Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Address: 338 NW 21st Ave, Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: kensartisan.com
Telephone: (503) 248-2202
Rostra rating: 4.8

Outside Ken's

Ken’s Artisan Bakery is where MagoGuide buys its daily bread and gets our Monday night pizza fix in Portland’s Alphabet District. Absolutely everything at Ken’s is great, but our faves are his ciabatta loaf and rolls, country blonde, quarter boule, and baguette.

Ken's pizza

For a splurge go for the crown loaf, a wonderful puffy hoop of crunchy crust and latticed crumb. And if you have a hoard to feed, buy the entire three kilo boule. If you do decide to go full boule, however, arrive early or call, they only bake one of these monsters a day.

Inside Ken's

And Ken’s goes beyond the single bakery. Ken Forkish (love that name) fled Silicon Valley at the turn of the century and opened a superb triumvirate consisting of Ken’s Artisan Bakery, a pizzeria (Ken’s Artisan Pizza), and a restaurant (Tifecta). And don’t forget Checkerboard Pizza (formerly known as Trifecta Annex) in Pine Street Market. All are excellent.

¿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
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
Rostra rating: 2.5
64 Taphouse and Growler Station
Hood River's first growler fill station is a nice venue with thirty taps, four of them cider and the rest beer, tricked out primarily in reclaimed wood with both indoor and outdoor seating. It's a good stop on a Hood River craft beer crawl
Address: 110 3rd St., Hood River OR 97031— Get directions
Website: 64taphouse.com
Telephone: (541) 436-4677
Rostra rating: 3
Abyssinian Kitchen
Abyssinian Kitchen is an above average Ethiopian restaurant tucked into a renovated craftsman located in the Division Clinton gastro-corridor. It took a while for the food to show up, though, so have a drink and be patient.
Address: 2625 SE 21st Ave., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: abyssiniankitchen.com
Telephone: (503) 894-8349
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 4
Anchoi
Anchoi is a much better destination for a nearby post-PSU Farmers Market lunch than Duck House, but the VFM food is significantly offset by price gouging on alcohol. For more than a drink with lunch or dinner, head to the bar at Duck House.
Address: 635 SW College St., Portland OR 97201— Get directions
Website: anchoipdx.com
Telephone: (503) 227-0086
Rostra rating: 3.3
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 4
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
Artigiano
We have real mixed feelings about Artigiano, a food cart in SE Portland. The outdoor venue is delightful, the service flawless, and the pasta some of the best we've eaten in this city full of Italian fare. But the rest of the food is on the ordinary side. Our recommendation? Go with the 'name your price' theme for the menu completo, but say that you only want larger portions of the menu's pasta courses followed by insalata mista.
Address: 3302 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: artigianopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 860-3419
Rostra rating: 3.9
Ataula
There is a lot of great Spanish cuisine in Portland, but there is only one Ataula. We especially like their seafood paella with  bomba rice, prawns, mussels, calamari, clams, saffron picada, and lobster fumet.
Address: 1818 Nw 23rd Place, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.ataulapdx.com/
Telephone: (503) 894-8904
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
Avenue 23 Tap and Table
If you have the choice, go to Ankeny Tap and Table on SE 28th until they work out the ambience and food situation at Avenue 23. But if you find yourself on the marches of Slab Town around happy hour and do not want to battle the crowds at Breakside's monster tap room, then Ankeny's VFM happy hour prices have made the move across the Willamette along with its tap list. Just don't order the fries.
Address: 1620 NW 23rd Ave., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.ankenypdx.com
Telephone: (503) 755-5055
Rostra rating: 3.7
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Bare Bones Cafe
Add a generous happy hour, short lines, a funky atmosphere, and a place to play pool to VFM food, and there are lots of folks who are going to like the Bare Bones Cafe in southeast Portland. If you're looking for really tasty food, though, you'll do better to seek it elsewhere.
Address: 2900 SE Belmont St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: barebonespdx.com
Telephone: (503) 719-7128
Rostra rating: 3.2
Basilisk
Team Mago thought that Basilisk had some of the best fried chicken that we've eaten in Portland. Go for the food and the fun of being at the Zipper.
