In keeping with the neighborhood’s diversity, Alberta offers food for every taste (vegan to carnivore), craving (burritos to biscuits) and budget (PBR to imported Spanish wines).
Diverse Flavors on Alberta
Enjoy elevated Spanish tapas at Urdaneta. Served in a casual environment, the visually striking plates play host to bold flavors. Each dish offers a complementary counterpart to the house craft cocktails, Spanish wines and sherries. Dining at Urdaneta is meant to be an experience. The open kitchen and dining areas help make eating dinner and dessert at the restaurant a communal affair. While the menu is always changing, seafood and meat dishes share space with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Chef for the recently shuttered Beast restaurant (and 2014 James Beard Award-winner) Naomi Pomeroy’s latest venture, Expatriate, offers a diverse array of culture-bridging and Burmese-inspired fare. Vinyl beats and vintage film projections set the vibe for meticulous cocktails from Pomeroy’s husband Kyle Linden Webster, and drinking snacks like Chinese-sausage corn dogs complement the standout libations.
You won’t find movies at Bollywood Theater. Instead, grab a seat and sample authentic Indian street food like flatbread kati rolls, filled with cheese or meat, egg, pickled onion and green chutney.
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Yakuza Ghost Kitchen, a new concept from the original Yakuza Lounge owner Micah Camden, has a new home in the Alberta Arts District. Although the menu is always changing, diners can expect everything from fried kimchi and miso deviled eggs to negi saki on the raw menu alongside classic spicy tuna hand rolls.
Casual Eats on Alberta
Pine State Biscuits takes comfort food to new heights. Literally. The buttered-up biscuits are piled with all the fixings, including eggs, bacon, gravy, buttermilk fried chicken and even flank steak. Skip the legendary wait by dropping by during extended hours on Friday or Saturday evenings.
Those with a hankering for pasta should check out Gumba. This food truck is an example of outdoor dining at its best. Gumba’s high-end pasta-based creations are also easy on the wallet. The menu is everchanging, but the daily dishes are posted on the Gumba Instagram page (@gumbapdx) at 4:30 pm each afternoon.
Family-run taquería La Bonita offers quick, affordable Mexican food, including meat and vegan tacos, burritos and platters with fresh salsas.
At The Bye and Bye, late-night noshers get a tasty lesson in vegan fare — plus tasty cocktails served in Mason jars. Roll-up garage doors and a spacious back patio add to the comfortable vibe.
Tin Shed Garden Café is a longtime favorite for its fresh breakfasts and homey outdoor seating, complete with tree and fireplace. Feel free to bring Fido; the Tin Shed is so pet-friendly, they even have a menu for dogs!
Sweet Treats on Alberta
For delicious French-inspired baked goods, look no further than Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie. This local chain is known for its cookies, croissants and brioche delights, but it also offers a wide range of cakes and individual pastries.
Sugar Street, known for its decorative custom cakes and cupcakes, also serves lunch and a daily sampling of its confectionary goods from its storefront on Alberta Street.
Ritual Sweetcraft, a vegan and gluten-free bakery, caters specifically to those with dietary restrictions, but its treats are delicious enough to entice those without. The menu includes everything from cupcakes and cookies to doughnuts and scones.
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