Portland is a known destination for food, coffee, and beer. Though we often complain about the lack of good Asian food, there’s still plenty of options to find a good bite to eat. We’ve put together a list of 49 to help you plan your foodcation in Portland, and we are also working through it ourselves. We’ll add notes as we eat at each spot, and replace them if we find better food too!
49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PORTLAND OREGON – PORTLAND FOOD BUCKET LIST
NORTH / NORTHWEST
- Ataula (Northwest, Spanish, $$)
- Paley’s Place (Northwest, French, $$$)
- Salt & Straw Ice Cream (Northwest + Mult Locations, Ice Cream, $$) – Our favorites are the strawberry balsamic with cracked pepper, bleu cheese and pear, and chocolate brownie flavor and coffee and bourbon flavor. PRO-TIP: If you buy them by the pint, you don’t have to wait in the long line. We always keep a few in our freezer.
- St. Jack (Northwest, French, $$$)
- Sweedeedee (North Portland, Breakfast & Brunch, $$)
- Tasty ’N Sons (North Portland, Breakfast & Brunch, $$)
- Aviary (Northeast, Asian Fusion, $$$) – Jacob loved the Japanese eggplant, and my favorite thing on the menu was the silken tofu pictured above.
- Beast (Northeast, French, $$$$)
- Davenport (Northeast, Seafood, $$$)
- Laurelhurst Market (Northeast, Steakhouses, $$$)
- Mae (Northeast, Southern, $$$)
- Ned Ludd (Northeast, American, $$$)
- Ox (Northeast, Steakhouses, $$$)
- Pambiche (Northeast, Cuban, $$)
- Pip’s Original Doughnuts (Northeast, Coffee & Tea, $) – loved their chai tea flight (but if you only want to try one, the Emmylou Chai was my favorite). The mini doughnuts can be hit or miss. Depending on the day, sometimes they’re great and sometimes they’re dry and over fried. They also give you a free dozen mini doughnuts within 7 days of your birthday.
- Podnah’s Pit BBQ (Northeast, Barbeque, $$)
- Sa Bai Thai Cuisine (Northeast, Thai / Vegetarian, $$) – on the yelp 100 for 2017.
- Screen Door (Northeast, Southern, $$) – Their chicken and waffles are solid. The best? Debatable. But their praline bacon keeps us coming back.
- Toro Bravo (Northeast, Spanish, $$)
- Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Central Eastside, Thai, $) – The chicken and rice here is so simple but so good. It was our regular spot, but now we just buy their sauce and make chicken and rice at home instead. We haven’t perfected it yet, but it saves us money.
- Biwa (Central Eastside, Japanese, $$)
- HoldFast Dining (Central Eastside, American, $$$$)
- Kachka (Central Eastside, Russian, $$)
- Le Pigeon (Central Eastside, French, $$$)
- Olympia Provisions (Central Eastside, American, $$)
- Pine State Biscuits (Central Eastside, Breakfast & Brunch, $) – Being from the south, we love our biscuits and gravy and this place helps us get our artery clogging fix when we need it. Jacob got the reggie deluxe and I got the Biscuits and shiitake mushroom gravy, which were both good.
- Taqueria Nueve (Central Eastside, Meixcan, $$)
- Blue Star Donuts (Downtown + Mult Locations, $$) – Their donuts can be hit or miss, but the blueberry bourbon basil is our fave 👌
- Maurice (Downtown, French, $$)
- Park Kitchen (Pearl District, American, $$$)
- Farm Spirit (Southeast, Vegan, $$$$) – vegan prefixed menu. We’re not vegetarian, but we loved the food. The chef was also very personable and fun, and we had a lovely experience overall.
- Apizza Scholls (Southeast, Pizza, $$) – probably our favorite pizza place in Portland. Our favorite is the Apizza Amore and next up was the Tartufo2.
- Ava Gene’s (Southeast, American, $$$)
- Bollywood Theater (Southeast + Mult Locations, Indian, $$)
- Castagna (Southeast, American, $$$$)
- Coquine (Southeast, American, $$$)
- Langbaan (Southeast, Thai, $$$$)
- Nodoguro (Southeast, Japanese, $$$$)
- Nostrana (Southeast, Italian, $$)
- Off the Waffle (Southeast, Breakfast & Brunch, $) – If you want savory, get the goat in headlights.
- PDX Sliders (Southeast, Burgers / Food Trucks, $) – on the yelp 100 for 2017.
- Roe (Southeast, Seafood, $$$$)
- Rose VL Deli (Southeast, Vietnamese, $)
- The American Local (Southeast, American, $$)
- Xico (Southeast, Mexican, $$)
- Coco Donuts (Southwest, Donuts + Coffee, $) – solid donuts and love their space. We need to go back, because they sold out of a lot of donuts by the time we went.
- Departure (Southwest, Asian Fusion, $$$)
- Wiz Bang Bar (Southwest, Ice cream, $) – I prefer salt and straw, but if you like soft serve, this is their sister store.
- Banh Mi Nam Loc (Montavilla, Vietnamese, $) – If you want an authentic, no-frills grilled pork banh mi, this is a great spot.
LOCAL FAVES (NOT OUR CUP OF TEA)
- Bamboo Sushi (Southeast + Mult Locations, Japanese, $$)
- Lardo (Southwest, Sandwiches, $$) – Jacob had the pork belly, egg, and cheese sandwich, I ordered the pork meatball banh mi, and we got the loaded lardo fries for the table. It was pretty good and I wouldn’t object to going back, but it wouldn’t be on the top of my list. They burnt my bread, but everyone else’s meal came out fine.
- Little Big Burger (Pearl District + Mult Locations, $)
- Pok Pok (Southeast, Thai, $$)
- Voodoo Doughnut (Southwest + Mult Locations, $) – actually not a local fave or anyone’s fave after they try it, but it never stops hoards of tourists from going. For that reason, it needs to be included and continues to be on every Portland list. Go for the photo opps, not for the doughnuts.
- Heart (Northeast, $)
- Good Coffee (Southeast, $)
- Stumptown Coffee (Central Eastside + Mult Locations, $)
- Smith Teamaker (Central Eastside + Mult Locations, Tea Rooms, $)
- Multnomah Whiskey Library (Southwest, Whiskey Bars, $$$)
- Distillery Row Tour
- Base Camp Brewery (Central Eastside, Breweries, $)
PORTLAND FOOD BUCKET LIST MAP
Let us know if there are any spots we’re missing that we need to check out before we move! :)