Food & Drink

30 Women-Owned Restaurants in Portland You Should Visit

For Women's History Month 2021 and Beyond
March 3, 2021
Started by former hairstylist Thuy Pham, the Vietnamese vegan deli Mama Đút serves up plant-based delights, like coffee boba pops made in collaboration with Kulfi. (Mama Đút)

While you can, and should, support women-owned restaurants every day of the year, there are a couple of especially good times to do it, including the entirety of March (Women's History Month), March 8 in particular (International Women's Day), and August 26 (Women's Equality Day). To help you celebrate any and all of those things, we've compiled this list of some of our favorite restaurants owned by women (at least partially—some of these are co-owned by men), like Kachka, Malka, Mama Đút, and Nong's Khao Man Gai. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Baker & Spice
Baker Julie Richardson's small-batch neighborhood bakery is a favorite for its impeccable cookies, pastries, breads, cakes, and other treats.
Southwest
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Bakeshop
This bakery from revered pastry chef Kim Boyce uses heirloom, whole-grain flours to achieve its irresistible baked goods. 
Northeast
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Bang Bang
Co-owned by Kate Wood, this late-night Thai hangout currently serves takeout cocktails like passionfruit daiquiris and drinking snacks like chicken wings, plus comfort food like curries and curried fry bowls.
Northeast
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Bar Norman
Acclaimed sommelier Dana Frank's chic natural wine bar is currently acting as a bottle shop, selling "quarantine quaffers" for your at-home drinking pleasure.
Southeast
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Bete-Lukas
This warm, enduring Ethiopian standby, owned by Gelila Tesfu and her husband Peter and tucked away on the second floor of a building on SE Division Street, is beloved for its veggie and meat combos, spongy injera (Ethiopian flatbread), and other staples.
Southeast
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Coquine
Chef Katy Millard’s charming, seasonal, locally sourced restaurant currently offers lunch and dinner for takeout, as well as produce and goods straight from local farms like Black Locust Farm and Wobbly-Cart Farm. And don't forget about their famous chocolate chip cookies, which the Portland Mercury's Suzette Smith has raved about and which have even spawned their own "I Just Want Cookies!" takeout window.
Southeast
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Doe Donuts
Portland's first dedicated vegan donut shop, owned by Carly Sitner and Crystal Wegener, fries up plant-based creations in whimsical flavors like salted vanilla bean, French toast, and the signature "Doe" donut (house-made pink strawberry milk and sprinkles).
Southeast
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Drink Mamey
This BIPOC-owned juice bar opened in the former location of Tea Bar on NE Killingsworth last fall, serving items like juices, smoothies, and fruit bowls. Founder Cydnie Smith-McCarthy has a mission to make wellness more accessible to Black people after her father died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2018.
Northeast
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Erica's Soul Food
Erica Montgomery's soul food cart has gained a loyal following for its Southern menu of dishes like "soul bowls" (stuffed with delights like cornbread, greens, mac and cheese, and gravy) and Atlanta-style hot lemon pepper wings.
Southeast
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Güero
Portland Mercury contributor Heather Arndt Anderson writes of Megan Sanchez's restaurant, "There are so many beautiful components to Güero's tortas: creaminess provided by the beans, avocado, and crema; crispness brought by the bread's toasted interior and bed of shaved cabbage; the tangy hot sauce and pickled onions with cooling crema and cotija. It's a balancing act of textural contrasts, flawlessly performed by one sandwich. The omnivorous options are no slouches, either; pollo pibil is tender hunks of Draper Valley chicken cooked in a citrus-achiote slurry with banana leaf for herbal backdrop, and the carnitas is similarly well sourced and well executed."
Southeast
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Harlow
Brian Yaeger writes of this primarily plant-based restaurant co-owned by Jackie Sappington, "Take it from a carnivore: Harlow serves straight-up amazing food. This mostly vegan, gluten-free café serves jalapeño cashew cheese instead of pepper jack. Kale is listed on the menu as often as pork belly appears on most others. In this non-satirical Harloworld, tempeh and quinoa are fungible counterparts to eggs and tots. The Outlaw Scramble (which can include eggs if you deign) is a bountiful heap of chipotle black bean chili, dark greens, and wilted spinach topped with the aforementioned cashew matter along with a scoop of guac and a mound of brown rice (or quinoa) on the side. Collectively, the faintly smoky, tangy/savory concoction impresses across the spectrum of texture, flavor, and heartiness. And lest ye think there’s no room for decadence, hidden among the spirulina and echinacea juices and smoothies is the Stumblebee, a hedonistic mélange of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. Then again, cacao nibs are a superfood."
Southeast
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Ja'Da's Soulful Eatz
This cart from Jamie Turner regularly draws long lines for its comforting soul food, including po' boys, wings, cornmeal-fried fish, mac and cheese, collard greens, and candied yams.
Northeast
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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
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Lauretta Jean's
Few days couldn't be improved with a slice of flaky pie or cake from this charming bakery named for owner Kate McMillen's grandmother, which currently has a pickup window. 
Southeast
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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
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Malka
Chef and co-owner Jessie Aron's ambitious, lovably eccentric restaurant Malka, which had the misfortune to debut less than a month before last year's lockdown, features imaginative dishes like the "Important Helmet for Outer Space" (a rice bowl with slow-roasted pork shoulder in apricot curry barbecue sauce) and the "Rhododendron Garden" (Umi Organic ramen noodles with curry bolognese, stir-fried Brussels sprouts, kale, gailan, cabbages, leeks, red bell peppers, coconut cream, crispy shallots, basil, and mild-toasted chili). 
Southeast
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Mama Đút
While unable to continue her usual job as a hairdresser at the beginning of the pandemic, Thuy Pham started a pop-up specializing in vegan Vietnamese food, with remarkably realistic plant-based versions of crispy pork belly, chicken wings, and other meats. Now she's opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant, serving mushroom bao buns, jackfruit banh mi sandwiches, turmeric waffles, and other delights. Try the coffee boba pops made in collaboration with the (also women-owned) Kulfi.
Southeast
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Mirisata
The hit Sri Lankan pop-up Mirisata launched a permanent brick-and-mortar location in October. The restaurant is entirely BIPOC worker-owned by employees Rochelle, Victor, Alex, and Simar (who prefer to be identified by first name only in order to emphasize the collective over individuals) and serves an all-vegan menu. One of the most popular dishes is a rice and curry plate with a variety of curries served over banana leaves. They also have a vegan version of kottu roti (a famous Sri Lankan street food typically made with godhamba roti and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spice), made with meatless Chick'n or polos (jackfruit).
Southeast

