Restaurant Guide–Portland

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Beaverton

Casa Lola–16305 SW Barrows Rd. (Mexican) Open daily until 9:30 pm.  Authentic Mexico City cuisine freshly made with flavorful ingredients. (Dining room is open 10-30-20)

Din Tai Fung–9724 SW Washington Square Rd. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  This is a chain that specializes in xiao long bao, but has a wide variety of items. I do not often see restaurants like this in the suburbs (which is why I added it to the list). Also in Tigard. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Lima Peruvian–12090 SW Allen Blvd. (Peruvian) Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.  Reviewers describe authentic and very delicious food. Interesting items on the menu, although the chaufa dishes are limited. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Ramen Ryoma–10500 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. (Japanese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say it is authentic (not necessarily the best in the Portland metro but in the running). (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Taste of Sichuan–16261 NW Cornell Rd. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  One of the most authentic, and certainly one of the best Chinese restaurants in Portland (according to reviewers). Steamed dumplings are especially popular. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Camas, WA

Natalia’s–437 NE 4th Ave. (Russian) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sun & Mon). Very good reviews, but I don’t see any mention of Russian food which it supposedly serves (people say it has changed owners so perhaps this is the reason). Food is all freshly made so this is a very popular restaurant. Most people like breakfast the best. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Gresham

Kuya Fred’s Cuisine–2220 NW Burnside Rd. (Filipino) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  “Real” Filipino food. Originally located at the Filipino community center, now has several locations (this one is a food truck with outdoor picnic tables). Food is not altered for American tastes–some of it may be strong for people who are not used to it. The upside is that it will show you how real Filipino food tastes. (Outdoor dining at picnic tables 8-24-21)

Portland

Andina–1314 NW Glisan St. (Peruvian) Dinner only (closed Mon & Tue).  Based on reviews and photos I have seen, this seems to have a much deeper range of food choices than the typical Peruvian restaurant (but it is also in a higher price range). Serves items on small plates. I think it would be worth it for what seems to be a very unique experience. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Behind the Museum Cafe–1229 SW 10th Ave. (Japanese) Lunch only (open daily).  Said to be excellent food–mostly Japanese but it’s more innovative Japanese fusion than traditional Japanese. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Beijing Hot Pot–2768 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue (dinner only Wed-Fri & Mon. Hot pot is the specialty (I think it is $25 and serves two people). Noodle dishes and dumplings are popular. Has specialty dishes that are not found in many other restaurants. (Dining room is open 10-30-20)

Broder–2508 SE Clinton St. (Scandinavian) Open Thur-Sun only (open 9 am to 3 pm).  Popular for breakfast (has aebleskivers). Has another location at 8800 SW Oleson Rd. (which some say is less crowded and easier to get in). (Dining room is open 8-23-20)

DarSalam Lazurdi–320 SW Alder St. (Middle Eastern) Dinner daily; lunch Fri-Sun.  Located in downtown Portland. Said to be Iraqi style Middle Eastern food. What really sets it apart, according to reviews, is the care the owners seem to put into preparing the food and the consistent high quality of it. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Fubonn–2850 SE 82nd Ave. (Malaysian) Open daily until 8:00 pm.  Asian supermarket which is the location of several restaurants and food stalls (Vietnamese, Korean, and other cuisines).  It seems to be most notable for the Malaysian food, though. (Store and restaurants are open 8-23-20)

Guero–200 NE 28th Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Popular food truck that has now become a restaurant. Serves excellent, authentic tortas. Has a few plate dinners as well (which get good reviews). (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Higgins–1239 SW Broadway (Northwest) Open daily except lunch on Sat & Sun.  Maybe the best place in town for Northwest cuisine since Wildwood closed in Feb. 2014. Duck confit is good. Expect to spend quite a bit here (but you get a better deal during Portland Dining Month). (Dining room is open 8-23-20)

HK Cafe–4410 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Open daily until 11:00 pm (Yelp says midnight). Has dim sum for lunch which is said to be hit or miss. Very good and reasonably priced food on the menu. Excellent place for everyday Cantonese style food at a good price (Wong’s is a good choice for more upscale food). (Dining room is open 8-23-20)

