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

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This is Nong herself

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A helpful explanation of the dish.

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

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

Early June vegetables, mache, truffle yogurt

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Roasted Pork Chop, spaetzle, brussels sprouts

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

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Extra Spicy

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The menu

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Fatty fried meat plates, compliments of the bartender

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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

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Fried Egg and Cheddar Biscuit

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Polenta and sausage ragu

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Food menu

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

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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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