Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Blue Star Donuts
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
batter, griddle and drinkery
El Gallo Taqueria
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
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1. Garden Bar 135 NW Broadway Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

One of the best salad spot has a simple concept: take the ubiquitous salad bar, increase the amount of options, use better ingredients, and tell everyone about how healthy lunch can be.

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2. Chizu 1126 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

This small cheese bar is set up like a sushi counter so you can sit at the bar and watch the staff slice various cheeses and assemble them on beautiful wooden boards.

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3. 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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4. Blue Star Donuts 1237 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Blue Star's donuts are made from a brioche recipe that originated in France, and the buttery dough takes 18 hours to process before it's fried in rice oil the next morning and served fresh. The sophisticated flavors are a stark contrast to what's on the shelf at Portland's other doughnuttery, the eccentric Voodoo Doughnut. Look there for slabs of bacon and Oreo cookie bits; here you'll find blueberry bourbon basil glaze and chipotle chocolate ganache, and okay, a bacon donut dotted with crunchy bits.

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5. Bacchus Bar 627 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

The lobby of Hotel Vintage Portland just reopened with a swanky new bar full of upscale cocktails and food from the hotel’s restaurant, Pazzo. There’s also a game room upstairs, complete with pool tables, shuffleboard, and multiple giant TVs, two of which come with an XBOX One and a Wii U.

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6. 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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7. 10 Barrel Brewing 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

A lot of breweries have large patios, but only 10 Barrel, nestled in NW Portland, has a rooftop patio with a view of the neighborhood. It also has a line of 20 taps upstairs so, thankfully, you won’t have to go back down. Just ignore the fact that it’s now owned by Budweiser (er, America), and enjoy the still-excellent beers.

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8. Bang Bang PDX 4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

A Southeast Asian spin is put on the bar bites coming out of this Thai curry kitchen and cocktail bar, known for food with intense and aggressive flavor. A ten-seat bar in the back turns out affordable cocktails, like a Thai-ified version of an Old Fashioned (with housemade orange-cardamom bitters), while the cooks ladel curries late-night. Curries are served in karafs, to be poured into bowls filled with ingredients (like shrimp cakes, sticky rice, fried chicken) at your discretion. If you'd rather use your hands, vinegary chicken wings and skewers serve as the ultimate bar bite.

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9. Broadway On Deck 225 SW Broadway #100, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

This sports bar is has strategically placed TVs so every guest has a decent view of whatever game is on. The drinks and food are on the cheaper side too.

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10. Batter, Griddle and Drinkery 4425 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

You can imagine a place with a name like Batter is open for breakfast and brunch, maybe even lunch. But this resto is also open for those late-night pancakes. With a menu that has 16 sweet and 14 savory options there's something for everyone.

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11. El Gallo Taqueria 4422 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206 (Woodstock)

El Gallo serves some of the best Mexican food in the city. Basic tacos start at $2.50 and the fancy options aren’t that much expensive. This might be the closest you can get to Mexico City street tacos here in Portland.

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12. Fire+Stone 3707 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

The pizza, lamb shank, and roasted chicken are all wood-fired to perfection. But the best part? You can order beer and wine to-go through the online ordering system.

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13. Donnie Vegas 1203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

These guys keep prices for their dogs low (the most expensive are $4), which is good news for you because that means you can spend more on the tap cocktails.