Address: 820 NE 27th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: basiliskpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 234-7151
Rostra rating: 3.9
Belmont Station
With a wide selection of good beers, a decent food cart, and a bottle shop next door, Belmont Station in SE Portland pretty much has it all. And on a nice day you can get your food elsewhere and bring your own picnic if you would prefer something other than deli and fryolator fare to pair with all that excellent beer.
Address: 4500 SE Stark St., Portland OR 97215— Get directions
Website: belmont-station.com
Telephone: (503) 232-8538
Rostra rating: 3.9
Bhuna
Bhuna has a great combined lunch and happy hour that lasts from 11 AM until 6 PM every freakin' day, dude. For eleven samolians you get your choice of four very different rice bowls accompanied by a beer or NA beverage. Be sure to mix your rice bowl thoroughly before ingestion.
Address: 704 NW 21st Ave., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: bhunarestaurant.com
Telephone: (971) 865-2176
Rostra rating: 3.9
Blackheart
If you don't want to wait in line and also pay less for a very good brunch, Blackheart is a great alternative to Broder, Screen Door, or Jam -- even on the weekends (for now anyway)
Address: 2411 SE Belmont St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: blackheartpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 954-1541
Rostra rating: 4
Bless Your Heart Burgers
Bless You Heart Burgers in Portland's downtown Pine Street Market serves classic burgers that were almost certainly spawned from visits to one of the various Big Boy franchises in his youth. The beers, cocktails, and frozen drinks are also really, really fun.
Address: 126 SW 2nd Ave., Portland OR 97204— Get directions
Website: byhpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 719-4221
Rostra rating: 3.9
Blue Star Donuts
OK, Team Mago is going to have to admit that we're not big donut fans. But as these tasty little fat bombs go, the Blue Star version at least tried to be interesting. Whether you're eating in or taking them to the home or office, we think that you'll like what you find.
Address: 3325 SE Division St Suite 1, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: bluestardonuts.com
Telephone: (503) 477-9635
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 4
Bottle Rocket
When the owners of the Chicken and Guns and Potato Champion added Bottle Rocket to Portland's Cartopia food cart pod in southeast, they wittingly cast future patrons upon the horns of a delicious trilemma involving killer chicken, fantastic fries, or bitchin' burgers. At Bottle Rocket they give great flat top and fryolator.
Address: 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 79214— Get directions
Telephone: (971) 279-4663
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
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
Rostra rating: 2.5
Breakside Northwest
Breakside's premier venue is certainly the biggest brewpub in Slabtown with sixteen taps, a full-service restaurant, and two stories of indoor seating supplemented by significant outside seating. The beer is great. The food? Not so much.
Address: 1570 NW 22nd Ave., Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: breakside.com
Telephone: (503) 444-7597
Rostra rating: 4
Broder
The Broder business model consists of the three b's: breakfast, brunch, and booze. Now all of those things are very close to the hearts and stomachs of TeamMago, but unfortunately we just do not get it. It's not that the food is bad, but there is a big difference between subtle and boring, and in any event subtlety requires contrast somewhere in the rest of the dish and/or meal.
Address: 2508 SE Clinton St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: broderpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 736-3333
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Canard
Gabriel Rucker’s Canard in SE Portland has a special place in our gluttonous hearts. We especially enjoyed his duck stack, pancakes, duck gravy, tabasco onion rings, and a duck egg topped with seared foie gras.
Address: 734 E Burnside St, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: canardpdx.com
Telephone: (971) 279-2356
Rostra rating: 4.6
Cardinal Club
Address: 18 NE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: cardinalclubportland.com
Telephone: (503) 348-0763
Rostra rating: 3.5
Cat’s Paw Saloon
Cat's Paw on SE Division in Portland is a nice bar with friendly bar tendresses and an eclectic mix of neighborhood couples (often with a dog or two) leavened with semi-professional (but nice as well as restrained) dipsomaniacs, plus tattooed and pierced twenty somethings who often work in Division/Clinton's many restaurants and may or may not own a skateboard.
