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A Walkable Downtown Dining Guide for Feast Portland

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The 2013 edition of Feast Portland kicks off tomorrow, meaning hundreds of very hungry folks will soon descend on downtown Portland (three of the main events — the Sandwich Invitational, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, and High Comfort — are clustered around downtown's Director Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square). So for those looking to walk their way through the festival, here are Eater's recommended downtown dining options, from morning coffee through late-night, curated around the main Feast events. Need more dining suggestions for elsewhere around Portland? Click through and scroll down for those, too.


Need more dining suggestions? May we humbly suggest perusing:
· Eater's 38 Essential Portland Restaurants
· The Eater PDX HeatMap: What's Hot Now
· 21 of Portland's Must-Have Food Cart Dishes
· A Guide to Portland's 20 Best Coffeehouses and Roasters
· Presenting 20 Spots with PDX's Favorite Happy Hours
· An Epic Look at Portland's 21 Favorite Vegan Dishes

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. COFFEE: Courier Coffee

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923 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 545-6444
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One of Portland's most fiercely independent coffee house famously roasts its own, plays records at the bar, and delivers to wholesale accounts by bicycle. Take your pick of pour-over from the daily menu before trekking further downtown (FYI: there's very limited seating, so grab that cup to-go). [Photo]

2. COFFEE: Public Domain

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603 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 243-6374
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The downtown coffee house of Coffee Bean International, Public Domain provides a good spot for a quick check-in with the office: efficient baristas, free wi-fi. There's also an "espresso happy hour" every day from 11a.m. to noon. [Photo]

3. COFFEE: Stumptown

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1026 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-9060
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You already knew about Portland's Stumptown, and if a pilgrimage is in order, its location in the Ace Hotel is the closest to downtown Feast happenings. Take your cup to the lobby of the Ace and enjoy its comfortable couches and great people-watching. [Photo]

4. LUNCH: Nong's Khao Man Gai

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1003 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 255-3480
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Count this one as a must-visit. Downtown's beloved Nong's Khao Man Gai cart serves only one dish (poached chicken with rice and a simple broth), but it's as deeply soul-satisfying as any dish in Portland. Bonus points for its simplicity (cutting through all that Feast richness) and its supposed hangover-curing qualities. [Photo]

5. LUNCH: Kargi Gogo

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950 Southwest Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 489-8432
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For a representation of the depth of local cart food, newish spot Kargi Gogo offers a unique cuisine even for the city's famously diverse cart scene: Georgian food. Create a combination plate of the khachapuri or lobiani (savory stuffed breads with cheese or spiced meats), beef and pork dumplings, and the (vegan!) eggplant, walnut and garlic rolls.

6. LUNCH: Lardo West

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-2490
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Rick Gencarelli's Lardo joins an impressive local tradition of quality sandwich-making. In the vein of the Bunks and Meat Cheese Breads before, the spot elevates what can be accomplished between two slices of bread, resulting in dripping, satisfying pork meatball banh mis, grilled mortadella sandwiches, and arguably one of the city's best plate of "dirty" French fries.

7. LUNCH: The Whole Bowl

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SW 9th and Alder
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 757-2695
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A longtime cart favorite (now with three locations), the Whole Bowl's all-vegetarian bowl may be the perfect healthy respite from feasting. It's simply a fist-sized bowl of beans and brown rice topped with avocado, salsa, and other toppings; hearty and healthy, it'll provide the best excuse to go all-out later. [Photo]

8. BRUNCH: Clyde Common

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1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-3333
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The versatile Clyde Common would also be a solid bet for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late-night cocktails. But Clyde is best utilized as downtown's no-wait weekend brunch, offering a hearty and savory menu that's best described as an upscale lumberjack breakfast.

9. BRUNCH: Portland Farmer's Market at PSU

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1875 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-0032
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On Saturday morning, take a walk down to the PSU Park Blocks and cobble together brunch at the farmer's market: coffee from Cafe Velo, bagels from Tastebud, huevos rancheros from Verde Cocina, and/or the infamous biscuit sandwiches from Pine State Biscuits. (And that's not even mentioning the samples, pastries, fresh fruit, and other goodies that can be found at PDX's premier market.) [Photo]

10. HAPPY HOUR: Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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The bar at downtown's Imperial is always worth making a trip for Brandon Wise's on-tap craft cocktails. But during happy hour, they're an unbeatable deal: $5 each, best paired with a $3 basket of fries.

11. HAPPY HOUR: Bailey's Taproom

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213 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 295-1004
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Downtown's best taplist lives at Bailey's Taproom: its 24 rotating beers (mostly, but not all, from Oregon) are monitored via digital menu board. And though there are no specific happy hour specials per se, the bar opens at 2p.m. for daytime drinking at your own pace. [Photo]

12. HAPPY HOUR: Ración

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 276-8008
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Need a light snack pre-event? It's a slim window of a happy hour, but chef Anthony Cafiero's Racion offers his modernist take on tapas for $7 each, 5-6p.m. Don't let the "modernist" label discourage you: food and cocktails are more playful than cerebral.

