Best Lunch in Portland

10 Best Appetizing Lunch Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

Just because you have a limited time for lunch doesn't mean you can't have a good quality meal that you enjoy and is satisfying. In Portland, OR there's an array of lunch places to choose from and we've narrowed them down into what we think is the top 10 lunch places in Portland. We've taken into consideration the time it takes to eat, the quality of ingredients, and only included those that prepare food fresh daily. We've included a variety of cuisines ensure that no matter what you are craving, there is a place on our list that will satisfy you.

Lardo a casual eatery where you can enjoy sandwiches dripping with flavor. Por Que No has you covered if your craving Mexican food and Khao San or Farmhouse Kitchen are perfect if you want Thai instead. There is even a ramen place on our list in case you are in the mood for comforting Japanese food, Boxer Ramen. 


Northeast Portland

Located at the NE Irvington hub, Petisco is a neighborhood restaurant with a rotating menu that sources the freshest ingredients available with indoor and outdoor seating. The choices here vary from healthy to totally indulgent. From salads and sandwiches to french onion soup and meatloaf. During lunch, they offer a few breakfast options and on weekends they open for brunch. They offer a daily happy hour on weekdays from 3 - 6 PM with discounts on sangria and $6 sandwiches. Whatever you decide to eat be sure to save room for one of their decadent desserts. Check their website to find out which night is their special paella night, which is also reservation only.

Recommended for Lunch because: Petisco is a cozy, quiet place to have a nice lunch.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are in the mood for pasta try the Pork Sausage and Porcini with Gnocchi.

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Boxer Ramen is a gourmet ramen shop that locals love, because who doesn't love ramen noodles. You can not go wrong with their Tonkotsu, a traditional pork broth, savory and rich. pork belly, soft-poached egg and scallions. The portions here are huge and your $12 bowl of Ramen should easily fill you up. If dining with kids, consider having them split a bowl. There are only 4 options for entrees on their menu, but this keeps things simple and quick. When dining with kids you want great food, but you need it to be an efficient experience and Boxer Ramen does both of these perfectly.

Recommended for Lunch because: Quick, good, and prices suitable for any budget Boxer Ramen makes for a great lunch spot.

Meagan's expert tip: The spicy ramen is super spicy, so watch out!

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Northeast Portland

Little Griddle is a hidden gem in North East Portland open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. They offer a variety of eggs Benedict like their savory huevos benedictos and the hearty country Benedict. Their biscuit sandwiches are just as good too. They have a variety of egg sandwiches available with pork, fried chicken, or bacon. You can wash it down with a standard cup of coffee or a cocktail. Vegetarians will appreciate options like polenta bowls, shakshuka, pancakes, and a seasonal, and fruit-stuffed breakfast salad. If you have a large group make sure they can accommodate you before heading that way because their space is quite small.

Recommended for Lunch because: Little Griddle is a tiny spot in North East Portland serving up the best eggs Benedict in the Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: If you enjoy Eggs Benedict this place is a must visit.

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Khao San features a simple menu consisting of small plates allowing guests to try the different flavors of what the Thai culture has to offer. They use authentic Asian vegetables, when in season, like apple eggplants, holy basil, and Asian cucumbers. Their signature desserts comprise of many flavors from Thailand including Thai Tea flavored ice cream and macaroons. All of their food is made from scratch using local products and ingredients. Not only is their food awesome, but their restaurant is cool too. They brought over a Tuk Tuk booth from Thailand that you can sit in inside their restaurant. Kid's love sitting inside of it!

Recommended for Lunch because: Khao San is a tasty place for a Thai lunch in downtown Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Try to get the Tuk Tuk booth imported from Thailand.

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Olympia Provisions Southeast has grown from establishing the city's first salumeria to being a destination for refined, European-style dishes. Hidden away in the corner of an old warehouse, Alex Yoder's dishes highlight the locally-sourced meats and seasonal vegetables you'll find on his menus. For lunch, they offer two soups each day one with meat and one that's vegetarian. they offer meat and cheese boards. They have an international selection of cheeses and wines. They also have a selection of custom cocktail creations available. Reservations are accepted for 5 or more at lunch and brunch, and for all sizes at dinner.

Recommended for Lunch because: Olympia Provisions offers an amazing menu and their prices are more affordable for lunch.

Meagan's expert tip: If you like hot sandwiches be sure to try their open-faced hot turkey sandwich.

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North Portland

Por Que No shares the flavors and the essence of what we found from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca. They use only Pacific coast fish and wild shrimp from sustainable fisheries. The results are outstanding and all their food is bursting with flavor. Everything is homemade including the tortillas and tortilla chips. You will enjoy sitting around communal tables eating tacos or one of their bowls in their brightly colored restaurant. Along with the food they have a fun cocktail list. The kids meals and underwhelming and you are better off ordering your child some of the tacos.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine will wow you with their food. Their recipes have been passed down through the generations ensuring you a delightful Thai meal. They've got all kinds of traditional Thai dishes including Thai street food and more elegant dishes. We recommend trying their fabulous Herbal Rice Salad curry, a traditional dish known as "Khao Yum" (Bangkok Style). It's created with toasted coconut, peanuts, shredded green mango, crispy shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, sliced long beans, chili, kaffir lime, and peanuts topped with Tamarind dressing. Wash it down with a Thai ice tea. No matter what you order, you are going to have a great lunch.

Recommended for Lunch because: Farmhouse Kitchen Thai is the perfect place to eat lunch in the Hawthorne District of Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the Herbal Rice Salad, it's a traditional Thai dish and it is phenomenal.

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PDX Sliders in Sellwood are crafting some of the best beef, chicken, and pork sliders in all of Portlandia. All their sliders are named after Portland's famous bridges. Beef burger choices are one of a kind like their Hawthorne slider made with beef, bacon, goat cheese, strawberry preserves on a brioche bun. Their chicken sliders are equally as creative like their Morrison slider a herb marinated chicken topped with bacon, pesto, arugula and aioli served on a ciabatta bun. Their pork sliders are award winning. The Broadway pork slider made with braised pork, peppers, arugula, and spicy aioli won the Judge's Choice Award and the Eat Mobile & People's Choice Award at the Portland Food Cart Festival! They also offer two veggie burgers.

Recommended for Lunch because: PDX Sliders serve some of the top sliders in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: Order two different kinds of sliders, like the Broadway pork slider and the daily special, to experience more of what PDX Sliders has to offer.

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An extremely popular, sandwich shop in the Hawthorne district. Lardo's originally started out as a food cart and has grown to three permanent locations in Portland on in the Hawthorne district and one in Downtown Portland on Washington Street. The sandwiches are enormous. Most of the sandwiches offered here are Italian creations like the rapini and grilled mortadella. Their most popular sandwich is the pork belly, egg and cheese. Lardo also offers salads and fries, including their famous dirty fries made with pork and herbs. Lardo's drinks are cheap too. All beers here are just $5 a pint. The Hawthorne location has a nice outdoor patio.

Recommended for Lunch because: Lardo has unique one-of-a-kind sandwiches that everyone is sure to love.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and sample some Dirty Fries, french fries topped with pork scraps, marinated peppers, fried herbs, and parmesan.

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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 the 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.

Recommended for Lunch because: Luc Lac has amazing food and the prices are cheap during lunch.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the combination so you can try several things at once, like curry and papaya salad.

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Meet Meagan Wristen

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