While we mortals tend to observe our weekends on Saturday and Sunday, those hard working restaurant industry insiders are often slaving away to make our days off as tasty as can be. Understandably, these food folks deserve a break of their own, which means many top spots are closed on Mondays. Here are my picks for Portland's top spots to eat when many of your stand-by kitchens are closed for the night.
Thanks to a recent remodel, Wildwood is ready to woo a whole new generation of Portlanders. Chef Clark's international influences pair perfectly with his passion for preserving farm fresh ingredients.
This candle-lit Southern eatery dishes out creative, comforting takes on New Orleans classics. Must order: barbecue shrimp in a lick-the-bowl-clean-it’s-so-good sauce of white wine, pepper, Worcestershire, lemon, and plenty of butter.
This contender for Portland's longest brunch line serves an outstanding burger and chicken & waffles. Bring 5 friends and make a reservation to skip the wait!
This upscale-industrial spot serves up a killer cheese plate, and its a go-to spot for business lunches. Try the farm-fresh salads or the tagliatelle with lamb ragù.
Best cocktails in town meets sophisticated, adventurous, and internationally-inspired seasonal cuisine. Communal tables, ultra-hip clientele, and some damn good French fries. Now serving brunch!
Gabe Rosen's popular izakaya just launched a new menu of traditional Japanese highball cocktails (dubbed chu-hai's) powered by fresh produce and house infusions. Try the genmai-hai with toasted rice and vanilla.
This sexy neighborhood restaurant-meets-wine-bar offers up European class & unassuming high-style. Head in for a late-night weekend burger & vieux carre.
A former pizza parlor got the Cinderella treatment and is now a colorful haven for farm-to-fork cuisine. No wait for brunch--get the polenta w/ mushroom gravy! All salads are delicious.
The best view in Portland w/ a side of sophisticated and modern Asian cuisine. Greg Gourdet is one of the best chefs in PDX, and his new brunch is crazy good. Vegan/GF friendly.
Downtown's favorite alpine eatery with handcrafted everything, specializing in Germanic and Alsatian cuisines. Beet-pickled deviled eggs are among the best in town, along with one bad-ass burger.
Sweet French eatery with a penchant for foie gras, pigs feet, and killer cocktails. Have barman Kyle Webster whip you up something original with your favorite spirit.
Le Pigeon's kid brother grows up. Gorgeous pressed-tin ceiling, red booths, sophisticated & chic vibe. Menu packed with gems like grilled trout and the famous Le Pigeon burger.
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).
This über-sustainable sushi restaurant is eco-friendly from the menu to the lightbulbs to the cotton of the server’s shirts. Try the charcuterie plate with house-cured fish and tuna boudin noir and sidle up to the sushi bar to watch true culinary artists at work.