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16 Restaurants to Try After Watching Top Chef: Portland

Must-visit spots that pair perfectly with season 18 of Top Chef.

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Home to a robust culinary scene, Portland has been a long-time gem for food lovers and chefs. Enough so that its relevance in the culinary world hasn’t been overlooked by the Top Chef team, as the current season of the reality competition show is taking place here.

So, wipe the drool that’s understandably collected on the side of your mouth from watching Top Chef: Portland and hit the trail with this map in hand. With this guide, you can visit some of what’s been featured on the current season, journey through various cuisines, taste the labors of Portland contestants, experience the resilience of the city’s culinary community, and check in on the latest by some familiar faces from seasons past.

After a week-long pause on indoor dining, Portland restaurants were able to reopen dining rooms on May 7. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. Some spots are offering indoor and outdoor dining with capacity regulations and social distancing, while others are focusing on only takeout and delivery. This should not be taken as an endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ripe Cooperative

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5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 841-6968
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After a 13-year-run, chef Naomi Pomeroy transitioned her celebrated restaurant Beast into an upscale community market. In keeping with the times, Pomeroy’s aim with Ripe is to bridge the gap between dining out and getting takeout. Four-course meals come in themed boxes, with fully cooked food that only requires finishing touches before serving. A recent “land box” featured a rack of Cattail Creek lamb, and a “field box” centered around a spring risotto. Ripe Cooperative also stocks à la carte, ready-to-eat items and specialty ingredients for home cooks. The market is open for limited in-store shopping, or you can order on the website for contactless pickup.

pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, bread, roasted veggies, and a mushroom-topped flatbread cover a wooden dinner table.
A meal from Ripe Cooperative.
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2. Expatriate

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5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 867-5309
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Across the street from Ripe, Pomeroy provides exemplary Pan-Asian snacks to complement her husband Kyle Linden Webster’s meticulously crafted bar. When it was open for regular service, Expatriate invited weary travelers who passed through to rest their bones with the assurance that they were in good hands. For now, carefully transport a pile of Expatriate’s revelatory wonton nachos and a cocktail (or two) to your home and attempt to recreate the bar’s intimate ambiance in your living room. An abbreviated menu is currently available for delivery via Doordash, but the restaurant also takes pickup orders through Instagram DM.

3. AKADIPDX

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3601 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 477-7138
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Bringing the flavors of West Africa to Portland, owner/chef Fatou Ouattara specializes in cuisine hailing from Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and their neighbors. “Akadi” is the word for tasty in Bambara, a native language of Ouattara’s home country of Côte d’Ivoire, and each made-from-scratch dish reflects stories from her childhood. One of the menu’s signature offerings is attieke poisson, a fried or grilled fish served whole with fermented cassava couscous. For a taste of Akadi at home, Ouattara’s versatile sauces — a spicy marinade with a cayenne base, plus a milder tomato-based version — are available at Green Zebra and New Seasons Market. The restaurant is temporarily closed, with plans for an expanded comeback around June 2021.

Grilled fish, sweetened plantains, dark stews, and skewers piercing through meat and veggies fill a table.
A spread of some of Akadi’s menu items.
Akadi PDX

4. Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine

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3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 432-8066
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With tributes to the country lining the walls, Yaad Style is a go-to spot for authentic, Jamaican cuisine. Classic dishes, such as jerk chicken (or jerk tofu), goat curry, and oxtail stew are served with a home-cooked taste. Ackee and saltfish, Jamaica’s national dish, is a menu standout you shouldn’t miss. Owner Curtis Mazelin took over the four-year-old restaurant just before the pandemic hit and has big plans for live music once it’s safe to do so. Until then, takeout and delivery are both available.

5. Mama Bird

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2145 NW Raleigh St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 384-2064
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Wood-fired chicken might be the headliner here, but the breakout star is the sauce selection that accompanies it. Succulent and tender quarter, half, or whole birds are the vehicle for global flavors, from the Peruvian aji verde to vadouvan, a French-style curry sauce. Wash everything down with the Cuzzi Companion, an easy-sipping rice lager developed by current Top Chef contestant, chef Gabriel Pascuzzi, in collaboration with Pono Brewing to complement the various flavors at his establishments. To dine at the restaurant’s heated patio, visitors need a contact-free temperature check, which is swiftly administered by a host. Ordering is also contactless, by QR code.

