These 15 Portland Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your MouthDrool-worthy barbecue, perfectly spicy Indian and of course, those sweet maple bacon donuts all await in PDX.
1. The Screen Door Is Finger Lickin’ Good
2337 E Burnside St
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 1856 Reviews
You might be on the West coast, but if you’re looking for true lowcountry southern food, head to The Screen Door. They serve the crunchiest, crispiest, tastiest, juiciest fried chicken. For brunch, get their famous boneless, buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, and for dinner opt for the fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes. Also, if you do find yourself there for brunch, get a side of maple bacon and their bacon biscuits. You’ll swear you’re in South Carolina.
2. Stuff Yourself On Tasty Tacos At Por Que No? Taqueria
4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Yelp: 4 Stars – 501 Reviews
It’s small, it’s popular and you’re going to have to stand in line, but it’s worth the wait. You can’t go wrong with any of their delicious tacos, from the carnitas to the camerones, but my favorite is the pescado: cornmeal encrusted wild caught Alaskan Cod, topped with crema, cabbage, salsa verde, onion, cilantro & pineapple. The best compliment is either one of their heavenly margaritas or a real treat, their homemade horchata spiked with Barbancourt Rum.
3. Gorge On Specially-Crafted, Creamy Flavor Bombs At Salt & Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave (Alphabet District, Northwest)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 626 Reviews
Salt & Straw has the most innovative and amazing ice cream flavors…hands down. Again, you’re going to have to stand in line for this place, but where else are you going to get prosciutto and melon ice cream, strawberry balsamic ice cream, and pear and blue cheese ice cream – all handmade in small-batches using the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer? Nowhere else, that’s where. Try as many samples as you can.
4. Scarf Down Authentic Indian Tapas At Bollywood Theater
2039 NE Alberta St (Northeast Portland Alberta Arts District, Vernon)
Yelp: 4 Stars – 316 Reviews
Bollywood Theater transports you to India with a fun environment and the best Indian street food in Portland. The kati roll is to die for with egg, pickled onion, green chutney rolled in indian flatbread and your choice of chicken, beef or paneer cheese. They have a bunch of small plates and sides that are great for sharing. Definitely try their beets roasted with coconut milk and curry leaves.
5. Get Spicy And Spold At Le Bistro Montage
301 SE Morrison St (Industrial District, Southeast Portland, Central Eastside, Buckman)
Yelp: 3.5 Stars – 769 Reviews
Le Bistro Montage is a little slice of New Orleans tucked away in Portland. Their cajun and creole dishes are all delicious, but without a doubt you must try their infamous ‘Spold’ – a spicy mac and cheese dish that is out of this world. It has the perfect blend of garlic, parmesan, cajun gravy and jalapeno. Be prepared to sweat. If you’re feeling adventurous, get some alligator thrown in.
6. Indulge In a Sugary Doughy Bacon Coma At Voodoo
22 SW 3rd Ave (Old Town – Chinatown)
Yelp: 3.5 Stars – 3918 Reviews
You should know that it is totally possible that you will have to stand in line 45 minutes to get your doughnuts. However, I have three words for you: Maple Bacon Bar. Voodoo has two Portland locations – Voodoo and Voodoo Too – and has also opened two locations in Eugene, Oregon.
7. Brunch It Up At Petite Provence
1824 NE Alberta St (Northeast Portland, Alberta Arts District, Vernon)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 471 Reviews
While I’m sure dinner is spectacular, I can’t quite get past their brunches. The croissants are heavenly and their Murmette benedict is perfectly executed. Wash it all down with an jalapeno infused vodka bloody mary.
8. Feast Like The Swiss At Cafe Hibiscus
4950 NE 14th Ave (Northeast Portland, King)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 140 Reviews
Do you dream about Roesti, Spaetzli (or Spaetzel), Jaegerschnitzel, Wienerschnitzel and Swiss Bratwurst? Then Cafe Hibiscus will blow your mind. Their authentic swiss fare will satiate your desire for a taste of Switzerland. Go for the goulash with spaetzle or the paprika with spaetzle – anything with spaetzle. The spaetzle are made the traditional way, squeezed through a colander, boiled and then lightly fried in the skillet. In case you don’t know what it is…. it is the best pasta ever.
