The Belmont neighborhood may not have the flash of downtown or the Pearl District, but like they say, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And inside Belmont restaurants and bars, you’ll find dishes, bowls, glasses and mugs filled to the brim with care and craft.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking in food establishments.
Additionally, some restaurants may require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test for entry. Please check with individual businesses on their policies and hours of operation before visiting, and continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Nowhere is that more evident than Nostrana, a romantic Italian restaurant that packs them in every day but Sunday for flavorful wood-fired pizzas, rich pasta dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. James Beard Award nominee Cathy Whims’ timeless recipes — like Dungeness crab bruschetta and pancetta-wrapped goat — highlight the finest regional ingredients from local farms.
Chef Katy Millard of Coquine draws on her experience at five Michelin-starred French restaurants to craft spectacular seasonal plates, such as Black Futsu squash or brioche shrimp toast. With the in-house sommelier, Ksendak Podbielski, you’ll be able to pair your meal with the perfect bottle of wine.
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Fun for All
Belmont’s serious food scene gets a silly twist at Slappy Cakes, a casual breakfast spot on Southeast Belmont Street where griddles are built into the tables, allowing diners to make their own flapjack concoctions. Though there’s usually a line, the fun factor makes Slappy Cakes worth the wait, even with the most impatient of little eaters.
In Belmont restaurants, Portland shines — keep the good times rolling in a Belmont bar. LGBTQ+-friendly Crush Bar offers an inclusive lounge and outdoor seating. A happy hour favorite for people of all stripes, they also serve up brunch and host a bevy of events — from burlesque shows to Madonna-themed dance parties, what’s not to love?
For the love of beer, the Horse Brass Pub has you covered with an exhaustive list of drafts and bottles from around the world. This dark and cozy English-style pub is a great place to catch up with friends over pints and authentic eats like scotch eggs, steak and kidney pie, or beer-battered fish and chips. Pub favorites get a healthy reboot just down Southeast Belmont Street at Sweet Hereafter, where the vegan buffalo sub is legendary even among meat-eaters.
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