Food & Drink

The 11 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Portland

Published On 05/06/2015 Published On 05/06/2015
Mike Jordan/Thrillist
Double Dragon - Bar & Restaurant
The Americal Local/David Reamer
Boxer Ramen
JANNIE HUANG
Teote
FLICKR/FRANCIS STORR
Ate-Oh-Ate Hawaiian Restaurant
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Pono Farm Soul Kitchen
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1. Double Dragon 1235 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

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.

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2. The American Local 3003 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

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.

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3. Teote 1615 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

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.

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4. City State Diner and Bakery 128 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

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.

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5. Grassa 1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

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.

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6. Ate-Oh-Ate 2452 E. Burnside Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

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.

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7. Smallwares 4605 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

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.

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8. Pono Farm Soul Kitchen 4118 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

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.

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9. Ox 2225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, OR 97212 (Ne Portland)

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.