Oregon, and Portland in particular, is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of 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 recurring feature we call Dining Confidential.
Laura Rhoman rarely gets to do breakfast or lunch. Her NE Portland soul spot, Muscadine—recently anointed by Esquire as one of 2015's best new restaurants—is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. nearly every day of the week. The only day she has to herself is Tuesday, and when that day rolls around, she craves sandwiches more than anything else—and a cheesesteak from SE Powell's Steakadelphia, in particular.
"I pretty much just always want sandwiches on my day off," says Rhoman. "My order is always the provolone Philly. I really haven't found a comparable cheesesteak in town. It doesn't come with a side, but I always get fries. I think with a soda and decent tip, my total is exactly $13."
On service: "Some people think the service is rude and slow. I've never found that to be true, personally."
And her pro-tip: "Call in your order and eat it there. They do a ton of to-go, but I think the quality suffers. Full disclosure: I'm pretty anti-to-go orders in general. So yes, I call ahead and basically walk in as my order is just ready, to eat it there. Their to-go time estimates are pretty right on."