Restaurants participating in Portland Dining Month are serving up dozens of 3 course dinners for just 29 bucks but these great restaurants serve up amazing bites at a good value all year round. Go!
An oldie but a goodie. One of the first places I ate while visiting PDX nearly 20 years ago. And while my more recent visits may not be as fine as I remember back in the day it is still a lovely place to have a meal. The tasting menu is a good value as is the well priced happy hour ($2 - $9) offered daily 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Don't miss the oxtail, the oysters, the cassoulet or the seasonal fish.
A classic Portland room which feels as fresh as it did when it opened in 94. I've eaten dozens of meals featuring the bounty of the PacNW here and I've never had anything but a stellar experience.
Happy hour 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday is a real deal with bevs and bites for just $2 - $10.
This long time northeast gem serves up affordable, authentic Cuban fare in a cheery and energetic room. Try the chicken & rice, ropa vieja, plato cubano and a selection of mauduros & croquetas. Everything I've had here has been a good value but breakfast and happy hour are a real deal.
Outdoor seating at brightly colored picnic tables is a plus.
Love this tiny northeast room. Lovely food from radishes to rabbit with service to match. If you think variety is the spice of life then fill your table with one of each of their Spanish/Basque inspired small plates and save room for dessert.
I love this energetic and casual Mexican eatery in the heart of the Pearl. Order the Cha Plate, the housemade tamales or the big mama enchilada and take a friend because even though they all ring up at under 9 bucks they are delicious and generous enough portions to share.
If it's raining sit outside under the corrugated roof for extra atmosphere and do not leave without having a whole bird and a spicy papaya salad.
Count yourself lucky if you are able to score one of the three dozen seats at this lower Burnside Beard award winning bistro without much of a wait. Order the foie gras profiterole, pan seared squab, beef-cheek bourguignon whatever dessert the server recommends and a bottle of red--you'll thank me later.
Chef's counter and communal seating available.
The older sibling to Tasty & Sons serves up stellar
sangria, padron peppers, rabbit, paella, oxtail croquettes and seared scallops with romesco.
Arrive early or expect a wait.
Great room, great food, great service, great cocktails, great vibe. Order whatever you like since it would be hard to go wrong. Happy hour cocktails are a steal at just 5 bucks Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Just blocks away from Burnside Biwa always feels like a hidden (while still very popular) gem to me. Tucked in a moody basement in south-east Portland it's the perfect stop for cocktails, a lite bite or a feeding frenzy.
The craft cocktails are stellar as are the housemade kimchi, grilled trout, fried mackerel, goat curry and generous bowls of pork ramen.
Not for the picky eater this meat centric prix-fixe only room is presided over by chef-owner Naomi Pomeroy. The open kitchen overlooks the dining room filled with just a couple of dozen (very lucky) diners seated at two communal tables.
The all female culinary team serves up perfect seasonal salads, crepes, mushrooms, pork belly, rabbit, bone marrow and foie--you name it--it's good! Old time classic desserts like chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream with salted peanuts even come off as something special. The prix-fixe brunch menu is a great value at just $35.
The tiny sibling of Cafe Mingo next door is a perfect spot to wait with a glass of wine for your table next door or a fine place to have an early evening bite especially during daily happy hour 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. when over a dozen cocktail, wine and Italian small plates set you back just $6 each.
Northwest bounty is put to good use in the Italian inspired fare served up in this pint sized northeast eatery . Get the 5 courses for $60 and enjoy the best dishes in the house.
This homey room serves up farm to fork fare meant to stick to your ribs. Think roasted vegetables, trout, black cod and lamb. Don't miss the Sunday brunch!
The younger sibling of Ricker's celebrated Pok Pok, Ping is a energetic and smartly designed cafe in Chinatown. Order a kalamansi rum punch, the pickled ginger salad, baby octopus skewers and pork buns and sit back and enjoy!
Everything I've had here was a hit especially the Burmese Pork Stew, Papa Bravas and the Shakshuka, Arrive early or expect a wait.
Any day but Tuesday is a great day to grab lunch or an early evening nosh at this causal temple to small plates and snacks. Pick up a bottle of wine at adjoining Pastaworks to enjoy with your meal and there is just a $5 corkage fee.
Call it a grocery, call it a restaurant, I don't care what you call it . Just don 't call me late for dinner or lunch at this southeast treasure.
Love. This. Place.
This bright sleek room offers up their award-winning cured meats as well as splendid small plates and entrées. Order a meat board with chorizo, capicola & mortadella to start but don't miss the endive salad, braised short ribs, or octopus with fried potatoes in squid-ink vinaigrette.
Be sure to grab a hand roll of their housemade charcuterie to go!
Don't let the queue stretching out of the door down Morrison deter you--the line moves fast and these sandwiches are worth the wait. Grab a cubano with red beans & green rice and a black cherry soda and get ready to want an afternoon nap.
Breakfast sandwiches at $4 - $6 are also a great deal.