Once upon a time, Portland decided to become the town with the best bistro burgers, and I'm pretty sure the resulting competition has contributed to at least five extra pounds per person. That's like 11,130,045 extra pounds in the metro area... but come on, there's nothing better than a good burger, and for some of these you might want to grab a bib.
This small cafe and mercantile appears as an oasis, tucked away amidst an exclusively residential area of Southeast Portland. Equal parts specialty market, deli, wine bar, and neighborhood coffee shop, it's the kind of place that could have met all your needs in a simpler time.
A true Portland institution, Paley's is a must-try for any PDX foodie or visitor. Try the housemade charcuterie with a glass of Pinot Noir or the sweetbreads with artichoke hearts.
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.
Ultra-reliable cafe with amazing roast chicken and a solid burger. Nothing like its modernist big brother restaurant next door, this spot is classic cooking all the way. Try the Happy Hour menu.
When you're in the mood for some over-the-top, meat-centric, moan-so-loud-the-people-five-tables-over-can-hear-you food, this is your spot. In other words, check your diet at the door, and order the freakin hamburger.
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!
The flagship outpost of the country's first certified sustainable sushi joint. Surprisingly delicious wagyu burger, and great happy hour. Try the Japanese maple mushrooms!
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!
Jew-ISH deli with pastrami-powered soul. Great bagels, sandwiches, chopped liver, and ultra-comforting hungarian mushroom soup. Save room for the best rugelach in town.
Home of the bone luge! Epic burger and charcuterie plate in wine-lover's paradise. Nearly 100 wines on tap, great cocktails. Get the 5 course tasting menu for the full effect.
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.
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.
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.