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Portland’s Top Restaurant Standbys in 2018

Vietnamese delis, dive bars, and pizza legends that keep pleasing Portland’s high-profile diners

Cao lau at Rose VL Deli
Nick Woo/EPDX
Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

As the year comes to a close, Eater sites across the globe are tipping hats to all of 2018’s restaurant memories, meals, and surprises. Here in Portland, we asked some of the city’s best fed about their favorite standbys in the local food scene. From a creative Korean restaurant to a fried-chicken-hawking dive bar, these are the restaurants that continued to please in 2018:

Michael Russell, restaurant critic for The Oregonian:
I’m a creature of habit. Hat Yai, Stammtisch, Apizza Scholls made up the bulk of my non-expensed bills this years.”

Gary Okazaki, co-host of the podcast Walk-ins Welcome with Gary & Michael:
Han Oak. my second home.”

Mattie John Bamman, author of Ravenous Traveler and former Eater PDX editor
Bari Food Cart, Reel M Inn, Rose VL Deli, Park Avenue Fine Wines, Ava Gene’s, Kachka.”

Michael C Zusman, restaurant critic for Willamette Week:
My neighborhood faves, as always: St. Jack and Ataula. Apizza Scholls, the almighty and eternal, for pizza and caesar salad. Aviary for a creative, still under-appreciated nice dinner. Ox for meat.”

Nick Woo, author of Feast Meats West and Eater PDX contributor:
“Rose VL on Saturdays for the cao lầu is basically the perfect way to start a day.”


2110 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 916-4445 Visit Website


1818 Northwest 23rd Place, , OR 97210 (503) 894-8904 Visit Website

Apizza Scholls

4741 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, , OR 97215 (503) 233-1286 Visit Website


401 Northeast 28th Avenue, , OR 97232 (503) 206-7983 Visit Website

Rose VL Deli

6424 Southeast Powell Boulevard, , OR 97206 (503) 206-4344

St. Jack

1610 Northwest 23rd Avenue, , OR 97210 (503) 360-1281 Visit Website


960 Southeast 11th Avenue, , OR 97214 (503) 235-0059 Visit Website

Hat Yai

1605 Northeast Killingsworth Street, , OR 97211 (503) 764-9701 Visit Website

Park Avenue Fine Wines

626 Southwest Park Avenue, , OR 97205 (503) 914-5595 Visit Website

Ava Gene's

3377 Southeast Division Street, , OR 97202 (971) 229-0571 Visit Website

Han Oak

511 NE 24TH AVE, Portalnd, OR 97232 Visit Website

Reel M Inn

2430 Southeast Division Street, , OR 97202 (503) 231-3880 Visit Website