Craving cheesy macaroni? Famished for pho? Searching for the city’s best spuds? These delicious Portland dishes make comfort food dreams come true.
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The most important meal of the day is often also the coziest and most comforting — especially in Brunchtown. Local favorite Pine State Biscuits stuffs a fluffy buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy for their most popular sandwich, the Reggie. For a Chinese spin on the classic egg sandwich, try the authentic jian bing at downtown food cart Bing Mi, which wraps scrambled eggs, pickled veggies, black bean paste and chili sauce in a lacy grilled crepe.
Mac & Cheese
If ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness is what you crave, Portland has plenty to offer. Fromage lovers must try the gratin de macaroni at French St. Jack, a bubbling-hot crock of white cheddar, gruyere, Fourme d’Ambert and bacon. Harlow wins health points with a gluten-free and vegan mac, made with quinoa pasta, kale and hazelnut milk. (Add pesto or chili for an extra treat.)
So many spud dishes, so little time! Head to the Cartopia food cart pod on Hawthorne to find Potato Champion, where fancy fries are topped with pulled pork, palak paneer, PB&J or poutine. Olympia Provisions cuts Yukon golds into paper-thin slices before layering them with butter and onions to create their famous laser potatoes.
This Vietnamese noodle soup is a universal favorite for rainy winter days. It’s worth a trip to Southeast 82nd Avenue’s Ha & VL to scope out the rotating daily offerings, which range from classic beef pho to turmeric noodles with shrimp cakes or a decadent crab flake soup with quail eggs and shredded pork. Other local favorites include the rich, salty soups at Pho Oregon and the balanced broths at Pho An Sandy.
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