The serpentine queues outside this little pizzeria is a fair enough indication of it's popularity in the city. However, Apizza Scholls' fame goes far beyond Portland. This no non-sense pizzeria is frequently listed amongst the country's top pizza places and is a must-visit fixture when in the city. The restaurant's kitchen headed by owner Brian Spangler delights with his single-minded focus of crafting some of the best pizza pies. Choose from a delectable selection of house pies featuring classics like the Apizza Margherita as well as some delights like the Bacon Bianca and Tartufo Bianco. The selection has something for most tastes, and if you're thinking up something not on the menu, you can also 'Build your own Pie'.
Sitting on the Columbia riverbank, Salty's on the Columbia definitely is not a fish out of water. The superb service and seafood equal the enchanting dining experience on the river. Besides their superb seasonal seafood fare, they are also known for their steaks and happy hours. Savor their sublime dishes in the romantic interiors or in their lovely deck. Live jazz music adds to the ambiance on weekend nights.
As Irish as its namesake, this cheery downtown establishment is warm, welcoming and close to the city's heartbeat. The wood and brass tones exude an authentic yet casual tone. Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub's full bar is accommodating, boasting one of the largest selections of malt scotches in the Northwest. Varied menu offerings include traditional Irish cuisine as well as salads, sandwiches and more. Catch your favorite football team, Gaelic games or rugby on their television screens or tap your feet to the nightly live music.
Inspired by her sons' trip to Europe, Mary O'Rourke, a pastry chef, decided to try her hand at making Leige sugar waffles. After many attempts and a few secret ingredients thrown in, O'Rourke took these decadent street food waffles and made them her own. With the help of an old service entrance to her husbands restaurant, Bread and Ink Cafe, and a Dutch styled half door, the Waffle Window was born. Patrons can enjoy a variety of sweet or savory waffles, from seasonal favorites like the pumpkin pie creation to the Three B's - fresh basil, brie, pepper bacon and homemade peach jam. The outdoor covered patio is great in the summertime and the dinning room of the Break and Ink Cafe is perfect for raining winter days.
Smoky wood-fired pizzas and delicious homemade ice creams beckon children of all ages to this quaint eatery with an intriguing name. Don't expect an explanation for it though, as food is the only thing in focus here. The interiors invoke a mild sense of nostalgia, though it's probably not a deliberate effort. Basic interiors, wooden tables, plastic chairs and the wood-fired oven roaring away give a very comforting vibe to the place. Choose from a selection of delectable pizza pies with a selection of Italian as well as American toppings. The salad selection proves to be a good complement to the pizzas. Ice creams are a specialty and come in some delightful flavors from salted caramel to huckleberry. Almost all ingredients used in Lovely's Fifty Fifty are locally sourced with the addition of being organic when possible. Even the ice creams are made using organic eggs and cream. There's a perennial bustle to the place thanks to the number of families coming in with kids. How can you blame them with a menu like that?
Taking the concept of vegan food and dining to the next level, the award-winning Blossoming Lotus has made such an impact on Portland's dining scene, that making this lifestyle shift for Portlanders has become a much easier and even an enticing affair. The nationally acclaimed restaurant firmly believes in the virtues of healthy cooking and offers an all-organic menu of world fusion specialties. The menu spans global specialties and has influences from every region from Europe to Asia. There's also a selection of raw food preparations. Dietary requirements are exceptionally well catered to. The restaurant offers a well-stocked bar with organic beers, wines as well as a selection of cocktails. Food has received critical acclaim and has changed many perceptions about vegan cuisine. The restaurant has also released a series of books on vegan cooking and lifestyle that have become an instant hit. Food is available to go and the catering service is perennially popular.
Since the early 1900s, this fun, family-owned restaurant has been shucking oysters for Northwesterners. Seafood lovers will revel in the nautical environment decorated with sea artifacts and stein collections. Woods dominate the interiors and add to the feel of the place. Oysters are the specialty and are usually served on the half shell. Enjoy many varieties, including the Ekone oysters from Oregon and the Alaskan Halibut. A tempting array of Northwest micro-brews will wash them down perfectly. If you prefer, enjoy one of the other delicacies such as garlic parmesan fries or a fish sandwich.
The corner location of this place is good for the morning line. Try going early to beat the rush or the sleep-in crowd that approaches at noon or later. Once you finally get your food, you will know why Bijou Cafe is packed. The muffins are good with coffee for breakfast while the salads are a solid choice for lunch. Delighting diners since 1978, the food is affordable and is fresh. The ingredients used are procured from local farmers. The atmosphere is bright with large windows that open up the place. Fridays are the time for some live jazz music. Don't miss the spot when in town.
Taste the flavors of delicious Peruvian cuisine at Polli-Tico which offers traditional chicken cooked using family recipes. The flavorful menu features exciting dishes such as on-the-go Pollo bowl and sandwiches, fresh salads, chicken platters, charbroiled chicken accompanied by scrumptious sides. The inexpensive menu of this modest food cart invites people of all budgets to enjoy the tempting offerings of this unique cuisine.
Started in 2007, Tandoor Indian Kitchen is an unpretentious and casual eatery located in the Southwest tenement. It is the perfect place to start if you want to sample some of the best regional Indian specialties. The decor is toned down and the atmosphere fits regular dining, but all the value goes on the plate. Made from scratch using superior local ingredients, the food is authentic and flavorful. Lunch is served buffet style which includes a choice of appetizers, three non-vegetarian curries, four vegetarian curries, biryani, naan (flatbread) and dessert. Highlight dishes are the Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. Service is efficient and prices are reasonable, making this place a go-to in the neighborhood.
Indulge in some heavenly-delicious sandwiches, inspired by the British cuisine and served with a smile. Made from scratch using fresh local ingredients, the scrumptious offerings of this modest food truck is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. Known to serve the best English breakfast, the chicken tikka sandwich, beef brisket with potatoes and bangers and mash are also a must try here. The daily specials menu features exciting new dishes for regular patrons. The prompt service and pocket-friendly prices invite people of all budgets to enjoy this wonderful cuisine.