Portland, Oregon is full of restaurants, pubs, and food carts dedicated to every kind of imaginable food.
Choosing a few Portland restaurants to recommend is a Herculean task. The city is full of places that take food obsession to a whole new level. So we’ve included a handful of “can’t miss” options, but know the city is full of options ranging from lowbrow to highbrow, and includes cuisines from countries around the globe.
We’ve included a separate listing of restaurants known for working with special diets since traveling with food issues is usually difficult . . . except its part of daily life in Portland. If you’re gluten-free or vegan, you’ll never want to leave the region once you see the scope of available food.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown put Portland on the coffee map.
Division: 4525 SE Division Street
Belmont: 3356 SE Belmont Street
Stark: 1026 SW Stark Street
The Annex: 100 SE Salmon Street
Downtown: 128 SW Third Avenue
This small chain of cafes owned by a barista champion should be on the “must visit” list for all coffee connoisseurs.
Pearl District: 539 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Alberta: 1725 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
NW 23rd: 823 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Downtown: 39 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97204
Coava has won some awards, and their minimalist space combined with world-class coffee makes this a can’t-miss stop. Their shop on SE Grand was also featured in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars With Coffee.
Flagship: 1300 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Hawthorne: 2631 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Heart is another award-winning micro-roaster that should be a destination for all coffee enthusiasts.
East Burnside: 2211 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Downtown: 537 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Ole Latte – Portland’s Dedicated Coffee Food Cart
Portland’s only dedicated coffee food cart also roasts its own beans. They introduced the concept of “suspended coffees”, e.g. paying for an extra cup of coffee for someone in need.
Downtown: 1003 SW Alder Street
PSU: SW 5th Avenue and Harrison Street
Pok Pok is basically the it girl of the Portland food scene. If you’re a fan of Thai food, check it out.
3226 SE Division Street, Portland, OR
Not to be outdone by Pok Pok, Bollywood Theater offers a delicious spin on Indian street food.
Alberta: 2039 NE Alberta St
Division: 3010 SE Division St
Pine State Biscuits
American diner-style food with fresh biscuits. Be careful because The Reggie can steal your stomach, err, heart.
Division: 100 SE Division Street
Alberta: 125 NE Schuyler St
Apizza Scholls is frequently referred to as the best pizza joint in Portland, and for good reasons They have their own rules for pizza (no more than three toppings), and the results are amazing.
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
If you want to go for a fine dining experience, look no further than the chef’s tasting menu at Le Pigeon.
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Portland is known for its “pods” of food carts. There are multiple pods around the city, staffed by entrepreneurs passionate about food. Here are two of our favorite pods:
SW Alder & SW 10th (Downtown)
You can find several well-known, iconic food carts at this pod that centers around the intersection of SW Alder and 10th. Its just a few blocks down from Powell’s if you need sustenance while shopping for books. Some of the pods include The Frying Scotsman (Scottish Fish & Chips), Nong's Khao Man Ga (Thai chicken and rice), 808 Grinds (Hawaiian food), and The Whole Bowl (the best beans and rice you will ever encounter), and Ole Latte (coffee).
Good Food Here – SE Belmont and SE 43rd Avenue
Carts include Cackalacks Hot Chicken Shack (fried chicken), 50 Licks (ice cream), Fish Box (meals involving local, wild-caught seafood), and more. There’s onsite eating and many, many, amazing food options.
Voodoo Doughnut jumpstarted the Portland donut scene with their quirky and unique take on doughnuts.
Downtown: 22 SW 3rd Avenue
Northeast: 1501 NE Davis St
Blue Star Donuts
Fresh brioche dough and unique flavor combos makes Blue Star some of the best donuts in Portland. Both of their shops are close to Powell’s locations.
Downtown:1237 SW Washington St
Hawthorne: 3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Go to Pip’s for mini-donuts made to order and housemade chai. Flavor combinations include raw honey, sea salt, nutella, and all sorts of good stuff.
4759 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Salt & Straw
Quirky flavor combinations with a NW twist make Salt & Straw the darling of the Portland ice cream scene.
NW Portland: 838 NW 23rd Aven
Division: 3345 SE Division St
Alberta: 2035 NE Alberta St
You’ll find a variety of locally made chocolate at Cacao’s, plus drinking chocolate and espresso. This can combine very well with a trip to Powell’s.
Main Café: 414 SW 13th Ave
Outpost in the Heathman Hotel: 712 SW Salmon St
Ruby Jewel Scoops
In the mood for some honey lavender or Oregon strawberry ice cream after spending some time in Powell’s? Ruby Jewel makes their ice cream in small batches and offers custom ice cream sandwiches in addition to cones, bowls, and sundaes. They also make sorbet.
Downtown near Powell’s: 428 SW 12th Ave
Mississippi: 3713 N Mississippi Ave
Ground Breaker Brewery & Gastropub – 100% Gluten-Free
Portland’s dedicated gluten-free pub and brewery. They don’t “even allow gluten in the door.” Their pub menu features gourmet fare as well as hearty burgers and sandwiches. Vegan options are available in addition to food featuring meat and cheese. Open for lunch and dinner.
2030 SE 7th (SE 7th & Lincoln St.)
New Cascadia Traditional – 100% Gluten-Free Bakery
Dedicated Gluten-free bakery offering artisanal breads, like a to-die-for sourdough, pastries, and lunch items, like gluten-free pizzas, salads, and more. Their breads are carried in various markets, like New Seasons, Whole Foods, and some Fred Meyers.
1700 SE 6th Ave (SE 6th & SE Market, two blocks south of Hawthorne)
Blossoming Lotus – Vegan with both gluten-free and raw options
100% vegan restaurant featuring fusion world cuisine made of local organic ingredients. They’re open for brunch on the weekends, plus lunch and dinner daily. They’re very aware of what goes into their food and offer gluten-free options and can handle various food sensitivities. They also have a raw section on their menu.
1713 NE 15th Ave
Sweet Pea – Vegan Bakery
You can find everything from a wide variety of pastries to soup, sandwiches, and breakfast items, and espresso drinks at Sweet Pea. Everything is vegan, and they carry a few gluten-free items baked in their non-dedicated GF bakery. Stop by Saturday for a donut or any day for a meal.
1206 SE Stark St
Canteen – Vegan Juice Bar
Vegan juice bar with Portland’s best bowls and salads. Everything is made to order and is guaranteed to be amazingly fresh. They also have beer and kambucha on tap.
2816 SE Stark St
Tin Shed Garden Cafe – Options for Gluten-Free, Vegan, and people who eat everything
The Tin Shed is an excellent option for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a quirky, truly-Portland style restaurant. They manage to serve hearty gluten-free or vegan fare along with burgers and oh-so-delicious meat dishes. You can also combine them with a visit to Green Bean Books and the rest of the shops on NE Alberta.
1438 NE Alberta Street
While your food is digesting, you should check out one of our many bookstores. Portland has two dedicated-Children’s bookstores in addition to indie bookstores. Plus you can find the world-known Powell’s Books.
Dedicated Children’s Bookstores:
A Children’s Place Bookstore
1423 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97212
Green Beans Books
1600 NE Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon 97211
Powell’s Books has five different locations around the Portland Metro area.
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Powell’s Books for Home and Garden
3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Powell’s Books at PDX
7000 NE Airport Way, Suite 2250 (inside the airport)
Portland, OR 97218
Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219
1714 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
St John’s Booksellers
8622 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
The closest bookstore to the conference is the (enormous) Barnes and Noble in Bridgeport Village, just off of I5:
Bridgeport Village Mall
7227 SW Bridgeport Rd
Tigard, OR 97224