Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that some Portlanders aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Image of King Burrito courtesy Duane P. via Yelp
It's been a busy summer for Beaker & Flask's new executive chef Anthony Walton. After the departure of Ben Bettinger, the Wisconsin-ite now leads the show, sharing the stage with barmen Kevin Ludwig and (soon-to-depart) Brandon Wise. From day to day, you may spot Walton scouting the farmers market circuit, spit roasting a pig in the parking lot, or perched in the kitchen at Beaker & Flask, watching over his team while churning out technique-driven comfort food that begs to be washed down with cocktails. Though Beaker's bar has its own late-night industry scene, Walton usually heads up to North Portland for a post-work bite: to King Burrito.
It's usually past 11p.m. when I get off work, so when I'm thinking about dinner, convenience is key. Luckily, King Burrito is a couple blocks from my house on Lombard Street in North Portland and it has turned into one of my favorite late-night stops after a long shift. I usually order the namesake "King Burrito" with beans, steak, and their signature avocado sauce, which is insanely delicious. If I need to switch it up, I order the carnitas tacos with the fried-to-order hard shell. The breakfast burrito with chorizo, potatoes, beans, and eggs isn't as heavy as it sounds, and ! Everything here is pretty cheap, there are large portions and service is quick. King Burrito will definitely satisfy any late-night burrito cravings.