MagoGuide Map of Portland

We love Portland and it shows in the number of places we’ve visited here in Rose City. All of your favorite MagoGuide Portland restaurants, markets, and sites are listed on the map below. They are also provided in an alphabetical list below the map.

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¿Por Qué No? Taqueria
Despite the fact that tacos are priced from $3.25 to $4.75 (outside of happy hour), the queuing hordes at ¿Por Qué No?? are there for a good quality affordable meal. And compared to the excellent but spendy Mexican cuisine served up at places like Xico they have a point. But that point only goes so far.
Address: 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: porquenotacos.com
Telephone: (503) 954-3138
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Rostra rating: 3.5
23 Hoyt
A very uneven experience. We probably won't be going back any time soon.
Address: 529 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.23hoyt.com
Telephone: (503) 445-7400
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Afuri
Afuri is the Cadillac (make that Lexus) of Rip City ramen. Everything was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. We especially liked the Housemade gyoza dumplings with pork, chives, garlic, ginger, napa cabbage, scallion, and leek. Best. Gyoza. Ever. We’ll be going back to try out the ramen soon.
Address: 923 SE 7th Ave, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: afuri.us
Telephone: (503) 468-5001
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Rostra rating: 4
Amberlight Cannabis House
Located at the eastern end of Division's restaurant row in the Richmond neighborhood, Amberlight delivers high-end VFM cannabis within stumbling distance of some of the best eateries and bars in Rip City.
Address: 2407 SE 49th Ave, Portland OR 97206— Get directions
Website: amberlightcannabis.com
Telephone: (503) 233-0420
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Rostra rating: 4
Andina
Andina is a Peruvian restaurant with small plates. Delicious. In addition to some great bread with a triple dipper, we ate yuka croquetas, grilled octopus kebobs, and a traditional dish called causa - a timbale of lime-scented potato puree.
Address: 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland OR 97209 OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.andinarestaurant.com
Telephone: 503-228-9535
Email: info@andinarestaurant.com
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Ankeny Tap and Table
A small garage bar that used to be catty cornered Coalition Brewing's tap room, Ankeny Tap and Table is a small gastropub blessed with a kitchen that is actually larger than its interior dining space. Make no mistake, this place is all about the beer. A fanatically curated 12 taps rotate every week. The food is also curated. The kitchen is particularly fanatical about Brussels sprouts and humus, offering a different appie based on them everyday.
Address: 2724 SE Ankeny St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: ankenypdx.com
Telephone: (503) 946-1898
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Apex
What do you call a beer hall with fifty taps, great outside seating, a laissez faire approach to any and all outside food, and a strict cash-only policy? That would be Apex.
Address: 1216 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: apexbar.com
Telephone: (503) 273-9227
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Apizza Scholls
Yep, the best pizza we've eaten in Portland. I found their product firmly at the intersection of U.S. east coast utility, Neapolitan, and Sicilian (that would be the type of pizza they serve on Sicily as opposed to what they serve in the US and call Sicilian pizza). Like all killer pizzas, the secret is in the crust.
Address: 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: apizzascholls.com
Telephone: (503) 233-1286
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Rostra rating: 4
Ataula
We thought that Ataula was much better than the ratings given by the social crowd sourcing websites. Some of the best tapas we've had in the US.
Address: 1818 Nw 23rd Place, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.ataulapdx.com/
Telephone: (503) 894-8904
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Rostra rating: 4
Atlas Pizza
If you want to hang out, play pin ball, drink draft beer, and eat pizza, then go to Atlas Pizza on SE Division in Portland. You can get pizza by the slice and it's always good.
Address: 3570 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: atlaspizzapdx.com
Telephone: (503) 232-3004
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Ava Gene’s
It ain't really Roman, but I like it. Ava Gene's is a great place to enjoy Italo-PNW inspired cuisine on Portland's premier restaurant row while the Eternal City sorts out its current crisis driven by the twin scourges of ubiquitous government corruption and metastasizing mass tourism. One of our favorite dishes was that spaghetti all'amatriciana. Another was the bread with lovage butter, porcini, and lemon.
Address: 3377 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: avagenes.com
Telephone: (971) 229-0571
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Rostra rating: 4
Balch Gulch Bridge
On a clear day and on your left you'll see Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and even Mount Rainer in Washington. Turn around and you'll see Mt. Hood in front of you.
Address: 2934 NW Thurman St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bamboo Sushi
It's been a long time since we've had sushi this good. When you factor in Bamboo Sushi's unswerving dedication to serving only sustainably harvested seafood, it is a no brainer.
Address: 836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: bamboosushi.com
Telephone: (971) 229-1925
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Rostra rating: 4
Bar Avignon
We love eating at Bar Avignon in Portland's SE district. The food is French and tasty. Although the wine is pricey, there are some excellent beers on offer. It also has a great chefs counter and friendly service. What more do you need?
Address: 2138 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: baravignon.com
Telephone: (503) 517-0808
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bar Casa Vale
The best thing about Bar Casa Vale is Chef Louis Martinez's food. You absolutely must try the fried pig ear, even if you do not like aggressively swinish fare, you will love these as long as you like bacon (so about 95% of the world's population or thereabouts). Martinez actually does make a silk purse out of these strips of deep fired porker pinna -- crunchy, fatty, rich, and aggressive seasoning.
Address: 215 SE 9th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: barcasavale.com
Telephone: (503) 477-9081
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Rostra rating: 4
Bar Mingo
Bar Mingo serves up great Italian food. Be sure to try 1) the made to order risotto (available only on Wednesday) and 2) the by the glass Barbaresco.
Address: 811 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.barmingonw.com
Telephone: (503) 445-4646
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Rostra rating: 4
Bar Vivant
While Toro Bravo and Ataula produce exceptional small plate Spanish-PNW fusion cuisine, sometimes you just want a real deal Spanish tapas experience. When that particular jones takes hold in Rose City, it is best to head for Bar Vivant.
Address: 2225 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: pixpatisserie.com
Telephone: (971) 271-7166
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bazi Bierbrasserie
Bazi Bierbrasserie is one of the better Portland pubs specializing in Belgian beer. With sixteen rotating taps (one is usually dedicated to a rotating cider) there is always a huge selection of beers from Belgium and Belgian-style beers from elsewhere.
Address: 1522 SE 32nd Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: bazipdx.com
Telephone: (503) 234-8888
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Biwa
The older sister of Noraneko does not really measure up to her younger sibling. The 100% counter service even in the evening, cramped space, and the disappointing menu makes it a poor second to Noraneko. The staff was really nice, though.
Address: 215 SE 9th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: biwarestaurant.com
Telephone: 503.239.8830
Email: info@biwarestaurant.com
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Rostra rating: 3
Bluehour
We went to Bluehour for happy hour and thought the red wine poured was better than average and the happy hour food, although very small plates, excellent little bites.
Address: 250 NW 13th Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.bluehouronline.com
Telephone: (503) 226-3394
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Rostra rating: 3
Bollywood Theater
If you like Indian food, but most Indian restaurants leave you non-plussed, then Bollywood Theater is the place for you. Chef Troy MacLarty's two East Portland locations are dedicated to VFM Indian street food. Unless you are a true aficionado of subcontinental cuisine, the menu will be a bit challenging at first. But just start ordering dude, and you are going to like what shows up. We gave it a coveted four stars!
