|FOOD & DRINK | BEST OF
The "It" breakfast spot in Portland many years ago, introducing Portland to gourmet, bistro dining serving local, organic ingredients. Thanks in part to the Bijou, there are now more, like-minded breakfast spots in town, but the Bijou still holds its own. Expect a wait.
Downtown | 132 SW 3rd Avenue
FULLER'S COFFEE SHOP
It's been around a long time, back when the area was a district of commerical warehouses. Wait staff serve up delicious, greasy standard American breakfasts from behind a winding, double horseshoe-shaped counter and customers sit atop vinyl-clad stools, reading the paper and drinking drip coffee.
Pearl | 136 NW 9th Avenue
Sadly, Henry's closed May 2007, but don't despair! The owner of Savoy Tavern & Bistro, another Best-Of, has taken charge and will soon reopen it as Broder. It's difficult to see Henry's go, but it's wonderful to know the situation is in good hands!
Hosford-Abernethy | 2508 SE Clinton Street
Where to start? Portland is full of great restaurants, many of which use local ingredients, making them that much more delicious and noteworthy. Listed is but a handful.
Fresh, simple, upscale Italian food in an intimate setting. Cream walls, wooden tables, and an open kitchen with pots overhead.
Northwest | 807 NW 21st Avenue
Adjacent to Castagna, the restaurant, Cafe Castagna is less formal and more modern, with concrete floors and dark walls, but no less an experience in great food and drink. Wonderfully pure dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.
Hosford-Abernethy | 1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
A bit different from other, local charming restaraunts: small plates. In a good sense. Since the dishes, and prices, are smaller than usual, one is afforded an evening of exploratory dining, all in a warm atmosphere of what could be described as an American's version of a quaint, French kitchen.
Kerns | 10 NE 28th Street
Wonderful flavors in simple dishes from Central Mexico. Friendly service in a pleasant, warm space with wood-beamed ceilings, colorfully tiled walls, and lots of natural light.
Hosford-Abernethy | 2135 SE Division Street
A boisterous, intimate restaurant staffed with "real" Italian people, including the owner's children. Tight seating, lively Italian conversation, walls of wine, and delicious food.
Pearl | 1129 NW Johnson Street
POK POK (& WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE)
Absolutely delicious! Thai food like no other in Portland. Owner, Andy, travels to Thailand to perfect the recipes of (mostly Northern) street food, which is often accompanied by whiskey sodas. What began as Pok Pok, a take-out shack - albeit a very nice one - and, due to raving popularity, has branched out to include Whiskey Soda Lounge, a restaurant and bar. Few words to describe it. Wonderful is one of them. Not exactly for vegetarians.
Richmond | 3226 SE Division Street
SAVOY TAVERN & BISTRO
A balance of sophistication and modesty, all around: decor, cuisine, customer and staff.
Richmond | 2500 SE Clinton
A casual neighborhood bistro, serving Mediterranean-inspired food using local ingredients. Open kitchen.
Kerns | 200 NE 28th Avenue
Classic Thai cuisine with complex flavors and quality ingredients, and featuring chef's specials, by renowned local chef, Bo Kline, a native of Thailand.
Northwest | Original location | 2310 NW Everett Street
Downtown | Inside Hotel Lucia | 410 SW Broadway
Quite delicious. Local foods prepared fresh and offering a new, refined take on classic Indian cuisine. Modern, yet warm atmosphere. Very friendly staff.
Hosford-Abernethy | 2038 SE Clinton Street
As with restaurants, Portland is full of great coffee shops. Here are the top picks from Portland Connected, though there are oodles more.
Crema has the best baked goods in town. Hands down. And the baristas have won several international awards. Light and airy atmosphere, with big, garage-style rectractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and rotating local art.
Buckman | 2728 SE Ankeny Street
Serving Stumptown coffee and offering free Wi-Fi in funky, busy cafes full of iMacs and retro sneakers. The Hawthorne cafe is located inside Powells books while the Mississippi cafe was the main location for the upcoming "Feast of Love", a feature film starring Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman.
Sunnyside | 3279 SE Hawhorne Boulevard | (503) 232-8928
Eliot | 4001 N Mississippi Avenue | (503) 284-8928
Petite, artisanal bakery with great espresso and wonderful breads, cookies and pastries. Tiled floors, lots of dark wood, muted walls, high ceilings and lots of windows and light, due to its corner location. Seating is limited.
Pearl | 102 NW 9th Avenue
Modern. Warm. Stylish. "Founder and coffee roaster Din Johnson handcrafts every batch of beans, roasting them on-site in a vintage Probat roaster."
Beaumont-Wilshire | 3520 NE 42nd Avenue
A renowned local roaster with a handful of coffee shops. Not only does Stumptown serve up great coffee and decent pastries in laid-back, artsy cafes, but a great majority of Portland cafes and restaurants serve Stumptown coffee. With reason. The beans are roasted right here in Portland and the owner is known for providing great benefits and working conditions to his employees; building relationships and supporting coffee farmers who are committed to the well-being of their workers, water and land; and donating to local food banks.
Richmond | 4525 SE Division Street | (503) 230-7702
Sunnyside | 3356 SE Belmont Street | (503) 232-8889
Downtown | 128 SW 3rd Avenue | (503) 295-6144
Cute little cafe with tables and couches, serving Stumptown coffee in ugly mugs and featuring local artwork and free Wi-Fi.
Sellwood-Moreland | 8017 SE 13th Avenue | (503) 230-2010
On The Cheap
CHA! CHA! CHA!
Inexpensive mexican food. Friendly staff. Tasteful atmosphere. Family-owned and operated.
Pearl | 1208 NW Glisan Street | (503) 221-2111
Sunnyside | 3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd | (503) 236-1100
Grant Park | 2635 NE Broadway Street | (503) 288-1045
Sellwood-Moreland | 1605 SE Bybee Blvd | (503) 232-0437
And many other locations!
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
A Northwest landmark, around before NW 23rd was NW Trendy-Third. The basics. Fresh New York-style pizza, political cartoons and walls plastered with posters and photos of New York.
Northwest | 622 NW 23rd Avenue
Leabanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Crammed quarters, warm colors, fast service, delicious food.
Buckman | 318 SE Grand Avenue
Portland landmark serving burgers, fries and milkshakes for over six decades
Forest Park | 1313 NW Skyline Blvd.
THE DOG HOUSE
Hot dogs (meat-free ones, too) galore. Take-out only. Outside seating available.
Kerns | 2845 E Burnside Street
First came the southeast location in the late 70s, followed by the northwest spot in the early 80s. Beautiful desserts. Often quite tall. Rich and decadent. A choice for everyone, from the chocolate lover to the fruit and cream types. The southeast location is a bit more laid-back, in terms of atmosphere, certainly not quality!
Sellwood-Moreland | 5829 SE Milwaukie Avenue | (503) 232-9440
Northwest | 701 NW 23rd Avenue | (503) 228-7317
The desserts at Pix have to be the most complicated, delicate French desserts in town. Plus, the decor is enchanting and dessert wines and Belgian beer are available. Exquisite.
Richmond | 3402 SE Division Street | (503) 232-4407
Boise | 3901 N Williams | (503) 282-6539
Sunnyside | 3731 SE Hawthorne | (503) 236-4760
Not exactly off-the-charts, in terms of dessert, but a unique place that's been around awhile. Located in a two-story, Old-Portland home, furnished almost as such, it's warm and homey, and every night features live classical music. Mainly, though, there are surprises everywhere, including in the upstairs bathtub.
Buckman | 707 SE 12th Avenue
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