Food and Drink

22 Restaurants You Should Try in Portland This Spring

Bluto's, Mis Tacones, and More
March 23, 2022
Get your taco fix at the vegan pop-up-turned-restaurant Mis Tacones. (Mis Tacones)
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 for where to go out this spring, we've got plenty of dining destination options to impress your group chat, from rising stars like Bluto's and Mis Tacones to upcoming restaurants like Dough Zone and Lilla. Read on for the full scoop. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bing Mi Dumpling and Noodle Bar Add to a List
The popular jianbing cart Bing Mi Add to a List started the year off strong with this new Northern Chinese-focused dumpling and noodle bar. The menu features zha jiang mian ("fried sauce noodles," a dish with wheat noodles tossed in a thick soybean sauce) with both vegan and pork belly variations, as well as pork and Napa cabbage dumplings, beef and celery dumplings, plant-based Impossible meat dumplings, Chinese sausage fried rice, roasted duck fried rice, and mushroom tofu fried rice.
Nob Hill

Bluto's Add to a List
In January, Rick Gencarelli, the chef behind Lardo and Grassaopened this playful wood-fired Greek restaurant, named for the rowdy Animal House character played by Jim Belushi. The menu centers around souvlaki (grilled skewers) and is supplemented by ouzo mojitos, hummus, flatbread, salads, vegetable sides, chicken lemon orzo soup, Greek potatoes, and frozen yogurt with toppings like halva, honey, and tahini magic shell.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Cafe Olli Add to a List
This all-day cafe officially opened in the former Ned Ludd Add to a List space in December, with scratch-made baked goods from co-owner and pastry chef Siobhan Speirits, who you may know from her project Saint Frances. The cafe also serves wood-fired pizzas, salads, handmade pasta, sandwiches on house-baked bread, charcuterie, and other wood oven-baked dishes. EverOut associate editor and Portland Mercury columnist Janey Wong has all the details.
Pickup, dine-in

Chaat Wallah Add to a List
DesiPDX owner Deepak Saxena launched this Indian street food spinoff inside 503 Distilling Add to a List 's new cocktail lounge inside the Iron Fireman Collective building, with craveable items like masala pulled pork sandwiches, nacho chaat, and spiced lamb sloppy Joes.
Pickup, dine-in

Gabbiano's Add to a List
Ready for red sauce? David Sigal and Blake Foster, the duo behind the cocktail pop-up Zoo Bar, opened this Italian-American restaurant in Concordia in January, with a menu that includes chicken parmesan, mozzarella sticks, meatballs, duck marsala, sourdough ricotta gnocchi, lamb shank osso bucco, and other comforting dishes.
Pickup, dine-in

Hinterland Bar and Food Carts Add to a List
This highly anticipated food cart pod and cocktail bar opened in late January. The spot hosts local favorites Burger Stevens and Matt's BBQ Tacos Add to a List , plus up-and-comers La Taquiza Vegana Add to a List Poppyseed Add to a List , and Third Culture Kitchen Add to a List , along with plentiful heated and covered outdoor seating, while the bar offers wine, rotating beers on tap, nonalcoholic drinks, and special drink pairings to complement each of the carts onsite. If you're looking to maximize your experience, Janey Wong has suggestions on what to order.
Mount Tabor
Pickup, dine-in

Mikiko Mochi Donuts Add to a List
The hit mochi donut pop-up now runs a brick-and-mortar shop, with a rotation of four filled varieties and four unfilled ones. Sample flavors include yuzu funfetti, passionfruit curd, Thai tea, horchata pudding, and ube li hing mui. 

Mis Tacones Add to a List
The queer Chicanx-owned vegan taqueria pop-up Mis Tacones, known for its tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos, launched a brick-and-mortar in the former Tiffin Asha space on Killingsworth in February.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Pasture Add to a List
The pop-up Pasture, which is focused on whole-animal cooking, opened this ethically sourced butcher shop and restaurant on Alberta in February. The business is run by former Farm Spirit Add to a List employees Kei Ohdera and John Schaible and stocks Oregon and Pacific Northwest meat, vegetables, wines, retail goods, and more.
Pickup, dine-in

Negociant Add to a List  
Sami Gaston, Chris Turner, and Kevin Gouy, the team behind the natural wine bar Bar Diane Add to a List , launched this nearby bottle shop, market, and deli earlier this month. The spot offers a selection of natural wine and a deli counter with charcuterie, cheese, meat, seafood, and more, along with treats like strawberry milkshake macarons and high-quality chocolate bars.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Paladin Pie Add to a List
Grab your 20-sided die: Leo Brill, an alum of Scottie's Pizza Add to a List  and Nostrana Add to a List and former chef de cuisine at Oven & Shaker, opened this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired wood-fired pizza cart at the NE 23rd and Alberta pod earlier this month. Expect sourdough-fermented pies in varieties like cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, and buffalo chicken, with vegan options, house-made ranch, grilled vegetables, and salads. (Ice cream will also join the menu later on.)
Pickup, dine-in

