Acclaimed restaurants, see-and-be-seen bars, brewpubs and neighborhood eateries occupy loading docks and sleek new buildings in this formerly industrial zone.
Bakeries & bistros
Grab a window seat or lounge on the patio at airy Lovejoy Bakers and watch the streetcar glide by as you nosh on a delicious array of soups, salads and sandwiches on every type of bread imaginable, from baguettes and buns to brioche, all made in-house. The pastries, breads and sandwiches at the sustainably focused Pearl Bakery also draw a loyal local following. The Daily Café offers upscale comfort food like pan-roasted chicken and homemade gnocchi. The classic eggs benedict is a must for Sunday brunch.
Burgers & pub fare
Located a block from Burnside’s bustle, Little Big Burger serves Portland’s take on gourmet fast food: a quarter-pound of Cascade Natural beef with local cheese on a brioche bun, paired with a root beer float and a side of truffle-oil fries. Juicy bacon cheeseburgers under $10 and fresh, fluffy biscuits make TILT a comfort food favorite. Options over at Deschutes Brewery tend more toward the homegrown (or should we say homebrewed) variety. Select from more than a dozen craft brews, including the amber Green Lakes Organic Ale and the smooth Black Butte Porter, while enjoying upscale pub fare.
For ultra-healthful fare, whirring blenders at Prasad promise fresh green juices and superfood smoothies alongside smoky tempeh and brown rice bowls. Another healthful favorite, gluten-free Verde Cocina piles plates of carne asada and tofu mole with veggies fresh from the farmers market.
Chart your course for adventure at Mediterranean Exploration Company, where lamb kebab pie and Egyptian duck confit make for delicious discoveries. Oven and Shaker showcases the talents of four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Cathy Whims, whose skill with wood-fired pizzas is complemented by well-studied cocktails that keep the place hopping.
Offerings like stuffed piquillo peppers and house-made ceviche have made the upscale Peruvian Andina a long-standing Pearl hot spot. Listen for live music nightly. Bluehour Restaurant offers modern elegance in a renovated warehouse and is popular for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. You’ll also find brunch at Irving Street Kitchen, which serves a soulful New American menu.