Address: 3010 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: bollywoodtheaterpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 477-6699
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Rostra rating: 4
Boxer Ramen on Kearney
The menus is short and sweet, the space clean and utilitarian, and the staff invariably young, friendly, and helpful. Of the four varieties of ramen served at each location, Team Mago recommends spicy red miso (pork broth, pork belly), but the more traditional Tonkotsu Shio has just as much bone broth pigitude without the heat.
Address: 2309 NW Kearney St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: boxerramen.com
Telephone: (503) 208-3785
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bread and Ink Cafe
The Bread and Ink Cafe was a huge disappointment for breakfast. It's a good idea in theory, but it was poorly executed. Avoid the chicken and waffles and go for the huevos rancheros, which were pretty decent. Bread and Ink probably works best as a place for an afternoon or early evening drinkie and maybe a couple of their small plates (dinner menu) for nibbles. For breakfast, near-by go to Trinket or the Fried Egg I'm In Love food cart.
Address: 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: breadandinkcafe.com
Telephone: (503) 239-4756
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Breakside Brewery in NE
Breakside's neo-Norse ale hall in hipster haven Slabtown is geared toward a young and noisy crowd, but none the worst for it. The tap list is dominated by IPA, which is unsurprising given Breakside's local and national prominence in the that particular style of beer, but there are plenty of other beers to choose from.
Address: 820 NE Degum St., Portland OR 97211— Get directions
Website: breakside.com
Telephone: (503) 719-6475
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Breakside Brewery in Slabtown
This was a nice place with some nice beer, but it's not really up to the competition (such as Lompoc or Hedge House).
Address: 1570 NW 22nd Ave., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: breakside.com
Telephone: (503) 444-7597
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Rostra rating: 3
Bridgeport Brewpub
We stopped by for some beer and fries. Both were OK .
Address: 1313 NW Marshall St, Portland OR— Get directions
Website: www.bridgeportbrew.com
Telephone: (503) 241-3612
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Rostra rating: 3
Byways Cafe
Byways Cafe is this cute, typical diner found in the heart of Portland's Pearl District. Our breakfast was good and the staff very friendly.
Address: 1212 NW Glisan St, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.bywayscafe.com
Telephone: (503) 221-0011
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Rostra rating: 3
Cafe Castagna
We just don't get it. The Cafe Castagna burger didn't come close to many of the burgers at some of our other favorite eateries. The pizza was good. The crust was the key, lightly blackened, crisp, and very flavorful. The other ingredients were of good quality and sparingly applied. And yet, and yet... what is the fuss all about?
Address: 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: castagnarestaurant.com
Telephone: (503) 231-7373
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Rostra rating: 3
Cardinal Club
Address: 18 NE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: cardinalclubportland.com
Telephone: (503) 348-0763
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Cheese Bar
What's not to like about a bar that has six rotating taps, a curated bottled beer and wine list for on-premise consumption or to go, a menu with no less than ten meat and cheese boards (as well as many other excellent composed dishes), and a cut-to-order retail cheese counter with a rotating selection of more than 200 local and international cheeses?
Address: 6031 SE Belmont St, Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: cheese-bar.com
Telephone: (503) 222-6014
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Chicken and Guns
This is some of the best grilled chicken that we've ever eaten, served up with the choice of a salad or or par-baked potato bits that have been deep fried to crispy perfection and then semi-emersed in salsa crude and excellent Peruvian aji sauce.
Address: 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: chickenandguns.com
Telephone: (503) 234-7236
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Rostra rating: 4
Chin’s Kitchen
Chin's Kitchen has definite potential in a town that has a surprising scarcity of good Chinese regional cuisine, but for right now Danwei Canting and Kung Pow! blow it away in terms of food, alcohol, service, and location. MagoGuide will be back for more of those killer dumplings and to try the noodle dishes, braised ham hock, and who could resist the pan-fired pork intestines and a beef tripe cold dish (well my wife and most of my friends, but can you imagine a pig guts and duck egg omelette)? But we are really hoping for some important improvements in service and kitchen discipline, so as to reflect WW's culinary experience.
Address: 4126 NE Broadway St., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: portlandchinskitchen.com
Telephone: (503) 281-1203
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Rostra rating: 3
City Market and Chop
Not a square inch of space is wasted in this boutique market on NW 21st Street. It is actually pentathlon of some of Portland's best purveyors: PASTAWORKS, NEWMAN'S FISH COMPANY, CHOP BUTCHERY, RAW RAW RAW PRODUCE, and FLORAL SUNSHINE all collaborating through a shared check-out station.<br />
Address: 735 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.facebook.com/citymarketnw
Telephone: (503) 221-3007
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Coquine
Coquine is a darling of chefs, foodies, and social media, but MagoGuide just does not get all the hype. Yes, it is a very pretty little restaurant in a very nice Mt. Tabor neighborhood location, but the inevitable wait without a reservation or the strictures and penalties associated with making one, are not justified by the food.
Address: 6839 SE Belmont St., Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: coquinepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 384-2483
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Rostra rating: 3
Cricket Cafe
As if having Jam on Hawthorne, Trinket, and Screen Door Kitchen wasn't enough, we've now found the newly reopened Cricket Cafe in SE Portland. Yet another excellent breakfast spot that's going to lay on some competition for the rest. Especially good was the Rising Sun skillet is a delicious case in point: roasted pork shoulder, roasted potatoes, green chilies, roasted corn, onions, cilantro, and pepper jack topped with two eggs any style as well as roasted poblano sauce.
Address: 3159 SE Belmont St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 235-9348
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Cruzroom
In a town where taco places are tainted with the 'bougie' epithet based on price and perceived amount of cultural appropriation, the Cruzroom is the real thang.
Address: 2338 NE Alberta St., Portland OR 97211— Get directions
Website: cruzroom.com
Telephone: (503) 208-3483
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Culmination Brewing
Culmination is our kind of brewery. They have lots of IPAs (to include a double, an imperial, and a gin barrel aged version) and saisons. We recommend you go on Mondays when the Bhuna pop-up is in operation.
Address: 2117 NE Oregon St., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: culminationbrewing.com
Telephone: (971) 254-9114
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Dae Jang Kum
This is a good example of a VFM Korean BBQ in Beaverton.
Address: 12275 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton OR 97005— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 641-1734
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Rostra rating: 3
Daily Cafe In the Pearl
This is another one that we just don't get. Social media has it highly rated (above 90%). What's up with that? With all the breakfast choices in Portlandia, why should you settle for so-so?.
Address: 902 NW 13th Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: dailyinthepearl.com/daily_cafe_in_the_pearl
Telephone: (503) 242-1916
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Danwei Canting
Danwei Canting, a Beijing work unit restaurant masquerading as a New Portland industrial cookie cutter eatery, is the perfect blend of good food, good service, and inviting atmosphere. But it's the flavors that keep us coming back to this most interesting restaurant.