Roasted chicken, a grilled peach, sliced green veggies and various brightly colored sauces fill a table on white ceramic plates and bowls.
Mama Bird’s roasted chicken.
Mama Bird

6. Canard

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734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2356
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Right next door to the fine-dining Portland staple Le Pigeon sits its laidback sister restaurant, Canard. (The petite soeur [little sister] even keeps within the bird family, as “canard” is French for “duck”.) The space has a breezy café vibe during the day and bistro feel by night, with the restaurant’s famous pillowy-soft, slider-style, steam burger serving as the cornerstone of the menu. You can’t go wrong while ordering, but don’t miss the duck stack. It features a pile of sweet and savory duck-fat pancakes, duck gravy, and Tabasco onions, all crowned by a golden-yolked sunnyside duck egg. In addition to outdoor dining, Canard favorites are available for pickup and delivery.

7. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 546-8796
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One of Portland’s preeminent fine dining restaurants, Le Pigeon has consistently delivered its French cuisine with a northwest touch for a decade and a half. On May 4, they started offering a tasting menu that includes both omnivore and vegetarian options. The bastion of French cuisine is also offering the “Bird Box”, a weekly prix fixe, to-go option for two. Le Pigeon’s Bird Box features an ever-changing mix of dishes, including lobster vichyssoise, savory nettle crêpes, and braised rabbit. Outdoor seating is available and reservations can be booked on Resy.

8. Bullard

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813 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 222-1670
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Bullard, named after the hometown he couldn’t wait to escape, is chef Doug Adams’s Tex-Mex haven nestled within the Woodlark Hotel. The spot puts a northwest touch on Texas favorites and Southern hospitality and offers diners a place to get the meat sweats from the 15-hour smoked brisket, beef rib, or wood-fire grilled ribeye. The meats are stars on their own, but when they’re also incorporated into Tex-Mex cuisine, they’re unstoppable. Keep an eye on Bullard’s Instagram for weekly specials like the Crunchwrap, a customer-favorite play on the fast-food classic. Specials are also offered for re-heatable menu options, like the BBQ Box or Lan-Roc Double Cut Bone-In Pork Chop. Bullard is open daily for takeout and delivery via Caviar.

9. dirty habit

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1401 SE Morrison St #117
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 302-6924
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In a departure from owner BJ Smith’s signature meaty fare, newcomer Dirty Habit puts the emphasis on vegetables. The daytime café recently opened in the space that formerly housed Smith’s Delores and Smokehouse Tavern and aims to make health-conscious food more accessible. Dirty Habit is the playground of chef Brian Han, who showcases his pan-Asian-meets-Mediterranean cuisine through artfully topped gluten-free tartines and tasty bowls. Aligned with the cheeky energy of the place, a menu section titled “Give us this day our daily bread” features items like toast topped with creamy hummus made from mung beans, and the film-star ingredient minari. Patio seating is available.

An arm with a long-sleeved, leopard-print shirt reaches across a checkered table covered in various menu items from dirty habit. Salads, toasts, and bowls are being scooped out of by hands looking to fill their plates.
A mix of dirty habit’s gluten-free menu.
Courtesy of dirty habit.

10. Kann Winter Village

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831 SE Salmon St
Portland, OR 97214

A precursor to chef Gregory Gourdet’s highly anticipated first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Kann Winter Village set up shop in December 2020 at The Redd’s parking area with a private yurt dining experience. Kann’s prix fixe menus — one omnivore, one pescatarian — featured his signature health-conscious cooking with the goal of expanding Portlanders’ palates to the flavors of his native Haitian cuisine. The pop-up has ended its tenure, but Gourdet hopes to find a space to reopen it for the summertime. Also on hiatus are Kann’s family-sized meal kits, which included dishes from his new cookbook Everyone’s Table, housemade ice cream, and a zero-proof cocktail pairing.

11. Bake on the Run - Authentic Guyanese Masterful Cuisines

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1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 877-8602

Bake on the Run is a family affair, owned and operated by the mother-and-son team of Bibi and Mike Singh. In the Hawthorne Asylum food pod, Mike can be seen frequently popping his head out of his cart, passing out samples of mini bakes and comforting dahl to anyone who wants a taste. Serving up dishes with a bite-sized geography and history lesson, Mike is a charismatic ambassador for Guyana, showing Portlanders the country’s beauty through food. Semi-sweet puff breads (the aforementioned bakes) that cocoon tasty fillings such as Indian chana aloo (chickpea potato curry), and bacalhau (Portuguese-style salt cod) are a reflection of Guyana’s diverse population and a melting pot of culture, so be sure to include them with any order.