9. Take Your Tastebuds On A Peruvian Adventure At Andina
1314 NW Glisan St (Pearl District)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 1364 Reviews
As soon as you step into Andina you’ll feel sophisticated and exotic, and right away you’ll be serviced quinoa bread and three delicious sauces to get you started. If the menu seems a bit too exotic, don’t worry, the staff is super knowledgeable and will help you every step of the way. The lamb falls off the bone, the fish is fresh, and my favorite has to be the quinoa-crusted diver scallops with wilted spinach and potato-parsnip purée, served with tiny crabmeat “cannelloni”. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a Chilean or Argentinian wine from their fantastic list.
10. Dine On Delicious Veggie Fare At Prasad
925 NW Davis St (Pearl District)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 274 Reviews
Prasad is Yoga Pearl’s in-house cafe and while the food is primarily gluten-free, organic, veggie and local, it’s also super tasty and nourishing. They’re known for their ‘bowls’ that include either rice or quinoa and a variety of other ingredients, such as beans, greens, avocado, seeds, and veggies. The sauces for the bowls are like the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae. Choose from lemon ginger, garlic tahini, green chili, carrot habanero, jalapeno cashew cheese, and peanut sauce. My recommendation? The Brahma bowl topped with toasted cashews and cilantro.
11. Devour A Perfect Pie At Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd (Southeast Portland, Hawthorne, Sunnyside)
Yelp: 4 Stars – 717 Reviews
Delicious meats, the perfect amount of melted cheese and crust that has to be with magical fairy dust. Whether you get the Bacon Bianca, the New York White Pie or the Pig and Pineapple…. get truffle oil. They’ll put it on for you AND you can get a side of it. Word of warning: The pies only come in one size, 18 inches. There are also rules that must be followed: No more than 3 ingredients on any pie and no more than two meats. Follow the rules. They definitely know what they’re doing here.
12. Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St (Southeast Portland, Clinton, Richmond)
Yelp: 4 Stars – 2154 Reviews
Som Tam Phonlamai – Rambutan makes everything better! You won't find the standard Thai-fusion at Pok Pok. They specialize in native Thai dishes from Southeast Asia. Try the Boar Collar with spicy greens and coconut rice, or opt for the super tasty glass noodle salad. All the food at Pok Pok is fresh, expertly prepared and delicious. Don't forget to try the tamarind whiskey sours.
13. You Won’t Miss The Tofu At Natural Selection
3033 NE Alberta St (Northeast Portland, Concordia, Alberta Arts District)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 123 Reviews
The perfect place to impress your veggie or gluten-free friends with an old world European atmosphere and food that will blow their socks off. You’re not going to find the standard bland vegetables, tofu and tempeh. Each meal is carefully crafted with optimal flavor and no vegetarian fillers. The menu rotates depending upon the freshest food at the market that week, but the most recent dish that rocked the night was a Trofie Pasta with Sweet Peas & Carrot, Butternut Squash Puree, Fennel, Spinach, Golden Raisins & Basil Mint Oil.
14. The Burgers At Brunch Box Are Redonkadonk
Food Stand: SW 5th Ave & SW Stark St (Southwest Portland, Downtown)
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 424 Reviews
Holy heart attack. The redonkadonk burger at Brunch Box definitely lives up to the name. Imagine a burger patty with american cheese, bacon, ham, spam, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard and mayo – sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches on buttered texas toast. It is as ridiculous as it sounds, and as delicious as you can imagine. Other choices include the Trial by Fire, the Slaughterhouse IV, Thai Bacon, and the Monstrosity. They are all completely over the top. Whether you choose the restaurant or the food stand, it’s all going to be redonkadonk.
15. You Will Want To Marry The BBQ At Podnah’s Pit Barbecue
1625 NE Killingsworth St (Northeast Portland, Vernon)
Yelp: 4 Stars – 549 Reviews
Head to Podnah’s for moist pulled pork, tender brisket and ribs and the best barbecue in the area. The barbecue sauce is vinegar-based, so if that’s not your thing then you’ll want to forgo. The sides are delicious, too. Try the barbecue beans with pieces of pulled pork, the pickled coleslaw with red onions and jalapenos, and the best menu item apart from the pork – their cornbread. Podnah’s atmosphere is clean, modern, open and busy, so get there early if you want to choose from the whole menu. Feature Image Source: Voodoo Donut Facebook What’s your go-to for great grub in Portland? Tell us in the comments below!
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