Acclaimed restaurants, see-and-be-seen bars, brewpubs and neighborhood eateries occupy loading docks and sleek new buildings in this former industrial zone.
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.
Bakeries & Bistros
Grab a window seat or lounge on the patio at airy Lovejoy Bakers and watch the streetcar glide by as you nosh on a delicious array of soups, salads and sandwiches on every type of bread imaginable, from baguettes and buns to brioche, all made in-house. Nuvrei offers handmade French pastries — some traditional, some with a modern twist. The colorful macarons and flaky croissants are a must.
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Healthy Food in Portland
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James Beard Award-Winning Chefs
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Burgers & Pub Fare
Located a block away from the bustle of West Burnside Street, Little Big Burger serves Portland’s take on gourmet fast food: a quarter pound of Cascade Natural Beef with local cheese on a brioche bun, paired with a root beer float and a side of truffle-oil fries. Options over at Deschutes Brewery tend more toward the homegrown (or should we say homebrewed) variety. Select from more than a dozen craft brews, including the amber Green Lakes Organic Ale and the smooth Black Butte Porter, while enjoying upscale pub fare.
Learn More About the Pearl
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I’m stuffed — what’s a good way to pass a little time before dessert or a nightcap?
For healthful fare, Verde Cocina piles plates of carne asada and tofu mole with veggies fresh from the farmers’ market. They’re especially accommodating of gluten-free, paleo and vegan eaters — but no matter your diet, the food is always fresh and locally sourced.
In the Pearl, you don’t have to give up on a healthy meal just because you’re in a hurry. Pixie Retreat specializes in “fast food” that’s also organic and plant based. They take the “guilt” out of guilty pleasures like BLTs, burgers, cookies and cakes. Try Kure for balanced breakfasts, lunch bowls or meal shakes. They also offer coffee, smoothies and juice.
Chart your course for adventure at Mediterranean Exploration Company, where lamb kebab pie and Egyptian duck confit make for delicious discoveries. Oven and Shaker showcases the talents of six-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Cathy Whims, whose skill with wood-fired pizzas is complemented by well-studied cocktails that keep the place hopping.
Offerings like stuffed piquillo peppers and house-made ceviche have made the upscale Peruvian restaurant Andina a long-standing Pearl District hot spot. The great food is complemented by nightly live music.
See Portland and the region from the water on boat tours that traverse the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
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