Where to Get Comfort Food for Takeout in Portland Right Now

November 25, 2020
Give yourself a break from cooking and opt for a comforting take-and-bake vegetarian pasta from Ava Gene's. (Ava Gene's)

As we transition into the dead of winter, we could all use some soul-warming nourishment to bolster our spirits. Of course, COVID-19 has changed the way we acquire that nourishment, so we've compiled this list of takeout and delivery food so you can get your comfort food fix safely. Whether you're craving ramen, pizza, dumplings, pasta, pho, or fried chicken, you'll find something here to suit your tastes. For more delicious ideas, check out our full food and drink guide.

PIZZA

Apizza Scholls
Serious Eats founder Ed Levine once dubbed this "Neo-Neapolitan" pizza destination "one of the top five pizzerias in America."
Southeast
Pickup

Ken's Artisan Pizza
Grab a cheesy pie topped with Calabrian chiles and fennel sausage or mortadella and charred leeks at noted bread baker Ken Forkish's wood-fired pizzeria. Add on a Caesar salad and a side of meatballs in tangy tomato sauce for a hearty, warming winter meal.
Southeast
Pickup

Lovely's Fifty-Fifty
Sarah Minnick's acclaimed wood-fired pizzeria serves exquisite artisan pies with seasonally inspired toppings like squash and ricotta or chanterelle mushrooms.
North
Pickup

PASTA

Ava Gene's
Joshua McFadden's locally sourced Italian restaurant has hot-and-ready Bolognese pasta, made with grass-fed beef, Calabrian chili oil, and oozy Narragansett Creamery burrata, available à la carte or as part of a full family meal with salad, freshly baked sourdough bread, and dessert. You can also get take-and-bake vegetarian pasta with celery root purée, chanterelle mushrooms, roasted butternut squash and spigarello, available as a family meal or à la carte.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

Gumba
Fried chicken and fresh handmade pasta in the same place is a comfort food dream come true, and it's also a reality thanks to this Northeast food cart.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

MAC'D
The childhood classic mac and cheese gets souped up with extras like bacon, pesto, and hot Cheetos at this fast-casual takeout window. You can go for a pre-set bowl like the "Goddess" (melted jack and garlic) or the "Hellapeño" (honey jalapeño), or build your own creation.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

DUMPLINGS

Bao Bao
Nothing says comfort like a pile of pillowy dumplings, like the traditional Chinese ones from this popular dumpling house.
Northwest
Pickup or delivery

Mama Chow's Kitchen
This food cart favorite dispenses pan-fried chicken dumplings and a restorative wonton soup.
Southwest
Pickup

SOUTHERN FOOD

Delta Cafe
The iconic soul food destination is a prime spot for homestyle favorites like po' boys, fried chicken, pulled pork, chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and more.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

Miss Delta
This down-home Southern joint opened by Delta Cafe owners Anastasia Corya and Anton Pace in 2007, along with cooks Jennifer Hazzard and Chuck Westmoreland, serves up soulful favorites like hushpuppies, gumbo, po' boys, jambalaya, fried chicken, and "trashy mac" in a variety of flavors.
North and Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Po'Shines
This Black-owned Cajun and barbecue restaurant and church-operated nonprofit in Kenton is the place to go for a taste of Southern hospitality, dishing up homey plates like fried chicken and waffles, blackened catfish, po' boys, brisket, ribs, and pulled pork.
North
Pickup or delivery

Screen Door
Good news: This outrageously popular Southern brunch spot in Kerns is currently available for takeout and delivery, which means you won't have to endure an hours-long wait in line to enjoy dishes like shrimp and grits, buttermilk-fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, and flaky biscuit sandwiches.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Trap Kitchen
Malachi (a.k.a. "Chef Spank") and his best friend Roberto (a.k.a. "Sous Chef News"), members of rival gangs, partnered up to create the "underground culinary sensation" Trap Kitchen, a wildly popular Compton-based pop-up and catering company that counts Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA among its fans. The business's Portland food truck features the brand's signature "pineapple boats" with jasmine rice-filled pineapples and meat, as well as craveable comfort food like seafood gumbo, oxtails, enchilada pie, Cajun alfredo pasta, pastrami sandwiches, garlic fries, four-cheese mac and cheese, and the popular "Martha and Snoop" (blueberry waffles and fried chicken).
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Yonder
Pacific Northwest cuisine meets classic Southern cooking at this restaurant from chef Maya Lovelace, serving fried chicken, hushpuppies, pimento mac and cheese, "angel biscuits," chicken and dumplings, pork cheeks and grits, and other homey fare.
Northeast
Pickup and delivery