Address: 3565 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: 503-719-5189
Email: catspawsaloon@gmail.com
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.2
Churchgate Station
TeamMago's experience at MacLarty's Kitchen Stadium Richmond was both tasty and convivial. Check it out this summer when they have their patio open.
Address: 3050 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: churchgatestationpdx.com
Rostra rating: 4.2
Cibo
Cibo in SE Portland, Chef Marco Frattaroli's second restaurant, currently has a bad case of average gastronomic multiple personality disorder (or AGMPD). If you want Italian, go to Ava Genes or Atlas Pizza, both are a whole block away.
Address: 3539 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: cibopdx.com
Telephone: (503) 719-5377
Rostra rating: 2.5
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
Rostra rating: 4.8
Claudias
If you're looking for some VFM place to watch sports, you could do worse than Claudias. But really, not much worse.
Address: 3006 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Porltand OR 97214— Get directions
Website: claudiaspub.com
Telephone: (503) 232-1744
Rostra rating: 3.1
Community Plate
Community Plate is a very nice breakfast and lunch place in the middle of the Willamette Valley's wine country. The decor, food, and service are all good here. And the grilled cheese sandwich was the best ever.
Address: 315 NE 3rd St., McMinnville OR 97128— Get directions
Website: communityplate.com
Telephone: (503) 687-1902
Rostra rating: 3.8
Cooper’s Hall
Excellent food? Check. Beautiful and inviting venue? Check. Attentive, informative, and friendly staff? Double check. Convenient? Ummmm. Not really. They close frequently for events, so check their website before you make your plans.
Address: 404 SE 6th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: coopershall.com
Telephone: (503) 719-7000
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.6
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.
Address: 2117 NE Oregon St., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: culminationbrewing.com
Telephone: (971) 254-9114
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
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
Rostra rating: 4
Deadshot
Deadshot is owned by and located next door to Holdfast Dining, the current leading contender for the Rose City foodie wet dream awards. Although the decor is interesting, the service great, and the drinks excellent, it's the food that really makes this place worth a visit. That and the fact that you can eat some of Holdfast's signature dishes without waiting an eternity for a reservation.
Address: 2133 SE 11th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: deadshotpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 504-9448
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
Doug Fir Lounge
The Doug Fir Lounge in Portland's Central Eastside is an interesting place. Food and drinks from early to late and a music venue, all wrapped up in a retro package that is bound to make you smile. The food was good and the staff very friendly. We'll be going back for the music.
Address: 830 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: dougfirlounge.com
Telephone: (503) 231-9663
Rostra rating: 3.7
Duck House
If you want great Chinese cuisine, particularly dumplings of all types and sizes, then Duck House in SW Portland is not the place to go. You need to frequent the authentic establishments clustered on or near SE 82nd Street. If  you want a sports bar(ish) experience with great Asian food, a small yet immaculate tap list, killer drinkies, and friendly efficient service try Short Round on SE Hawthorne.
Address: 1968 SW 5th Ave., Portland OR 97201— Get directions
Website: duckhousepdx.com
Telephone: (971) 801-8888
Rostra rating: 3
Enat Kitchen
We enjoyed our Ethiopian meal at Enat Kitchen in North Portland. Although the spicy barbecued beef dishes were quite good, the real stars of the show were the collards, taters, and cabbage. Take a large group if you can and be prepared to eat with your hands.
Address: 300 N Killingsworth St., Portland OR 97217— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 285-4867
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
Rostra rating: 4
Farmhouse Kitchen
Farmhouse Kitchen is one of the best Thai restaurants in Portland and it is great competition for Pok Pok, which could use a little complacency deconstruction.
Address: 3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: farmhousepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 432-8115
Email: THAI@farmhousePDX.com
Rostra rating: 4.6
Ferment Brewing Company
Ferment Brewing Company serves very tasty sessional, British-style beers in a killer setting across from the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Couple that with some interesting cuisine, excellent service, and an outstanding indoor/outdoor space... enough with the superlatives. We'll be going back.