12. Feel Good PDX

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1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2731
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Eat good and feel good at chef (Gabriel) Pascuzzi’s newest venture, which offers budget-friendly grain bowls for diners who are vegan, dairy-free, carnivores, paleo, or gluten-free. The colorful bowls begin with a choice of base — cauliflower rice, red quinoa, bulgur, or mixed greens — that’s then adorned with intricate combos of vegetarian toppings. An optional finishing touch is a locally-sourced protein: Ota Tofu or Mary’s Organic poached chicken breast. Just note that the shop is temporarily closed for construction and set to reopen in mid-to-late May.

A beige bowl is filled to the top with greens, veggies, poached chicken, and pumpkin seeds.
Feel Good’s fall vibes bowl.
Feel Good

13. Stacked Sandwich Shop

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1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2731
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If you followed Pascuzzi’s journey on this season of Top Chef, then you might recall that he served the judges a trio of oysters in the farm fruit challenge. Although the dish seemed simplistic at face value, the chef wowed the judges with distinct and meticulously crafted flavor profiles, plus attention to detail. And in a similar vein, while sandwiches might sound a bit basic when we’re talking Top Chef-caliber chefs, Pascuzzi’s Stacked proudly makes everything “between the bread.” The Oxtail French Dip started it all: Under a blanket of melted havarti, charred onions and mushrooms are piled onto oxtail that’s been cooked for 48 hours. Finished with a touch of garlic horseradish sauce and served with a rosemary jus, there’s nothing basic about it. The fast-casual shop is open for takeout and patio dining.

The oxtail french dip sandwich shows piled oxtail with melted while havarti cheese, charred onions, and mushrooms on a toasted bread roll. On the plate, in a small silver ramekin, is rosemary jus sauce for dipping.
Stacked Sandwich’s oxtail french dip sandwich.
Stacked Sandwich Shop

14. Mathilde's Kitchen

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7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(340) 244-4802
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After moving to Portland in 2013, Mathilde Aurélien-Wilson noticed a void in the city’s food scene. Inspired by the time spent cooking with her mother as a child, she set out to share the tastes of her native Haiti while operating out of Portland Mercado’s commissary kitchen. The chef’s artisanal hibiscus flower beverages are available from online merchants such as Bindle PDX and Built Oregon Marketplace and in-store at several local markets. Dessert-lovers can find her vegan Hibiscus and Coconut Sherbet at Portland Salt & Straw locations, as part of the “Eat Your Flowers” series during the month of May.

Three colorful bottles of beverages from Mathilde’s Kitchen sit in a row, in front of bananas and oranges. The flavors are (left to right) Hibiscus Flower and Caribbean Punch, Hibiscus Flower and Ginger Brew, and Hibiscus Flower and Passion Fruit.
Mathilde Kitchen’s caribbean punch, ginger brew, and passion fruit hibiscus-flower beverages.
Mathilde’s Kitchen

15. Holler

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7119 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 200-1391
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The legend of chef (Doug) Adams began when the chef was a finalist on Top Chef: Boston and during his tenure as executive chef at Vitaly Paley’s Imperial. Holler, Adams’s shrine to fried chicken, was scheduled for a grand opening in 2020 before the pandemic confined it to a year of takeout and delivery service. The star protein (fried chicken) comes in a variety of forms: crunchy wings, tenders, full fried bird, grilled, or sandwiched. If you’re feeling clucked out, hollerback at one of the extensive menu’s other options. The sportsbar slings snacks like crispy pork cigars alongside heartier fare, like a chicken-fried trout sandwich, all in a family-friendly environment. Fans looking for more than a single-serve meal can score Holler’s fried chicken full meal deal or one of their burger packs to-go. Given the COVID-19 dining regulations, Holler is offering outdoor seating on their patio, takeout, and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

16. Soter Vineyards

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10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd
Carlton, OR 97111
(503) 662-5600
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With stunning views of the Willamette Valley, the winery’s lodge offers two tasting options: a classic flight of their current releases or their Provisions Tasting, which pairs the flight with an expertly crafted lunch by chef Sara Hauman. Hauman uses the bounty of meat and produce from Soter’s biodynamic farm to provide a memorable farm-to-table experience. And in true yogurt-queen fashion (as she was known for her use of the versatile ingredient while on Top Chef) you can expect a yogurt-based sauce or two on your plate. Reservations are required and are available via Tock.

