Some nights call for tasting menus, wine pairings, and heels. Other nights... well, other nights you just want to wear your Chucks, grab a PBR, and eat something easy and cheap. Here are my Portland go-tos when my appetite outweighs the cash in my pockets.
One of the original family-owned food establishments in Portland, Otto's has been serving handcrafted smoked sausages for more than 80 years. Try the Bockwurst, Old Fashion Wieners, and Smoked Pork Links!
My favorite pho spot, though I rarely order the pho anymore: I'm hooked on the huge crispy Vietnamese Pancakes (Banh Xeo) stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts.
Portland's answer to chain fast food restaurants, this NW institution offers fresh, seasonal, and local food, fast (Paleo eaters can get their burgers bunless). I'm addicted to the sweet potato fries in the fall.
Best green papaya salad in town. Shredded papaya tossed with veggies, Thai chiles, and whole peanuts, then doused with a dressing with hints of tamarind and lime. Comes with a side of grilled shrimp and a heap of sticky rice for a satisfying meal.
Follow up a sandwich at this colorful SE Stark eatery with a freshly baked Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie, with pecans and large flakes of Maldon sea salt inside and out.
My go-to "California-Style" burger, with rock posters on the wall, good tunes on the sound system, and booze in the milkshakes. Burgers are just $5 3-5:30 M-F.
Owners Sarah Curtis-Fawley and Chris Powell make delectable Aussie meat pies and pasties, like the Beef and Stout and the Southwestern Buffalo slathered in spicy mole sauce, as well as hearty vegetarian pasties, pork sausage rolls and traditional Aussie slices for dessert.
My go-to taco truck! Perfect for "mixed groups" because vegetarians and omnivores will be equally satisfied. Try the soyrizo burrito or lengua tacos (plus a Mexi-coke).
Delicious fusion cuisine powered by fresh ingredients and great sauces. Love the flame-grilled bulgogi beef tacos, hot and sweet with a bit of a kick tamed by lettuce and lime. Yum.
The best place in town for have-it-your-way hoagies and loaded salads. Draws a crowd during the lunch hour, but arrive a few minutes before or after for smooth ordering.
Nick Zukin’s Mexico City-inspired eatery boasting homemade tortillas and a rotating selection of traditional stews and stir-fries, is refreshingly casual and bright—with prices that are bound to impress.
The show-stopper here is the Smoked Coppa Cubano, with ham, dijon, and pickles. Another must try: the Crater Lake Root Beer...on tap!
The best BBQ in the Portland area is in LO, of all places. Try the pork ribs, potato salad, and amazing cobbler. Stop in on Fridays for house cured pastrami.
Step up to the counter and try ALL of the "farm-to-cone" flavors, but order a scoop of Sea Salt with Caramel. Want to avoid the line? You can skip to the front with pint orders.
Great spot for a by the slice late-night bite, whether you eat meat or are vegan all the way. Rock-and-roll vibe with video games and craft beers.
With a location in the hipster-tastic Cartopia pod on Hawthorne, Perierra seems culled straight out of a Portlandia episode. The crepes, however, speak for themselves. These folded, delicate and crispy crepes stuffed with simple sweet and savory fillings are easily among the best in town, and you can get them from breakfast until after the bars close.
Former food cart turns full-scale sandwich shop, with daily fresh-baked bread and a menu offering meatball subs, Italian sausage and peppers, and eggplant parmesan.
Crave-worthy Tex-Mex comfort meets Bunk Sandwiches' dedication to quality ingredients and laid-back spaces. From the Southwestern decor to the indulgent bowls of queso topped with brisket, Tommy Habetz, Nick Wood, and Matt Brown have crafted a little piece of throw-back Americana unlike any eatery in town.