Restaurants - Portland, Oregon



16. Three Square Grill

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 244-4467
Address: 6320 Southwest Capitol Hwy.

Description: A beloved neighborhood spot, Three Square Grill is also a destination for Portlanders hankering for some roadhouse cooking Northwest style. Here you might find a beautiful salmon hash, hush puppies with jalapeño jelly, roasted chicken encrusted with herbs, or spicy garlic fries—we say “might” because it depends on what’s in season. The chefs make as much as they can on-site, and that includes the desserts, the hamburger buns, “Bad Monkey” jalapeño sauce, and pickles—in fact, they are also the purveyors of Picklopolis pickles (www.picklopolis.com), the “Pickles of the Future.” You can buy them at the restaurant or at the Hillsdale and Portland farmers’ markets. Three Square Grill serves dinner every night.

17. Dan And Louis

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 227-5906
Address: 208 Southwest Ankeny St.

Description: Dan and Louis is an old Portland tradition in a historic downtown building. They served only live oysters from their opening in 1907 until 1919, when they finally got a stove and could make oyster stew. They still serve both these dishes, but they also serve many oystery treats: oysters Rockefeller, barbecued oysters, and fried oysters, to begin with. Dan and Louis is unpretentious and simple; it is the oldest family-owned restaurant in town. Stick with the oyster dishes or fish and chips and you’ll be content. Raw oysters are still their specialty.

18. Jake’S Famous Crawfish

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 401 Southwest 12th Ave.

19. Southpark

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 901 Southwest Salmon St.

20. Bewon

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 464-9222
Address: 1203 Northwest 23rd Ave.

Description: BeWon offers first-rate Korean food in a sleek atmosphere, with attentive and expert service. Korean food is perhaps the least well known of the Asian cuisines, but BeWon is determined to change that. At this elegant little restaurant, you can order the fixed-price menu (about $25), which comes with eight traditional courses, or you can order a la carte. Offerings might include a pumpkin rice porridge, acorn jelly, a stir-fry of oyster and shitake mushrooms, a hand-rolled crepe. Main courses feature dishes such as salt-encrusted mackerel or traditional barbecued pork. But the adventure here is in the side dishes: Dried cod, kimchi, sugared seaweed, and other small tastings are served on tiny plates that can be refilled. The rice wine list at BeWon is also quite good.

21. Silk Bistro

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 1012 Northwest Glisan St.

22. Besaw’S Cafe

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 228-2619
Address: 2301 Northwest Savier St.

Description: Besaw’s is a neighborhood joint in northern Northwest, and while it serves very good lunches and dinners, we like it especially for breakfast, which is hearty and delicious. They feature all the staples, plus crispy bacon, apple sausages, succulent smoked salmon, and fluffy pancakes. Expect a wait on the weekends. Besaw’s has been a restaurant since the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905, and its handsome bar dates from that period.

23. Daily Cafe

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 902 Northwest 13th Ave.

24. Fuller’S Restaurant

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 222-5608
Address: 136 Northwest 9th Ave.

Description: Fuller’s has been a Pearl District tradition since before it was the Pearl District, and it retains its working-class roots even as the city gentrifies around it. Of course, that’s one of its attractions. Fuller’s serves egg sandwiches, pancakes, and other traditional breakfast staples all day until 5 p.m on weekdays, 2 p.m. on Sat. It has 28 stools. Don’t be surprised to find yourself in conversation with the guy at the next stool; it’s part of the routine. Bring cash—they don’t take credit cards. Closed Sun.

25. Pearl Bakery

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 102 Northwest 9th Ave.

26. Papa Haydn

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 228-7317
Address: 701 Northwest 23rd Ave.

Description: With the onslaught of excellent new patisseries and bakeries in Portland, it is easy to overlook the stalwarts. In Papa Haydn’s case, this would be a mistake. It is still a charming place to go for fancy desserts in Portland, with an impressive array of elaborate gateaux, tortes, ice creams, tarts, and cheesecakes. Dishes such as lemon chiffon torte, marjolaine, peanut butter mousse torte, and black velvet cake draw folks with a sweet tooth from all over the city to the comfortable, polished dining room on Northwest 23rd Avenue. But don’t overlook the dependably delicious pastas, salads, and grilled chicken and steak. Papa Haydn has another location in Southeast Portland.

27. Fenouil

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Address: 900 Northwest 11th Ave.

28. Fratelli

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 241-8800
Address: 1230 Northwest Hoyt St.

Description: Fratelli is a pretty restaurant in the Pearl District that features different regional Italian cuisines. It changes its menu frequently, but its high-quality, local, and seasonal ingredients, clever preparations, and poised and gracious servers have won it a devoted clientele. The entrees might include standouts such as salmon with pearl onions and potatoes, linguine with mushrooms and pancetta, or seared free-range chicken wrapped in proscuitto. Antipasti are equally delightful, especially the bruschetta on house-made bread. The candlelit dining room lends a romantic atmosphere to your dinner, and unlike many contemporary restaurants, you can actually carry on a conversation.

29. Giorgio’S

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 221-1888
Address: 1131 Northwest Hoyt St.

Description: Giorgio’s is a beautiful and authentic Italian restaurant in the Pearl serving lunch and dinner. Our favorites include the homemade pastas: the browned gnocchi, the delicate ravioli, the robust pappardelle. These are all served inventively, perhaps with braised wild boar or juicy spot prawns. Their other dishes—grilled meats, well-prepared seafood and fish, duck breast—are also good. The service is outstanding. During warm weather, you can sit on the patio and enjoy this feasting outdoors and people-watching, if you can look up from your dinner.

30. Justa Pasta

City: Portland, OR
Category: Restaurants
Telephone: (503) 243-2249
Address: 1336 Northwest 19th Ave.

Description: Justa Pasta is the major pasta supplier to the region’s top-tier restaurants, but it is also a great restaurant in its own right, serving dinner and lunch in its small (30-seat) venue—and one of the best bargains in town. Justa Pasta offers several kinds of pasta and sauces at each meal, accompanied by bread from the Pearl Bakery and well-flavored salads. Some of our favorites include the butternut squash–hazelnut ravioli and the mushroom sauce. The pumpkin ravioli, the swiss chard ravioli, and the lasagna are excellent as well. But simpler dishes, such as bucatini in marinara sauce, are also truly satisfying. It is the perfect place for a cozy dinner. It can be difficult to find a seat, but in the summer a small patio creates more room.
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