Whether it’s the trend-setting cuisine at Clyde Common or the classic comfort foods at Mother’s Bistro, downtown Portland’s dynamic dining scene attracts hungry residents and tourists alike. Home to the father of American gastronomy, James Beard, it comes as no surprise that Portland was named “Top Food City in America” by the Washington Post in 2015. Our proximity to the lush Willamette Valley provides an amazing array of fresh, locally grown and organic ingredients that chefs elsewhere could only dream of.
Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene features critically acclaimed Departure, Imperial and Little Bird Bistro, along with long-time local favorites including Jake’s Grill, Ringside Fish House and Huber’s Café (famous for its turkey dinners and signature Spanish coffees). Multi-ethnic dining destinations include the renowned pan-Asian cuisine pioneer, Saucebox, along with Raven & Rose, where British- and Irish-inspired dishes are devoured at the historic Ladd Carriage House. A relatively new addition to the restaurant roster, Fogo de Chao, offers hearty servings of grilled meats prepared in the tradition of Brazil.
Not looking for a sit-down dinner? Portland is famous for its abundance of food carts, offering a vast array of global bites within minutes of ordering. Visitors can take a culinary world tour at one of the city’s many food cart pods, where options like tortilla-splitting burritos, Nutella-drenched French crepes, kimchi-laden Korean food and more can all be found on the same city block.