Address: 403 Portway Ave., Hood River OR 97031— Get directions
Website: fermentbrewing.com
Telephone: (541) 436-3499
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
Fleur De Lis Bakery and Cafe
Fleur De Lis Bakery and 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
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
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: 3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: friedegglove.com
Telephone: (503) 610-3447
Rostra rating: 4
Full Sail Brewing Co
Service is cheerful and knowledgable at the Full Sail Brewing Co in Hood River, but what can you say about a brew pub where the food shows up faster than the beer? Also, the food, with the possible exception of the fries, is forgettable.
Address: 506 Columbia St., Hood River OR 97031— Get directions
Website: fullsailbrewing.com
Telephone: (541) 386-2247
Rostra rating: 2.5
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
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.6
Gravy
Gravy on NE Sandy Blvd., in Portland serves up breakfasts with gynormous portions, VFM pricing, funky interior designs, and uh, gravy. A great place for breakfast without the lines (at least for now).
Address: 3101 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: gravyrestaurant.com
Telephone: (503) 327-8806
Rostra rating: 4
Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub
Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub in SE Portland is a great place to bring local friends or out of town guest who suffer from gluten allergies. Dinner is probably better than lunch in terms of food and ambience.
Address: 2030 SE 7th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: groundbreakerbrewing.com
Telephone: (503) 928-4195
Rostra rating: 3.6
Güero
If you are crawling your way north on the SE/NE 28th Ave bar and restaurant corridor (and you should be, especially on midweek evenings when you can usually get a seat immediately anywhere) stop by Güero and let those killer tortas soak up some of the booze, along with a restorative pint or shot of mezcal.
Address: 200 NE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: gueropdx.com
Telephone: (503) 887-9258
Rostra rating: 3.9
Hae Rim
The one Rostra rating says it all.
Address: 11729 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton OR 97005— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 671-9725
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
Rostra rating: 3.2
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
Holdfast
It's not very often that a restaurant experience exceeds the expectations of the entire Mago Team, but Holdfast with its nine course tasting menu in SE Portland did exactly that. Go, sit at the chefs counter, and enjoy both the food and the show.
Address: 2131 SE 11th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: holdfastdining.com
Telephone: (503) 504-9448
Rostra rating: 4.8
Holman’s Bar and Grill
You won't be going to Holman's Bar and Grill on Portland's SE 28th for its food which pretty much sucks. Your best bet is probably breakfast, which, fortunately, is served all day. But you would do even better to step out onto SE 28th and walk in any direction for less than five minutes to find far, far better food.
Address: 15 SE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: holmanspdx.com
Telephone: (503) 231-1093
Rostra rating: 3
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 4.2
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
Rostra rating: 4.2
Kachinka
If you like vodka and traditional drinking snacks at bargain prices, head for Kachinka or happy hour at Kachka. The Hungarian paprika whipped salo and beet and walnut caviar spreads were especially tasty.
Address: 960 SE 11th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: kachkapdx.com
Telephone: (503) 235-0059
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.8
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
Rostra rating: 2.5
Kenny and Zukes Bagelworks
We loved everything about Kenny and 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 and Zukes locations.
Address: 2376 NW Thurman St, Portland OR 97210— Get directions
Website: www.kennyandzukes.com/bagelworks/
Telephone: 503.954.1737
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.2
La Moule
La Moule comes pretty close to a Platonic form in terms of the food, beer, and experience it seeks to provide. And now they're serving brunch on both Saturday AND Sunday. 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
Rostra rating: 4.8
La Panza Cafe
Team Mago thought that the food at La Panza on SE Division was OK, but pretty expensive for what you got. We were also disappointed that it turned out that tamales aren't served absolutely every Tuesday. Check out Morgan's review for the good and disappointing of La Panza.
Address: 2425 SE 26th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: lapanzacafe.com
Telephone: (503) 236-5005
Rostra rating: 3.2
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 4.7
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
Le Pigeon
Team Mago loves everything about Le Pigeon from its intimate space, its beautifully mismatched plates, and how Chef Rucker (along with another chef frustratingly named Ricker) put the City of Roses on the culinary map. But oh it's the food that we keep going back for.
Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: lepigeon.com
Telephone: (503) 546-8796
Rostra rating: 4.9
Lewis and Clark Memorial Column
Nice column, but go for the view.
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden
Little Beast in SE Portland took over for the Hedge House and brought better beer and food to the neighborhood. Little Beast specializes in farmhouse-style beers and the Pater Extra is our current favorite.
Address: 3412 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: littlebeastbrewing.com
Telephone: (503) 208-2723
Email: hello@littlebeastbrewing.com
Rostra rating: 4.2
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
Rostra rating: 4.8
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
Rostra rating: 4.2
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
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
Rostra rating: 4
Master Kong
A bare bones but tidy little spot on outer Division, Master Kong is serving up some decent Asian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We recommend that you go on the off hours, though, because numerous reviews have made this a 'hot spot'.
Address: 8435 SE Division St., Portland OR 97266— Get directions
Telephone: (971) 373-8248
Rostra rating: 3.9
Matt’s BBQ
Some of the best Q in Rose City comes from a food cart. Well, I guess that doesn't really surprise anybody, but Matt Vicedomini's fare could go head to head with any pit master in Texas or beyond.
Address: 4233 N Mississippi Ave., Portland OR 97217— Get directions
Website: mattsbbqpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 504-0870
Rostra rating: 4.2
Matts BBQ Tacos
Matt's BBQ Tacos food cart on SE Hawthorne is serving up some fine BBQ taco-style. Great Q, great flour tortillas and a great attitude. Long may they last.
Address: 3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: mattsbbqpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 504-0870
Rostra rating: 4
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Mt. Hood Brewing Co. Tilikum Station
At Tilikum Station in SE Portland, the new satellite location of Government Camp's Mt. Hood Brewing Co., the pizza and beer are simply average. And life is too short for average beer and pizza. There is better beer, better pizza, and better beer and pizza to be had all over Rip City. For example, Scottie's Pizza is barely a mile away.
Address: 401 SE Caruthers St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: mthoodbrewing.com
Telephone: (971) 302-7296
Rostra rating: 3
Mulligan’s
Go to Mulligan's on SE Hawthorne for happy hour and pound craft brewskis with cheap and generous whisky backs until it's over and then head out onto SE Hawthorne where you could swing a dead cat and hit ten other places with better food. If you want to continue with VFM booze but pair it with decent food, head either for Nick's Famous Coney Island Hotdogs or Straight From New York Pizza.
Address: 3518 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 235-6390
Rostra rating: 3
My Father’s Place
The service might a tad on the slow side, especially if you go on Christmas day when you have few other choices for breakfast. But the food was good, the staff patient and kind, and the atmosphere worth the price of admission.
Address: 523 SE Grand Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: myfathersplacepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 235-5494
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd in NE Portland has an interesting interior, friendly and helpful staff, and great craft beer, cocktails and wine choices. But the food... is simply terrific. With all the cooking taking place in their wood-fired oven, the results are tasty indeed. Too bad about all that foliage blocking the view of the oven from the chefs counter, though.
Address: 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland OR 97212— Get directions
Website: nedluddpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 288-6900
Rostra rating: 4.3
Nimblefish
We enjoyed the sea bream sashimi, five types of nigiri off the specials menu, hand rolls, and a sea weed salad. Each dish ranged from very good to exemplary. But we won't be back. The wait staff couldn't have been less welcoming or helpful.
Address: 1524 SE 20th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: nimblefishpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 719-4064
Rostra rating: 4
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
Rostra rating: 3.3
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 2.5
OK Omens
It's the food and wine that make a visit to OK Omens rewarding. The short menu of share plates proved to be consistently good across the veggie and protein categories TeamMago sampled.
Address: 1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: okomens.com
Telephone: (503) 231-9959
Rostra rating: 3.7
Ole Latte Coffee and Bagels
Todd Edwards' Ole Latte Coffee and Bagels food carts in downtown Portland are a great pre or post PSU Farmers Market restorative stop. The bagels are good. The coffee is good. And the company is very, very good. Tell Todd hi (although he will probably beat you to it), and pay a menu item forward for those who can't afford it.
