Food & Drink

Where To Eat

Farm-to-table philosophy took hold in Portland way before the rest of us embraced it: and it’s not hard to see why, when you consider the wealth of produce, from land and sea, that Portland is able to draw upon. Dining, Oregon-style, is about sharing, not about posturing and even fine dining establishments have a refreshingly unstuffy feel.

Paley’s Place

French and Russian influences inform, but don’t dictate, the menu at this pioneering Nob Hill bistro. For over 20 years, this reimagined Victorian villa has been celebrating the best of the region’s produce with a certain amount of élan, and a lot of fun – and it’s still on top of its game today.

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Noble Rot

Named after the fungus that adds sweetness to wine (and does it beautifully to Oregon’s wines) this fourth-floor wine-driven bar and small-plates outfit. Its rooftop garden supplies the vegetables. It’s hard not to love this place – there’s a passion and attention to detail here that brings a smile to your face. The views are great too.

www.noblerotpdx.com

Blossoming Lotus

From smoothies to suppers, this Asian vegan/veggie joint never misses a beat. Hearty, healthy and ruthlessly inventive dishes (their lentil and walnut burger is legendary) cleverly take our favourite Thai and Korean favourites and recreate them, miraculously, meat free – using things like mushrooms, bean curd and, magic, in all probability. Delicious.

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Andina

This upscale restaurant spotlights Peru’s cherished la cocina Criolla cuisine; a deft blending of Old and New World culinary customs, cornerstones of the Spanish/Arabian/Jewish/Asian melting pot of today’s Peruvian cooking. Andina’s industrious kitchen does it perfectly with a side-order of Pacific Northwest thrown into the pot for good measure.

www.andinarestaurant.com

Por Que No?

Two locations for this homely and cheery tapas/taco venture. Famed for its Mexican-style tacos, the restaurant also does a mean enchilada, a more-than-acceptable quesadilla, and a delicious tamale too. Local line-caught fish, outdoor reared pork and in-house-made tortillas amp up Por Que No’s credentials nicely.

www.porquenotacos.com

Shalom Y’all

Some street food operations feel a little opportunistic, hitching a ride on this most lucrative of food movements. Not Shalom Y’all’s. Israeli street food really is worth importing, and investing in. A country at the crossroads of all that is delicious about Middle Eastern cooking. As one taste of its Baharat Chicken Kebab, or shaved hanger steak pitta will testify.  Two locations, in downtown and inner Southeast Portland. Lots of veggie options.

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Nicholas’s

Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine was relatively unheard of around these parts until the Dibe family opened this enjoyable outpost of the eastern Med back in 1987. Now it’s something of a Portland Institution, serving up its fresh salads, falafels and mezze sharing platters to a loyal crowd.

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Portland Roasting

This place gets busy at weekends, but with good reason. The coffee’s great, the pastries are delicious, and the baristas are a friendly bunch. Worth a trek to this off-the-tourist-path place to taste the finest roasts in the city.

www.portlandroastingcoffee.com

CoCo Donuts

Freshly made donuts and freshly ground coffee. What’s not to like?  Coco Donuts makes it a slam dunk, with its donuts and coffee both equally excellent.  They say their donuts are made to a secret family recipe passed down over 30 years. They’ve only been brewing coffee for five years, but we think they’ve got that down to a fine art already.

www.cocodonuts.com

Tasty and Alder

John Gorham is one of Portland’s most influential chefs – helping to give the city’s dining scene the international attention it deserves. This modern, family-style steakhouse is one of his best, and most fun ventures. Traditional steakhouse meats, seafood and salads, brunches and cocktails combine to create an energetic, party atmosphere. And the meat’s fantastic.  

www.tastynalder.com

 

 

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Food Carts

Call them snack shacks, meals on wheels, lunch lorries… whatever. Fact is, there are lots of semi-permanent food carts around the city, and they’re all (by and large) excellent. If a sit-down lunch is too much, these are the places to refuel on the go.

Try www.foodcartsportland.com for a full list. Many of the city’s best restaurants operate carts of their own: mobile adverts that pull in the crowds and spread the word. Try Raven and Rose for a warm hug of a meal – its British and Irish-inspired hearty and historic meals evoke the best Sunday roast, or country house supper you’ve ever seen on a period drama. Too much? No problem. At the other end of the scale, the Picnic House offers American sandwiches and salads brimming with market-fresh veggies, as colourful as a rainbow, and full of Oregon farm goodness.



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