Portland’s oldest neighborhood is home to historic restaurants, contemporary eateries and one of the world’s most famous doughnut shops.
Historic, brick-lined Old Town Pizza has served up some of Portland’s most craved pizza since 1974. Housed in the former Merchant Hotel, built in 1880, the building is said to have a resident ghost, Nina. Perfect for a meal before or after a trip to Lan Su Chinese Garden.
One of Chinatown’s relatively few Chinese restaurants is Chen’s Good Taste Restaurant, a small Cantonese eatery located near the Chinatown Gateway and renowned for noodles and barbecued pork. Red Robe Tea House is a relatively recent addition to the Chinatown neighborhood (it opened in 2011), but the experience is classic, with a huge array of teas and comforting bowls of noodles and dumplings — make sure to try to barbecue pork.
In the pedestrian-only Ankeny Alley, you’ll find Dan & Louis’ Oyster Bar, an Old Town landmark opened in 1907 and packed with history. At the other end of the alley, you’ll find the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut, open 24 hours a day. Just down the street, Stumptown Coffee has your sustainably sourced, locally roasted caffeine fix at the ready.
Looking for lighter fare after all those donuts? Concoct a custom salad piled with local produce, roasted meats, housemade dressings and other gourmet goodies at Garden Bar.
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