Address: 803 SE Stark St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: danweicanting.com
Telephone: (503) 236-6050
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Deschutes Brewery and Public House
At Deschutes Brewery the beer is good, but the food is mediocre. Thus, the highlight of our meal was the deep fried pickled red cauliflower.
Address: 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.deschutesbrewery.com/locations/portland
Telephone: 503-296-4906
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Rostra rating: 3
Dots Cafe
Dots has stood the test of time as the Clinton Division restaurant row expands, sweeping other dive bars and dingy diners into oblivion. Dots is a dive bar without dyspeptic dipsomaniacs and a diner without foodie pretentious. It's our new local hang out place.
Address: 2521 SE Clinton St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: dotscafeportland.com
Telephone: (503) 235-0203
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Double Barrel Tavern
Happy hour, especially all day on Sunday, is a decent deal with 50 cents off already cheap drafts and decent burgers for $5.
Address: 2002 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: sites.tablehero.com
Telephone: (503) 234-1420
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Rostra rating: 3
Double Dragon
A nice inner SE Portland bar with an eclectic Asian-leaning menu and very nice staff.
Address: 1235 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: doubledragonpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 230-8340
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Farma
Farma is one of the coolest stores in Portland for buying cannabis.
Address: 916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: farmapdx.com
Telephone: (503) 206-4357
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Rostra rating: 4
Farmhouse Kitchen
Farmhouse Kitchen may not be the best Thai restaurant in Portland, but it is great competition for Pok Pok. The Panang Neua (slow braised bone-in beef short rib in a Panang curry served with grilled broccolini, bell pepper, onion, fried Thai basil, and blue rice) proved to be the longest short rib I have ever encountered, and if it is not Chef Saengsawang's signature dish then it should be. An amazing braise, unctuous and spicy with just a little bit of tooth.
Address: 3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: farmhousepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 432-8115
Email: THAI@farmhousePDX.com
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Rostra rating: 4
Fish Sauce
Standout dishes include anything containing pork belly.
Address: 407 NW 17th Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.fishsaucepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 227-8000
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Rostra rating: 4
Fleur De Lis Bakery and Cafe
Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe is a great neighborhood bakery and the only one we've found in Portland that has an authentic Pain d'Epi.
Address: 3930 NE Hancock St., Portland OR 97212— Get directions
Website: fleurdelisbakery.com
Telephone: (503) 459-4887
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Rostra rating: 4
Forest Park Wildwood Trail
Forest Park, accessible from trailheads in Northwest Portland, is stunning. Filled with streams, trees, ferns, and flowers, trails inside Forest Park provide refuge for hikers and joggers alike.
Address: 2935 NW Thurman St, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.forestparkconservancy.org
Telephone: (503) 823-4492
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Fried Egg I’m In Love
The Fried Egg I'm in Love food carts serve great breakfast fare, but you will not escape a wait equivalent to many brick and mortar breakfast spots in Portland. Our favorite is the Sriracha Mix-a-lot wherein a fried egg, is paired with seared ham, fresh avocado, tomato, havarti cheese, and a decent hit of Sriracha.
Address: 3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: friedegglove.com
Telephone: (503) 610-3447
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Fuller’s Coffee Shop
We went to Fuller's Coffee Shop for breakfast on the recommendation of a local and because it got such a high rating in Urbanspoon. Another blow to the wisdom of crowds. Avoid.
Address: 136 NW 9th Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 222-5608
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Rostra rating: 2
Genies Cafe
The food at Genies Cafe chokes pretty damn good. We especially liked the medieval hash made up of locally sourced spicy salami, golden dates, blue cheese crumbles atop O’Brien potatoes topped with hollandaise, two eggs any style, and  a dash of Tabasco. The pickled, sweet, savory, and rich elements of this composed monster worked pretty close to perfection.
Address: 1101 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: geniesdivision.com
Telephone: (503) 445-9777
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Grand Central Bakery
Grand Central Bakery is one of the best in the city making delicious bread.
Address: 2230 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.grandcentralbakery.com
Telephone: (503) 445-1600
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Rostra rating: 4
Grassa NW
We enjoyed the food at Grassa on NW 23rd street as much as we did at the original Grassa and the restaurant space itself constitutes a serious upgrade on the prototype. Stick with the non-traditional dishes, however.
Address: 1506 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: grassapdx.com
Telephone: (503) 241-1133
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Rostra rating: 3
Grassa West End
It was with seriously adjusted expectations that MagoGuide recently visited Grassa due to an empty larder cum serious pasta jones. We were surprised to discover that this restaurant is a great place to grab a plate of pasta and a glass of dago red. We loved the pasta and the wine.
Address: 1205 SW Washington St, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: www.grassapdx.com
Telephone: (503) 241-1133
Hours of operation: Open daily from 11AM to 10PM
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Rostra rating: 3
Hae Rim
The one Rostra rating says it all.
Address: 11729 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton OR 97005— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 671-9725
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Rostra rating: 1
Hawthorne Hophouse
The beer and food were good, especially the burger. Skip the fries. Or better yet, walk on over to the nearby Short Round to eat.
Address: 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: oregonhophouse.com
Telephone: (503) 477-9619
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Rostra rating: 3
Hem 23
We enjoyed the Gòi Lu'u Ly (salad of julienned red and green cabbage with fried jicama, tofu, seaweed, mint, and raw ram) at Hem 23, but little else. If you want real Vietnamese drinking food head for Fish Sauce or Lela's Bistro in Northwest, Lu Lac in Southwest, or cross the river for Short Round.
Address: 1514 NW 23rd Ave., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: hem23.com
Telephone: (971) 352-6138
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Higgins Restaurant and Bar
Both the Higgins Restaurant its bar are great for food and drinks. It houses one of the best kept secrets in Portlandia's SW quadrant: twelve taps that lean heavily on Belgian brews with a large admixture of IPA.
Address: 1239 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: higginsportland.com
Telephone: (503) 222-9070
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Imperial
Imperial's pan roasted Cauliflower was excellent. A vegan pearl nestled in a meat-heavy and indifferently executed menu. MagoGuide stands by its less than fawning review of Imperial and wonders why Chef Adams has eschewed the heat in its wake.
Address: 410 SW Broadway Ave, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: www.imperialpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 228-7222
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Rostra rating: 3
Irving Street Kitchen
While we have never made it to lIrving Street Kitchen for dinner, we love their bar in general and their happy hour in particular.
Address: 701 NW 13th Ave., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.irvingstreetkitchen.com
Telephone: (503) 343-9440
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Rostra rating: 3
Jacqueline
Located in the original St. Jack location on SE Clinton, Jaqueline is a romantic and intimate space serving up some excellent French cuisine. Check them out on Mondays when they have their Fish Fry special, a great deal. The fish and chips were seriously amazing, especially the Rainier-battered cod, which was the best fried fish I have ever ingested, full stop.
Address: 2039 SE Clinton St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: jacquelinepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 327-8637
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Rostra rating: 4
Jam on Hawthorne
At Jam on Hawthorne the eggs are always correctly cooked and the Morningstar vegetarian sausage a really pleasant surprise, as was the very potable coffee.
