Dubbed Restaurant Row for obvious reasons, the half-mile stretch spanning 28th Avenue from SE Pine to NE Glisan is so eatery heavy, you could easily reach full stomach capacity in one block if you aren't careful. So go very, very hungry, pack your antacids, and no matter how badly you want one each of Alma Chocolate's choco-pops, remember to pace yourself.
It's so easy to fall in love with this cheerful technicolor Cuban spot, which is why every table is taken pretty much every time you go there. Awesome happy hour, weekdays 2-6pm and Fri-Sat 10-midnight--the $5 canchanchéras made with fresh lime and sugarcane brandy go very nicely with a sidewalk table on a warm afternoon/evening.
Feel a little bit European at this busy small plates place, with its simple, relaxed vibe and seasonal food. Great spot for date night--and definitely order wine, the wines are always my favorite part of the meal.
Much lauded for their $30 three course prix fixe menu, this popular NE 28th supper stop also makes some delicious pastas that are available in half portions, making it easy to sample a few in one visit. Definitely try the signature chard and ricotta ravioli with poached egg and poppyseed butter.
Come for the gelato and stay for the pink doughnuts…or something like that. I never ever get tired of Staccato’s gorgeous little doughnut display, and how can a girl help but love the pink-frosted princess doughnut??
One of the most universally liked coffeehouses in Portland, big airy Crema is a delightful spot for a cappuccino and fresh homemade pastry. Wifi is free and fast enough, making it a good spot to work, but it isn't uncomfortably quiet, so feel free to chat away with a friend.
In my wildest dreams, I have a room in my house devoted exclusively to the fruits of the cacao bean, and that room happens to look exactly like this Restaurant Row choco-boutique. Peruse gilded dark chocolate icons, sample rich toffees and barks, fill a box with beautiful bon bons like the Thai peanut butter cup & habanero caramel crown, and get a slice of Mom’s chocolate cake for…um, Mom (it might disappear en route to her place). In the summer, do not leave without a big drippy chocopop.
Queue up before they open or possess extraordinary patience—rain, shine, Tuesday, Saturday, early, late, nothing seems to influence the line that snakes from the wood-fired oven to the door and beyond at this super popular pizzeria. Calamari + soppressata pizza + bottle of wine = perfection.
The grande dame of the PDX sushi elite, this lovely Kerns restaurant packs the fans in from open to close (get there early or be prepared to join the line that snakes all the way out the door and down the street). Belly up to the first come first serve sushi bar for omakase, and have a pear gimlet or two too.
Deep dish pizza at its absolute best, these cornmeal-crusted beauties come in interesting seasonal combinations like mozzarella with bavette steak, fire-roasted red peppers and chimichurri sauce, and my personal favorite, the sweet corn with balsamic-marinated roasted onions and smoked mozzarella. Get the superb kale salad, and homemade zuccotto for dessert.
This festive slice of NE 28th’s Restaurant Row dishes up New Orleans buzz and ragin’ Cajun/Creole small plates, from the “Drankin’ Snacks” (aka crawfish fritters and chicken liver brochette) to soft shell crab po’ boys and crawfish etouffee. Plus, happy hour is all night on Wednesday.
On a dark drizzly eve, it’s hard to find a cozier spot to cuddle with a tumbler of tequila and a few tacos from the dedicated taco menu (salmon tacos are A++). People watching is excellent too--you're inches from the steady and fascinating stream of hipster-centric 28th Avenue foot traffic.
Pop into this laid back Restaurant Row gastropub during the twice-daily happy hour (4-6pm & 10pm-close) for a dirty pretzel and Rosa Pom Fizz. Sunday brunch boasts a half dozen different latkes!
Tucked down a quiet SE side street just off delicious 28th Avenue, this little 10-barrel brewpub features house ales as well as those made by selected home brewers, per their uniquely collaborative Coalator Program.
Sophisticated cocktails developed to complement the bright, unique Thai flavors at this hip 28th Avenue eatery make for a well-balanced meal, and the long communal tables in the center of the space make for interesting random interactions. Great spot for weekend brunch if you're craving something beyond ordinary breakfast fare...the rice porridge with steamed greens and an egg is the ideal cold day comfort food.
Early bird breakfast options are few on Restaurant Row, so it's nice to have this diner dishing solid morning fare seven days a week starting at 8am. Go basic with eggs & potatoes or go decadent with the hazelnut challah French toast with coconut rum honey, and pork belly benedict.
You'll always get a good classic grilled cheese sandwich at this fun SE offshoot of the ever popular Alberta St. original, and as an added bonus, you get to eat on a double decker bus. I love the hefty Morton--ricotta, mozzarella, and meatballs.
Simple little neighborhood wine shop on the south end of 28th Avenue's restaurant row. If you've got $10 burning a hole in your pocket on Friday afternoon, pop in from 4:30-8 for the five-wine Friday Night Flights tasting. Free tastings on the weekends, plus a nice big patio for leisurely sipping in fair weather.