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.  (4-2-17)

Portland

Andina–1314 NW Glisan St. (Peruvian) Open Daily.  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. (4-2-17)

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. (4-2-17)

Beijing Hot Pot–2768 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Dinner Wed-Mon; lunch Sat & Sun.  Hot pot is the specialty. Noodle dishes and dumplings are popular.  Has specialty dishes that are not found in many other restaurants. (4-2-17)

Broder–2508 SE Clinton St. (Scandinavian) Open daily 8 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). (4-2-17)

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. (4-2-17)

Guero–200 NE 28th Ave. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Popular food truck that has now become a restaurant. Serves excellent, authentic tortas. Has a few plate dinners as well (which get good reviews). (4-2-17)

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). (4-2-17)

HK Cafe–4410 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Open daily until 11:00 pm (Yelp says midnight).  Dim sum restaurant with very good and reasonably priced food. (4-2-17)

Kachka–720 SE Grand Ave. (Russian) Dinner only (open daily).  Reviewers say it is excellent quality. This is somewhat of an upscale, special occasion restaurant. Has a happy hour menu from 4 to 6 pm. (4-2-17)

Kuya’s Cuisine–8917 SE Stark St. (Filipino) Only open Thu 3 pm to 8 pm and Fri-Sun 1 pm to 8 pm.  “Real” Filipino food. Located in the Filipino community center (walk down the hall until you find the restaurant). 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. (4-2-17)

Mekong Bistro–8200 NE Siskiyou St. (Cambodian) Open daily except Mon lunch.  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. (4-2-17)

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. (4-2-17)

Pok Pok–3226 SE Division St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Authentic–rec. by Portland Tip Sheet. Serves sticky rice (so it must be northern style). (4-2-17)

Swiss Hibiscus–4950 NE 14th Ave. (Swiss) Dinner Tue-Sat; lunch on Wed only.  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). (4-2-17)

Tabor–433 SW Stark St. (Czech) Lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  Food truck with Czech food. (4-2-17)

Tangier–221 SW Pine St. (Moroccan) Open daily until 9:00 pm.  Moroccan tagines, but also has a number of other good choices (mainly Lebanese). (4-2-17)

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. (4-2-17)

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. (4-2-17)

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

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, so it’s a little expensive (but this seems to be a destination restaurant at only moderately expensive prices). (4-2-17)

 

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)

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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