Address: 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: jamonhawthorne.com
Telephone: (503) 234-4790
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Rostra rating: 4
Kati Portland
Nobody should have any difficulties finding a vegetarian or vegan eatery in Portland for out of town herbivore guests. But Kati serves up delicious food that even stone cold carnivores like Team Mago opt for without the excuse of vegan couch surfing friends from Montucky.
Address: 2932 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: katiportland.com
Telephone: (503) 477-6059
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Ken’s Artisan Bakery
Ken's Artisan Bakery is where MagoGuide buys its daily bread and gets our Monday night pizza fix in Portland's Alphabet District.
Address: 338 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: kensartisan.com
Telephone: (503) 248-2202
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Sad to say, Ken's Artisan Pizza is the worst of the venerable baker's four pizza venues. We recommend you head for Pine Street Market (Trifecta Annex) or the original Trifecta to see what Ken Forkish can really do with pizza.
Address: 304 SE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: kensartisan.com
Telephone: (503) 517-9951
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Kenny and Zukes Bagelworks
We loved everything about Kenny & Zukes Bagelworks in NW Portland. The bagels are baked on the premises and all of the other items on offer are excellent. While we particularly liked the pickled onions that came with the lox and bagel platter, the old school pastrami and chopped liver on rye is the renaissance of a classic that was recently endangered by the closure of NYC's iconic Carnegie Delly, now preserved for Portland fressers at both Kenny & Zukes locations.
Address: 2376 NW Thurman St, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.kennyandzukes.com/bagelworks/
Telephone: 503.954.1737
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Kenny and Zukes Deli
Now that the Carnegie Deli is shuttered in NYC, it is time to say out loud what most Portland denizens have known for years, Ken Gordon has established one of the best delicatessens in the country, not Oregon, not the Pacific Northwest, not the Left Coast, not even outside of New York dude--the whole freakin' USA. Their raison d'être, amazing bespoke pastrami, is worth many visits alone, but Kenny and Zukes also boasts incredible house made bagels, bialies, pickles, rye bread, and Challah .
Address: 1038 SW Stark St, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: kennyandzukes.com
Telephone: (503) 222-3354
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Rostra rating: 4
Kim Jong Smokehouse at Pine Street Market
Smokey pit BBQ meets Korean street food. Do not expect many choices. You get two: 1) steamed pork buns and 2) bibimbap, which are bowls of scorched rice, sweet potato noodles, and seasoned vegetables topped with galbi short ribs, salmon, pork, chicken or mushrooms. This is a clearly drinking establishment with a good food problem.
Address: 126 SW 2nd Ave., Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: kimjongsmokehouse.com
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Rostra rating: 3
Kornblatt’s Deli
About the only thing good we can say about Kornblatt's is that the coffee is decent. For real deli fare go to either of Kenny and Zukes locations. For a great non-delli breakfast or lunch in the Alphabet District go to the Stepping Stone Cafe.
Address: 628 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.kornblattsdelipdx.com
Telephone: (503) 242-0055
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Rostra rating: 2
Kung Pow!
Kung POW! consistently delivers way above average Szechuan-themed drinking food. The XLB soup infused dumplings are excellent as are the the fried fish balls. While all three versions are quite good, Team Mago voted in favor of spicy curry sauce (composed of Sichuan mah lah berry, garlic, ginger, and house-blended curry spices).
Address: 500 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: kungpowpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 208-2173
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Rostra rating: 4
La Moule
La Moule comes pretty close to a Platonic form in terms of the food, beer, and experience it seeks to provide. The 4.5 rostra rating really says it all.
Address: 2500 SE Clinton St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: www.lamoulepdx.com
Telephone: (971) 339-2822
Hours of operation: Open 5PM - 12AM every day
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Langbaan
Langbaan (which means back of the house in Thai) offers a pre-fixe, eleven-course tasting menu of high-end Thai regional dishes that rotates on a monthly basis in a twenty-seat 'pop-up' space that is heavy on wood, low on light, and intimate (as in not quite cheek by jowl but close). In general Langbaan serves a variant of Thai food that I have never had. Compared to what I usually eat at, say Pok Pok or Farmhouse Kitchen, this cuisine was highly refined in terms of flavor, composition, and plating. The ingredients shown through more distinctly, enlarging the palate usually associated with Thai flavors in terms of both novelty and nuance. But the spice profiles, especially the heat, were definitely restrained and in a few cases under seasoned.
Address: 6 SE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: langbaanpdx.com
Telephone: (971) 344-2564
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Rostra rating: 4
Lardo
Lardo specializes in super sandwiches, soups, salads, and great side dishes. We highly recommend the dirty fries that included fried pork scraps, marinated peppers, fried herbs, and parmesan cheese scattered on top. We have found the food far more reliable at their SE Hawthorne location, however.
Address: 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: www.lardopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 234-7786
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Rostra rating: 3
Laurelhurst Market
The butchers department at near-by Whole Foods must really hate David Kreifels', Jason Owens' and Benjamin Dyer's restaurant, bar, and butcher shop hat trick on East Burnside. Their meat-centric eatery (there are also four seafood dishes, three salads, and plenty of veggie sides on the menu), is anchored by a full service, seven days a week butcher shop where they know their shit dude.
Address: 3155 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: laurelhurstmarket.com
Telephone: (503) 206-3097
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Laurelhurst Market Restaurant
The restaurant utilizes the butcher shop's product for a venue that a) has no trace of steak house decor or 'tude, b) has plenty of fish and veggie offerings for non-carnivores, and c) is packed and very noisy most nights making reservations essential and timing important (as in go early or late if you want a normal decibel conversation with your dining companions).
Address: 3155 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: laurelhurstmarket.com
Telephone: (503) 206-3097
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Rostra rating: 4
Lauretta Jean’s
Lauretta Jean's has friendly, down right perky staff, Dylan on the sound system and the best pie in town, Kitty. However, the crust is the key. The crust at Lauretta Jean's has more in common with expertly made puff pastry than what you normally find at the bottom of someone else's pie.
Address: 3402 SE Division St., Portland OR 972102— Get directions
Website: laurettajean.com
Telephone: (503) 235-3119
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Lewis and Clark Memorial Column
Nice column, but go for the view.
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Lightning Wills
Billed as a tap house and gastropub, Lightning Wills is basically a sports bar with a crap load of draft beer. Do not drink too many pints of Melvin Two By Four DIPA, however, or you may be tempted to try the food. That would be a way big mistake, mano.
Address: 305 NW 21st Ave., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: lightningwill.com
Telephone: (503) 327-8203
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Liner and Elsen Wine Merchants
Liner and Elsen stands out in terms of both selection and expertise.
Address: 2222 NW Quimby St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: linerandelsen.com
Telephone: (503) 241-9463
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Rostra rating: 4
Little Bird
Team Mago loves Little Bird, a tour de force of culinary expertise manifested as kitchen consistency.
Address: 219 SW 6th Ave, Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: www.littlebirdbistro.com
Telephone: (503) 688-5952
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Little t American Baker
This has some of the best bread and cookies in SE.
