Food & Drink

Portland’s 13 Best New Burgers

Screen Door
Kari Young
Courtesy of Imperial
Tasty n Sons
Carly Diaz
Kari Young
Kari young
Sebastian Velasquez 
 lil'wares
RingSide Grill
Clyde Common
 Kari Young
Clifford Barclay
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1. Screen Door 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

Screen Door knows Southern cookin', modeling their menu off of such spots as South Carolina Lowcountry and Cajun flavors from New Orleans. What's more, their meals are made with local organic produce and meats to ensure you appreciate the food as much as they do.

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2. Noraneko 1430 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The menu is straightforward, with four kinds of ramen: shio, shoyu, miso, and a vegetarian, as well as fried chicken, gyoza, and a salad. And while the food is excellent, it's the cocktails that really steal the show here.

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3. Imperial 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (82nd Ave)

Imperial restaurant, located in the historic Hotel Lucia, is owned and operated by Chef extraordinaire Vitaly Paley. This spot has a modern bright interior, and all the food is dishes made with local ingredients. The menu's combination of new and traditional American cuisine can be paired with any of Imperial's fine wines, specialty cocktails or draft and bottled beers.

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4. Tasty 'N Sons 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

With "Tasty" in the name, you know it must be good. This local tapas spot is popular with the breakfast and brunch crowd, but they also have stellar dinner options and a great happy hour.

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5. Little Bird 219 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

From the accolade-bagging dudes behind Le Pigeon, Little Bird plays to the strengths of their Eastside bistro with a simple menu of gourmet-level poultry and seafood dishes like chicken-fried trout and seared duck breast at super affordable prices. The swanky bi-level restaurant stays open until midnight, making it an ideal spot to camp out on the weekends with a large glass of vintage or valley wine or a craft cocktail.

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6. Smokehouse Tavern 1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Expect sloppy barbecue you know and love from Smokehouse 21. It's not a bad place to catch a Blazer game either. According to locals, Smokehouse Tavern serves up some of the best barbecue in Portland, and we can't help but agree.

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7. Old Salt Marketplace 5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218 (Concordia)

Old Salt Marketplace is a Concordia-based old-timey-style grocer, butcher, and resto, serving up huge entrees like half-chickens w/ wheat berries and steak tartare with toast.

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8. Portland Penny Diner 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

A New York style do-it-all eatery and bar, the Portland Penny Diner serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and of course your end of the night I-think-I' m-going-to-call it-but-I'm-hungry needs.

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9. Lil' wares 4537 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Lil' wares serves up small plates meant to be shared, as well as a pretty tasty burger. The menu has an asian theme and the burger topped with kimchi, hoisin, pickles, red onion, and basil is a must try.

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10. RingSide Grill 14021 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

RingSide Grill is more than a country club. Although it is located in the Glendoveer golf course, it offers off-beat options likme Tex-Mex and a spicy, spectacular turkey burger with avocado, chipotle mayo, pepper Jack cheese, pickles, butter lettuce, and tomato. Visit the patio, where you can look over the rolling hills of the course, watch wealthy Portlanders chip golf balls out of the sand traps, or enjoy a drink by one of the several fire pit tables.

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11. Clyde Common 1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Clyde Common's rocking Prohibition era-themed cocktails are crafted by top-notch mixologists, plus this spot also offers European-inspired eats in its casual space Downtown. The trendsetting tavern has communal tables and small plates. Snack on truffle popcorn while you wait for your Heavy Petting cocktail, made with vodka, quinine syrup, lemon peel and grapefruit.

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12. Nonna 5513 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Nonna is an Italian joint that dishes out some surprises. The must-try is the Italian-style burger topped with mozzarella, arugula, and pesto.

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13. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Nw Portland)

Drop in to sample the 18 varieties of beer on tap, as well as the selection of seasonal and experimental brews created onsite. You can also bring your own growler and fill it with your favorite hoppy beverage, although there are growlers for purchase if you're not already cool enough to own one.