Are you wondering where to find the best things to eat and drink in Portland, Oregon?
I have had the privilege of living in Portland, Oregon a city jammed packed with good food for about a decade. One of the questions I get the most is from visitors wondering what to eat. The good news is food in Portland is just good. Chances are low that you will have a bad meal.
After eating at who knows how many Portland restaurants, I decided to put together a list of the best things I have had to eat or drink in Portland. I plan to continuously update this! Here they are in no particular order.
The best things to eat or drink in Portland, Oregon
Podnah’s Pit BBQ offers Mexican-type breakfast items during their weekend brunch and they are wonderful. I highly recommend their chiliquiles washed down with a Bloody Mary. They have what I consider to be the best Bloody Mary in Portland.
Can Font – Paella
Can Font has excellent food all around, but the Filet Mignon Paella at Can Font is spectacular. Their Saltejat de Bolets amb Pop i Llangostins aka Seasonal Mushrooms, Octopus, and Langostinos is also fabulous. 1015 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209Located at 1015 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209.
Farmhouse Kitchen has colorful, tasty food. Try their Herbal Rice Salad curry. A traditional dish known as “Khao Yum” (Bangkok Style) made with toasted coconut, peanuts, shredded green mango, crispy shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, sliced long beans, chili, kaffir lime, peanuts with Tamarind dressing. Located in Hawthorne at 3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214.
Piccone’s Corner is half-meat market and half-Italian eatery. We tried the cheese sandwich and it was outstanding. We also had several of the pastas. All were good but the standout was the gnocchi. The garlic bread was different and really good. They go to the market twice a week so everything was super fresh. I ended up trying at least three vegetables I had never had before.
Gumba is a delicious food cart on Albert Street dishing up some of the best pasta in town. All of their food is insanely good.
Fried Egg I’m in Love
I know it doesn’t look like much but this is by far the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had! Fried Egg I’m in Love has several locations and their food cart is in Pioneer Square a lot.
Creative Culture’s menu features over-the-top, photo-worthy and mouth watering milkshakes in 8 flavors, blended and piled high with sweets, chocolates, cakes, and candies. A variety of flavors make up their everyday menu, as well as seasonal flavors for holidays and special events. Located at 1448 NE 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232.
Rabbit at Andina or anything at Andina. Their food is fantastic. Located in the Pearl District at 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209.
Fireside – Biscuits and Gravy
The biscuits and gravy at Fireside have a bit of kick, and I consider them to be the best biscuits and gravy in Portland, Oregon. Located on popular NW 23rd street at 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210.
The Heirloom Hominy, Braised Pork Belly, Chiles, Cilantro, Olive Oil-Fried Duck Egg at Ox. Located near the Nike Outlet store 2225 NE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD., PORTLAND, OREGON 97212.
Bit House Collective
Any of the cocktails at Bit House Collective are great! The menu features bar-friendly Filipino favorites like Lumpia, Sisig, Longipan, and Sinigang Shrimp Chips, as well as inventive new dishes inspired by a range of Pacific island flavors, like Crab Fat Gravy Waffle Fries and an Isla Hamburgesa with crispy cheese, fermented habanero and roasted pineapple bbq glaze, and atcharra (filipino style pickles). Located at 727 Southeast Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.
Ringside Steakhouse – Onion Rings
Ringside’s onion rings which they are famous for. These are pretty much guaranteed to be the best onion rings you’ve ever had. 2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97210
Topgolf – Injectable Donuts
All the crepes at Vivace Coffee House and Creperie are fab, especially the banana Nutella ones. They offer sweet or savory crepes. Located on popular NW 23rd: 1400 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210.
Tamale Boy – Tacos & Tamales
Tamale Boy – Tacos or tamales at Tamale Boy. They are located in North Portland at 668 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227. They also have a location in the Portland airport. If you are at the airport this is where you should eat!
The ramen, of course! They have several locations, including over in the Alberta district and in downtown Portland. My kids can’t get enough of this place. 1668 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
The loaded french fries and pretty much any of their sliders. Everything they make is great. They have two locations our favorite is the one on the east side at 3101 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202.
Life of Pie
This pizza joint has the best margarita pizza in town. During lunch, it costs just $5. They are located in North Portland at 3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227.
Gravy is a killer breakfast restaurant in North Portland on Mississippi Avenue. Their oatmeal is over the top and their chili verde the best in town. 3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Proud Mary Cafe
A bit of Australia right here in Portland over in the Alberta district is the Proud Mary Cafe. This is their hot cake. It is yummy and photogenic. 2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211.
The Brix Chips are outstanding! They are essentially chips and dip. 1338 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209
King Tide Fish & Shell
The salted caramel brownie at Lauretta Jeans is the best brownie in Portland! 3402 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Bollywood Theater is an extremely popular Indian restaurant in Portland, Oregon. All of their food is good, but it’s their salads that our my favorite. My second favorite thing are these wrap things they make, Kati rolls. Located at 2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211.
What’s the best thing you have had to eat or drink in Portland?