Address: 2600 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: littletbaker.com
Telephone: (503) 238-3458
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Rostra rating: 4
Lompoc Tavern
Whenever we want an excellent beer, decent food, and friendly service, we head to one of Lompoc's four locations in Bridge City.
Address: 1620 NW 23rd Ave., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: lompocbrewing.com
Telephone: (503) 894-9374
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Loyal Legion
Best. Beerhall. Ever. Loyal Legion has 99 taps and every beer in the place is brewed in Oregon. Those pristine tap lines are flushed every day, cleaned every other week (slower selling beer lines are cleaned more frequently), and all their beer is served at less than or equal to 38 degrees.
Address: 710 SE 6th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: loyallegionpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 235-8272
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Rostra rating: 4
Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen
We liked the Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen. What's not to like? Their version of Vietnamese street food is tasty, the prices reasonable, the beer good, the staff friendly if somewhat rushed. We particularly liked the La Lot or finely ground beef grilled enveloped in betel leaves and napped in a great sauce. Avoid the wings at all costs, though. The only serious downside is that you have to THINK about whether or not you want to go there based on the day and time. This place can get serious busy and the waits can be long.
Address: 835 SW 2nd Ave., Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: luclackitchen.com
Telephone: (503) 222-0047
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Marukin Ramen
We loved our ramen at Marukin Ramen in the Pine Street Market. Team Mago's suggestion is to go for a 'red' version of your choice if you like heat in your noodles. Marukin's liberal use of shichimi chili will make you think about ramen in a completely different way if you have not had this variant before. We also found the paitan (rich chicken broth) to be slightly though noticeably superior to tonkatsu (pork bone broth).
Address: 126 SW 2nd Ave. #109, Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: marukinramen.com
Telephone: (503) 224-0798
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Modern Times Beer
On our first visit to Belmont Fermentorium I spent three pints comparing their Lomaland saison to (my memories of) Common's Urban Farmhouse Ale. It was a far better experience than what I had been dreading since the Commons goodbye party. While Lomaland is not in any way a replacement for Urban Farmhouse it is a decent substitute.
Address: 2372, 630 SE Belmont St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: www.moderntimesbeer.com
Telephone: (503) 420-0799
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Nak Won
Nak Won is an excellent example of both matriarchal entrepreneurialism and culinary tradition. Chef Tae Ok Lee serves up Korean comfort food just as she has for decades. We especially liked Chef Lee’s haemul pajeon, a thick crepe filled with scallions and shrimp. Its crispy outside/creamy inside texture and nice but muted sea food notes grounded the heat of the accompanying chili paste sauce.
Address: 4600 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton OR 97005— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 646-9382
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Nong’s Khao Man Gai
We went to Nong’s for the khao man gai - chicken, rice, soup, and sauce. At the risk of being booed by the masses, we have to admit that we found the khao man gai kind of borning. As far as we are concerned, the best thing about Nong's chicken and rice is her dipping sauce, traditionally made with yellow soy beanpaste, thick soy sauce, chili, ginger, garlic and vinegar. Bottom line, though, go next door to Marukin.
Address: 1210, 609 SE Ankeny St. C, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: khaomangai.com
Telephone: (503) 740-2907
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Rostra rating: 3
Noraneko
Noraneko, described by owners Kina and Gabe as 'a ramen shop/ futuristic post-whatever diner', is a cultural appropriation success story. Located under the eastern end of the Hawthorne Bridge, this bright and inviting space screams come and get warm in the winter while offering a break from Portland's hot and crowded east side bar and foodie scene in the summer.
Address: 1430 SE Water Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: noranekoramen.com
Telephone: (503) 238-6356
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Rostra rating: 4
North 45
If you stick to the basics, North 45 is a great place to grab a pint or enjoy a pleasant Portland evening with an international travel twist.
Address: 517 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.north45pub.com
Telephone: (503) 248-6317
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Rostra rating: 3
Nuestra Cocina
Although Nuestra Cocina makes a nice impression up front, we thought the food very disappointing. Nuestra Cocina's cuisine lacks bold flavors and any real heat. Take the chile relleno, for example. To earn that title a pepper must be stuffed, battered, and fried. This watery nightmare came over-cooked (oven-baked vice pan fried), unadorned, and wrapped around indifferently seasoned pork shoulder that still managed to drown out whatever the kitchen was going for with those almonds and raisins.
Address: 2135 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: nuestracocina.com
Telephone: (503) 232-2135
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Olympia Provisions NW
Although the location is a little intimidating, at Olympia Provisions the food is rustic and delicious, the beer is excellent, and the staff is efficient and friendly. What more could you want?
Address: 1632 NW Thurman Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.olympicprovisions.com
Telephone: (503) 894-8136
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Rostra rating: 4
Olympia Provisions Southeast
Olympia Provisions is one of our favorite places to eat in Portland and their Southeast (OPSE) restaurant does not disappoint. We particularly liked the octopus a la plancha and Cardoons. The lack of variety in the beer was the only disappointment.
Address: 107 SE Washington St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: olympiaprovisions.com
Telephone: (503) 954-3663
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Rostra rating: 4
OP Wurst on Division
If you liked OP Wurst at Pine Street Market you will flat out love the new Sausage Bar on SE Division. All the offal tubes from the Pine Street location are available at the Sausage Bar, but the much larger menu is fleshed out with sausage and beer flights, weisswurst, chorizo, a burger, salads, a seasonal tartine, and (ahem) a veggie platter.
Address: 3384 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: opwurst.com
Telephone: (503) 384-2259
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Rostra rating: 4
Oregon Holocaust Memorial
A perfect place to sit and reflect
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Oregon Zoo
Portland can do so much better: the places where the animals are kept were small, benches for comfortable viewing were non existent, and worse of all, the animals seemed despondent and in many cases scruffy. There are plenty of other things to do in Portland. So unless you have kids to entertain and educate, we would suggest skipping the zoo.
Address: 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland OR 97221— Get directions
Website: www.oregonzoo.org/
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Rostra rating: 1.5
Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant
Oui's motto could be 'come for the wine, stay for the food.' Chef Althea Potter has produced a jewel box menu of small plates, substantial entrees, and two prix fixe family-style tasting dinners.
Address: 2425 SE 35th Pl., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: ouilikefoodandwine.com
Telephone: (503) 208-2061
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Oven and Shaker
Two out of three ain't bad, until it is. 66% of the time Oven and Shaker has delivered soggy and rubbery excuses for pizza at prices that should embarass Cathy Whims, who definitely knows how to make good pizza. Cave comedenti!!
Address: 1134 NW Everett St, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.ovenandshaker.com
Telephone: (503) 241-1600
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Rostra rating: 2
PDX Sliders on Division
We were very impressed with the sliders. PDX sliders are somewhat larger than the canonical dimensions of a bun two inches across covering a 2 oz. patty, but they are still classic one-handers. Any of the beef sliders are exemplary. They came cooked to a Platonic standard of medium rare without the need to specify.
Address: 3101 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: pdxsliders.com
Telephone: (971) 717-5271
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Petite Provence
With seven regional locations, an executive bakery, and a farm in Aurora, the La Provence/Petite Provence empire seeks to be all things French to greater Portlandia's hoi polloi. While their business model seems to be profitable, the resulting food is not very rewarding given the many French bakery cum bistro options available to denizens of Rip City and its suburbs.