RAMEN

Kayo's Ramen Bar
Soothe your soul with a bowl of this authentic ramen bar's signature tan tan (a Japanese take on dan-dan noodles, a spicy, creamy Sichuan specialty), or any of their other ramen dishes.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Mugen Noodle Bar
Have your very own Tampopo moment and warm up with a bowl of steaming ramen from this family-owned noodle bar, which specializes in tori paitan broth (similar to a chicken-based version of the popular creamy pork broth tonkotsu).
Northwest
Pickup or delivery

PHO

Luc Lac
The stylish Vietnamese spot's pho, curries, and rice bowls are just right for lifting your spirits on a drizzly day.
Southwest
Pickup or delivery

Pho Oregon
Sate your craving for aromatic broth and slurpable noodles at this pho restaurant, often cited as one of the best in the state.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery 

KOREAN

Han Oak
You can't currently dine inside this cozy Korean restaurant located in chef Peter Cho's home, but you can get its excellent dumplings, hand-cut noodle soups, stews, short ribs, bao burgers, and "essence of instant ramen"-dusted fried chicken wings to-go.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Nak Won
Beaverton is home to many excellent Korean restaurants, but this strip-mall hole in the wall, beloved for its free banchan and generous portions, is consistently named as a standout. For extra comfort, try the oddly satisfying "Saving Private Ryan Canned Goods" military stew (a Korean soup with Spam, sausage, bacon, ramen, tofu, and vegetables), the fiery red kimchi stew, sundubu jigae, beef bone broth soup, spicy seafood noodle stew, or the "Comfort Buttercup" (beef rib soup).
Beaverton
Pickup or delivery

EUROPEAN

Kachka
No one does Eastern European comfort food quite like chef Bonnie Morales's acclaimed Kachka. The restaurant has plenty of takeout options to warm your soul from within, including a weekly three-course meal box, mushroom stroganoff kits, khachapuri, dumplings (both fresh and frozen), chicken "in a clay pot" pie (a reimagined version of the popular "rabbit in a clay pot" dish), and more.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

Papa Haydn
The longtime Portland mainstay has hearty classics like French onion soup, chili, croque monsieur, house-made fettuccine with mushrooms and cream sauce, and more. Don't forget some sweets from their famous display case for dessert.
Northwest, Southeast
Pickup or delivery

INDONESIAN

Gado Gado
At this sought-after Indonesian-Chinese restaurant, owners Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly draw inspiration from their travels and from Thomas's heritage. The menu is full of deeply comforting dishes like chicken and leek dumplings, bakso noodle soup with pork meatballs and wonton noodles, and Sumatran-style beef rendang (a rich, spicy beef stew).
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Oma's Takeaway
As they put it, this Indian-Malaysian-Chinese spinoff from Gado Gado "was born for takeout and delivery." The pop-up-turned-takeout counter is an homage to chef and co-owner Thomas Pisha-Duffly's grandmother Kiong Tien Vandenberg, who passed away due to COVID-19 earlier this year, and serves comforting nasi lemak (rich, fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, known as the national dish of Malaysia) alongside dishes like shrimp in laksa, chicken opor ayam (fried chicken), pork ribs, and sweet and sour eggplant.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

MISCELLANEOUS

Gravy
This beloved breakfast spot serves hefty portions of pancakes, oatmeal, challah French toast, chicken fried steak, salmon hash, and other diner-style favorites.
North
Pickup

Eem
This Thai barbecue restaurant, which was recently featured in the Pacific Northwest episode of Eater's new show Eater's Guide to the World, from Earl Ninsom, Eric Nelson, and Matt Vicedomini received no shortage of local acclaim after its opening last year (in addition to nabbing the top spot in the Mercury's roundup of best new restaurants, it was also chosen as Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian and Portland Monthly). As Andrea Damewood wrote for the Merc, "Eem is the restaurant equivalent of Lizzo: infectious, critically and commercially acclaimed, and addictive AF. You cannot go wrong in ordering, from the hot fried cauliflower to the divine brisket in white curry to the fried rice with burnt ends. And both the cocktails and mocktails are some of the best in town—my favorite piña colada, made with coffee and salt to keep it from being too cloying, is on the menu again." 
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

GrindWitTryz
The buzz-worthy Hawaiian-Filipino food cart, which frequently attracts long lines for its Oahu-style comfort cuisine, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant and is selling "ono" (delicious) dishes like katsu-breaded ahi, kalbi short ribs, and meat jun (marinated beef battered in egg and fried).
Northeast
Pickup

Portland Kettle
This counter-serve cafe is on a mission to "nourish Portland one home-cooked meal at a time" and does just that with dishes like cheese tortelloni with pesto, tater tot casserole, chicken noodle soup, chili, gumbo, and pastrami sandwiches.
Southwest
Pickup or delivery

The Rambler
This North Portland tavern has a menu of filling gastropub fare, including poutine, smoked brisket chili, Frito pie, mac and cheese, and smash burgers.
North
Pickup