Neighborhood Spotlight: Foster-Powell

This area of Southeast Portland is home to thriving family businesses and delicious, diverse eats.

_74A6054-cropCarts on Foster offers tasty plates for every eater — including dinosaurs, apparently.
Ashley Anderson

In outer Southeast Portland, the Foster-Powell neighborhood sits between Southeast 50th and 82nd Avenues and is accessible by bus from downtown. Colloquially referred to as “FoPo,”­­ the triangular district houses a hub of diversity. Vibrant shops, family-owned eateries and well-established watering holes line Powell and Foster boulevards. Improvements are underway to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety with wider sidewalks, tree-lined streets and new bike lanes.

Matthew Mičetić is president of the Foster Area Business Association and owner of Red Castle Games. The bustling dance scene at Tango Berretin was what first brought Mičetić to the neighborhood over a decade ago. Red Castle opened its doors at the beginning of 2010. “The writing was on the wall in 2009 that [Southeast Foster Avenue] would become an incredible main street in the future,” Mičetić says. “I think we are starting to see that.”

While becoming president of the business association wasn’t Mičetić’s objective, becoming more closely involved within the local community was. The business association hosts an annual Foster Tasting Tour and holiday tree lighting, along with supporting Second Saturday Art Walks.

Mičetić’s favorite FoPo spots include Pieper Café for coffee, Bread and Roses Market for produce and Nayar Taqueria for tasty Mexican fare. The neighborhood has plenty more to offer; read on for a dozen other excellent Foster-Powell destinations. ­

Foster Burger’s bacon cheeseburgers draw rave reviews. (Photo by Ashley Anderson.)