Address: 4834 SE Division St., Portland OR 97206— Get directions
Website: provencepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 233-1121
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Phils Uptown Meat Market
A great old school butcher shop.
Address: 17 NW 23rd Pl., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: philsuptownmeatmarket.com
Telephone: (503) 224-9541
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Pine State Biscuits Division
At Pine State Biscuit you will find the four key ingredients for a successful eatery in today's USA (even, or especially, in the Great Gastropolis): affordable prices, large portions, decent product, and killer branding. 
Address: 1100 SE Division St #100, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: pinestatebiscuits.com
Telephone: (503) 477-6605
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Pine Street Market
If you want to grasp the basic aspects of a perfect Form food court, visit Pine Street Market.
Address: 126 SW 2nd St., Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: pinestreetpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 939-9449
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Rostra rating: 4
Pok Pok
Perhaps you're paying in part for its fame, but we're still impressed with Pok Pok's service and tasty food. Wednesdays right at opening time is the best for avoiding long lines and equally long waits.
Address: 3226 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: www.pokpokpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 232-1387
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Rostra rating: 4
Portland Rose Garden
Stop and smell the roses.
Address: 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: rosegardenstore.org
Telephone: (503) 227-7033
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Rostra rating: 4
Providore
Providore is East Portland's answer to City Market. Anchor tenant Pastaworks oversees a collection of jewel box specialty providers from Flying Fish Co., The Meat Monger, Rubinette Produce Market, Little T Baker, and Hilary Horvath Flowers.
Address: 2340 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: providorefinefoods.com
Telephone: (503) 232-1010
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Rostra rating: 4.5
PSU Market
The PSU market is the best of Rose City's numerous farmers markets. Many, many stalls with produce, meat, honey, mushrooms, truffles, just about everything that you would expect to find at a summer-time market in December.
Address: 1914 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97201— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Pure Spice
Pure Spice is Team Mago's idea of a great Chinese joint. Pure Spice's essentially Cantonese cuisine scratches all our Chinese cuisine itches. The majority of Pure Spice's clientele are Asian, but the ever changing list of specials on the wall are thoughtfully translated. The dining space is bare bones and almost achingly bright, but you don't come here for ambience, you come for the food.
Address: 2446 SE 87th Ave., Portland OR 97216— Get directions
Website: purespiceportland.com
Telephone: (503) 772-1808
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Q Restaurant Bar and Grill
If you are daunted by lines around the block at Luc Lac, try crossing the street for Q Restaurant and Bar. You will be eschewing Vietnamese cuisine for PNW fare and your price point will head sharply north, but it will be worth it. The kitchen is run by Chef Annie Cuggino and a lot of her crew from Veritable Quandary. Her food is upscale and pretty without being pretentious or precious.
Address: 828 SW 2nd Ave., Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: q-portland.com
Telephone: (503) 850-8915
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Rostra rating: 3.5
QuarterWorld Arcade
There are a lot of pinball arcades in Flip City, but only one of them is located right next to Apizza Shoals. Quaterworld has over 34 different pinball games and 63 classic and new arcade games, a full bar, draft craft brewskis, and a Tesla Coil that plays songs using lightning bolts as musical notes.
Address: 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: quarterworldarcade.com
Telephone: (503) 548-2923
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Ringside Steakhouse
If you are going to indulge in bible thick steaks and portions large enough to feed Beaverton for a week, Ringside is a far better choice than its national chain competitors like Ruth's Chris and Morton's. Where Ringside totally kills its classic competitors is in the realm of dry aged beef. Their in-house locker turns Certified Angus Natural Beef bone-in cuts into something you just don't find in chains regardless of how much they hype their product or gouge their customers.
Address: 2165 W Burnside St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: ringsidesteakhouse.com
Telephone: (503) 223-1513
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Rockin’ Crab Cafe
After a shaky start, it turned out that we liked the Rockin' Crab Cafe. Head into its kinda welcoming bright and empty arms whenever you want some serious soupage. The Taiwanese boiling pot composed of sliced beef, roe stuffed fish ball, pork intestine, clams, corn, tofu, white mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, Napa cabbage, and vermicelli noodles was a swiney revelation. Excellent pork and chicken stock underpinned a spicy nasty pigginess (think andouillette ramen).
Address: 3113 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: rockincrab.co
Telephone: (503) 236-0205
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Rogue Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery
Rogue is the Grateful Dead of craft brewing: they have been around forever (like 30 years) and their fans actually are fanatically devoted to them (the Rogue Nation numbers at least 270,000). The beer is good, the food is good, and on the first Friday of every month there is free comedy in the back.
Address: 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: rogue.com
Telephone: (503) 517-0660
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Roman Candle Baking Company
The pizza bianca at Roman Candle Baking Co. may not be the equal of that baked at Rome's Forno Campo de’ Fiori, but it is pretty damn close. In fact, Roman Candle is to Italian bread what Ken Forkish and Philippe Garcia are to French baking in Portland--except that the coffee is better at Roman Candle.
Address: 3377 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: romancandlebaking.com
Telephone: (971) 302-6605
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Sake Isakaya
Team Mago recently visited into Sake Isakaya in SE Portland for lunch. We're glad that we went, but the next time we're in the neighborhood we'll be looking for another isakaya to visit.
Address: 3272 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: www.sakethaior.com
Telephone: (503) 239-3909
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Salt and Straw in NW
We've been in a couple of times and although some of the ice cream is OK, most of it is just plain weird.
Address: 838 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: saltandstraw.com
Telephone: (971) 271-8168
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Rostra rating: 3
Sckavones Restaurant
Located on the development frontier between bougie lower Division and endangered but defiant lumpen proletariat upper Division, Sckavone's  gastronomic ethos boils down to a not so subtle diss of Portland's foodie culture and prices.
Address: 4100 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: sckavones.com
Telephone: (503) 235-0630
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Rostra rating: 3
Scottie’s Pizza Parlor
Scottie's makes the best east coast utility pizza in Rip City, period (or at least so far as MagoGuide's voracious inhalation of all things pizza has gone to date). Their crust is the key, a thin, crispy, slightly sourdoughy platform for minimal, but often artisan (as in bespoke mozzarella and ricotta) toppings.
Address: 2128 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: scottiespizzaparlor.com
Telephone: (971) 544-7878
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Screen Door
The Screen Door left us impressed with the food (the chicken fried ribeye special was particularly right on), but the service is currently limiting our rating to 3.5 rostras. Our advice is to go there during the week to avoid the long weekend brunch lines.
Address: 2337 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: screendoorrestaurant.com
Telephone: (503) 542-0880
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Shigezo Izakaya
Shigezo offers cuisine from several Japanese culinary disciplines all in one place. Take advantage of Shigezo’s super VFM happy hour.
Address: 910 SW Salmon St., Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: shigezo-pdx.com
Telephone: (503) 688-5202
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Short Round
Short Round in SE Portland, the younger sibling of Fish Sauce in NW, really has it all; excellent riffs on Asian cuisine, a cozy atmosphere, and an excellent bar where even the wine is on tap.
