Portland’s food scene has garnered international acclaim, noted as the “foodie (and drinkie) capital of America” by The Telegraph, the “Best Food City in America” by the Washington Post and the nation’s best beer city by both Thrillist and Travel + Leisure. But don’t take the journalists’ word for it — taste for yourself at these can’t-miss culinary stops serving up some of the best of sips and nibbles in Portland.
A taster’s guide to Portland
Sink your teeth into some of the greatest bites to be found in the best food city in America.
Travel Portland Jan. 9, 2017 (updated April 18, 2017)
This small-batch urban winery specializes in German-style wines, offering daily, wallet-friendly tasting flights and bartender-chosen vinyl piping through the stereo at their Southeast Portland tasting room. For a more personal touch, schedule a private wine tasting (along with a complimentary cheese plate) with Teutonic’s winemaker, Barnaby Tuttle.
Israeli- and Moroccan-inspired cuisine gets a fresh twist at Southeast Portland’s Tusk, where the menu boasts salads bursting with colors (including those of edible flowers), house-made pita, innovative cocktails and surprises like soft-serve sundaes. Try the “Magic Carpet Ride” chef's tasting menu — you won’t be disappointed.
Grab a few friends, flag down a cart and dine on some of the city’s most delectable dim sum at HK Café in Southeast Portland’s Jade District, the most ethnically diverse area in Oregon. The small (but filling) plates include steamed barbecue pork buns, fried lobster balls and bean curd rolls with dumpling sauce.
Sure, visitors can sample from an array of traditional beers and lagers at this Southeast Portland brewery — but adventurous drinkers should ask for one of The Commons’ experimental “beetjes” (Flemish for “little bit”). These small-batch, experimental brews include Brotherly Love, released every February: dark, strong Belgian ale aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries and roasted cacao nibs.
The city’s first Latino public market, Portland Mercado offers nine rainbow-hued food carts, several indoor markets and a coffee shop, all of which are owned by Latino entrepreneurs. Travel through South and Central American cuisine from cart to cart, then hop inside to stock up on hard-to-find imports from Guatemala, Colombia and beyond.
This Central Eastside eatery sparked a Russian food revolution in Portland (and has made Eater’s list of best restaurants in America two years running). Sip from a selection of over 50 vodkas — including the house horseradish version — while a parade of drinking snacks arrives at your table: savory meats, dumplings, cured fish and brightly pickled vegetables.
The bartenders at this new-school cocktail spot are dedicated to reviving the classic era of American mixed drinks, concocting their own tonic waters, specialty liqueurs, bitters and tinctures in-house. Order from the daily special menu, which always includes a pre-Prohibition cocktail.