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Nong's Khao Man Gai
Portland Mercury contributor Andrea Damewood writes of James Beard-nominated chef and owner Nong Poonsukwattana's iconic restaurant, "Anyone who cares about food in this town has likely eaten Nong's Khao Man Gai dozens of times: an $8 bundle of joy wrapped in butcher paper with chicken (white or dark meat, or a blend), rice, a few cucumbers, and soup. Extras include the mandatory chicken skins or the less-required chicken-fat poached livers, each $1. Nong has clearly mastered the art of specialization. She set out to make top-notch chicken and rice, and that's been done."
Southeast
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Normandie
Andrea Damewood praises this coastal-inspired bistro, co-owned by Amanda Cannon Winquist and Heather Kintler, for its "addictive blend of textures and flavor."
Northeast
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Nostrana
Veteran chef and six-times James Beard Award finalist Cathy Whims takes inspiration from her Italian travels at this beloved restaurant.
Southeast
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OK Omens
Andrea Damewood writes of this hip natural wine bar owned by Monique Siu, "The best time I’ve had so far at OK Omens was sitting on the patio with someone I really like, polishing off a bottle of funky Italian rosé and two exquisite hamburgers between us, while honeybees buzzed softly in the herb garden nearby...I kept making literal 'nom nom' noises as I ate, and stopped only to sip my natural wine. It’s a good portent for the future at OK Omens."
Southeast
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Petunia's Pies and Pastries
Owner Lisa Clark's vegan and gluten-free bakery has been featured in publications like Food & Wine and the New York Times and serves cupcakes, pastries, doughnuts, bars, cookies, cakes, and more.
Southwest
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Pix Patisserie
Executive chef and wine director Cheryl Wakehouser serves French-inspired treats at her "dessert oasis." She's also opened a 24-hour contactless Pix-O-Matic vending machine that dispenses everything from cheese and macarons to sparklers and toilet paper.
Southeast
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Psychic Bar and Prey + Tell
The cocktail bar Psychic, which has been closed much of this year and has been home to former Revelry chef de cuisine Diane Lam's pop-up Sunshine Noodles, has reopened for outdoor dining and limited indoor dining. Lam's new Cambodian fried chicken concept Prey + Tell, which opened as a ghost kitchen in January, will also take over the kitchen permanently, and she'll host events for her pop-up Sunshine Noodles in the space.
North
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República
Baker Olivia Bartruff opened this Mexican coffee shop along with chef Lauro Romero and Reforma Roasters founder Angel Medina in November. Suzette Smith calls it one of her " favorite places to eat in the Pearl District" and praises the "rave-worthy" cochinita torta.
Pearl District
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Ripe Cooperative
After permanently closing her pioneering restaurant Beast, legendary chef Naomi Pomeroy opened this specialty market in its place. The online marketplace showcases a mixture of pre-made dishes, like "wedding chicken" (the dish Naomi served at her own wedding, with chicken, lemon, ginger, fish sauce, and chiles), eggplant parmesan, and curried lamb shepherd's pie, and ingredients for home cooks, like house-made pickles, salad dressings and greens, and handmade fresh pasta. There's also some baked goods and house-made ice creams in intriguing flavors like coffee-caramel chocolate shortbread and cannoli mascarpone.
Northeast
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St. Beatrix
Chef and co-owner Jessie Smith has re-opened the whimsical Northeast Portland bakery Bushel and Peck Bakeshop under the name St. Beatrix. Offerings include pastries like scones, croissants, biscuits, muffins, cookies, macarons, galettes, and brioche rolls, as well as bread, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, avocado toast, espresso, and specialty drinks like salted caramel chai, lavender matcha, and "pink moon" (a steamed drink with beet, rose, oat milk, and rose bitters). Specialty cakes, pies, and tarts are also available for private orders.
Northeast
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Tea Bar
Erica Swanson, who has been featured in Forbes' 30 Under 30, founded this trendy tea shop chain at 23. Flavors range from vanilla rose milk tea to matcha and golden milk.
Various locations
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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
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