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The Best of the Best Restaurants in Portland, Oregon



Few cities the size of Portland have as vibrant and creative a restaurant scene. The numerous farmer's markets and urban gardens illustrate that Portlanders take their food seriously. The bar has been raised so high that one can expect to find excellent, affordable fare from the food carts parked around downtown. This has made the restaurants work even harder to please their guests with innovative cooking and sustainably produced food.

Even the local fast food chain, Burgerville, brags about its utilization of local agriculture. Influxes of various immigrant populations have made authentic food from every continent easily accessible. Excellent Lebanese, Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, French and Italian dining can be found within a few mile's radii. Every neighborhood in this city has its own flavor. This particular top-ten list shows a range of what Portland has to offer. From farm to table restaurants like Quaintrelle to tapas bars like Can Font we have selected the best. From the new and experimental to the traditional favorites, this list provides a range of suggestions from the cream of Portland's restaurant crop.

 


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Pok Pok a strictly Thai restaurant in Portland, Oregon is the creation of Andy Ricker. He won the James Beard award for best chef because of Pok Pok. Andy is often seen on tv judging food competitions. At Pok Pok, you will find all the authentic dishes you could expect to find walking the streets of downtown Bangkok. They use as many locally grown organic ingredients as possible, and their menu is completely free of MSG and features dishes that all are either vegan or can easily be made so. There's no doubt if you want to eat genuine Thai food, this is as close as you can get without leaving the country.


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Downtown


Headwaters is Chef Vitaly Paley's seafood restaurant in Portland, Oregon open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During the week the breakfast is more American, but on the weekends during brunch, there is a distinctively French flair. Here you can enjoy a variety of breakfast dishes like french toast, oatmeal, pancakes, and biscuits and gravy. They have unique omelets featuring vegetable ratatouille and goat cheese or Dungeness crab, gruyere, spinach and potatoes. For dinner enjoy fresh oysters, Dungeness crab legs, Columbia River Sturgeon steak, Ahi Tuna poke, charred octopus, fish and chips, and much more. To go along with the seafood they have a divine custom cocktail menu. Try an Ivan Drago Punch crafted with vodka, strawberry liqueur, creme de cassis, Georgian caravan tea syrup, lemon, and ginger ale.


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North Portland


Quaintrelle is a cozy restaurant with exquisite food perfect for a fall day. The menu changes seasonally and the ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible. Chef Bill is an absolute whiz with salads and vegetables. He takes all the best offerings of the fall season and turns them into exquisite plates like the apples, celery, pine nuts, currants, shiso, and breadcrumbs. Even the appetizers highlight falls harvest with choices like sweet potato and broccoli tempura, chili honey, smoked pecorino. The cocktails like the "Path to Fortitude" featuring Dystopia Vodka are inventive and fresh, created by Camille Cavan. Happy hour is available every day 5-6:30 PM in the bar.


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Downtown


Luc Lac is an outstanding Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Portland. The only thing more outrageous than their low prices is how delicious the food is. The chicken curry is jammed pack with veggies, the honey chicken is a large portion with rice and spring roll, and their secret family recipe pho comes in heaping portions. On top of great food, they have incredible cocktails, beer, and wine. Luc Lac is open for lunch during the weekdays and opens for dinner every day. They stay open until midnight on weekdays and 4 am on weekends making this a go-to place for late night dining.




One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, the neighborhood is comprised of boutique shops, art galleries and old industrial building converted into high-end lofts. Andina has a formal dining room and a more casual bar featuring live, Latin-influenced music every night of the week. Though Andina is one of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, most diners agree that the food and attentive service is well worth the cost. The tapas menu, happy hour and lunch offerings make sampling Andina food affordable for almost anyone.


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Northeast Portland


A taste of New Orleans in the Pacific Northwest. That's what you'll find at this intimate bistro located in the northeastern section of the city. From classic Cajun and Creole favorites like seafood gumbo jambalaya and shrimp Creole, the menu is sure to please. You'll find a mix of meat, pasta and vegetable dishes as well as down-home desserts that seem to come right from a homey, Southern kitchen, including bread pudding, butter cake and Creole pecan pie. Visit on Monday's and enjoy special discounts from their Mardi Gras Mondays Cheap Eats Menu including a 3-course dinner for only $20.




DOC uses fresh local produce and organic, pasture-raised meats from area farms to create delightful Italian inspired meals in their small intimate restaurant. They are only open for dinner and typically offer two seatings. The menu changes constantly, but there's always a 3 course and 6-course tasting menus. They have an a la carte menu as well with options like seared duck breast, two ways winter squash, king oyster mushroom, watercress and pickled mustard. No matter what you order, prepared to be wowed. They have an extensive wine list and doing a wine pairing with your meal is highly recommended here.


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Northeast Portland


Podnah's Pit BBQ makes honest, slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue for their patrons fresh every day. All of Podnah's meat is slowly smoked using 100% oak hardwood without electric, gas assistance, or charcoal. Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, prime rib, collard greens, broccoli casserole, potato salad, pecan pie and banana pudding are just a few of the reasons you will love eating here. The portions here are big enough to split between two people. They offer a daily special each day until it sells out. Podnah's offers their own cocktail creations like the Dr. Salty Pepper made with Aria gin, Peychaud's bitters, grapefruit, lime juice, with a salted rim. Their Bloody Mary will knock your socks off, it's so spicy.




Can Font features traditional Catalan cuisine in an upscale contemporary space in the Pearl district. The Barcelona inspired menu created by Barcelona native Josep Vidal features delightful dishes highlighting wild fish, local meats and the best produce the season has to offer like Squid Ink Paella, Saltejat de Bolets amb Pop i Llangostins (Seasonal Mushrooms, Octopus and Langostinos), and Vieires amb Pop Poelé (Scallops, Octopus, Celery Root Chips, Iberico Ham, Creamy Peas). The desserts are out of this world, so save plenty of room for at least one. They host an excellent happy hour Monday 5 - 10 PM, Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday 5 - 6 PM and 9-10 PM.


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North Portland


Radar is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood candlelit restaurant run by a husband and wife team. They've created a warm and inviting place to dine, especially enjoyable on a crisp fall day. The menu is ideal for sharing with a variety of small plate and larger plate options. Small plates offer selections like deviled eggs, three ways. Large plates like the chicken fried McFarland Springs trout with celeriac remoulade, lettuce, radish, shallots, tarragon aioli, and trout chicharrones are a heaping portion. Pair your dinner with a cocktail like the Night Owl made with bourbon, Cacao Nib Ramazzotti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.


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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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