Address: 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: shortroundpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 384-2564
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Rostra rating: 4
Siri Indian Cuisine
Although the onion naan was terrible and the choice of beers on tap limited, Siri did a decent job with their fish tikka and the okra masala where fresh okra made the dish in terms of texture and a subtle, yet still nicely spiced, flavor profile. On the whole, however, there is much better Indian food to be had in Portland, like the Bollywood Theater on Division.
Address: 1323 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.siriindianportland.com
Telephone: (503) 208-2259
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Rostra rating: 2
Southland Whiskey Kitchen
There is good and bad food to be had at Southland. The good includes the mac & cheese, greens, onion rings (with a great hot dipping sauce), and fried chicken. The bad includes the chicken fried steak and hush puppies. Order carefully and you will be fine.
Address: 1422 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: southlandportland.com
Telephone: (503) 224-2668
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Rostra rating: 3
Spielman Bagels on Lovejoy
Spielman Bagels is a story of coffee fanatics who became bagel aficionados. Just do not confuse Spielman Bagels with a deli, they basically serve killer coffee, basic bagels, and solid schmears.
Address: 2314 NW Lovejoy St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: spielmanbagels.com
Telephone: (503) 208-3083
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Rostra rating: 2.5
St. Honoré Boulangerie in NW
St. Honoré Boulangerie is consistently good across all four locations serving an impressive array of sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Address: 2335 NW Thurman St., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.sainthonorebakery.com/view-our-thurman-location--locations-thurman
Telephone: (503) 445-4342
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Rostra rating: 3.5
St. Honoré Boulangerie in SE
St. Honoré Boulangerie is consistently good across all four locations serving an impressive array of sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Address: 3333 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: www.sainthonorebakery.com/view-our-division-location--locations-division
Telephone: (971) 279-4433
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Rostra rating: 3.5
St. Honoré Boulangerie in SW
St. Honoré Boulangerie is consistently good across all four locations serving an impressive array of sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Address: 501 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: www.sainthonorebakery.com/--locations-broadway
Telephone: (503) 954-3049
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Rostra rating: 3.5
St. Jack
We have been going to St. Jack for years now and loving every bite. It is the only place in Portland that has received MagoGuide's coveted 5 rostra rating and for good reason. Most recently we had Chef Barnett’s take on braised stuffed pig’s trotter and head cheese (or tete de cochon). Both were delicious.
Address: 1610 Nw 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.stjackpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 360-1281
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Rostra rating: 5
Statue of Sacajawea and Jean-Baptiste
A beautiful bronze statue.
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Stella Taco
If you are interested in eating very good tacos in a short amount of time, then skip the lines at Por Que No and head for Stella Taco. The meat tacos are best at Stella, especially for those who dig on swine, but the fish versions are quite tasty, and the veggie options are just fine as long as you do not believe, as Team Mago doesn't, that vegan tacos are a culinary oxymoron.
Address: 3060 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: stellatacopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 206-5446
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Stepping Stone Cafe
Stepping Stone Cafe is breakfast heaven.
Address: 2390 NW Quimby St, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.steppingstonecafe.com
Telephone: (503) 222-1132
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Stoopid Burger
Stoopid Burger was just stupid. Some food carts should not try to make the leap to brick and mortar even with Willamette Week's mendacious claque in full fake review mode. Compare this bad gimmicky fast food with PDX Sliders and you will get our point in spades.
Address: 2329 NE Glisan St., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: pdxstoopidburger.com
Telephone: (503) 477-5779
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Rostra rating: 2
Swagat Indian Cuisine
Although Swagat has a nice decor, including outside seating, good naan, and good beer on tap, we felt that the social media overrated this place.
Address: 2074 NW Lovejoy St, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.swagat.com
Telephone: (503) 227-4300
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Swine Bar
Swine is a friendly local that just happens to be attached to a nice hotel owned by the same folks with a fine dining establishment just across the lobby if you are still peckish after happy hour and a couple pops towards your 10% for life privileges in their whisky library.
Address: 808 SW Taylor St., Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: swankandswine.com
Telephone: (503) 943-5844
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Tahrir Square
The gyro was spicy, savory, messy, and delicious.
Address: 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 270-8482
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Rostra rating: 3
Tails and Trotters
While MagoGuide dearly loves and patronizes all three manifestations of the Portland Porcine Godhead, we feel compelled to single out Tails and Trotters for their sublime piggy meat.
Address: 525 NE 24th Ave, Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: tailsandtrotters.com
Telephone: (503) 477-8682
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Tanner Creek Tavern
You might well consider putting up out of town guests at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Or you might stop in for a pint or three on your way to eat somewhere else. But the price-to-quality trade off for the bulk of Tanner Creek's menu ought to dissuade you from actually eating there.
Address: 875 NW Everett St., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: tannercreektavern.com
Telephone: (971) 865-2888
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Rostra rating: 3
Tapalaya
Chef Anh Luu's small plate 'Asian-Cajun tapas' menu is a great introduction to food that is at once traditional and post-fusion. Tapalaya's playful decor, helpful and friendly staff, and combined PNW/Big Easy conviviality make it very easy to return again and again.
Address: 28 NE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: tapalaya.com
Telephone: (503) 232-6652
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Rostra rating: 4
Tarboush Lebanese Bistro and Bar
Owner Pierre Boutros clearly knows his business. At the Tarboush Lebanese restaurant in SE Portland we enjoyed the setting, the staff, and most especially the food.
Address: 3257 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: tarboushbistro.com
Telephone: (503) 235-3277
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Tasty n Alder
Tasty n Alder might not have our favorite happy hour in town, but the restaurant fare at dinner has generous portions and big flavors.
Address: 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: www.tastynalder.com
Telephone: (503) 621-9251
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Tasty n Sons
Tasty n Sons seems to have it all... nice decor, interesting and tasty food, and a really nice serving staff. We especially liked the fried egg and cheddar biscuit and their Beer Summore. Pine State eat your heart out. Too bad that the chef's counter is so obstructed.
Address: 3808 N Williams Ave. C, Portland OR 97227— Get directions
Website: tastynsons.com
Telephone: (503) 621-1400
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Teote
Teote may not be the most authentic take on Venezuelan street food, and there are significant DIY duties expected of the clientele with respect to ordering, securing a table, and bussing one's leavings, but the food and drinks are very good and the space friendly and welcoming.
Address: 1615 SE 12th Ave, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: teotepdx.com
Telephone: (971) 888-5281
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Abbey Bar
With six rotating taps and a list of 250 bottled beers stored at optimum drinking temperatures (per beer type), the Abbey Bar on 21st street NW can satisfy almost any yearning for a taste of Belgium brew—except for Stella Artois or Jupiler. Their newer venue on 23rd street between Lompoc and St. Jack is more eclectically European.
Address: 716 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: www.theabbeybar.com
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Rostra rating: 3
The Fireside
The Fireside is a great place for Happy Hour on a cold and wet day, but its restaurant menu falls victim to culinary over-reach.
