Where to Eat in Portland Right Now
The gist: Many years ago, Ping opened in Old Town, eventually helping to launch the careers of chefs like Andy Ricker, whose famous Pok Pok empire just recently closed due to the pandemic. Now, the “Thai Izakaya” restaurant has returned to the city in the form of a delivery and pick-up only restaurant operating out of the space formerly home to the chef’s tasting menu experience Holdfast Dining.
The food: Meat skewers and Thai and Singapore noodles dishes are the main focus at Ping, with each dish being heavily aromatic and filled with meats, vegetables, shellfish, and fresh herbs. Spicy ramen noodle salads, noodle soups, pig knuckle sandwiches, and Thai drinking snacks are all on the menu. Ping also serves the innovative and bold cocktails from the adjacent bar Deadshot.
The cost: Entrees range from $11 to around $18, sides and add-ons from $6 to $12, and cocktails are $12.