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PORTLAND

CULINARY EXPLORATION IN OREGON

PORTLAND = POD CITY

Portland isn't the biggest city in America, but there are few places that I enjoy going to more to explore food. The Bridge city is second to none for street food, crazy pod groupings, and amazing places to eat. It may not have all the crazy ethnic boroughs or the draw of New York for famous chefs, but Portland is one DAMN good food town. You can easily get lost eating here for weeks and not run out of options. Thirsty? Just throw a stone and you may hit one of their award-winning microbreweries. Portland is my type of city, amazing outdoor activities, great restaurants, ethnic food pods, and an almost unlimited supply of craft beer. Want to know where to eat in Portland, then take a stroll down my Pig's list for the pod city.

 

The Pig

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PIG'S PICKS

Where to eat Thai, find food pods, and drink micro-brews in Portland.

POK-POK

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: THAI STREET FOOD

WHEN: You want to try some of the best Thai in the country, in a casual setting.

PRICE: $$ - $$$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

3226 SE Division street  

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Fish sauce chicken wings

  • Neua Naam Tok 

WHY: A landmark Thai restaurant, and a bucket list stop. Pok-Pok will change how you look at Thai food.

SALT & STRAW

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: CRAZY GREAT ICE CREAM

WHEN: You want to try the best.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

3345 SE Division street 

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Sea salt with caramel ribbons

  • Try a flavor of the month

WHY: Their common flavors are others fringe, like Pear & Blue Cheese, Olive Oil, or Strawberry Honey with Balsamic vinegar. This is an Ice cream place that didn't loose sight that ice cream is fun. 

NONG'S KHAO MAN GAI

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHY:  The sauce is borderline transcending. It is simple Thai street food at its best. They have two locations, one cart in the Alder street food pod, and a brick and motor, both are worth the trip.

WHAT: THAI STREET FOOD

WHEN: You want to experience street Thai in a super relaxed casual setting.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (2 locations)

900  SW Washington Street  

Portland, OR 97205

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Chicken & rice

ARTIGIANO'S

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: FINE DINING ITALIAN CART

WHEN: You have a couple hours for date night.

PRICE: $$ - $$$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

3302 SE Division St,

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Menu changes daily

 

WHY: Locally sourced Italian food served family style from a small red food cart. The food was fine dining quality served on disposable plates, and truly inspired flavors from a dedicated chef. Possibly the best food cart experience in a city known for street food. It is seasonal, so verify that they will be open before you go.

BLUE STAR DOUGHNUTS

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: UPSCALE DOUGHNUTS

WHEN: you're ready for adult doughnuts, at adult prices.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1237 SW Washington Street  

Portland, OR 97205

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Orange olive oil

  • Cointreau creme brulee

  • Blueberry Bourbon Basil

WHY: The best doughnuts I have had from a flavor and technical point. Sure they may not have a captain crunch crueler, but they do have creative adult flavors. They are an amazing treat any time of the day. blue star makes a strong case that doughnuts may be the new cupcake. Their motto is quality over quantity and they deliver on it.

HAT YAI

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: THAI FRIED CHICKEN

WHEN: A couple of friends and want to a casual dinner.

PRICE: $$ - $$$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1605 NE Killingsworth St,

Portland, OR 97211

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Hat Yai fried chicken

  • Roti and house curry

WHY: The fried chicken is amazing on its own, but then they give you a sauce to pour over, oh my goodness. Get a side of roti and some of the house curry, and get ready to fall in love.

TIDBIT / DIVISION STREET FOOD POD

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: AWESOME STREET FOOD

WHEN: A quick lunch or a group of friends who want to hang out and have a beer with dinner.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

2880 SE Division St.

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Paper bag stone fired pizza

  • Smaaken, waffle sandwiches

 

WHY: This is my first stop everytime I'm in Portland and the weather is decent. Tidbit has great food options and nice places to sit and enjoy your lunch.  I would rank this as a must walk through if close by. 

APIZZA SCHOLLS

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: TOP SHELF HANDCRAFTED THIN CRUST PIES

WHEN: A family or friends night out for pizza.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Diablo Blanco

  • Amatricana

  •  

WHY:  I ate at over ten pizza places in Portland, and these guys were the best. Great crust and top notch toppings.  

PYRO'S PIZZA

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: STONE FIRED PIZZA

WHEN:  In the mood for one of Portland's many great street pizzas.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd,

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Margherita

WHY: They serve up authentic Italian wood fired pizza late into the night. The crust is aged for 48 hours and the sauce is fresh and light. The best pizza from a cart this Pig has had. 