Address: 510 SW Harrison St., Portland OR 97201— Get directions
Website: olelatte.com
Telephone: (971) 221-6318
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
Olympia Provisions Public House
We loved Olympia Provisions' OP Wurst on SE Division in Portland, but we're not sorry to see this upgrade to Olympia Provisions Public House. Still the excellent choices in beer, cocktails, and wine, but now the menu is more varied with some delicious 'Alpine-focused' items to include Teutonic comfort food like schnitzel and schweinshaxe.
Address: 3384 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: olympiaprovisionspublichouse.com
Telephone: (503) 384-2259
Rostra rating: 4.1
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
Rostra rating: 4.2
Oregon Holocaust Memorial
A perfect place to sit and reflect
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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/
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 2
PaaDee
Killer VFM Asian street food, a great little tap list, a full bar with serious mixologists, and you do not have to wait six weeks for a meal or take out a second mortgage to pay for it. What's not to like about PaaDee in SE Portland?
Address: 6 SE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: paadeepdx.com
Telephone: (503) 360-1453
Rostra rating: 4
Palomar
Palomar is a a classy Cuban bar patronized by a mainly young crowd. Go for the daiquiris and not for the food. There is a totally cool Fin DAC mural on the outside of the building.
Address: 959 SE Division St #100, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: barpalomar.com
Telephone: (971) 266-8276
Rostra rating: 3.1
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 2.5
pFriem Family Brewing
We love the beer, we love the restaurant, we love the food, we love the setting. I guess that means that we pretty much love everything about pFriem. Make a special trip to Hood River and see what the fuss is about.
Address: 707 Portway Ave #101, Hood River OR 97031— Get directions
Website: pfriembeer.com
Telephone: (541) 321-0490
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.7
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.8
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
Website: portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/
Telephone: (503) 241-0032
Rostra rating: 4.7
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
Rostra rating: 4
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
RecumbentPDX
Are you getting to an age when two-wheel bikes are a bit of a pain? Then think recumbent trike. RecumbentPDX in SE Portland is an excellent store to buy and service your recumbent trike. Janet, Mel, and all of the staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and patient.
Address: 2025 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: recumbentpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 231-1000
Rostra rating: 4
Rice Cafe
The Rice Cafe on SE Hawthorne has good rice bowls and ramens for very reasonable prices.
Address: 3545 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Telephone: (503) 234-0557
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Rocio’s Mexican Restaurant
In a town awash in good Mexican, TexMex, and New Mexican eateries you should go somewhere other than Roscio's.
Address: 2850 SE Gladstone St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: rociospdx.com
Telephone: (971) 266-8860
Rostra rating: 3.2
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
Rostra rating: 4
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
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
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
Shalom Y’all
It is rare for MagoGuide to give a 4 rostra rating to a restaurant after just one meal... but we were in perfect agreement about Shalom Y'all in SE Portland getting four after tasting some excellent dishes at brunch.
Address: 117 SE Taylor St., #101, Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: shalomyallpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 208-3661
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 2
Southland Whiskey Kitchen
There is good and bad food to be had at Southland. The good includes the mac and 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
Rostra rating: 3.3
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Telephone: (503) 954-3049
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 5
Stammtisch
At Stammtisch on Portland's SE 28th, the German food and beer were very good for the most part. Their schweinshaxe, however, was a huge disappointment.
Address: 401 NE 28th Ave., Portland OR 97232— Get directions
Website: stammtischpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 206-7983
Rostra rating: 3.8
Statue of Sacajawea and Jean-Baptiste
A beautiful bronze statue.
Address: Washington Park, Portland OR— Get directions
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
Stickers Asian Cafe
If you're in At Stickers the food is good, comes out fast and service is friendly. Booze is also a big part of the menu with cocktails, a rotating local IPA tap, lots of Asian bottled beers, and a $2 Oly pounder.
Address: 6808 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: stickersasiancafe.com
Telephone: (503) 239-8739
Rostra rating: 3.7
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
Rostra rating: 2
Straight From New York Pizza
The east coast utility pizza they serve at Straight From New York on SE Hawthorne in Portland fills an unoccupied niche in the local pizzacology. It is thinner than its competition and sauced/topped so that the crust stays crisp while facilitating a fold down the center. Seriously good 'za.
