Tusk is a Middle Eastern Restaurant located in SE Portland. Tusk sources all of its vegetables locally as well as most of their grains and flours. If you visit their website you can see a long list of local producers they use. They are open for dinner during the week and brunch on weekends. During brunch patrons can enjoy options like the Grain Bowl made with sprouted barley, vegetables, avocado, duk- ka, egg, and argan oil. If you are dining with kids know that there is no kid menu available and unless your kids are adventurous eaters you should stick with the biscuits and gravy for them.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Tusk is a creative Middle Eastern farm to table restaurant in Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to order their delicious hummus appetizer to go along with your meal.
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.
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 if it's available.
DOC uses fresh local produce and organic, pasture-raised meats from area farms to create delectable Italian inspired meals in their small intimate restaurant. They are only open for dinner and the menu changes weekly. For dinner you indulge with a 3 course or 6 course tasting menu. They also have an a la carte menu. They have an extensive Italian wine list and doing a wine pairing with your meal is highly recommended here. The sommelier, Sarah Egeland, is one of the best in Portland. This restaurant is a great place for a nice meal whether with friends or a date.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: DOC is a hidden gem in Portland that sources all of its food locally.
Meagan's expert tip: The restaurant is small, so be sure to make a reservation in advance to secure a table.
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.
Quaintrelle is a cozy restaurant with exquisite food perfect for any occasion. 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 season and turns them into exquisite plates like the radicchio, ancho cress, red wheat, pear, delicata squash, pecan, gouda Brussel sprouts, pickled carrot, kohlrabi, peanut, cherry bomb, and colatura. Even the appetizers highlight seasonal harvest with choices like Yellowtail, tangerine, fennel, pear, hazelnut, white shoyu Octopus, ceci bean, castelvetrano, jimmy nardello, picallili, and tonnato. The cocktails like the "Coming Alive" made with Del maguey vida mezcal, carpano antica, px sherry, ancho blend, bitters, and muscovado are inventive and vibrant, 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 refreshing Three Sunsets.
G-Love is a self-proclaimed "reverse steakhouse" where the vegetables are the main attraction. No, it's not a vegetarian restaurant, but the meat is limited to the side dishes. Here you can get an avocado toast for your main course with a small side of hanger steak to complete it. G-Love works hand in hand with a local farm, Olde Moon Farm, to create fresh dishes year round. G-Love has a unique working relationship with the farm. All of their cooks spend time working at the farm, which means often times the dinner you enjoy there was freshly picked earlier that day.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: G-Love has a special partnership with a local farm and uses these quality ingredients to create a beautiful meal you will remember forever.
Meagan's expert tip: Sit at the bar to watch their talented bartender at work, better yet, order one of their creative cocktails. We recommend the Love Spell, a sparkling rose-based cocktail.