Whether you crave a classic Caesar or a not-so-classic Cobb, a great salad can turn a crisp day into a taste of summer. Here are my picks for the ten salad spots that deserve your fork’s attention.
Apizza Scholl’s Caesar salad is a large plate of whole romaine heart leaves—so you can totally eat with your fingers—parmigiano reggiano, and house made croutons, all tossed in the house Caesar dressing that’s made daily.
From the wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas to the pitch-perfect cocktails, the menu is a veritable Greatest Hits playlist of my favorite Italian foods. Insalata Nostrana is my pick for the best salad in town. Tip: head to Nostrana for late-night happy hour and get $5 pizzas and $5 glasses of wine every night after nine pm.
Try the tangy grilled cactus salad spiked with red onions, avocado and cotija cheese is a delightful departure from the typical bowl of lettuce. The nopales are smoky but still crisp, and the salad is a perfect complement to Autentica’s complex mole sauce.
When hungry herbivores crave a large helping of greens outside of their own kitchens, they head to Blossoming Lotus, where the standout Crispy Thai BBQ salad is packed with filling ingredients and crave-worthy flavors that will make even the most discerning of diners happy.
Much more than the sum of its parts, the shaved kale salad at Yakuza manages to be both healthy and indulgent at the same time. The good green stuff is sliced confetti-thin, then tossed with shallots, lemon, and edamame.
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.
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.
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.
Raised by a family of bakers in Normandy, owner Dominique Geulin brings real French pastries to Northwest Portland. Try the seasonal apple desserts made from locally-grown apples from Kiyokawa Family Orchards.