Just because they live in America’s Fittest City doesn’t mean Portlanders don’t eat. In fact, the local foodie scene is fast becoming one of the nation’s most celebrated, and it’s not just the veggie joints getting all the praise. Barbecue, fried food and, of course, gut-growing craft breweries are big in PDX. Here’s where to go when Voodoo Doughnut’s (voodoodoughnut.com) 50-odd fritters and fried dough creations just won’t quash your hunger.
Three buddies from North Carolina opened this friendly, Southern-fried breakfast spot that serves up farm fresh ingredients in the form of take-with-you, two-handed sandwiches. Start your day off right with the Reggie Deluxe—a buttery biscuit topped with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, sausage gravy, and an over-easy fried egg.
It’s all in the name at this award-winning sandwich shop that “worships at the altar of bovine and swine.” Pig permeates everything, from Dagwood-sized double burgers to pork meatball banh mi and “dirty fries” featuring peppers, herbs, Parmesan and scraps of—you guessed it—pork.
After a night of drinking, head to this ramen den for hearty, stomach-lining Japanese food. Good choices include dumplings, udon and the now legendary late-night-only Biwa burger, which is topped with kimchi mayo and barbecued pork.
Pitmaster Rodney Muirhead does not mess with Texas…-style barbecue, that is. That means his brisket and spareribs are slow-smoked forhours each day over oak hardwood before being served up alongside fresh, piping-hot cornbread and hearty sides like collard greens and coleslaw.
This neighborhood pub elevates cheap to a new level, offering simple, locally sourced bar grub—think pork and root hash, fried egg-topped burgers and charred brussels sprouts—at $11 and under. With a friend or alone, try the daily “Twofer,” where a shared entree, side and two hard-to-find local drafts sets you back just $20.