Though it boasts a hardy lunch menu, breakfast generates the most buzz at Milo’s City Cafein Portland’s picturesque Irvington neighborhood. Their hearty take on the most important meal of the day includes smoked salmon hash and Dungeness crab cake eggs Benedict.
A few blocks away, Cadillac Café serves up a side of nostalgia with their fare, with classic diner food served in an Americana-themed setting. Their hazelnut French custard toast and Denver omelet are timeless, too, especially since breakfast is served all day.
Skip the long lines at their other two Portland locations and head to Pine State Biscuits in Northeast to snag their popular biscuit-and-gravy sandwiches from an indoor walk-up window.
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A local chain Burgerville turns fast food on its ear with locally sourced ingredients stacking a seasonal menu with options like Walla Walla onion rings, blackberry shakes and natural beef burgers smothered with Tillamook cheddar.
Vegan eatery Blossoming Lotus serves organic world-fusion cuisine with raw, gluten- and soy-free options. Open all day, and boasting a full bar stocked with local, organic beer, wine, and spirits, sustainably operated Blossoming Lotus’ healthy dishes — like their grilled vegetable tacos loaded with poblano peppers, black beans, cashew sour cream, and pickled jalepeños — have no shortage of flavor.
You’ll hear a lot of cheering at Spirit of 77, and it’s not just for the game projected on the big screen. An unabashed sports bar, this playful space is fun even when the Blazers are on the road, with a snacky mix of food that goes great with their long list of draft and bottled beers, including beer-battered cod tacos, spicy chicken wings, and German soft pretzels.
McMenamins on Broadway has a more mainstream menu that excites nonetheless, with burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads, and rice bowls. Whatever you order, start with a bowl of their Cajun tots, the perfect pair for any of the local chain’s own spirits, craft brews, or wines.
At Pastini Pastaria, an outlet of a family-friendly local chain, starting with a plate of bruschetta classico is advised. It’s the best opener for any of their flavorful meat or vegetarian entrées, including their spaghetti carbonara and linguini piccata.
Portland is home to breweries galore and some of the finest beer on Earth. With its vibrant brewery scene, bustling brewpubs and abundance of beer-themed events, Portland is a must-visit beer destination for any zythophile.
Whether you're cheering on the Timbers and Trail Blazers or rooting for your own hometown heroes, these local watering holes promise giant screens, great suds and friendly fans.
Plenty of Portland’s 70+ breweries cater to both two- and four-legged visitors, providing pooch-friendly patios and bowls of water for thirsty pups.
Easily accessible via light rail, streetcar, or taxi, the Convention Center area is just a short jaunt from the restaurants of the Central Eastside, Pearl District and downtown. Less than 10 minutes north by bus, Argentine-inspired Ox Restaurant fires, smokes and grills all sorts of entrees, including beef ribeye and coal-roasted artichoke.
Head north and you will find the spot named “Restaurant of the Year” in 2019 by The Oregonian. Eem serves Thai dishes, such as sweet and sour fried chicken and fried egg-topped soy curl stir fry, which are all jammed with flavor. Cocktails arrive in over-the-top, photo-worthy Tiki glasses, but the cuisine remains the star component.
The TriMet bus system, which covers the city and its suburbs, offers low fares, friendly drivers and full wheelchair accessibility.
Portland's efficient light rail system connects the metro area and downtown core. Learn how to ride and where to go on MAX.
Introduced in 2016, Portland’s bike-share program brings 1,000 smart bicycles to the central city.
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