Address: 3701 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: sfnypizza.com
Telephone: (503) 736-9739
Rostra rating: 3.9
Studio One
Although Team Mago enjoys the old theater venues such as the Baghdad, Cinemagic, Laurelhurst, and Hollywood, our favorite theater for viewing big 3-D blockbusters is Studio One on SE Powell Blvd. Although the food and booze are overpriced, they're pretty good. And the theaters are a real experience in luxury viewing with 4K Pure Laser Projection and 128 channel Dolby ATMOS sound.
Address: 3945 SE Powell Blvd., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: studioonetheaters.com
Telephone: (971) 271-8142
Rostra rating: 4.3
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
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.9
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
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
Tasty n Daughters
Tasty n Daughters is a very, very nice addition to Portland's SE Division corridor. The decor is warm and friendly as are the staff. And the food is both interesting and delicious. We'll be visiting this tasty establishment often.
Address: 4537 SE Division St., Portland OR 97206— Get directions
Website: tastyndaughters.com
Telephone: (503) 621-1400
Rostra rating: 4.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
The Bike Hub
The Bike Hub near PSU will help you get the key card and stickers you need to park you bike in the secure bike garages scattered around the PSU campus. They also sell bikes, equipment, services, and maintenance classes.
Address: 1818 SW 6th Ave., Portland OR 97201— Get directions
Website: pdx.edu/bikehub/
Telephone: (503) 725-9006
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
The Hazel Room
If you are feeling brunchy on a Wednesday, this is definitely a place to consider. It is a step up from the Fried Egg I'm in Love food cart down the street, and the lines will be shorter or non-existent. As to the weekends, well you are own your own lookout.
Address: 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland Oregon 97214— Get directions
Website: thehazelroom.com
Telephone: (503) 756-7125
Rostra rating: 3.6
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 3.6
Thirsty Monk
If you want Belgian style beer, tolerable food, and a huge TV pumping out a lot of football, head for the Thirsty Monk. Their craft beer is above average and the food isn't bad.
Address: 1522 SE 32nd Ave., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: monkpub.com
Telephone: (503) 234-8888
Rostra rating: 3.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.3
Tom’s Bar and Restaurant
Address: 3871 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202— Get directions
Website: tomspdx.com
Telephone: (503) 233-1363
Rostra rating: 3.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.9
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
Tusk
Tusk is an inviting Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern off of East Burnside. It's cool doweled ceiling baffles look great as well as actually providing some sound dampening, while the lighting is particularly attractive. Tusk merges modern culinary techniques with ancient flavors from the Cradle of Civilization and the Middle Sea. Veggies are Chef McFadden's passion and far more interesting at Tusk than the protein offerings.
Address: 2448 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: tuskpdx.com
Telephone: (503) 894-8082
Rostra rating: 4.2
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.2
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
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
Rostra rating: 3.8
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
Rostra rating: 3.9
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
Rostra rating: 4.4
Wilf’s Restaurant
Given the genteel poverty of Portland's Union Station and the not so genteel street scene outside the collocated bus station, WIlf's Restaurant constitutes something of a down at the heels oasis for Amtrak passengers and jazz aficionados. The food ranges from OK to forgettable.
Address: 800 NW 6th Ave., Portland OR 97209— Get directions
Website: wilfsrestaurant.com
Telephone: (503) 223-0070
Rostra rating: 2.5
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
Rostra rating: 4
Woodlark Hotel
Address: 813 SW Alder St, Portland OR 97205— Get directions
Website: woodlarkhotel.com
Telephone: (503) 548-2559
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 4.3
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
Rostra rating: 4.5
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
Rostra rating: 3.7
Zell’s Cafe
Zell's is a nice, old school corner cafe in SE Portland serving above average standards for breakfast. The Hangtown frittata with oysters, bacon, Asiago cheese, and scallions was great.
Address: 1300 SE Morrison St., Portland OR 97214— Get directions
Website: zellscafe.com
Telephone: (503) 239-0196
Rostra rating: 3.5

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