3 Must-Visit Restaurants In Portland

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WHERE TO DINE IN THE CITY OF ROSES 

Falafels, tacos, and Thai, oh my. Visit any of Portland’s legendary food truck pods and you can get a mouth-watering meal for under ten dollars. But when standing to eat isn’t on your to-do list, here’s three incredible options for you to sit down and soak it all up. Reservations are highly recommended at all.

3. ANDINA 

Peruvian, meet Portland. Located at the corner of 13th and Glisan, this savory South American kitchen has been pumping out Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist since 2003. Known for fascinating flavors, the small plates are an exceptional way to sample a type of food you may never have had but are about to become obsessed with. Spicy cocktails like the Sacsayhuaman (don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either) made with habanero vodka and passionfruit, leave a memorable mark but classics like the Caipirinha are worth investigating as well. When it comes to entrees, the Aji De Gallin, or pulled chicken with amarillo-peanut sauce, was my personal favorite but the diver scallops are also to-die for. It’s extremely busy at dinner so if you want something a little more laid back, try visiting for lunch.

—Price level: $$.  1314 NW Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 228-9535  http://www.andinarestaurant.com/

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The Caipirinha and Aji De Gallina at Andina

 2. CASTAGNA

I’ll start by saying that for having a menu that I understood maybe 10% of, the meal was 100% incredible. I may have some brushing up to do on my culinary vocabulary but that’s ok because the food speaks for itself. Castagna is THE place to come when you want to impress a date or a business colleague. Executive Chef Justin Woodward’s tasting menu often includes up to 12 courses, giving you plenty of time to appreciate the flavorful artistry of each dish. Ingredients are sourced fresh and from all across the globe—you’ll experience plentiful new things you probably haven’t ever even heard of like fermented black garlic or lobster mushrooms. They also offer a seasonal menu that is less of a marathon at around 7-8 courses but just as enjoyable. Highly recommended for a special night out.

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—Price level: $$$$ 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (503) 231-7373  www.Castagna.com

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Carrots with hazelnut and satsuma creme, paired with Albert Boxert Chasselas, France 2013

 1. ROE

Give me exclusivity or give me death. Is that your motto? If so, Roe is your spot. Located in the back room of B&T Oyster Bar, you would have no idea it was there unless you happened to notice the small groups of well-dressed people quietly being ushered through a curtain. Get behind that mystery curtain, through the door and you’ll find yourself in a small but gorgeously lit room that accommodates, at most, maybe 25 people. Tables are well spaced out and with a bar of it’s own, you feel as if you’re in a restaurant made especially for you and your companions. Roe offers two menus per evening and they change frequently. The Guests’s Choice offers four courses whereas the Chef’s Tasting Menu offers seven, both of which are available with wine pairings, aperitifs and digestifs. They specialize in seafood and with plates like poached king crab with green apple tapioca and butternut squash espuma, it’s hard to argue anyone else could do it better. Reservations are a must. 

—Price level: $$$$ 3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (503)232-1566  http://www.roepdx.rest/— 

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Poached king crab, served with 3 salts (Bonito flake, citrus and toasted anise) and paired with Gewurztramner from Alsace, France 2013

 

With a culinary scene that encourages and applauds creativity, you pretty much can’t go wrong in Portland.

Now get out there and get eating.

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