TASTY N ALDER

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: INVENTIVE AMERICAN

WHEN: Brunch with family and friends.

PRICE: $$ - $$$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

580 SW 12th Ave,

Portland, OR 97205

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Bim bop bacon and eggs

WHY: Tasty n Alder has very inventive brunch food, in fact they serve brunch every day of the week. This is another Portland institution where the locals line up.

LITTLE BIG BURGER

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: LITTLE BURGERS BIG TASTE

WHEN: You have to feed some kids who want burgers in this city of amazing food.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

122 NW 10th Ave,

Portland, OR 97209

 

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Cheeseburger

  • Truffle fries

WHY: Tiny juicy burgers, but the fries were the real star inmy eyes. Crispy yukon gold potatoes flavored with sea salt and white truffle oil. This is a regional chain with hipster vibes.

ALDER STREET FOOD POD

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: STREET FOOD PODS

WHEN: You have a couple of people, and want to explore for lunch.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

900  SW Washington Street  

Portland, OR 97205

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Nong's Khao man gai

  • Bing Mi

WHY: I could spend all day eating and exploring at the corner of Alder & 10th. More than 40 different food shacks wrapping around a full city block. They  can range from upscale grilled cheese to traditional Ethiopian dishes. While some of the carts are open for dinner it is primarily a lunch spot.

AN XUNEN BAKERY

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: VIETNAMESE BAKERY

WHEN: A super casual little bakery for a Vietnamese classic to go. No seating.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

5345 SE Foster Rd,

Portland, OR 97206

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Combination

WHY: I was told about this bakery by a waiter at Artigiano's, as the best Banh mi in the city. It was simple and surprising at the same time. Made on in house made bread, it was plain magnificent, and worth multiple trips.  

LUCKY LABRADOR

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: HAND CRAFTED BEER

WHEN: Looking for a place to hang out and grab a few beers with friends. 

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: (4 locations)

915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard 

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO DRINK:

  • Bike route rye

  • Black lab stout

WHY: Small batch beer from milling the grist all the way through the fermentation. Lucky Labrador has a few locations, but this is the original spot. With the great beer and a lively rustic atmosphere, the Lucky Labrador wasn't just my favorite Portland brewery, it lands in my top five across the country. 

MAURKIN RAMEN

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: JAPANESE NOODLES

WHEN: It's a cold day and you want a warm bowl of soup to warm you up.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

WHERE: (2 Locations)

126 SW 2nd Ave,

Portland, OR 97204

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Tonkotsu red

WHY: Maurkin was described to me by other chefs as the most authentic ramen outside of Japan. After a little research, I found that they are actually a Japanese based restaurant. This was spectacular ramen and some of the best I have had. 

TOV COFFEE

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: COOL COFFEE

WHEN: You want a caffine buzz in a funky creative environment.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

SE 32nd & Hawthorne Boulevard

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Mocha

  • Egyptian Coffee

WHY: Because a great coffee experience shouldn't be rushed, and shouldn't be average. Tov's is the coolest use of a double decker bus I have seen and maybe the best cup of Turkish coffee in the city. Make sure to give yourself a little time and treat yourself to a Egyptian coffee in the funkiest coffee shop around. 

PINE STATE BISCUIT CO.

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHY: They make magic with biscuits. The gravy is something to behold, every last thick gooey drop. Go early, hungry, and ready to enjoy every sloppy bite.  Get the Reggie deluxe with extra gravy.

WHAT: BISCUIT SANDWICHES

WHEN: You want a stick to your ribs breakfast.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

1100 SE Division street 

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Reggie deluxe

FRIED EGG I'M IN LOVE

PIG SCORE: 3.85 / 4.0

WHAT: BREAKFAST FOOD TRUCK

WHEN: A quick breakfast on the go

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Sriracha-Mix-A-Lot

  • Yolko Ono

WHY:  This little stationary food truck, makes serious breakfast sandwiches a chef can be proud of. I loved the quality of the bread and toppings, and went back twice.

CHICKEN & GUNS

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: RUSTIC PERUVIAN CHICKEN

WHEN: You are hankering for grilled chicken in an outdoor setting. 

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1207 SE Hawthorne Boulevard  

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Latin roast chicken

WHY: A Latin chicken shack with a Peruvian groove. Chicken & Guns is one of my favorite food stands in Portland; it is one of my top places to grab a bite in general. They focus on one thing and do a great job at it. Just ignore the sticky counter.

