Food & Drink

20 Restaurants You Should Try in Portland This Spring

Dirty Pretty, Magna Kubo, and More
March 30, 2023
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Flock to the "whimsical but moody" bar Dirty Pretty this spring. (Dirty Pretty)
As the sun rouses us from our winter hibernation, it's time once again to leave our houses and socialize. If you're at a loss as to where to go out this spring, we've got plenty of dining destination options to impress your group chat, from newcomers like Dirty Pretty and Hapa Pizza to upcoming restaurants like Magna Kubo. Read on for the full scoop. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Dirty Pretty List
Pink Rabbit List owner Collin Nicholas debuted List  this “whimsical but moody” cocktail bar in the former Bar Dune List space last week. Drawing inspiration from the '70s, the space features details like wooden beaded curtains, earth tones, and custom patterned wallpaper. Executive chef Alex Wong provides Hawaiian-influenced bar snacks like fried saimin (noodle soup) and rabbit confit spring rolls, while beverage director Ben Purvis has created a cocktail menu with spins on screwdrivers and mezcal margaritas.
Pickup, dine-in

Hapa Pizza List
The Beaverton Farmers Market Past Event List stall Hapa Pizza, known for its Neapolitan-style pizza topped with ingredients like pho-braised brisket or char siu, debuted its downtown Beaverton brick-and-mortar earlier this month. In addition to pizza, the new spot serves POG (passion orange guava) juice, Vietnamese coffee, Thai iced tea, and Okinawan sweet potato haupia bars.
Pickup, dine-in

Hopscotch List
Aaron Barnes, the owner of Scholar List  and The 1905 List , launched List this convivial sports bar and coffee shop in February. Choose from options like New Jersey-style tavern pizza, gourmet wings, fried oysters, and draft cocktails.
Pickup, dine-in

Janken List
Chef Rodrigo Ochoa has assembled a dream team of chefs, including Gabby Martinez of the pop-up Sweet Creature and Luna Contreras of the pop-up Chelo List , at this elegant Japanese-Korean restaurant, which debuted List last November. The menu features dishes like Peking duck, miso black cod, mushroom tempura, Korean short ribs, strawberry cheesecake bingsu, and matcha mille-feuille, as well as a selection of craft cocktails.
Pearl District

Lilia Comedor List
Chef Juan Gomez, who helped RepĂșblica List gain national acclaim, turns his attention to Pacific Northwest cuisine influenced by his Mexican American identity at this restaurant, which opened last fall. Named for Gomez's mother, Lilia serves dreamy seasonal dishes such as wild sturgeon enchilada suiza, porcini tortas, and buñuelos with a creamsicle shell.
South Waterfront

Matutina List
This lovely, light-filled "panaderĂ­a americana" from the RepĂșblica List team slings nourishing breakfast dishes like savory porridge, biscuits with chorizo gravy, and porchetta breakfast sandwiches alongside coffee, champurrado, and pan dulce.
Pearl District
Pickup, dine-in

Lil' America List
Lil' America, a highly anticipated food cart pod featuring businesses owned by BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ chefs, is at last ready to celebrate its grand opening Past Event List this weekend (Saturday, April 1), and guests can expect to be spoiled for choice: The pod hosts FryBaby (Korean fried chicken), Hawker Station (Hainanese chicken rice and Cantonese dishes), Los Plebes (tacos), Speed-O Cappuccino (a self-described "queer as fuck" coffee cart), Makulit (Filipino American fast food), Bake on the Run (Guyanese), and The Drip’N Crab (seafood boils). The grand opening festivities include music, food and drink specials, giant bubbles from PDX Bubble Unicorn (12-2 pm), tunes from DJ K Marie (2-5 pm), and a drag show (3 pm).
Pickup, dine-in

My-O-My List
The team behind the laidback hangout White Owl Social Club List opened List this cozy cocktail bar in the former Rocky Butte Pub space in January. Diners can enjoy pinball, arcade games, an indoor fireplace, and crisp-edged smash burgers from the cart Monster Smash PDX List , which runs the kitchen.
Pickup, dine-in

Norah List
The team behind Mestizo List debuted this new sister restaurant serving plant-based pan-Asian fare with Pacific Northwest ingredients on Belmont in December. The spot's name comes from a traditional dance performed at celebrations and community gatherings in Southern Thailand, where co-owners Nan Chaison and Prae Nobnorb grew up. Dishes include tom yum tofu "wings," lotus root salad, crispy curry rice salad, mushroom wonton soup, volcano tempura noodles, and coconut caramel bananas.

Scholar List   
In addition to traditional Italian fare and craft cocktails, this spot on NE Broadway, which opened List last fall, serves some dishes that are decidedly not your nonna's cooking, such as buffalo chicken livers and fried Brussels sprouts with popcorn.
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

Street Disco List
Dame List alums Kyle Christy and Jessie Manning's pop-up-turned-restaurant serves locally sourced small plates inspired by France, Spain, and Italy. Menus rotate seasonally, with items like meatballs, pig trotter croquettes, and chicory salad alongside cocktails, vermouth, and wine.
Pickup, dine-in

Tomo Ramen List
The Hawthorne neighborhood welcomed List  this cozy, stylish ramen house at the end of January. The pint-sized space features dim lighting, glowing lanterns, and red accents. Besides ramen, the spot serves dishes like chicken karaage and gyoza.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Toyshop Ramen List
Now you can get in touch with your inner child while imbibing grown-up beverages and slurping scratch-made noodles. Chef Isaac Ocejo opened List  this toy-themed bar in the former Jinx List space in February, serving ramen alongside cocktails from Gabbiano’s List  co-owners David Sigal and Blake Foster.

Workshop Food + Drink List
Fermenter List chef-owner Aaron Adams opened this bar in February, with a menu of plant-based Cuban bites, small plates, desserts, and cocktails. Dishes change frequently with the seasons, but you might encounter tempeh picadillo empanadas, citrus kohlrabi salad, guava tarts, pineapple sorbet sundaes, and even a vegan caviar service.

Zula List
Tel Aviv-born owner Tal Dubitski opened this vibrant Mediterranean restaurant in the Nob Hill neighborhood earlier this month, serving dishes like Moroccan salmon skewers, shaved cauliflower salad, hummus, and goat cheese cheesecake.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in


Cache Cache List
The ChefStable restaurant group is set to open this raw bar helmed by St. Jack List chef de cuisine John Denison in the second week of April. Potential menu items include uni bagels, raw scallops, poached prawns, and half-shell oysters.

Feel Good List and Stacked Sandwich Shop List
Former Top Chef: Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi's sandwich shop Stacked is poised to make a triumphant return: It's slated to reopen in Slabtown later this spring and will share the space with the upcoming second location of Pascuzzi's grain bowl spot Feel Good.

Grape Ape List
Industry alum Morgan Schick plans to open this laidback natural wine bar and bottle shop on Southeast Yamhill this spring.

Less and More Coffee List
The trendy downtown coffee stand Less and More, which launched in October 2021 and is known for its stunning beverages with flavors like black sesame and ssuk (mugwort), will open a brick-and-mortar near Pioneer Courthouse Square in April.

Magna Kubo List
File under "spots we can't wait to try": Magna Kusina List chef Carlo Lamagna plans to open a new restaurant called Magna Kubo, inspired by the lechonerías of the Philippines, on Southwest Broadway Street in Beaverton in late April.

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