15 Oregon Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your MouthWhen it comes to unique cuisine, the Beaver State knows what’s up.
1. A New Twist On American Classics
Source: The American Local’s WebsiteThe American Local
3003 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 114 Reviews.
If you’re looking for a unique and delicious meal in Portland, look no further. The American Local has a menu full of American classics, each with their own special touch. A few of the favorites include the pork belly skewers, the mac and cheese and the bacon beignets. …Yep, you heard me right. BACON beignets, people.
2. Nicholas Knows Best
Source: Nicholas Restaurant Broadway via FacebookNicholas Restaurant
3223 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
Yelp: 4 Stars; 203 Reviews.
This Lebanese restaurant will add the perfect amount of spice to your life. With tons of authentic Middle Eastern classics and vegetarian options, Nicholas Restaurant serves up some of the best food in the city. All new-comers need to try the mezza plates, which are sampler platters featuring a combination of various delicious items like chicken kabab pizza, freekah rice, and tabouli salad.
3. You’ll Want To Hunt This Place Down ASAP
Source: Trufflehunter via FacebookTrufflehunter
225 W Powell Blvd
Gresham, OR 97030
Yelp: 4 Stars; 128 Reviews.
It’s hard to beat the Trufflehunter. Their menu covers a huge range of foods from the very popular Yankee pot roast to the Hungarian mushroom soup. Just make sure you save some room for an order of their delicious garlic parmesan fries. And that’s an order.
4. This Place Is Worth Waking Up For
Source: Tasty n Sons via FacebookTasty n Sons
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97212
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 1370 Reviews.
There’s no better way to kick off your day than with a breakfast from Tasty n Sons. Famous around town for their awesome brunch items like the “Bambino plate,” with scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, and honey butter, a meal from here will have you becoming an early bird in no time.
5. Life On The Island Is Pretty Nice
Source: Manaia Coffee House and Grill via FacebookManaia Coffee House and Island Grill
203 E Main St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Yelp: 5 Stars; 27 Reviews.
Inspired by American Samoan cuisine, the dishes served here are some of the most unique in the state. Some of the local favorites include the umu pork and the ata plate, but everything is truly “manaia,” or “delightful” if you don’t speak Samoan.
6. Local Is Always Best
Source: The Local Cow via FacebookThe Local Cow
336 N Main St
Gresham, OR 97030
Yelp: 4 Stars; 135 Reviews.
For those times you’re craving a burger, the Local Cow will help you get your fix (and then some). With patties made from some of the best cuts of meat around, you can’t go wrong with the “Pendleton.” It’s a burger topped with sharp cheddar, crispy onions petals, thick bacon, and a tangy BBQ sauce.
7. Pacific Northwest Meets The Deep South
Source: Zydeco Kitchen and Cocktails via FacebookZydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
919 Bond St
Bend, OR 97701
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 290 Reviews.
Zydeco is an interesting name for a very interesting place. While one might not think Oregon is a good place to find Southern cooking, this place is spot on. A few of the tastiest things on the menu include the BBQ shrimp, the wild boar tenderloin, and the blackened redfish.
8. 2,000 Miles To Mexico Never Felt Closer
Source: La Fondita Salem via FacebookLa Fondita
3330 Center St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 41 Reviews.
The kitchen at La Fondita has plenty of experience serving up Mexican food at its finest. This menu has all of the traditional favorites, including some of the best tacos you’ll ever eat. They also have a few dishes most lovers of Mexican cuisine might not have tried before, including the extraordinary Mole Oaxaqueno. Driven by a spicy chicken smothered in chocolate mole sauce, one taste of this dish and you’ll be recommending this restaurant to all of your friends.
9. Shut Up And Eat!
Source: Shut Up and Eat Portland via FacebookShut Up and Eat
3848 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 370 Reviews.
When it comes to sandwiches, Shut Up and Eat is hard to beat. With a huge variety of sandwich classics like the Broad Street Bomber cheese steak and the meatball sub, there’s truly something for everyone on their menu. After your first trip there, it’s a sure bet you’ll be back for more.
10. Latin American Cuisine At Its Finest
Source: Membrillo Latin CaféMembrillo Latin Café
45 E 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 64 Reviews.
Specializing in food from Central and South America, dining at Membrillo Latin Café will never let you down. They’re very passionate about keeping all of the ingredients as locally sourced and fresh as possible, ensuring vibrant flavors with every bite. With a friendly staff and a comfortable atmosphere, anything you order will leave your stomach smiling. However, if you need a suggestion, you can’t go wrong with the poutine de yucca or the Cubano sandwich
11. For When You’re Feeling Fancy
Source: Maven via FacebookMaven
383 State St
Salem, OR 97301
Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/maven-salem): 4.5 Stars; 36 Reviews.
If you want to make a memorable experience, head to Maven. It’s perfect for nearly any special occasion, with a sophisticated menu, excellent wine selection, and a classy atmosphere. With specials changing on a regular basis, this place never gets old.
12. The French Sure Know Their Food
Source: The Crooked House Bistro via FacebookThe Crooked House Bistro
1142 Edgewater St
Salem, OR 97304
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 29 Reviews.
Inspired by European cuisine, everything that’s delivered to the table in this bistro is equal parts beautiful and delicious. The menu changes on a regular basis depending on what’s fresh that week so you know you’re always getting the cream of the crop. While some of the most popular items like the duck or the veal cheeks remain consistent, it’s always the best bet to go with the daily special for a truly unique dish.
13. Mama Mia! This Place Is Amazing.
Source: A Cena Ristorante via Facebooka Cena Ristorante
7742 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 374 Reviews.
One of the most popular Italian places in Portland, it’s nearly impossible to single out just one thing to order at a Cena Ristorante. With creative pastas that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else, all Italian food aficionados will be excited to try out the dishes here. One of the most popular items is the corn & mascarpone raviolini served with poached Maine lobster. It’s a meal fit for royalty. Just make sure you save room for their delectable tiramisu.
14. The Best Pizza In Portland
Source: Pinky’s Pizzeria via FacebookPinky’s
3990 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
Yelp: 5 Stars; 87 Reviews.
Simply put, Pinky’s knows pizza. Come here for some of the most creative combinations of fresh ingredients around. Consider the Mr. Pink. It has mozzarella, roasted potatoes, ricotta, walnuts, red onions, and rosemary, it’s nearly impossible to stop at just one slice. And why would you even want to?
15. These Panini’s Will Keep You Coming Back
Source: Bistro 214 via FacebookBistro 214
53 NE Roberts Ave
Gresham, OR 97080
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 28 Reviews.
There’s something about the melted gooeyness of a Bistro 214 panini that makes them addictive. With breakfast options like the egg panini and lunch options like the new buffalo chicken panini or the brisket panini, this little joint is the perfect place to fuel up for the rest of the day. What’s your go-to for great grub in Oregon? Tell us in the comments below!