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). (6-26-19)

Lima Peruvian–12090 SW Allen Blvd. (Peruvian) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers describe authentic and very delicious food. Interesting items on the menu, although the chaufa dishes are limited. (6-26-19)

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). (6-26-19)

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. (Takeout only 10-30-20)

Camas, WA

Natalia’s–437 NE 4th Ave. (Russian) Breakfast and lunch only (closed 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. (4-21-19)

Gresham

Kuya Fred’s Cuisine–2220 NW Burnside Rd. (Filipino) Only Daily.  “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 10-30-20)

Portland

Andina–1314 NW Glisan St. (Peruvian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  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. (5-5-19)

Behind the Museum Cafe–1229 SW 10th Ave. (Japanese) Open daily 8 am to 8 pm (7 pm on Sun).  Excellent food–mostly Japanese but it’s more innovative Japanese fusion than traditional Japanese. (5-5-19)

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) Closed 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. (5-5-19)

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). (5-5-19)

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) Open daily (closed from 2 to 4 pm). 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’ hearth care. (Outdoor patio dining 10-30-20)

Lechon–113 SW Naito Pkwy. (Tapas) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily.  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). (3-5-19)

Mekong Bistro–8200 NE Siskiyou St. (Cambodian) Dinner daily; lunch Sat & Sun.  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. (Takeout and delivery only 8-23-20)

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)

Pok Pok–3226 SE Division St. (Thai) Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm. Authentic–rec. by Portland Tip Sheet. Serves sticky rice, papaya salad, etc. (so it must be northern style). The food is a little bit upscale. Some say the food is not as mind blowing as the Thai food in the Los Angeles area, but it is good. (Temporarily closed 10-30-20)

Swiss Hibiscus–4950 NE 14th Ave. (Swiss) Dinner only (open Wed-Sat).  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). (Takeout and delivery only 8-23-20)

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) Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.  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 and dinner look as if they are interesting as well. (4-4-19)

Wong’s King Seafood–8733 SE Division St. (Chinese) Open daily until 10 pm.  Cantonese & dim sum–highest recommended Chinese on Portland Tip Sheet. Some say that the menu items, though, are expensive and geared toward banquet eating (not everyday Chinese food)–HK Cafe down the street is cheaper. Has dim sum daily until 3 pm. (3-5-19)

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 2:30 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. (2-1-19)

Farrar’s Bistro–12514 NW 36th Ave. (American) Closed Sun.  Wild caught salmon, chicken pot pie, fish tacos, and probably some other items that are just as good. (2-1-19)

Nom Nom–801 C St. (Lao) Open daily (open to 1am on Fri & Sat).  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. (2-1-19)

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. (2-1-19)

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. (2-1-19)

Wilsonville

Dar Essalam–29585 SW Park Pl. (Moroccan) Lunch Mon-Thu; dinner Mon-Sat.  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. (5-5-19)

 

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)

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