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In a state rich with organic farmers, coastal access and a bounty of up-and-coming wineries, eating out is becoming Portland’s new obsession. Words like sustainable and local are popping up on menus all over town and you’re more likely to find a bargain here than in other West Coast cities.

Top Restaurants in Portland

23Hoyt Restaurant

Located on Portland's busiest boutique shopping avenue, 23 Hoyt’s Pan-Mediterranean cuisine stands out from nearby A-list eateries. Design is Northwest-modern: stone floors, deep wood furnishings, antler chandeliers.

529 NW 23rd Ave, OR, 503-445-7400, www.23hoyt.com
Tags: expensive | trendy


Traditional Peruvian dishes prepared using native ingredients and with modern techniques and presentation.

1314 NW Glisan, OR, 503-228-9535, www.andinarestaurant.com
Tags: expensive | peruvian


Fast-food cravings are satisfied at Burgerville, where only fresh, sustainable, high-quality ingredients are used; seasonal items include Walla Walla Sweet Onion Rings and fresh strawberry shakes.

39 locations across Oregon and southwest Washington, OR, www.burgerville.com
Tags: budget

Higgins Restaurant and Bar

Inspired by classic French bistros, this three-level restaurant is both lively and romantic; reservations required.

1239 SW Broadway, OR, 503-222-9070, www.higgins.ypguides.net
Tags: romance | expensive | french

In Good Taste

Gourmet food and wine shop with cooking classes. Book a chef to prepare a private dinner for you and your pals; guests can help with the meal or sit back with a glass of wine and watch the chef work his magic.

231 NW 11th Ave., OR, 503-248-2015, www.ingoodtastestore.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | culinary

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen

Old New York meets Portland’s West End at this modern take on the classic Jewish Deli. Piled-high pastrami sandwiches on rye, served with potato salad/coleslaw and a pickle, are nearly as tasty as their Manhattan counterparts. The French fries, however, available for an additional $1, could use a little work. Traditional deli dishes like latkes, cheese blintzes, and chopped liver also abound. Like any good Portland restaurant, they serve piping hot Stumptown Coffee.

1038 SW Stark St., OR, 503-222-3354, www.kennyandzukes.com
Tags: moderate | trendy | deli

Mother's Bistro and Bar

Classic American comfort food – meatloaf, mac and cheese, pot roast – served in a vibrant setting so popular that people line up for brunch on weekends.

212 SW Stark St., OR, 503-464-1122, www.mothersbistro.com
Tags: moderate | local favorite | comfort food

Noble Rot

Tapas-style dishes prepared using top quality ingredients from local sources that practice sustainable farming. While the food shines, the wine list dazzles; try a wine flight featuring three different vintages.

2724 SE Ankeny St., OR, 503-233-1999, www.noblerotpdx.com
Tags: moderate | notable wine list | small plates

Paley's Place

Seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine (locally raised beef, produce, and seafood) and extensive wine list focusing on varietals from Oregon, Washington and France.

1204 NW 21st Ave., OR, 503-243-2403, www.paleysplace.net
Tags: expensive | notable wine list | new american

Pearl Bakery, Inc.

This popular bakery puts out some of the best sandwiches in town, including Pearl’s PB & J, with fresh peanut butter and locally made raspberry preserves on chewy paesano (vegan) bread.

102 NW 9th Ave., OR, 503-827-0910, www.pearlbakery.com
Tags: budget | bakery


The best pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine in town is served amidst thumping music and a lively crowd; the drink menu alone is worth the trip.

214 SW Broadway, OR, 503-241-3393, www.saucebox.com
Tags: moderate | asian

Screen Door

A memorable brunch awaits at this local institution where trendy singles and stroller-pushing couples join impossibly long weekend queues for a shot at good old-fashioned low country cooking with a local twist. Peaches drenched in cream from a nearby farm might scream Oregon, but the amazing fried Oyster benedict served with cheddar grits are straight out of the Carolinas.

2337 E Burnside St., OR, 503-542-0880, www.screendoorrestaurant.com
Tags: moderate | trendy | brunch

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