Imperial is owned by one of the most acclaimed chefs in Portland, Vitaly Paley. This cozy restaurant is located in the historic Hotel Lucia. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During dinner time you can enjoy meats cooked to perfection over a wood fire grill, including seafood caught here in the Pacific Northwest. From pig's tail to octopus they have a little bit of everything on their ever-changing menu. Happy Hour is every day from 2 pm to 6 pm in the bar only and again late at night Sunday - Thursday from 10 pm to 11 pm and Friday & Saturday from 11 pm to 12 am.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Imperial is one of the top restaurants in Portland for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to get, try their famous fried chicken.
Tasty N Alder is a trendy neighborhood restaurant in downtown Portland serving small plates of food so unique it is likely the only place you will find the types of dishes they are making. They also have larger plates available for those that just want one item. Tasty N Alder is the sister restaurant of Toro Bravo. Their menu is always changing, allowing for fresh seasonal ingredients to be used at all times. Their dinner menu features a creative selection of meats and cheese boards. The Brussel sprouts are simply amazing. They have a full bar available and the drinks are strong.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Tasty n Alder is a creative farm to table restaurant in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and order the savory patatas bravas to begin your meal.
Irving Street Kitchen offers outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine made from the highest quality of ingredients. It also has amazing service. All the ingredients on Irving Street Kitchen's menu are house-made, local & sustainable as available. Since they know exactly what is in their food they can easily accommodate food allergies. Even their fry oil is recycled into bio-diesel. The food creations are appetizing and interesting for example the Bibb Wedge Salad. This wedge is prepared with Rogue Blue Cheese, Pink Lady Apple, Radish, Candied Pecans, and Tasso Bacon. They are open for brunch on the weekends and during warm days have a nice patio.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Irving Street Kitchens theme is farm to table and the food is outstanding.
Meagan's expert tip: Don't leave without trying the butterscotch pudding.
If you're looking for a casual eatery with an upscale ambiance, head to Clarklewis where they pride themselves on their exquisite farm to table ingredients. They offer tasty dishes in the way of American, Italian and European cuisine. A changing menu and the use of organic, local produce make each visit to this Eastside favorite a fresh experience. You can order a la carte or opt for the chef's menu. A cocktail, wine and beer list accompanies the fine menu, or you can choose to bring your own. An outdoor seating area is perfect during cooperative weather. Happy hour is from 4:30-6:30 PM Monday - Saturday.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Clarklewis is an award-winning restaurant whose theme is farm to table.
Meagan's expert tip: Do not skip dessert when dining here, it is superb. We recommend trying the Basil Mousse Cake, a pistachio cake topped with huckleberry sauce and pistachio streusel.
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 an 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. Andina sources its food from local Oregon farms and direct trade with a community of organic farmers in Chincha, Peru.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Andina takes pride in sourcing food straight for farms in Oregon and a select few organic farms in Peru.
Meagan's expert tip: On weekend nights, public transportation may be the most convenient way to travel to the Pearl.
Le Pigeon, considered by many to be the best restaurant in Portland, serves adventurous French-inspired food along with a wide variety of exciting wines in an intimate dining room on East Burnside. Reservations are accepted at one of the communal tables. There is also a chef's counter - 10 seats that wrap around the open kitchen - which is available on a walk-in basis. You can take part in the set seven-course tasting menu for dinner or order off the menu. A typical dinner could include Pigeon Wonton, Duck Mu Shu, Creme Brulee, and much more. Le Pigeon uses quality ingredients from local sources.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Le Pigeon uses quality ingredients from local sources to create a beautiful meal you will remember forever.
Meagan's expert tip: Give yourself a treat and splurge on the seven-course tasting menu.
Beast is the adventurous carnivore's delight. One six-course dinner is offered each week, Wednesday through Sunday. Price is per person and the small dining room offers two seatings per night, at 6 and 8:45. The menu each week is the invention of the two women who own Beast, and they are inspired by what they find in the market. As the name suggests, the dinners are heavy on meats of all kinds. Vegetarians should not despair as Beast is now periodically offering a vegetarian meal series on some Tuesdays. Though one of Portland's more expensive restaurants, Beast offers a completely unique dining experience with dishes that cannot be found anywhere else. Hand-selected wine pairings for each course are available. Sunday brunch offers a different menu with the same creative flair.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Beast changes their menu every Wednesday to keep current on what is in season at the time.
Meagan's expert tip: Check Beast's web site for special events and the vegetarian meal series.
SE Wine Collective was created to be a unique multi-faceted urban winery designed to bring together like-minded wineries that are sustainably growing their businesses by establishing a venue for commercial custom crush wine production. The SE Wine Collective's Tasting Bar offers visitors a chance to enjoy tastes, glass pours and carafes of wines on tap from four resident artisanal wine producers. They have inspirational wines from all over the world, as well as amazing food to complement the wines. The food menu is created by Chef Althea Potter and she sources almost all of her ingredients from local farms including the Beginning Urban Farmers program. To see what kind of special events they offer each month be sure to check their online calendar. They offer dinners, brunches, and much more.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: SE Wine Collective's chef Potter sources almost all their ingredients from local farms and markets.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the salty, creamy Stracciatella cheese made by Chef Potter.
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 wiz 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.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Quaintrelle makes use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to bring you some of the best farm to table meals in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: Kick off your meal with one of their specialty cocktails like the Path to Fortitude.
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, Coconib Ramazzotti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Radar uses responsibly sourced ingredients from Oregon's bounty throughout all their dishes.
Meagan's expert tip: Kick off your meal with one of their signature cocktails like the Night Owl created by acclaimed bartender Alex Day specifically for Radar.