Address: 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.pdxfireside.com
Telephone: (503) 477-9505
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Rostra rating: 3
The Goose
The Goose is yet another nice TweBu bar sporting nine taps, an extensive New Mexican cuisine menu, and a galaxy-class margarita list. An all female front of the house was a lot of fun on the night Team Mago staggered in for one more beer and a bite at the end of an extended crawl along the frontier of Rose City's southeast and northeast quadrants.
Address: 2725 SE Ankeny St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: thegoosepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 235-2222
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Richmond Bar
On a street of tap houses, Asian drinking food bars, and basically trendy everything, The Richmond Bar is an old-school comfort zone.
Address: 3203 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: therichmondbar.com
Telephone: (503) 208-3075
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Toffee Club
The Toffee club is a great place if you like European football and British beer. And the food is OK. Team Mago found the Big Sam -- a Full English breakfast ensconced in a sandwich -- particularly innovative. The eggs were a bit overdone and the sausages were not quite up to Cumberland quality (although they did have that fine offal tube grind that is quintessentially English), but the bacon, beans, 'shrooms, and especially the black pudding were the real deals.
Address: 1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: toffeeclubpdx.com
Telephone: (971) 254-9518
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Rostra rating: 3
The Woodsman Tavern
Although we loved the double cheese burger at The Woodsman Tavern (juicy and cooked to a perfect medium rare), everything else we had was flawed one way or the other. For example, how can you have oyster shooters that won't shoot? We'll try again when Chef Doug Adams moves on to the Bullard hotel.
Address: 4537 SE Division St., Portland OR 97206— Get directions
Website: woodsmantavern.com
Telephone: (971) 373-8264
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Rostra rating: 3
Toji Korean Grill
Toji is a large Korean grill restaurant popular with a younger crowd for its large portions and VFM prices. As far as MagoGuide is concerned, however, you could do better at any number of Korean grills in Beaverton, to include price.
Address: 4615 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portlanda OR 97215— Get directions
Website: tojikoreangrillhouse.com
Telephone: (503) 232-8998
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Rostra rating: 3
Toro Bravo
Everything on the Toro Bravo menu is good or great , so try a mix of inside and outside your usual food preferences. Spherical olive shooters and fried head-on anchovies are not to be missed any more than signatures like the coppa steak and paella.
Address: 120 NE Russell St, Portland OR 97212— Get directions
Website: www.torobravopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 281-4464
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Trifecta Tavern and Bakery
Trifecta serves up some of the best pizza (sorry, that's flatbread in Forkish-speak) that we've had in Portland. And the other offerings are great too.
Address: 726 SE 6th Ave, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 841-6675
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Rostra rating: 4
Trinket
Any place that declares forthrightly that their duck eggs Benedict will always be on the menu, the service is friendly and patient, and the generous but not ridiculous portions are served on carefully mismatched plates... is the place for us.
Address: 2035 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: trinketpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 477-4252
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Rostra rating: 4
Underground Portland
Underground Portland is a walking tour with a twist. Rather than showing us all the best of Portland (like the solar powered recycling bins), Conor told us all about Portland's seedy past. We learned about floating brothels, crooked politicians, and the so-called “Shanghai Tunnels.'
Address: 120 NW 3rd Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: portlandtunnels.com
Telephone: (503) 622-4798
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Rostra rating: 3
Uno Mas
You go to Uno Mas for the tacos, period. Chef Bibiano's tacos have been styled 'mini', 'street', and 'two biters'. In fact, Uno Mas tacos are the perfect size if you are interested in experiencing diverse and bold flavor profiles, as opposed to cheap belly ballast. Uno Mas offers a large assortment of fillings that should satisfy most folks' food parameters from carnivores through pescatarians and vegetarians to vegans.
Address: 2329 NE Glisan St., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: unomastaquiza.com
Telephone: (503) 208-2764
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Rostra rating: 3
Upper Left Roasters
All in all, Upper Left is pretty spendy for what you get. Don't be fooled (again) by social media. Go to Spileman Bagels at the other end of Ladd's Addition for great coffee and real bagels or Little T itself just a bit further east on Division, which also does a much better breakfast than Upper Left.
Address: 1204 SE Clay St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: upperleftroasters.com
Telephone: (503) 477-8469
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Rostra rating: 2.5
Uptown Billiards Club
Uptown Billiards Club is not only a fun place to hang out but the food is delicious as well. MagGuide highly recommends Uptown's bacon wrapped dates, clam frites (don't like clams? then just get the fries--a solid A-), burger, steak, and pizza. The miniature beef Wellingtons? Um, not so much.
Address: 120 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.uptownbilliards.com
Telephone: (503) 226-6909
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Wayfinder Beer
Go to Wayfinder in SE Portland for a really fun afternoon or evening. The space is gorgeous, the beer the best, and the food is way good. The outdoor seating is also inviting, especially in nice weather.
Address: 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: wayfinder.beer
Telephone: (503) 718-2337
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Whiskey Soda Lounge
This interesting and friendly SE Division Street bar is far more than the green room for Pok Pok. It is a very nice destination in and off itself.
Address: 3131 SE Division S, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: whiskeysodalounge.com
Telephone: (503) 232-0102
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Rostra rating: 4
Wong’s King
Wong's King proves that you want to eat where and when the locals eat. That means you want to go on the weekends at peak lunch time, so be prepared to wait to be seated and expect some chaos during the wait. But the dim sum served hot and delicious is worth the effort.
Address: 8733 SE Division St. #101, Portland OR 97266— Get directions
Website: wongsking.com
Telephone: (503) 788-8883
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Rostra rating: 4
Xico
Although the frugal minimalism of stainless steel tables, plastic chairs, and napkins made from recycled something might give one pause, the food at Xico is genuine Mexican cuisine, as opposed to TEXMEX build the wall food. Team Mago highly recommends the smoked salmon tostadas, citrus salad, octopus, pozole, and lime cake with coconut custard (aka everything we have eaten at Xico so far).
Address: 3715 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: www.xicopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 548-6343
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Rostra rating: 4
Yama Shushi and Izakaya
Yama (meaning mountain in Japanese) provides a nicely appointed one stop shop for sushi, Japanese drinking food (known bizarrely here and at other Portland Izakaya as 'tapas'), and ramen with locations in SE and the Pearl. There is better ramen to be had nearby both locations, but the sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese drinking food is some of the best in the Portlandia gastrosphere.
Address: 2038 SE Clinton Street, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: yamasushiportland.com
Telephone: (503) 231-2859
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Yataimura Maru
We were underwhelmed by the ramen at this SE outpost of Shigezo. Stick to the other things on offer, which have a lot in common with the Shigezo across the river.
Address: 3810 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: marupdx.com
Telephone: (503) 841-5527
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Rostra rating: 3.5


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Patti has been traveling the world with Morgan since 1974 and loving every minute of it.  She's responsible for the photography and editing on the MagoGuide website as well as making occasional contributions.  Patti also generates the graphics and edits the MagoGuide products (e.g., the Mago Scrolls).  She recently built and published the iPhone and iPad application for MagoGuide. Finally, she is responsible for this website including code that tailors the content to what readers are interested in seeing.  In other words, a very busy lady.

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