Food & Drink

Your Guide to Tomato Season in Portland: Summer 2021 Edition

Sandwiches, Salads, and More
August 10, 2021
Celebrate tomato season with Bakeshop's pint-sized savory tarts. (Bakeshop)

In the words of a viral 2019 tweet from writer Sarah Lazarus: "every day we have to wake up, confront the most upsetting shit we’ve ever seen, and then walk around obeying laws and saying 'it’s tomato season.'" That being's tomato season. Glorious, juicy red orbs are everywhere you look, and we highly recommend taking full advantage while you can during their limited run. Here, we've gathered some options worth your time, from tiny tomato tarts at Bakeshop to the "PBLT" (pork belly, lettuce, tomato) sandwich at Lardo. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

Kim Boyce's bakery has brought back its popular individual tomato tarts, featuring freshly milled rye flour dough, soft cheese, and halved orange and red tomatoes, finished with a kiss of olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan, and fresh basil.
Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery

Baker & Spice
This charming bakeshop is offering a fresh salad with heirloom and cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, and red onion, made with seasonal veggies from the neighboring Hillsdale Farmers Market. You can try it served over the "Baker's Salad" (local greens, bacon, hard-boiled egg, croutons, and champagne vinaigrette).

Bar Diane
Beat the heat with a refreshing tomato salad and a cold glass of vino from this hip natural wine bar and restaurant.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

The fast-casual Indian soul food joint has reprised its colorful heirloom tomato salad.
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Dimo's Apizza
If you're a caprese lover, you'll want to check out Dimo's craveable tomato confit grinder, which features slow-roasted tomatoes, house-pulled mozzarella, a drizzle of tomato-infused olive oil, fresh basil, sea salt, and pepper.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Emerald Line
This friendly bar is going all out for tomato season with a variety of specials, including Caprese salad, blistered heirloom tomato bruschetta with arugula gremolata and chèvre on house-baked sourdough, and even a "tomatini" cocktail garnished with a cherry tomato.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Soviet-inspired restaurant's "heirloom tomato salat" features heirloom tomatoes, Jimmy Nardello peppers, adjika sunflower seeds, and delicate marigold petals on a bed of creamy sunflower seed tahini.
Pickup, dine-in

The Sellwood fried chicken operation from Bullard co-owners Doug Adams and Jen Quist is currently serving tomato toast with marinated cherry tomatoes and herbs, topped with a poached egg and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The gourmet sandwich shop puts a new spin on the classic BLT with its "PBLT": house-cured and smoked pork belly, iceberg lettuce, and Sunrise Organic Farm heirloom tomatoes with basil mayo.
Downtown, Hosford-Abernethy, Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

This rustic Turkish restaurant from chef Umut Matkap has plenty of crisp, cold salads and mezze, perfect for warm days. Try the çoban salatası, or "Turkish shepherd's salad," made with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, fresh parsley, and house-made sumac dressing with extra virgin olive oil and mint.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Get the best of summer produce—tomatoes and peaches—with Lucca's salad, which includes heirloom tomatoes, peaches, honeyed goat cheese, pistachio, and tarragon oil.
Limited pickup, limited delivery, dine-in

Piccone's Corner
The butcher shop and restaurant is complementing fresh heirloom tomatoes with stone fruit, creamy burrata, and gremolata. (They also have Narragansett Creamery burrata for sale in their market, in case you'd like to DIY a salad with fresh garden or farmers market tomatoes at home.) Their seasonal panzanella also features market tomatoes, tossed with bread, basil, lemon, Calabrian chili, and flaky salt.
Pickup, delivery

Pizzeria Otto
This Neapolitan pizzeria serves pies topped with local tomatoes, ricotta, basil, and oregano.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More
This latke cart is serving crispy potato pancakes alongside vibrant La Terra Vita tomatoes and cold-smoked Pacific Northwest lox from local business The Smokery.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Tabor Bread
The sourdough bakery's focaccia vegan sandwich is loaded with fresh garden tomatoes, vegan balsamic cashew aioli, microgreens from Gorge Greens, and herb dressing. 
Mt. Tabor
Pickup, delivery