch spots, so I couldn’t decide.
I think, above all else, I’d recommend Luc Lac. It’s a cool, hip, small plate Vietnamese restaurant. Go for happy hour and you can eat like a king for not too much money.
Bamboo is famous on the Portland sushi scene for heavily focusing on sustainability. They have ratings on all the fish so you are aware of how sustainable it is. They have a few locations throughout the city, but the one in the Alphabet district (23rd St) is probably my favorite.
Pine Street Market
Ah, food markets. Pine street is a relatively small food market in the middle of downtown.
Another fantastic sushi spot. This one is a bit more intimate and cozy than Bamboo. The sushi is just as good.
One of the food cart turned brick and mortar success stories. Brunch Box does a mean burger though, I’d highly recommend the Thai Peanut Burger.
Saucebox is an interesting place. Classy Thai food by day, occasionally turned dance club on late weekend nights. But, what you really want is their late night food menu. Full of delish small plates, everything on here is gold. Almost every time I go to Portland, I get the pork noodles from Saucebox. So. Damn. Good.
A pretty unique spot for the northwest, Kachka is a Russian restaurant that has a fantastic happy hour.
Salt & Straw
Over the years, Salt & Straw has become almost as famous as Voodoo Doughnuts, and rightfully so. They put weird flavors on the map like bone marrow flavored ice cream. And during the fall, they’ll do a Thanksgiving themed ice cream menu.
If you’re looking for a classy, date night option in the beautiful pearl district, I’d highly recommend Andina. They serve Peruvian food, small plate style.