Phuket Cafe Add to a List  
Chef and restaurateur Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom, the man behind Eem, Hat Yai, and Langbaan, and his business partner Eric Nelson recently opened this highly anticipated restaurant for dinner inside the former Ataula Add to a List space. The menu is just as innovative and fun as you'd expect, with steaks, pork chops, oysters, paella, ceviche, smoked trout, peanut brittle, cheese-stuffed roti, carrot coladas, cucumber relish Collins, Thai tea Irish coffees, ume plum old fashioneds, and more. Weekday lunch and weekend brunch are set to follow, along with a train-inspired structure for outdoor dining.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Rangoon Bistro Add to a List
The farmers market fixture Rangoon Bistro, known for its locally sourced Burmese dishes, opened its new brick-and-mortar restaurant inside the Breathe Building Add to a List in Southeast Portland earlier this month. The menu features comforting dishes like si chet khao swe (Umi Organic wheat noodles, black pepper, soy sauce, crispy garlic, and yu choy, with roasted pork shoulder or soy-roasted mushrooms) khao pyan sane (large flat rice noodle dumplings with sweet chili sauce and scallions), and chicken danbauk (chicken with aromatic rice, cashews, raisins, and peas), plus a selection of thokes (salads). To drink, there's Burmese tea and sweet coconut milk with toasted salt.
Pickup, dine-in

Smart Donkey Add to a List
You can now drink a pint and eat burritos inside a converted car wash stall: Former Autentica Add to a List nd Uno Mas Add to a List chef Oswaldo Bibiano opened this new Mexican beer garden inside the former Auto Oasis space in late December.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Rotigo Add to a List
This breezy, stylish European market, restaurant, and wine bar opened in Nob Hill at the end of December, slinging rotisserie chicken dinners, sandwiches, salads, side dishes, specialty pantry items, wine, vermouth, and vegan and gluten-free items. Janey Wong writes, "Now, I’m one of the masses who is used to ye olde reliable five buck Costco rotisserie chicken, but I’m telling you now: don’t write off Rotigo because of the higher price point. It’s easily the most flavorful and succulent rotisserie chicken I’ve ever eaten, and has maybe even earned a spot in my top 10 most favorite chicken dishes."
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Wu-Rons Add to a List
This ramen joint serving a regional style of tonkatsu from Nagahama, Japan opened in the former Noraneko space under the Hawthorne Bridge in February.
Central Eastside
Pickup, dine-in


Afuri Ramen + Dumpling Add to a List  
This much-buzzed-about Tokyo ramen chain with locations in Beaverton Add to a List Buckman Add to a List , and Old Town-Chinatown Add to a List plans to open a location in Slabtown this spring. The new location will serve the chain's specialty, a bright, delicate yuzu shio ramen, in addition to hazelnut vegan and pork-style tantanmen, tsukemen, small plates, gohan, winged gyoza, and more, and will offer customers a clear view of the ramen-making process.

Akadi Add to a List and House of Flavor Add to a List
Rejoice: Portland's acclaimed West African restaurant Akadi Add to a List , which has been on hiatus for over a year, is reopening with an expanded menu in a new, bigger space at 1001 SE Division St. on May 8. Better yet, chef and owner Fatou Ouattara is also opening a new grocery store called House of Flavor on April 22, with locally grown African fruits and vegetables, house spice blends, house-made sauces, and other ingredients, plus African beer and wine. The upcoming shop will also play its own original videos educating visitors on how to use the ingredients.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise

Dough Zone Add to a List
At long last, Washington's rapidly expanding dumpling destination Dough Zone has announced that it plans to open its largest location to date in Portland this spring. The restaurant, which is known for its juicy xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and sheng jian bao (pan-fried steamed buns), will take over the former River Space event venue.
South Waterfront

Lilla Add to a List Daylily Coffee Shop Add to a List , and The Sudra Add to a List
The Sudra chef-owner and former Aviv co-owner Sanjay Chandrasekaran plans to open a new vegan Italian restaurant called Lilla in the former Aviv space in Southeast Portland by April. Chandrasekaran also plans to expand with a new cafe called Daylily Coffee Shop next to the Sudra's Mississippi location around the same time, followed by a fifth location of The Sudra in Hillsboro.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise, Hillsboro

Meliora Pasta Add to a List
Even more good news for Italian food lovers: Breckin VanRaalte and Jim Millar hope to open a pasta cart in the Killingsworth Station pod on March 31, with handmade pasta, salads, and angel food cake specials. To up the novelty factor, the cart will accept cryptocurrency as payment and switch on a bubble machine to announce when it's sold out of pasta.

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