Food & Drink

13 Colossal Portland Meals You'll Never Finish

Published On 04/15/2015 Published On 04/15/2015
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Sayler's Old Country Kitchen
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Helvetia Tavern
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1. Gravy 3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Let’s get this out of the way first: the best thing at Gravy, surprisingly, isn’t the gravy. But, that shouldn’t keep you from going because this trendy little joint on Mississippi happens to make some of the biggest and best omelettes and scrambles not only in town, but also probably the entire West Coast. If you’re going for the first time try The Dalise, an obscene combination of bacon, sausage, ham, sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese, all smothered with sausage gravy.

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2. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen 10519 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216

Since its inception in 1948, Sayler's has been serving great steak, including one that's 72oz!

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3. Pho Tango 22139 NW Imbrie Dr, Portland, OR 97124

This resto specializes in Vietnamese beef noodle soup, as well as other noodle dishes. There's also a pho challenge that'll really put you to the test!

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4. Helvetia Tavern 10275 NW Helvetia Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

The 20-minute drive out to Oregon's wine country might not sound worth it for a burger, but that hasn't stopped people from all over the state (and country) from making the trek just for a bite of their famous Jumbo Burgers. The rustic, string-bulb-lit bar surprisingly doles out simple creations that look less like Portland's usual artisan suspects and more like something you'd get at a drive-thru window -- two greasy patties, American cheese, special sauce, and traditional toppings nestled between two halves of a soft, sesame bun. It's utterly massive, but that's nothing a cold draft beer can't help wash down.

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5. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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6. 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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7. Nicholas Restaurant 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Nicholas Restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare and has been serving Portland since it opened its doors in 1986.

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8. Stepping Stone Cafe 2390 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Behind the battered red door of this hole-in-the-wall eatery lies some of the tastiest burgers and brunch specials in the Alphabet district.

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9. Mad Greek Deli 1740 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

This Buckman shop serves up Greek fries and spiced-up fried chicken.

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10. Big-Ass Sandwiches 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Big-Ass Sandwiches delivers on their promise, loading bread bombs with a mountain of meat before cramming French fries for good measure.

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11. Hot Pot City 1975 SW 1st Ave Ste J, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

If you’re not familiar with Hot Pot, the gist is this: choose your broth, and while the waiter prepares it you can head over to the buffet of “fresh” ingredients. Choose from spinach and baby bok choy along with frozen wontons and slices of marinated pork. Head back to your seat where a small stockpot is sitting on an induction burner and start making soup. Occasionally someone comes by to fill your pot of boiling stock. Eat until satisfied.

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12. TILT 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97217 (Pearl District)

Tilt's self-proclaimed blue-collar cuisine is surprisingly more upmarket than you'd think -- the best handcrafted burgers in Portland are fresh beef patties on three-layer buns with global inspiration like the Carne Jefe with avocado and jalapenos and the pastrami-based Koolakofsky. Hand-carved sandwiches and homemade pies are made in-house and offer up an experience somewhere between a diner, a dive bar, and a five-star bistro.

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13. 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.