Travelling to Portland, Oregon? Discover 12 amazing, must-visit restaurants, breweries and distilleries in the Greater Portland Area—including Tualatin Valley and Mt. Hood Territory.
In This Food & Beverage Travel Article You Will Discover:
- Portland’s Best Gin
- Charcuterie Galore
- Gourmet Tea
- Lesser-Known Craft Breweries
- Fine Italian Dining
- And Much More!
“Is the chicken local?” Fans of Portlandia will recognize this scene—and it’s close to the truth. Greater Portland has been doing farm-to-table, locavore, house-made and craft-brewed for so long it has simply become the norm.
Every trip to Portland should include a stop at Sizzle Pie, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a Mcmenamins pub—but there are so many more places in-town to chow-down. Plus, outside of city centre, in places like Happy Valley, Oregon City and Hillsboro, food still rules—so spread your wings and explore.
If you’re heading to hip-city, take time to tour the regional area and visit these 12 establishments in Portland and beyond:
1014 SW Stark St., Portland
Located in the uber-cool Ace Hotel, Clyde Common serves modern share-plates of European fare fused with local ingredients. Make sure to start with a plate of in-house-cured meats and an award-winning craft cocktail. Then, let the fresh sheet guide your way forward in this lively, social setting.
6839 SE Belmont St., Portland
In the shadow of Mount Tabor’s volcanic cone, quiet Coquine serves decadent coffee and pastries as well as healthy breakfasts and lunches (plus dinner, Wednesday to Sunday). I recommend the Hash, though chef Katy Millard makes everything with care and quality ingredients. And, like any good Portland café, the espresso is top-notch.
126 SW 2nd Ave., Portland
Take your pick of Portland’s finest at this brand-new culinary marketplace. Located near the historic waterfront, guests can wander through eight eateries—most of which are local establishments offering a new take on their beloved fare. For example, WizBangBar is local-fave ice creamery Salt & Straw’s new soft-serve joint. (But start with the chicken at Pollo Bravo, it’s to die for.)
107 SE Washington St. & 1632 NW Thurman St., Portland
For starters, everyone in town calls this place “Olympic” Provisions. Don’t be confused—it’s just an old name that was kiboshed by the iron fist of the IOC. Regardless, the Spanish and Mediterranean flavours in this casual eatery are second-to-none. I’m still dreaming of those house-made meats…
110 SE Washington St. & 1626 Northwest Thurman St., Portland
In a town so-known for coffee, take a break for tea. Founded by the guy who also started Stash and Tazo, Steven Smith Teamakers truly elevates the art of water-on-leaves. Staff experts approach this 4,000-year-old beverage like a sommelier to wine. Order a flight and indulge.
65 SE Washington St., Portland
If you’re lucky, owner Christian Krogstad will be on-site when you visit this joint, home to the finest American gin on the continent. He is a mad scientist and as passionate a craftsman as you’ll meet—prepare for a boozy education. In any case, stop by this impressive distillery to sample a spirit-flight or sip a pre-dinner cocktail. You’ll leave with a bottle of Aviation Gin for sure.
626 SE Main St., Portland
Sometimes, you just crave the pizza. Enter Renata, home of Portland’s best fine Italian dining. Indulge in plate-after-plate of sumptuous thin-crust or other rich, hearty entrees—made in classic style, yet often featuring local ingredients. And follow the servers’ suggestions for wine pairings; they know their stuff.
1409 NE Alberta St., 310 SE 28th Ave., 404 SW 12th Ave. & 836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland
The fish served at Bamboo is so expertly sliced, so beautifully presented and so mouth-watering that you may just forget you’re dining at the world’s first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant. But don’t forget—as wonderful as sushi is, worldwide commercial fishing practises are, frankly, a mess. It’s nice to enjoy one of the planet’s best cuisines guilt-free. (Pair the meal with locally-brewed sips from Sake One.)
13551 SE 145th Ave., Happy Valley
With the goal of bringing urban flare to the suburbs in a family-friendly setting, proprietor Valerie Hunter began curating this collection of 26 non-competing food carts in 2012. Today, her food-cart collective and 450-seat pavilion is a local standard. Bring the kids, there’s a play area, and show up for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (I recommend the Chicken and Waffles.)
10275 NW Helvetia Rd., Hillsboro
Yeah, it’s a little rough around the edges. And it’s kind-of in the middle of nowhere. But the servers are friendly, the burgers are startlingly good—and huge—and it makes the perfect lunch date after cycling the nearby Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Expect to be stuffed for less than $10.
1401 Washington St., Oregon City
There are a lot of reasons to visit Oregon City: kayaking, cycling, historic sites and, of course, beer. Oregon City Brewing offers a casual environment to sip selections from their six house-brews and 38 additional local/regional brews. They don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own. (I recommend take-out from Tony’s Fish Market, right across the street.)
14214 Fir St., Oregon City
Named after a historic coin toss that resulted in the city-moniker of “Portland” over “New Boston,” and owned by local radio personality Tim Hohl, this unassuming brewery is the ideal establishment for that day’s-end pint as you refill your growler. After all, a simple taproom with eight rotating selections is enough to keep anyone happy.