Member of the waitstaff, wearing a face mask and apron, offers two masked customers beverage samples from a safe, social-distance. The customers are sitting at a large dining table in front of a fire place and large windows.
Soter Vineyards’ tasting being served inside the lodge.
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1. Ripe Cooperative

5425 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, bread, roasted veggies, and a mushroom-topped flatbread cover a wooden dinner table.
A meal from Ripe Cooperative.
Courtesy of Ripe Cooperative.

After a 13-year-run, chef Naomi Pomeroy transitioned her celebrated restaurant Beast into an upscale community market. In keeping with the times, Pomeroy’s aim with Ripe is to bridge the gap between dining out and getting takeout. Four-course meals come in themed boxes, with fully cooked food that only requires finishing touches before serving. A recent “land box” featured a rack of Cattail Creek lamb, and a “field box” centered around a spring risotto. Ripe Cooperative also stocks à la carte, ready-to-eat items and specialty ingredients for home cooks. The market is open for limited in-store shopping, or you can order on the website for contactless pickup.

5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

2. Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Across the street from Ripe, Pomeroy provides exemplary Pan-Asian snacks to complement her husband Kyle Linden Webster’s meticulously crafted bar. When it was open for regular service, Expatriate invited weary travelers who passed through to rest their bones with the assurance that they were in good hands. For now, carefully transport a pile of Expatriate’s revelatory wonton nachos and a cocktail (or two) to your home and attempt to recreate the bar’s intimate ambiance in your living room. An abbreviated menu is currently available for delivery via Doordash, but the restaurant also takes pickup orders through Instagram DM.

5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

3. AKADIPDX

3601 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Grilled fish, sweetened plantains, dark stews, and skewers piercing through meat and veggies fill a table.
A spread of some of Akadi’s menu items.
Akadi PDX

Bringing the flavors of West Africa to Portland, owner/chef Fatou Ouattara specializes in cuisine hailing from Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and their neighbors. “Akadi” is the word for tasty in Bambara, a native language of Ouattara’s home country of Côte d’Ivoire, and each made-from-scratch dish reflects stories from her childhood. One of the menu’s signature offerings is attieke poisson, a fried or grilled fish served whole with fermented cassava couscous. For a taste of Akadi at home, Ouattara’s versatile sauces — a spicy marinade with a cayenne base, plus a milder tomato-based version — are available at Green Zebra and New Seasons Market. The restaurant is temporarily closed, with plans for an expanded comeback around June 2021.

3601 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

4. Yaad Style Jamaican Cuisine

3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A, Portland, OR 97212

With tributes to the country lining the walls, Yaad Style is a go-to spot for authentic, Jamaican cuisine. Classic dishes, such as jerk chicken (or jerk tofu), goat curry, and oxtail stew are served with a home-cooked taste. Ackee and saltfish, Jamaica’s national dish, is a menu standout you shouldn’t miss. Owner Curtis Mazelin took over the four-year-old restaurant just before the pandemic hit and has big plans for live music once it’s safe to do so. Until then, takeout and delivery are both available.

3532 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ste-A
Portland, OR 97212

5. Mama Bird

2145 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210
Roasted chicken, a grilled peach, sliced green veggies and various brightly colored sauces fill a table on white ceramic plates and bowls.
Mama Bird’s roasted chicken.
Mama Bird

Wood-fired chicken might be the headliner here, but the breakout star is the sauce selection that accompanies it. Succulent and tender quarter, half, or whole birds are the vehicle for global flavors, from the Peruvian aji verde to vadouvan, a French-style curry sauce. Wash everything down with the Cuzzi Companion, an easy-sipping rice lager developed by current Top Chef contestant, chef Gabriel Pascuzzi, in collaboration with Pono Brewing to complement the various flavors at his establishments. To dine at the restaurant’s heated patio, visitors need a contact-free temperature check, which is swiftly administered by a host. Ordering is also contactless, by QR code.

