Mississippi/Williams dining

The options on these streets range from kid-friendly to critically acclaimed.

Por Que No?Por Que No? on North Mississippi Avenue serves up mouthwatering Mexican dishes.
Rick Chung

The growing scene on North Williams Avenue includes one of the city’s favorite brunch spots, while Mississippi is peppered with welcoming eateries serving tacos, pizza and everything in between.

Set in a restored 1940s-era warehouse, Tasty n Alder serves one of Portland’s most crave-worthy brunches, full of unexpected hits such as seasonal Moroccan chicken hash and Burmese pork stew, both topped with eggs. Don’t miss the sweet biscuits and fresh berries.

Prost Marketplace provides a delicious introduction to Portland’s vaunted food cart scene, with mobile vendors serving inventive cuisine. Enjoy your grub with a pint at on-site German pub Prost.

Fried egg sandwiches and fluffy biscuits headline at Gravy. The signature gravy, served veggie or “country-style” loaded with sausage crumbles, is almost a meal on its own. At the south end of Mississippi, Ecliptic Brewing offers celestial-themed brews from legendary brewmaster John Harris together with upscale fare.

Meat reigns supreme at The People’s Pig, where perfectly smoked pork shoulder and fried chicken sandwiches have barbecue-lovers in hog heaven. One of the district’s oldest businesses, Mississippi Pizza, serves its slices with generous sides of karaoke, trivia, bingo and live music — much of it geared toward kids. A tropical vacation awaits inside No Bones Beach Club, a beach-themed oasis replete with tiki cocktails and island-style vegan eats.

Fans of Mee-Sen Thai can’t get enough of the Asian-market-in-a-warehouse vibe or the khao pad poo, a pungent combination of fried rice and sweet crabmeat. If dumplings and noodles are what you crave, check out XLB on North Williams for classic Chinese comfort food and their namesake xiao long bao. For Southern specialties like ribs, fried chicken and oyster po’boys, head to Miss Delta — also a good spot for brunch and cocktails.

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty serves some of the city’s best wood-fired pizzas and homemade ice cream — the salted caramel is addictive. At Ruby Jewel Scoops, the gourmet flavors (like caramel with salted chocolate and honey lavender) and toppings (like rosemary pecans and dulce de leche sauce) aren’t just dessert — they’re art.

Crowds line up for tacos filled with the freshest local ingredients from the original ¿Por Qué No? (a second location on Hawthorne is slightly larger but just as popular). At kid-friendly Laughing Planet Café — a local chain with eleven Portland locations — you’ll find healthy burritos and bowls, and plenty of toy dinosaurs to keep young patrons entertained.

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