THE ORIGINAL HALIBUTS

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: FISH FRY

WHEN: Great after work dinner.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

625 NE Killingsworth St,

Portland, OR 97211

WHAT TO EAT:

  • Wild caught Halibut 

  • Deep fried Salmon

  • Fried prawns 

WHY: I'm a Milwaukeeian, home of the countries fish fry capital, and Original Halibut has some really high quality twist that are far and away some of the best I

PINE STREET MARKET 

(INDOOR FOOD POD)

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: INDOOR FOOD POD

WHEN: It's raining yet again and you want some street food.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

126 SW 2nd Ave,

Portland, OR 97204

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Maurkin Ramen

  • Kim Jung Smokehouse

  • OP Wurst

WHY: Raining in Portland, but want some food pod action? Pine street market is the cure, it is an urban indoor food pod. It has big communal tables as well as small personal areas, and plenty of great food options.

KEN'S ARTISIAN BAKERY

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: ARTISENAL BAKERY AND DELI

WHEN: A quiet lunch with a great cup of coffee.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

338 NW 21st Ave.

Portland, OR 97209

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Grilled Cheese

  • Croque Monsieur

WHY: Artisanal baked goods and bistro fare in a relaxed setting. Not to mention that this is some of the top craft bread your going to find in the country.

DESCHUTES BREWERY

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: MICRO-BREWERY

WHEN: A great place for hanging with friends.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

210 NW 11TH Avenue  

Portland, OR 97209

WHAT TO DRINK:

  • Black butte Porter

WHY: Deschutes has been one of my favorites for years, and for that reason, I will give it a pass on the fact that it has a VERY big micro brewery feel with gourmet pub food, still locally owned and operated. It is a fantastic place to go for a casual beer.

BIBLE CLUB

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: A PROIBITION STYLE SPEAKEASY

WHEN: A special night out for drinks with just a few people.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

6716 SE 16th Ave.

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Penicillin

  • Tamarind punch

WHY: It looks like a  quiet house on a residential block but behind the unassuming front door is a secret speakeasy. It is a small walk in only and they only have 38 seats, no more. But they do have a secret secret outside patio bar in the backyard called the revival while you wait.

FRANK'S NOODLE HOUSE

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: HAND PULLED NOODLES

WHEN: A Casual night out for Asian pasta

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

822 NE Broadway St.

Portland, OR 97232

WHAT TO EAT:

  • Hand pulled noodles with shrimp

  • Hand pulled noodles with black bean sauce

WHY: They specialize in hand pulled noodles and  Northwest Chinese dishes.

THE ORIGINAL SCHNITZElWICH

FROM TABOR

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHY: This monstrosity of a sandwich is enough for a small family or a hungry teen in the middle of a growth spurt.  Breaded pork loin in a Ciabatta roll with lettuce, paprika spread, sautéed onion, and horseradish.

WHAT: ONE HELL OF A SANDWICH

WHEN: Street food for lunch

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

433 SW Stark St,

Portland, OR 97204

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Schnitzelwich

SMAACKEN WAFFLE SANDWICHES 

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: WAFFLE SANDWICHES

WHEN: You want waffle and a sandwich. 

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2880 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Fat Elvis

  • Britewood

WHY: Hello, waffle sandwiches, that's why! Who needs boring old bread when you can slap together two crispy griddled waffles. I got the fat Elvis and yes it was worth it. Smaacken which is Dutch for "Tasty" is located inside the tidbit / Division street food pod. 

LARDO'S

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: PIG FOCUSED SANDWICH SHOP

WHEN: Casual time out with friends. 

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: (2 Locations)

1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd,

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Tonkotsu red

WHY:  Be prepared to be wowed by the size and quality of these sandwiches. This is a food truck that turned to brick and motor. The sandwiches are meat focused with a cool international flare. 

WAFFLE WINDOW

PIG SCORE: 3.6 / 4.0

WHAT: WAFFLE CENTRIC MENU

WHEN: Casual breakfast or lunch

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

map it: (4 locations)

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd,

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Fried chicken and waffle

  • The three B's (bacon, brie, & basil)

  • A dessert waffle

WHY: How creative can you get with waffles? Here is your answer. This is a cool place with tasty food.

