Food & Drink

Where to Eat in Portland After Bingeing 'The Bear'

Deep Dish Pizza, Italian Beefs, and More
July 6, 2023
Dig into a juicy Italian beef, like this one from Sammich. (Sammich)
If you're anything like us, you've already finished bingeing the second season of the comedy-drama series The Bear, which revolves around a struggling family restaurant in Chicago, and are hungry for more. Luckily, the only thing better than watching stressed-out line cooks yell over each other is eating like one. We've gathered a list of where to find dishes like the ones featured on the show, from deep-dish pizza to juicy Italian beefs that'll have you saying, "Yes, chef." For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Delicious Donuts List
Driven by his childhood love of jelly doughnuts, pastry chef Marcus sets out to perfect his doughnut recipe in season one. Sadly, he presents his glazed creation to head chef Carmy at a less than opportune time, causing him to lash out and slap it out of his hand, but even that can't ruin its triumph—Carmy later appreciatively eats the smashed doughnut off the floor. You can enjoy one under (hopefully) better circumstances at the unassuming favorite Delicious Donuts.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Franks-A-Lot List
Looking to venture into the delicacies of the Windy City? Heard. This beloved hot dog purveyor channels the ambiance of a Chicago joint and slings Chicago-style franks with or without toppings.
Pickup, dine-in, drive-thru

Geraldi's Italian Sandwiches List
If you're craving Italian beef sandwiches, the famed specialty served at Carmy's family's sandwich shop, look no further than this shop, which slings a classic version with cooked bell peppers, onions, au jus, and mozzarella cheese.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ken's Artisan Bakery List
After his trip to Copenhagen to study pastry in season two, Marcus creates a honey bun inspired by his travels. We're pretty sure he'd approve of the inimitable morning buns and croissants at the esteemed Ken's Artisan Bakery—and you don't even need to stage at a prestigious Danish restaurant to try them!
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Michael's Italian Beef and Sausage Co. List
This unpretentious spot serving classic Italian beefs and Chicago dogs channels the scrappy charm of The Original Beef of Chicagoland.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Off the Leash Chicago List
For even more regional options, head to this fast food cart inside the Eastport Food Carts pod, which sells classic Chicago dogs made with snappy sausages as well as vegan and foot-long variations. They've also got Italian beef sandwiches and spicy Italian roast beef melts. Can't decide between a hot dog or sandwich? Get the Italian beef and sausage, which contains both.
Pickup, delivery

Papa Haydn
In season one, pastry chef Marcus also meticulously perfects his signature chocolate cake recipe, yielding a decadent result that is sure to inspire envy in anyone watching at home. In reality, the cake was created by the show's pastry consultant Sarah Mispagel-Lustbader, who owns Loaf Lounge in Chicago. If you're left yearning for a slice, check out the fudgy triple chocolate cake at the local institution Papa Haydn, featuring caramel-soaked buttermilk chocolate cake layered with dark and milk chocolate ganache.
Northwest District, Sellwood-Moreland
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Sammich List
This spot, which specializes in meaty sandwiches and has appeared on the likes of Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, has you covered for all your Italian beef sandwich needs. Other offerings include burgers, pastrami, cheesesteaks, and more.
Kerns, Woodstock
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Star List
Finding Chicago-style deep dish in Portland can be a tall order, but this chic Pearl District restaurant offers an upscale take, with toppings like meatballs and sausage and a crisp cornmeal crust.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Via Chicago List
Sharing its name with a song by the Chicago alt-rockers Wilco (which also happens to be featured in The Bear's soundtrack), this restaurant is your one-stop shop for all things Chi-Town, with deep-dish pizza and Italian beefs. They even have Carmy's childhood favorite, homemade cannoli, for dessert.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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