Food & Drink

A Cheese Lover’s Guide to Portland

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1. Raven & Rose 1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

Housed within a historical landmark, Raven & Rose serves upscale comfort food and a nearly overwhelmingly large wine list. The beautiful dining room is inspired by the Irish and British countryside, as does the menu. Take dining to the next level by experiencing a bison cheeseburger paired with a craft beer you can't pronounce.

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2. Melt It! Cartlandia, Portland, OR 97266 (Se Portland)

This Cartlandia food truck dominates the cheese scene with grilled cheese, pizza, mac & cheese and burgers -- a lot of them made with lobster. They have classic grilled cheese, but their signature is made with a variety of gourmet cheeses. One of their pizzas is topped with mac & cheese, as are many of their burgers.

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3. Chizu 1126 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

This small cheese bar is set up like a sushi counter so you can sit at the bar and watch the staff slice various cheeses and assemble them on beautiful wooden boards.

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4. Victory Bar 3652 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

The high quality and variety of burgers and beers have put this Richmond bar on the map, even in a beer and burger haven like Portland. Venison burgers, corned beef, and five different spatzles, give this popular spot a quirky menu that works well with the creative cocktails they serve.

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5. Bollywood Theater 2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Bollywood Theater offers Portland the chaotic, yet charming Mumbai experience with Southern-Indian eats all under one roof.

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6. Punch Bowl Social 700 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

This grown-up's version of Chuck E. Cheese's has oh so many games... and booze. Lots of booze.

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7. Podnah's Pit BBQ 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Podnah's Pit's a smoked meat temple in Portland with BBQ styles emulating Carolina and Texas. According to locals, there is no finer barbecue fare in Portland than the dishes served up a Podnah's, and we can't help but agree. Their ribs and brisket are as close to perfect as barbecue can be.

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8. Rogue Ales Public House & Distillery 1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

This brewery began in the late 80s, and now has expanded to multiple locations across the West Coast. This location features the brewery, spirits, and food that they source from their own farms. Check out American Amber or Oregon Golden -- those were their first two brews and go great with the killer fried cheese curds.

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9. Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar 7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 (Montavilla)

The husband-&-wife chef team at this cute little spot (decorated with tons of wooden tables) turn out fresh, Southern-inspired comfort food.

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10. Potato Champion 1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

Potato Champion is a food truck that's open until late, specializing in hand cut, twice fried Belgian-style french fries with multiple sauces and poutine. These fries aren't in the least bit ordinary, with menu options like Pulled Pork Fries or the Palak Paneer Fries that come topped with curried spinach, Paneer cheese, and cilantro chutney. Plus, everything is made using only the highest quality ingredients.

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11. Grilled Cheese Grill 1027 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211

The name Grilled Cheese Grill might be a bit gratuitous, like "We get it! This spot serves grilled cheese!", but don't discount this Portland shop's predilection for puns: they do make a mean grilled cheese. We especially like The Gabby: with four local cheeses and a ton of bacon between two hunks of bread, this is the hottest Union since Gabrielle starred in Bad Boys II. Ohhhh!!