Toro Bravo is an intimate tapas restaurant (small plates) inspired by Spanish tapas bars in Spain open 7 nights a week at 5 PM. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is fantastic. Toro Bravo's menu changes daily, based on seasonal variations, local farmers' produce, and the kitchen crew's inspiration. From patatas bravas to bacon-wrapped dates all their food is wonderful. It has become extremely popular and you will often have to wait an hour for a table. If you have a party of seven or more you can make a reservation in advance otherwise they do not take reservations.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Toro Bravo is considered one of the top tapas restaurants in Portland and it is near the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: Get your name on the list and head upstairs and have a drink at the Secret Society while you wait.
Not far from the Moda Center is an environmentally conscious brewpub, Hopworks Bikebar, a bicycle-themed brewpub. They offer organic beer and fresh organic food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Here you can sit in one of four sections, the family section with a play area, an outdoor beer garden, the bicycle bar, or the east section overlooking Williams. Hopworks BikeBar stays true to its name by offering 75 bike parking spaces, bike tools, take out specials for bikers, and two stationary bicycles in front of the restaurant that create energy to power the building when customers pedal them.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Hopworks Bikebar is a popular brewpub near the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try their pretzels and a beer sampler.
Ox is a delightful Argentine restaurant in North East Portland with a focus on grilled meats locally sourced, cooked over an open fire like Grilled Short Ribs, House Chorizo & Morcilla Sausages, Skirt Steak, and Sweetbreads. All meat orders come with complimentary bread with chimichurri dipping sauce. They also have seasonal fish available. The menu also provides many options for vegetarians including salads, fried potatoes, cauliflower soup, and many more options. It's hard to believe the desserts are just as good as their meats. From the warm hazelnut brown butter torte to the Lemon Brioche bread pudding to their assorted cheese boards it's all wonderful.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Ox is always good and it is not far from the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the Asado Argentino dinner for two if you're unsure what to order.
Organic, free-range, and healthy are just a few of the keywords for food served at Tin Shed. Named one of the best places to have brunch (it's even been featured in The New York Times, Tin Shed offers earth-friendly, flavorful foods every day of the week including their homemade jam. Consider sharing a plate because servings are large and delicious. Many of the breakfast items are stacks of food like potato cakes covered in scrambled eggs. Enjoy the outside patio and a lovely little garden, and be prepared to drink a lot of free coffee while you wait to be seated because the place is popular.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: The Tin Shed is a popular eatery in Portland and is not far from the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the biscuits and gravy.
Gravy is cranking out killer breakfast every day all day long in North Portland on Historic Mississippi Avenue. The vibe is fun at their old school diner turned hipster. The bowls of oatmeal served here look like they are on steroids, in a good way. And the Bloody Mary's here are like those you would find in Vegas, over the top and packed with a punch! All the portions here are incredibly large and easily sharable. Breakfast options include Chili Verde with eggs and hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Monte Cristos, and much more. They also serve lunch after 11 AM.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Gravy is one of the best places to grab breakfast or lunch in Portland, Oregon
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order we recommend the chili verde.
Doug Fir Lounge is best known for its live music, swanky drinks, and their hipster vibe, but they also happen to have great food that is served all day long from 7 AM until 2:30 AM. They offer breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner in the upstairs restaurant area. They offer a wide selection of food choices and you may find yourself eating a candied bacon burger or enjoying a pan-seared sockeye salmon. Food can also be ordered in the down stairs lounge and out on the patio. Doug Fir has a nice patio area with fire pits, so even in the winter, the patio can be used.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Doug Fir Restaurant and Bar is just a short drive from the Moda Center and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Meagan's expert tip: During happy hour be sure and try the tacos and enjoy a $4 draft beer.
Serving some of the best Thai in Portland, Oregon is Mee-Sen Thai Eatery on Mississippi Avenue in North Portland. The restaurant has a killer vibe, but it's the food that really makes it a standout. The menu is extensive and all the dishes are just right, fresh and flavorful. Oh, and did I mention how cheap it is to eat here. A bowl of Tom Yum is only $6. Plus they have happy hour daily from 3 PM 6 PM AND 9 PM close and all day Tuesday with $1 off all beer and wine and $.50 off small noodle bowls.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Mee-Sen Thai Eatery has some of the best Thai food in Portland and it's cheap.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order pick out one of their Tom Yum soups.
Lucca is a cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant with pasta, steak, seafood, and pizza. They source their ingredients from local farms, ensuring a fresh in-season meal. Many of their dishes, including the pizzas, are cooked over a wood fire. The agnolotti made with butternut squash, ricotta, brown butter, grana padano, sage, and hazelnuts is to die for. Pair it with a crisp Caesar salad and a glass of Italian wine. The bolognese is spot on if you are craving authentic Tuscan/Northern Italy pasta. During happy hour Tuesday - Friday from 2:30 - 5 P.M. and during lunch you can enjoy $5 wines, beer, and cocktails.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Lucca is the perfect spot for wine and pasta near the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: Save room for dessert. They have delicious options like Panna Cotta paired with Bing cherries and a pistachio biscotti.
Life of Pie Pizza features a 6,900-pound wood-fired pizza oven hand made by a 3rd generation oven maker Stefano Ferrara in Napoli, Italy. Every day there is a different specialty pizza available, like a pizza with sundered tomatoes and artichokes. The pizzas they make are on the small side, so if you are a family of 3 or 4 you will need to order at least two pizzas. Happy hour is available almost all day from 11 A.M. To 6 P.M. During happy hour you can get a margherita pizza for $5 and a glass of wine for $4.
Recommended for Restaurants near Moda Center because: Lie of Pie is delicious and a short drive to the Moda Center.
Meagan's expert tip: They offer a $5 Margherita pizza every day from 11 - 6.