Portland, Oregon is known as a food destination with amazing food options. This summer I made an effort to try as many different restaurants as well as explore new places.
Warning: The following food photos may cause extreme hunger pains.
Portland has over 700 small kitchens, also known as food carts, parked in pods around the metropolitan area. All manner of ethnic foods can be found as well as halal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free, organic, etc. Some serve breakfast, others lunch, and/or dinner, or just coffee and dessert – and some specialize in the late night crowd staying open until 3:00am on weekends.
Patronize a food cart and you support a local entrepreneur. In order to survive, the food has to be more than great. Many have successfully expanded into brick and mortar restaurants.
Portlanders love breakfast and brunch. One Saturday we headed to the food trucks at S.E. Foster Rd and 52nd Avenue to eat breakfast at The Egg Carton. We had an order of their Monte Cristo French Toast and Eggs Benedict.
Eateries and Restaurants:
Portland restaurants are so popular and very crowded! I visited many great places and one or two not so great places (which I won’t mention,) but there are ever so many more restaurants to try remaining on my list! It will be a long time before I make it through the Portland neighborhood dining bucket list!
Portland, Oregon is a cool city. It is the 5th-coolest city in the country according to Forbes Magazine’s list of “America’s Coolest Cities 2017.” Portland is cool because of bicycling (9.8% commute to work by bike), small craft brew pups, food, and coffee. Portland is also considered a top vegan and vegetarian food destination.
Are you hungry yet? For your convenience I have listed below all the mentioned restaurants’ addresses and would recommend all of them.
Cafe Yumm, local chain with various locations
Lardo, 1205 SW Washington
Luc Lac Vietnamese, 835 SW 2nd Avenue
Nong’s Khao Man Gai, 417 SW 13th
Shalom Y’all Israeli Street Food, 1128 SW Alder (sister restaurant at 117 SE Taylor)
Q Restaurant, 828SW 2nd Avenue
Besaw’s, 1545 NW 21st Avenue
Mi Mero Mole, 32 NW 5th Avenue
Petunia’s Cake and Pies (entirely gluten free and vegan), 610 SW 12th Avenue
Heart, 537 SW 12th Avenue and various locations
Case Study Coffee, 802 SW 10th Avenue and other locations
The Egg Carton food cart, 5205 SE Foster Rd.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai, 609 SE Ankeny
Lardo, 1212 SE Hawthorne
Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine, 3401 SE Belmont
Fern Kitchen, 2311 SE 50th Avenue
Reverend’s BBQ, 7712 SE 13th Avenue
Hog Wild BBQ, 9226 SE 82nd Avenue
Back to Eden Bakery Cafe Foodcart (all gluten and dairy free), 4804 SE Woodstock and 2215 NE Alberta St. (Fantastic treats and I’ve returned several times, but not taken any photos.)
Le Petit Provence, 4834 SE Division St.
Doghouse PDX food cart, SE 50th and Division St.
Xico, 3715 SE Division
Teote House Café, 1615 SE 12th Avenue
Soma Kombucha Taproom, 3777 SE Belmont Street (free tastes before you buy!)
Babica Hen Cafe, 15964 Boone’s Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego & 1410 N Hwy 99W, Dundee
You may notice my preference for Mexican food. The final food photos come from Mi Mero Mole of the best ever tamal and the four mole sampler plate.
This is a photo journal of the restaurants I sampled recently and not a conclusive list of all my favorite local eateries. I invite to leave a comment with your favorites.
Shall we Meet You in the Morning for brunch? Until next time, Bon Appetit!