2145 NW Raleigh St
Portland, OR 97210

6. Canard

734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Right next door to the fine-dining Portland staple Le Pigeon sits its laidback sister restaurant, Canard. (The petite soeur [little sister] even keeps within the bird family, as “canard” is French for “duck”.) The space has a breezy café vibe during the day and bistro feel by night, with the restaurant’s famous pillowy-soft, slider-style, steam burger serving as the cornerstone of the menu. You can’t go wrong while ordering, but don’t miss the duck stack. It features a pile of sweet and savory duck-fat pancakes, duck gravy, and Tabasco onions, all crowned by a golden-yolked sunnyside duck egg. In addition to outdoor dining, Canard favorites are available for pickup and delivery.

734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

One of Portland’s preeminent fine dining restaurants, Le Pigeon has consistently delivered its French cuisine with a northwest touch for a decade and a half. On May 4, they started offering a tasting menu that includes both omnivore and vegetarian options. The bastion of French cuisine is also offering the “Bird Box”, a weekly prix fixe, to-go option for two. Le Pigeon’s Bird Box features an ever-changing mix of dishes, including lobster vichyssoise, savory nettle crêpes, and braised rabbit. Outdoor seating is available and reservations can be booked on Resy.

738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Bullard

813 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Bullard, named after the hometown he couldn’t wait to escape, is chef Doug Adams’s Tex-Mex haven nestled within the Woodlark Hotel. The spot puts a northwest touch on Texas favorites and Southern hospitality and offers diners a place to get the meat sweats from the 15-hour smoked brisket, beef rib, or wood-fire grilled ribeye. The meats are stars on their own, but when they’re also incorporated into Tex-Mex cuisine, they’re unstoppable. Keep an eye on Bullard’s Instagram for weekly specials like the Crunchwrap, a customer-favorite play on the fast-food classic. Specials are also offered for re-heatable menu options, like the BBQ Box or Lan-Roc Double Cut Bone-In Pork Chop. Bullard is open daily for takeout and delivery via Caviar.

813 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

9. dirty habit

1401 SE Morrison St #117, Portland, OR 97214
An arm with a long-sleeved, leopard-print shirt reaches across a checkered table covered in various menu items from dirty habit. Salads, toasts, and bowls are being scooped out of by hands looking to fill their plates.
A mix of dirty habit’s gluten-free menu.
Courtesy of dirty habit.

In a departure from owner BJ Smith’s signature meaty fare, newcomer Dirty Habit puts the emphasis on vegetables. The daytime café recently opened in the space that formerly housed Smith’s Delores and Smokehouse Tavern and aims to make health-conscious food more accessible. Dirty Habit is the playground of chef Brian Han, who showcases his pan-Asian-meets-Mediterranean cuisine through artfully topped gluten-free tartines and tasty bowls. Aligned with the cheeky energy of the place, a menu section titled “Give us this day our daily bread” features items like toast topped with creamy hummus made from mung beans, and the film-star ingredient minari. Patio seating is available.

1401 SE Morrison St #117
Portland, OR 97214

10. Kann Winter Village

831 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

A precursor to chef Gregory Gourdet’s highly anticipated first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Kann Winter Village set up shop in December 2020 at The Redd’s parking area with a private yurt dining experience. Kann’s prix fixe menus — one omnivore, one pescatarian — featured his signature health-conscious cooking with the goal of expanding Portlanders’ palates to the flavors of his native Haitian cuisine. The pop-up has ended its tenure, but Gourdet hopes to find a space to reopen it for the summertime. Also on hiatus are Kann’s family-sized meal kits, which included dishes from his new cookbook Everyone’s Table, housemade ice cream, and a zero-proof cocktail pairing.

831 SE Salmon St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Bake on the Run - Authentic Guyanese Masterful Cuisines

1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214

Bake on the Run is a family affair, owned and operated by the mother-and-son team of Bibi and Mike Singh. In the Hawthorne Asylum food pod, Mike can be seen frequently popping his head out of his cart, passing out samples of mini bakes and comforting dahl to anyone who wants a taste. Serving up dishes with a bite-sized geography and history lesson, Mike is a charismatic ambassador for Guyana, showing Portlanders the country’s beauty through food. Semi-sweet puff breads (the aforementioned bakes) that cocoon tasty fillings such as Indian chana aloo (chickpea potato curry), and bacalhau (Portuguese-style salt cod) are a reflection of Guyana’s diverse population and a melting pot of culture, so be sure to include them with any order.

