What to Eat in Portland, OR

by Emily on October 20, 2011 · 4 comments

in Food,Recommendations,Restaurants

One of the hardest, but most fun parts of planning a trip is figuring out where and what to eat when you arrive at your destination. Is a place truly worth it, or just for tourists? What should you order, if you've never been? I have a lot of friends headed west to Portland, OR this week for Portland Cocktail Week.

Here's a short hit list with must-eats in that great city, recommended to me by locals. I ate at every one of them myself, and recommend you try and do the same. Tomorrow, we'll give you a quick look at where to drink (but most of the people going this week don't have to worry about that, since PDXCW will keep them plenty busy with cocktail-related events)!

Lunch: Nong's Khao Man Gai, SW 10th & Alder St. (in the food truck pod), Chicken and Rice, with Extra Sauce


This is Nong herself


A helpful explanation of the dish.


Super simple: Tasty, succulent chicken, healing hot broth and that crave-inducing sauce.


Dinner: Clyde Common, 1014 SW Stark St., Everything on the Menu (which changes daily).

Early June vegetables, mache, truffle yogurt


Roasted Pork Chop, spaetzle, brussels sprouts


Late Night Eats, Part 1: Pok Pok PDX, 3226 SE Division Street, Chicken Wings

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Extra Spicy


The menu


Fatty fried meat plates, compliments of the bartender


Brunch: Tasty and Sons, 3808 North Williams Ave., 503.621.1400. Definitely make a reservation and get ready for a wait.

Bloody Mary with a big hunk of Beef Jerky for what ails ya. Why, yes, that Bloody Mary *does* have a giant chunk o beef jerky in it! Brunching, PDX style.

Fresh chocolate potato donuts with creme anglaise


Fried Egg and Cheddar Biscuit


Polenta and sausage ragu


Food menu


Late Night Eats, Part 2: Pho PDX, 85 SW 2nd Ave. Get the Pho. Duh.


Once you've made your own list of what to eat, check out my recommendations of What to Drink in Portland. Cheers!


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  • Anonymous

    I’ll be going to Portland next week. Those wings look great!

    • http://www.mouthoftheborder.com emilyspearl

      Whatchu doing in Portland? Meeting up with Kevin? Look at you, all travelin’ and stuff.

      • Anonymous

        I’m going full time with the company next year so they’re flying me out to meet the people I’ve been working with for the past year and a half. You know I will be praying from wheels up to wheels down. 

        • http://www.mouthoftheborder.com emilyspearl

          Wow, that’s a big deal! Portland is a great city and this is the best month of the year to be there. You’ll have a blast. And just drink on the plane. :)

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