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Top Eats in Portland, OR

Meet indie chefs, coffee geeks, and meat obsessives in America's newest food capital.
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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 exhibition kitchen. Dining is at a pair of communal tables, and there are just two seatings per evening (plus brunch on Sundays). Meals are prix fixe, either five-course or six-course (wine pairings... More

For pork-belly cubano and meatball subs, look for the lines here.

Address:
621 SE Morrison St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States

Phone:
(503) 477-9515

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.

Address:
1752 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States

Phone:
(503) 231-7373

The meat-centric restaurant at the Ace Hotel.

Address:
1014 S.W. Stark St.
Portland, Oregon 97205
United States

Phone:
(503) 228-3333

A low-key lunch counter attached to a gourmet grocery called Pastaworks, on Southeast Hawthorne. There are jars of pickled vegetables, specials on the chalkboard, and soup-stained copies of The Art of Eating to read while you eat.

Address:
3731 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States

Phone:
(503) 232-1010

Sample their Oregon gin and local malted whiskeys.

Address:
2025 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States

Phone:
(503) 235-3174

7. Kir

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

Address:
22 NE Seventh Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97232
United States

Phone:
(503) 232-3063

8. 738 Burnside St. Portland, Oregon

The small and celebrated Lower Burnside space is half civilized bistro and half culinary crack den, where your darkest desires (foie gras torchon with buttermilk pancakes? Sweetbreads with blue cheese?) are indulged.

Address:
738 Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon
United States

Phone:
(503) 546-8796

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

Address:
1406 S.E. Stark St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
United States

Phone:
(503) 234-1700

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-lived pizza joint. Named for the storied leader of the Luddites, the restaurant manages the trick of turning this accidental technological limitation into a great, sort of illuminating and inspiring... More

11. 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 soup. On the cart is a smiley-faced, rain-smudged sign: add fried chicken skin $1. The contents of the package are as advertised: sliced poached chicken, the sticky unctuousness of rice cooked in the... More

12. 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 topped with a straw and "bump" of powdered sugar.

Address:
4237 N Mississippi Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97205
United States

Phone:
(503) 890-2825

13. 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.

Address:
3731 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97227
United States

Phone:
(503) 288-4633

Since 2003, Oregonians have lined up around the block to get into downtown Portland's funky Voodoo Doughnut, where toppings include Cap'n Crunch cereal, maple-glazed bacon, and Tang. The shop's weddings are equally unconventional. Choose a nonbinding "intentional commitment" ceremony (one of which involved two cats getting "meowied&... More