Lardo is one of the most popular restaurants in Portland, Oregon, the locals just can’t get enough of it. It was originally a food cart, but now has three permanent locations! They have a location in downtown Portland, the Hawthorne District, and North Portland! They cook all of their seasonal ingredients from local farms in pig fat. All three locations open at 11 AM every day.
Many of the sandwiches offered here are Italian creations like the Rapini and Grilled Mortadella. Their most popular sandwich is the Pork Belly, Egg, and Cheese. Besides sandwiches, they also offer salads and fries, including their famous Dirty Fries made with pork and herbs.
Lardo often has a favorite local chef visit and make their own sandwich creation. That chef’s creation is then featured on Lardo’s menu for a month. Lardo has beers on tap including Italian and regional selections for $5.50 a pint or $3.50 for half a pint. Lardo also serves their signature cocktails.
Their downtown location on Washington Street have happy hour every day from 3 – 6 PM with $3 pints.
After experiencing Lardo’s unique sandwich creations, I can say with confidence that it is an absolute must-try when in the Portland area. Lardo brings a whole new level of culinary delights to the table, combining flavors you never thought imaginable and creating dishes that you’ll be thinking about for days after your visit. If any of these sound like something you need in your life (which of course they all do!), then try to find yourself near one of their locations with an empty stomach and ready to experience one of the tastiest things Portland has to offer. Plus, if you come on Thursdays, you get free mac n’ cheese balls! Who wouldn’t want to try that? From sandwiches overflowing with deliciousness to free sides, you can’t say no to, Lardo has it all—just be sure not to forget the napkins.