Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Double Dragon - Bar & Restaurant
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Jannie Huang
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
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1. Meat Cheese Bread 1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Some people might say that Meat Cheese Bread’s best sandwich is the green bean and bacon relish. Those people would also put a black bean patty on a list of their favorite burgers. If you couldn’t tell from its name, MCB’s strongest attribute is its simplicity. That’s why its roasted turkey on sourdough with havarti, bacon, sweet onions, mayo, and lettuce takes top honors for us.

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2. 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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3. Road Runner BBQ 5205 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206 (Se Portland)

It’s a cart in a sleepy pod fairly deep into Southeast, but they've got great sliced brisket and spice BBQ. As far as locals are concerned, Road Runner BBQ is the only place to go if you want phenomenal barbecue in Portland. You need to get here and try their menu as soon as possible!

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4. Kornblatt's Deli 628 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Considered by some as one of the best New York-style delis outside of the five boroughs, Kornblatt’s quietly sits in the trendy shopping thoroughfare that is NW 23rd Ave. Serving “Empire State Sandwiches” with Thumann’s corned beef and pastrami shipped from the East Coast, the team here can build you Portland’s best Reuben in record time with quality rye, Swiss, and ‘kraut -- and when you get a chance, pick a side order of the macaroni salad. This is true Jewish comfort food.

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5. Tails & Trotters 525 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232 (82nd Ave)

After outgrowing its PDX Farmers Market digs, butcher shop Tails & Trotters got its own brick-and-mortar in mini-restaurant haven The Ocean. And while the location's changed, the meat & services haven't a bit -- T&T is still serving the highest quality brisket, ribs, cutlets, bacon, sausage, and tons more.

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6. Tábor SW 5th and Stark, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

The Original Schnitzelwich comes from a small wooden food cart on the corner of 5th and Alder in Downtown Portland. Its Czech owners have been perfecting this sandwich for ten years now, coming up with the perfect ratio of breaded pork loin (or chicken breast), romaine, paprika spread, sautéed onions, and creamy horseradish on a dense ciabatta.

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7. The People's Pig 3217 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

Housed inside a weathered shack in Eliot, The People's Pig serves near-sinful barbecue, including a next-level smoked fried chicken sandwich that requires you wear anything but white. The crispy-skinned chicken thighs are smoked to perfection and coated in a house-made jalapeño jelly that you'll want to lick every last dollop of and jar for yourself. While this hefty creation is the star (did we mention it's served on charred sourdough?), there are plenty of pig-centric options too, like baby back ribs and pork shoulder. Meat isn't everything here though, considering the cast-iron cornbread trickled with honey will visit your dreams for nights to come.

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