Food & Drink

From Ground Kontrol to Remedy: it's our collars-down guide to Old Town/Chinatown

Published On 05/21/2014 Published On 05/21/2014
Mi Mero Mole
Andy Kryza
Remedy Wine Bar
Andy Kryza
Shanghai Tunnel
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1. Mi Mero Mole 32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

A tribute to the street food of Mexico, Mi Mero Mole by Nick Zukin (of Kenny & Zuke's) has upped the Chinatown taco game... and just about everyone has noticed. Guisados are what the place is about, a Mexican City concept translating to "a stew, stir-fry, or filling," and you can select the kind you want from a chalkboard on the orange wall. Count on a meat, seafood, vegetarian, and vegan option that can be poured into corn tortilla tacos, served as a plate with rice and beans, rolled into a burrito, or grilled into a quesadilla. Boundaries are pushed with adventerous meat options like tongue, rabbit, and blood sausage, which are always better with a margarita from the fast-casual dining room's bar.

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2. Angelina's Greek Cuizina 112 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

With roots as just a food cart at the Saturday Market, Angelina's is now a favorite Old Town lunch spot where you can purchase a Meat Boat and/or Meat Yacht, which is one layer of tangy feta-specked Greek salad with a mountain of meat (lamb or chicken) on top.

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3. Bowery Bagels 310 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Old Town's favorite bagel shop, Bowery goes above and beyond the bagel with crazy spread options (bacon, onion, and mushroom), as well as killer grilled cheese and breakfast sandwich offering.

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4. Chen's Good Taste Restaurant 18 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

With its concealed facade, you might just miss Chen's, but that would be a huge mistake, because inside, you’ll find sweet-smelling BBQ duck and other meats, plus their famous, delicate dumplings, which are stuffed with (surprise) even more meat.

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5. Shanghai Tunnel 211 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204

This hole-in-the-wall Old Town drink spot boasts strong and cheap libations, plus their Zapata for eating: house-made chips with both chew and crunch, dipped in hot queso.

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6. Remedy 733 NW Everett, Portland, OR 97209

Remedy's a wine bar and bistro that's serving up locally sourced meats and veggies as well as killer aromatic cocktails inspired by old-timey French recipes.

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7. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Classic arcade 'n drink emporium Ground Kontrol has been remodeled/upgraded to version "3.0", which brings new comfy flooring, an LED-heavy Tron grid-esque interior.

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8. Pints Brewing Co. 412 NW 5th ave, Portland, OR 97209

Like many Old Town residents near the MAX tracks, Pints Brewing has suffered through an identity crisis, though unlike most, it doesn't cover itself in street mud and scream at newspaper stands all night. By day, it was Everyday Coffee; by night, it was Urban Taproom. But from here on out, by always, it'll be Pints Brewing Co., the newest small brewery in PDX.