The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Double Dragon1235 SE Division, Portland
2. The American Local3003 SE Division St, Portland
3. Teote1615 SE 12th Ave, Portland
4. City State Diner and Bakery128 NE 28th Ave, Portland
5. Grassa1205 SW Washington St, Portland
6. Ate-Oh-Ate2452 E. Burnside Ave, Portland
7. Smallwares4605 NE Fremont, Portland
8. Pono Farm Soul Kitchen4118 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
9. Ox2225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland
Brought to you by a dude whose resume includes NYC's famed Momofuku, Double Dragon's bursting with next-level banh mis, featuring meats like five-spiced, hoisin-sauced, and 6hr-braised pulled pork.
Though a modern izakaya is not exactly what you’d expect from a place called The American Local, the food delivers. Expect everything from octopus skewers to grit cakes, fresh-baked Parker house rolls to shrimp-fried quinoa.
A fun and festive late-night spot and casual eatery, the Eastside's Teote is a super-authentic Latin American spot that serves up tasty street fare and grilled meat entrees alongside mezcal cocktails and cervezas aplenty. Known for their crave-worthy arepas, tossed with jalapenos, cheddar, and haberno lime crema, they're so good, you won't even mind that they're gluten free. Teote's semi-hidden upstairs bar area on the top floor, with its own bar area and fire pit, is a great summertime lounging locale.
Happiness is on the menu at City State Diner and Bakery in Portland's Kern neighborhood. Sandwiches with names including Croque Madames and Fancy Pants, can only make you smile.
From the same team that brought you Lardo, Grassa's an Italian resto that dishes out house-made pastas like radiatori, chitarra, and strozzapreti with delicious Boot-inspired sauces and toppings.
Be sure to try the Aina Burger with crispy pork belly, kimchi relish, shredded iceberg, and shaved onion --proving that not all Hawaiian-style burgers come with teriyaki and pineapple.
Smallwares serves inauthentic Asian cuisine one small plate at a time. Inauthentic as in take your expectations and turn them on its head. With fare like chicken lollipops and pork skin ragu, there's no better place to get your weird bar food on. For a slight return to normalcy, hit the bar for your choice cocktails, beer, and wine.
Pono Farm Soul Kitchen books itself as Japanese soul food, although there’s certainly some French influence. The menu is divided into your choice of protein, but there are plenty of vegetarian or seafood options, including an entire sushi menu too.
MLK Blvd smells a lot like grilled meat thanks to the arrival of Ox, the bovine baby of a husband-and-wife team that's dropping Argentinian techniques on meat charred on a Hades-hot, custom-made Grillworks wood-fired grill.