1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Feel Good PDX

1643 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A beige bowl is filled to the top with greens, veggies, poached chicken, and pumpkin seeds.
Feel Good’s fall vibes bowl.
Feel Good

Eat good and feel good at chef (Gabriel) Pascuzzi’s newest venture, which offers budget-friendly grain bowls for diners who are vegan, dairy-free, carnivores, paleo, or gluten-free. The colorful bowls begin with a choice of base — cauliflower rice, red quinoa, bulgur, or mixed greens — that’s then adorned with intricate combos of vegetarian toppings. An optional finishing touch is a locally-sourced protein: Ota Tofu or Mary’s Organic poached chicken breast. Just note that the shop is temporarily closed for construction and set to reopen in mid-to-late May.

1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Stacked Sandwich Shop

1643 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
The oxtail french dip sandwich shows piled oxtail with melted while havarti cheese, charred onions, and mushrooms on a toasted bread roll. On the plate, in a small silver ramekin, is rosemary jus sauce for dipping.
Stacked Sandwich’s oxtail french dip sandwich.
Stacked Sandwich Shop

If you followed Pascuzzi’s journey on this season of Top Chef, then you might recall that he served the judges a trio of oysters in the farm fruit challenge. Although the dish seemed simplistic at face value, the chef wowed the judges with distinct and meticulously crafted flavor profiles, plus attention to detail. And in a similar vein, while sandwiches might sound a bit basic when we’re talking Top Chef-caliber chefs, Pascuzzi’s Stacked proudly makes everything “between the bread.” The Oxtail French Dip started it all: Under a blanket of melted havarti, charred onions and mushrooms are piled onto oxtail that’s been cooked for 48 hours. Finished with a touch of garlic horseradish sauce and served with a rosemary jus, there’s nothing basic about it. The fast-casual shop is open for takeout and patio dining.

1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214

14. Mathilde's Kitchen

7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
Three colorful bottles of beverages from Mathilde’s Kitchen sit in a row, in front of bananas and oranges. The flavors are (left to right) Hibiscus Flower and Caribbean Punch, Hibiscus Flower and Ginger Brew, and Hibiscus Flower and Passion Fruit.
Mathilde Kitchen’s caribbean punch, ginger brew, and passion fruit hibiscus-flower beverages.
Mathilde’s Kitchen

After moving to Portland in 2013, Mathilde Aurélien-Wilson noticed a void in the city’s food scene. Inspired by the time spent cooking with her mother as a child, she set out to share the tastes of her native Haiti while operating out of Portland Mercado’s commissary kitchen. The chef’s artisanal hibiscus flower beverages are available from online merchants such as Bindle PDX and Built Oregon Marketplace and in-store at several local markets. Dessert-lovers can find her vegan Hibiscus and Coconut Sherbet at Portland Salt & Straw locations, as part of the “Eat Your Flowers” series during the month of May.

7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

15. Holler

7119 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The legend of chef (Doug) Adams began when the chef was a finalist on Top Chef: Boston and during his tenure as executive chef at Vitaly Paley’s Imperial. Holler, Adams’s shrine to fried chicken, was scheduled for a grand opening in 2020 before the pandemic confined it to a year of takeout and delivery service. The star protein (fried chicken) comes in a variety of forms: crunchy wings, tenders, full fried bird, grilled, or sandwiched. If you’re feeling clucked out, hollerback at one of the extensive menu’s other options. The sportsbar slings snacks like crispy pork cigars alongside heartier fare, like a chicken-fried trout sandwich, all in a family-friendly environment. Fans looking for more than a single-serve meal can score Holler’s fried chicken full meal deal or one of their burger packs to-go. Given the COVID-19 dining regulations, Holler is offering outdoor seating on their patio, takeout, and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

7119 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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16. Soter Vineyards

10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111
Member of the waitstaff, wearing a face mask and apron, offers two masked customers beverage samples from a safe, social-distance. The customers are sitting at a large dining table in front of a fire place and large windows.
Soter Vineyards’ tasting being served inside the lodge.
Courtesy of Soter Vineyards.

With stunning views of the Willamette Valley, the winery’s lodge offers two tasting options: a classic flight of their current releases or their Provisions Tasting, which pairs the flight with an expertly crafted lunch by chef Sara Hauman. Hauman uses the bounty of meat and produce from Soter’s biodynamic farm to provide a memorable farm-to-table experience. And in true yogurt-queen fashion (as she was known for her use of the versatile ingredient while on Top Chef) you can expect a yogurt-based sauce or two on your plate. Reservations are required and are available via Tock.

10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd
Carlton, OR 97111