Dining and Drinking: 48 Hours in… Portland

Have you missed any of our “48 Hours In…” profiles thus far? You can check them out here. [Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2024.]

The city of roses, bridges, and Stumptown…

Oh, Portland. After two decades, you’re finally starting to grow on me. Your rivers, your bridges, your fickle weather. The food and drink selection, however, continues to be one of your shiny bits. When friends come into town – whether for business or pleasure – they always want to know where to eat and drink, and I’m happy to share. Some classics, some newbies – here are a few of my favorites from around the city!

 

Frank’s Noodle House (best for lunch, dinner)
822 NE Broadway
If you know, then you know, as they say. Frank’s has been around for ages, its bright yellow house a staple on Broadway despite the ups and downs of the neighborhood around it. House handmade noodles are legendary and long-revered by local Portlanders. Make sure to dine-in – the noodles just don’t deliver the razzamatazz with delivery. And don’t forget the kimchi!

Tin Shed (best for breakfast, brunch)
1438 NE Alberta
Tin Shed has been a dog-friendly go-to for many in the NE Portland area for over two decades. Though it’s evolved from its tiny collection of indoor tables to a more spacious open (and heated) patio area, you’ll still hit a standard brunch line on a weekend morning (it’s a little easier to grab a seat mid-week) but the coffee is always flowing. My fave breakfast choice is the Everything Nice, offering both sweet and savory on the plate.

The Old Gold (best for drinks, snacks)
2105 N Killingsworth
A stellar neighborhood bar, the Old Gold features great bites and beverages, whether flying solo at the bar or catching a game with friends.

Gravy (best for breakfast, brunch)
3957 N Mississippi
You’ll find all the breakfast goodies at Gravy, with a wide variety of mix-and-match ingredient options to satisfy even the pickiest eater in the bunch.

Lil Shalom (best for lunch, dinner, drinks)
1128 SW Alder
This sweet little Mediterranean kitchen has been delivering divine dishes for a handful of years. Check out the rest of the Sesame Collective for more good eats and drinks around town!

Huber’s Cafe (best for turkey dinners, drinks)
411 SW 3rd
Huber’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland, opening in 1879. It’s a bit out of the way, and wholly unpretentious, but the worn wood of years gone by, the old-school bowties and vests, and the way the bartenders still make a showing of their famous Spanish coffees make this a marvelous visit during a Stumptown stay.

Scotch Lodge (best for dinner, drinks)
215 SE 9th
Scotch Lodge came out firing when it arrived, and it hasn’t stopped since! Every dish by Chef Tim Tartale is a delight, with cocktails and vibe to match. Great for a cozy evening with your favorite people.

Pacific Standard (best for lunch, happy hour, dinner, drinks)
100 NE MLK Way
While we all mourned the loss of the great Clyde Common, we were thrilled to see former Clyde Common bartenders Banjo Amberg and Jeffrey Morgenthaler open their own bar, Pacific Standard, in the KEX Hotel. It’s been a popular place since its arrival, with the duo recently opening Pacific Standard Salem for those staying just south of the city. Stop in, hang out in the lovely loungey lobby, snap a few pics in the branded photo booth, or venture up to the rooftop Sunset Room during spring and summer seasons!

Magna Kusina (best for lunch, drinks, dinner)
2525 SE Clinton
Lovers of Filipino food will truly enjoy this modern take on home-cooked classics, like pancit and lumpia. Helmed by former Clyde Common chef, Carlo Lamagna, Magna Kusina has been revered by many since opening in 2019, winning the title of Portland’s “Restaurant of the Year” from The Oregonian in 2021.

Kachka (best for dinner, drinks)
960 SE 11th
There’s no place like Kachka, with its perfect little pelminis and horseradish vodka. Caviar, cocktails, and a “herring under a fur coat” helps to make Kachka a do-not-miss.

5 & Dime (best for dinner, drinks)
6535 SE Foster
5 & Dime is my most recent favorite find. A cozy respite along the oft-traveled SE Foster, this neighborhood gem features a short list of fabulous hot dogs. Pair with a delicious cocktail, and you’re good to go!

Nong’s Khao Man Gai (best for lunch, dinner)
Multiple locations
From food cart to brick and mortar, Nong’s somehow makes chicken and rice the very best chicken and rice you’ve ever had. Be sure to pick up yourself a bottle of the sought-after Nong’s sauce while you’re there!

Fifty Licks (best for dinner, drinks)
Multiple locations
Skip that other PR-heavy ice cream spot, and head to this homegrown hole-in-the-wall for luscious licks.

 

~Jennifer Matthewson

*Photo Credit: Jennifer Matthewson / Daily Blender

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