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 dining neighborhoods. From hotel-happy downtown to the Chinese counters of 82nd, these are the ‘hoods that delivered the goods this year.
“Lower East Burnside, if only because that’s where Canard can be found.”
“East Burnside. Canard is the #1 new restaurant in PDX. Hey Love is already one of the better bars in PDX with an ambitious bar menu. My first meal at Normandie was solid. La Luna Cafe was a nice addition to the neighborhood. Add to these aforementioned restaurants/bars, future openings with strong potential: Erizo and Scotch Lodge.”
“I don’t know. Distribution seems in better balance than for a long while, with relative surge in westside choices.”
Vanessa Ng and Vicki Ng, culinary mavens behind @foodbellypdx:
“We grew up and lived in the city of Richmond, BC for 15+ years (where the demographic is predominately Asian and often lauded as having the best Chinese food outside of Asia), so the Asian-immigrant population of 82nd really is the closest thing to home away from home for us in Portland. Having dim sum at HK Cafe and congee at Master Kong gives us a little dose of nostalgia.”