Kachka–960 SE 11th Ave. (Russian) Dinner only (closed Wed). Reviewers say it is excellent quality. This is somewhat of an upscale, special occasion restaurant. Reviewers say, though, that when they moved to their new location they raised the prices and decreased the portions (not much, but enough that people notice). There is also a strange feature in that they have a 5% charge on all bills for the employees’ health care. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Khao Niew–4579 NE Cully Blvd. (Lao) Dinner daily; lunch Sat & Sun.  Google Maps says it is inside the Central Bldg. (so maybe is not visible from the street). Reviews are a little bit mixed, but Lao people say it is like home. (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Lechon–113 SW Naito Pkwy. (Tapas) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Food is Peruvian and Argentinian, served on small plates. Reviewers say the food is excellent because it is fresh, the flavor is complex, and just about any other superlative you can name. I would be interested in things like lomo saltado with a soy teriyaki (Asian) glaze and a coconut rice patty. It is rated as $$ on Yelp (probably not as expensive as I would think for this type of food). (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Mekong Bistro–8200 NE Siskiyou St. (Cambodian) Dinner only (open daily).  Authentic Cambodian food that reviewers think is excellent.  Noodle soups are the specialty. Even though the number of Cambodian restaurants is growing across the US, this one has more menu choices than you are likely to find in other places. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Nepali Kitchen–3434 NE 49th Ave. (Nepalese) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Wed).  Food is served through a window that looks like it is in the back of the owners’ home. The “restaurant” is a garden with picnic tables and “dining pods” (individual shelters available to get out of the weather). The menu is small but the food is Nepali (not the Nepali version of Indian food–just native dishes from Nepal). I don’t think they have chow mein (my favorite Nepali dish) but they have other interesting dishes I have not seen at other Nepali restaurants. (Dining area is open 10-7-21)

Pho Van–1919 SE 82nd Ave. (Vietnamese) Open daily until 9:00 pm.  Recommended by Portland Tip Sheet. Has a large menu and good flavors (also in Beaverton). Some people say the pho is average but other menu items are very good. (Dining room is open 8-23-20)

Swiss Hibiscus–4950 NE 14th Ave. (Swiss) Dinner only (open Thu-Sun).  When Rheinlander closed and reviewers say Gustav’s changed, many of them now say this is the best German style food in town (it probably has been since 2010 when it opened, but people are just now discovering it). There are some other good German restaurants in town, though (and some think Gustav’s is good). Reviewers recommend the fondue appetizer (made with Swiss cheese). (Dining room is open 8-25-21)

Taiwan Bistro–11136 SW Capitol Hwy. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue; Closed Wed lunch; closed Thu lunch.  Has a very high rating and reviewers say it is authentic. Individual items are on small plates, and many people like to get the combination plate (LuWei) with several items. Braised pork over rice, pork buns, and Taiwanese tofu are some of the recommended dishes. Also has congee, a soup I enjoyed at a Taiwanese restaurant in Seattle. (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Tangier–221 SW Pine St. (Moroccan) Open daily until 9:00 pm (10 pm on Sat).  Moroccan tagines, but also has a number of other good choices (mainly Lebanese). (Dining room is open 8-23-20)

Tin Shed–1438 NE Alberta St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  The PBS “Breakfast Special” program featured this as one of the memorable breakfast restaurants in America. Here you will find unusual (and very good tasting) recipes as well as vegetarian, gluten free, or any type of food that fits your diet. Lunch looks interesting as well (stopped serving dinner after the pandemic). (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Portland Food Carts are taken to a new level in Portland that is not found in other cities, and offer more good choices than I can list here. There is a discussion of them on the Portland Food Group web site (linked at the bottom of the page) as well as other web sites such as this one:

Eater: Portland, OR

Vancouver, WA

Abhiruchi–233 NE Chkalov Dr. (Indian) Closed Mon (and closed between 2:00 and 5:00 pm).  The standard for Vancouver restaurants seems to be that they are as good as the ones in Portland. This one, though, may be even better (and in fact their other restaurant is in Beaverton, OR). Also the Beaverton restaurant is open 7 days a week. (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Farrar’s Bistro–12514 NW 36th Ave. (American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Wild caught salmon, chicken pot pie, fish tacos, and probably some other items that are just as good. (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Nom Nom–801 C St. (Lao) Open daily to 10 pm.  Reviews say it is delicious and top quality. The flavor is not too sweet or Americanized, but is balanced to give true Asian flavors. Has Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Thai Little Home–3214 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. (Thai) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Seemed to be the consensus best Thai in Vancouver until Thai Wok Kitchen became popular, but this one is still popular as well. Lemongrass chicken is one of the most recommended dishes, but a lot of the dishes are ones that people like. (Dining room is open 10-7-21)

Thai Wok Kitchen–5000 E. 4th Plain Blvd. (Thai) Open Daily.  This is one of the highest rated and possibly the best Thai restaurant in the Portland area, or even the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing on the menu that does not receive five stars by most reviewers. (Dining room is open 8-24-21)

Wilsonville

Dar Essalam–29585 SW Park Pl. (Moroccan) Open daily except Sat lunch & Sun.  The choices here go well beyond what I have seen in other Moroccan restaurants, and reviewers say it is excellent. Tajine is $20 as of 2017 (I can’t find a 2019 menu), so it’s a little expensive. This seems to be a destination restaurant at only moderately expensive prices. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Portland)

City-Data “Favorite Chinese food in Greater Portland”

City-Data (Vancouver)

Extra MSG: (former web site which included the “Portland Tip Sheet”)

PBS Breakfast Special

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Portland)

Zomato (Portland)