FOOD CULTURE AND
Portland is a town as crazy about bacon as
it is about Thai food. Which is why you’ll
find just as many purveyors dedicated to
the porkly pleasures (artisan butchers Tails
and Trotters and Chop, and sandwich shop,
Lardo), as there are Thai street food restaurants (Pok Pok, PaaDee, and Khao San).
You’ll also find a huge selection of super
tasty multi-culti cuisine from Russian
(Kachka) to Morrocan (Marrakesh), Vietnamese (Lúc Lác) to Peruvian (Andina),
and Cajun (Screendoor) to Ethiopian
(E’Njoni Café) and just about everything
Because Portlanders are an unusually obsessive lot, you’ll find food carts and restaurants
focused exclusively on doing that one special
dish to perfection, like the ramen at Boke
Bowl, chicken and rice at Nong’s Khao Man
Gai, or the Parisan macarons in Nuvrei’s
basement, Mac Bar.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST CUISINE
That’s not to say that everything Portland
cooks is from out-of-town. In fact, one of
the reasons our world-class chefs like it
here so much is the rich natural bounty that
Oregon’s verdant landscape provides for
Fresh, local, and sustainable are big here in
the Rose City, farmer’s markets abound, and
farm-to-table means the very best that our
beautiful state has to offer, including wild
salmon grilled on cedar planks, rich hazelnuts and ripe marionberries, fresh shellfish
like cucumber-sweet Willapa Bay oysters,
wild edibles like Chanterelle mushrooms,
truffles, and fiddlehead ferns, as well as a
dense roster of some of the best craft beer
and wine the country has to offer.
And the diners here are some of the most
knowledgeable and appreciative around, with
many willing to line up to score a seat at the
newest or hottest restaurants in town and you
can always count a new must-eat restaurant
or two to crop up in casual conversation. Like
everything in Portland – it’s only made better
by the people who live here.
Hungry? Dive into our listings and get a
taste of a few of the many notable dining
options in Portland’s eclectic food scene.
The following are some of the best dining
guides covering the Portland metro area.
They offer restaurant reviews, new restaurant profiles, guides to specific culinary
genres, and anything food or foodie related
in and around Portland.
Owned by Vox Media, this multi-city site
has an outlet here in Portland featuring
food reviews and curated content from
around the web. Though it’s not locally
based, its contributors are and they’re
dishing up all the latest news in Portland
The online arm of The Oregonian, Oregon’s
major newspaper, Oregonlive goes where
the newspaper no longer goes – food
reviews, round-ups, Cheap Eats, new restaurant openings (and closings), as well as beer
and wine news.
Portland Food and Drink
Started by Food Dude back in 2005 in
response to his dining experiences not
matching up with local reviews, this local
online guide now has a loyal following along
with a stable of contributing food writers.
The anonymous Food Dude himself regularly reviews and discusses Portland’s
vibrant food scene.
Portland Mercury Food & Drink
This local weekly will fill you up with a bevy
of Portland’s tastiest delights – some even
off the beaten path.
Portland’s local in-the-know magazine “cele-
brates one of America’s most innovative
cities.” Even better, they review all the latest
and greatest restaurants, food carts, and food
purveyors from all over the metro area.
Travel Portland Visitor’s Guide & Travel
Named the Nation’s Best Visitor’s Guide by
U.S. Travel Association in 2014, this private,
non-profit destination marketing organization’s publication and its mother site, www.
TravelPortland.com, are filled with loads
of information on things to do and see in
Portland – and most importantly, what and
where to eat.
A SAMPLING OF AREA
2454 East Burnside Street
Masterminded by the owners of two other
Portland area favorites (Laurelhurst Market
and Simpatica), Ate-Oh-Ate (a punny
homage to Hawaii’s area code) is Hawaiian
done right. All your favorites are here:
Kalua pig, spam, macaroni salad, Katsu,
Loco Moco, and even Saimin (a brothy,
tasty ramen-like dish), all taken to the next
level by the use of quality ingredients and
down home execution.
3377 SE Division Street
Ava Gene’s rustic Italian food has a strong
emphasis on local ingredients, even
making room on their website to credit
their purveyors. The toothsome pasta
shines here, as do the veggies in the hands
of deft Executive Chef, Joshua McFadden.
Definitely try the charcuterie, as well
as the burrata with sesame and watercress, or the gnocco fritto with prosciutto,
parmesan, and plums drizzled with honey
and flecked with chiles. Though the dishes
change depending on the season, look for