BOLLYWOOD

PIG SCORE: 3.5 / 4.0

WHAT: INDIA STREET FOOD

WHEN: A casual sit down dinner of Indian street food.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: (2 locations)

3010 SE Division St,

Portland, OR 97202

 

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Tonkotsu red

WHY: A casual stop for Indian street food in Portland. Served on steel plates and cups. This is very authentic and yet approachable  Indian street food.

STANICH'S

PIG SCORE: 3.5 / 4.0

WHAT: BEST BAR BURGER

WHEN: You want a great bar burger with friends.

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

4915 NE Fremont St,

Portland, OR 97213

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Nick's cheeseburger

WHY: A messy joy known as the Nick with onions. The special creamy sauce they put on it takes this to a higher level than a normal bar cheeseburger.

HAIR OF THE DOG BREWERY

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: HIGH ALCOHOL BREWERY

WHEN: You're in the mood for a strong beer.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

61 SE Yamhill Street  

Portland, OR 97214

WHAT TO DRINK:

  • The Fred

  • Lila

WHY: A microbrewery in every sense of the word. It is small, single unit, locally owned, and the beer is brewed on the premises by the owner Alan Sprints.  The beer's names may seem weird, he names them after people who inspired him.  Make sure you try the FRED it was my personal favorite, no clue who Fred is though.

GRASSA

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: HAND CRAFTED PASTAS

WHEN: Your looking for a fun pasta night with family or friends.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1205 SW Washington St.

Portland, OR 97205

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pasta Carbonara

  • Pork belly mac & ccheese

WHY:  A Italian café slinging hand crafted pasta in an industrial setting. Come sit at the communial tables, and enjoy fresh pasta in a fun atmousphere.

VOODOO DONUTS

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: WILD DOUGHNUTS

WHEN: It's late and you want a sugar rush.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1501 NE Davis St,

Portland, OR 97232

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Voodoo doll doughnut

  • Bacon Maple long john

WHY: Voodoo is a Portland institution. They have crazy imaginative flavors and hilarious voodoo doll doughnuts. They are a little on the sweet side, but delicious. Every dozen comes in a pink box that is easily identifiable from 50 feet away. Be prepared to wait in line as this is a popular destination.

THE GANTRY AT ZIDELL YARD FOOD POD

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

WHAT: FOOD PODS

WHEN: It's lunch and you want to explore food pods.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

3289-3299 SW Moody Ave 

Portland, OR 97239

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Ash pizza

  • Mini burgers

WHY:  The Gantry has some fantastic food options but closes a little early, so make this just a lunch option.

REEL M' INN TAVERN

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: FRIED BAR FOOD

WHEN: You want a dive to hang out in with good fried chicken.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2430 SE Division Street 

Portland, OR 97202

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Fried chicken  

  • Jo-Jos

WHY: A dive bar with great broasted chicken and penny slots. Each basket of fried chicken comes with six different sauces. Get some jo-jo's, the thickest largest fry you have seen. Reel e'm inn is small and may have a line for the chicken, but grab a beer and enjoy the wait.

WEBSITE: N/A

POR QUE NO? TAQUERIA

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: MEXICAN TACOS

WHEN: Yo Quiero tacos

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

3524 Missippi Avenue

Portland, OR 97227

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Barbacoa Taco

  • Aguas Fresca

WHY:  A fun Mexican taco offerings with a eclectic Mexican atmosphere. The seating options are plenty and the building has a true Portland vibe. 

BING MI

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: CHINESE STREET FOOD

WHEN: You want to try Chinese street food for breakfast. 

PRICE: $

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

SW Alder St,

Portland, OR 97204

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Jian Bing, extra egg

WHY: Asian crepes are getting real hot, and this is very cool Chinese  street food. It's made to order and it is a light breakfast or lunch.

TIN SHED GARDEN CAFE

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: BREAKFAST WITH DOGS

WHEN: You want to have a leisurely breakfast with mans best friend. 

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

1438 NE Alberta St.

Portland, OR 97211

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Everything Naughty

  • The Benni HIll

WHY:  They serve good American cuisine in a casual dog friendly setting. BONUS, they even have a dog menu for your best friend.

LIFE OF PIE

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: WOODFIRED PIZZA

WHEN: For a Italian pizza and a glass of wine

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

MAP IT: 

3632 N Williams Ave.

Portland, OR 97227

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Marinara

  • Seasonal Mushroom  with truffles

WHY:  A casual environment serving some fanastic pies with quality toppings. Great crust with house made mozzarella cheese. 

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