13. DINNER: Tasty 'N Alder

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580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 621-9251
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John Gorham's downtown Tasty N Alder riffs on his super-popular brunch spot Tasty N Sons, and it provides a heavier focus on "steakhouse fare" in the evenings. But it's a steakhouse done Gorham-style, meaning global influences expertly collide: you can get a strip steak done bulgogi-style with a side of plancha duck breast and/or Brazilian fish stew.

14. DINNER: Grüner

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
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Chef Chris Israel's Alpine restaurant Gruner offers an expertly executed menu with inspiration from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, simultaneously comforting and surprising. In true Portland style, sausages and charcuterie are made in-house and seasonal salads shine. Have a pre-dinner drink at KASK next door.

15. DINNER: Shigezo

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1005 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 688-5202
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Arguably Portland's best bowl of ramen can be found at Shizego, a local outpost of a Japanese chain restaurant. The latter fact may diminish some of Shizego's appeal, but all doubts will be silenced with a bowl of its Kumamoto ramen. And with its proximity to Director Park, home of the Sandwich Invitational, what better to pair with sandwiches than a bowl of soup?

16. LATE NIGHT: Departure Restaurant & Lounge

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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Those attending the High Comfort event can after-party right upstairs at Depature, one of Portland's swankiest rooms. Pair a nightcap (neat) with chef Gregory Gourdet's carefully built, Asian-inspired dishes (like chunks of pork belly with pickled cherries) — the spot's open until 1a.m. on weekends.

17. LATE NIGHT: Little Bird Bistro

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219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 688-5952
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Open until midnight, the more traditional bistro by Le Pigeon's Gabe Rucker and chef Erik Van Kley offers a limited evening menu designed to appeal to every need. For light eaters, there are salads, smoked trout, and a Jambon de Paris and gruyère; the famished can indulge in chicken-fried trout, hanger steak, and/pr the famed Le Pigeon burger. Want just wine and dessert? There's that, too.

18. LATE NIGHT: Cassidy's

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1331 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 223-0054
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This casual "bartender's hangout" earns that designation for staying open until 2a.m. daily, serving a hearty late-night menu to help soak up all those classic cocktails. [Photo]

19. LATE NIGHT: Momo's

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725 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 473-8470

In the mood for something divier? Downtown's Momo's isn't a true dive, but its sprawling back patio draws a diverse crowd drinking mostly cheap beer and well drinks. It's open 'til 2:30a.m. [Photo]

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1. COFFEE: Courier Coffee

923 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205

One of Portland's most fiercely independent coffee house famously roasts its own, plays records at the bar, and delivers to wholesale accounts by bicycle. Take your pick of pour-over from the daily menu before trekking further downtown (FYI: there's very limited seating, so grab that cup to-go). [Photo]

923 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

2. COFFEE: Public Domain

603 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

The downtown coffee house of Coffee Bean International, Public Domain provides a good spot for a quick check-in with the office: efficient baristas, free wi-fi. There's also an "espresso happy hour" every day from 11a.m. to noon. [Photo]

603 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

3. COFFEE: Stumptown

1026 SW Stark St., Portland, OR 97205

You already knew about Portland's Stumptown, and if a pilgrimage is in order, its location in the Ace Hotel is the closest to downtown Feast happenings. Take your cup to the lobby of the Ace and enjoy its comfortable couches and great people-watching. [Photo]

1026 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR 97205

4. LUNCH: Nong's Khao Man Gai

1003 SW Alder St., Portland, OR 97205

Count this one as a must-visit. Downtown's beloved Nong's Khao Man Gai cart serves only one dish (poached chicken with rice and a simple broth), but it's as deeply soul-satisfying as any dish in Portland. Bonus points for its simplicity (cutting through all that Feast richness) and its supposed hangover-curing qualities. [Photo]

1003 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

5. LUNCH: Kargi Gogo

950 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205

For a representation of the depth of local cart food, newish spot Kargi Gogo offers a unique cuisine even for the city's famously diverse cart scene: Georgian food. Create a combination plate of the khachapuri or lobiani (savory stuffed breads with cheese or spiced meats), beef and pork dumplings, and the (vegan!) eggplant, walnut and garlic rolls.

950 Southwest Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205

6. LUNCH: Lardo West

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Rick Gencarelli's Lardo joins an impressive local tradition of quality sandwich-making. In the vein of the Bunks and Meat Cheese Breads before, the spot elevates what can be accomplished between two slices of bread, resulting in dripping, satisfying pork meatball banh mis, grilled mortadella sandwiches, and arguably one of the city's best plate of "dirty" French fries.

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

7. LUNCH: The Whole Bowl

SW 9th and Alder, Portland, OR 97205

A longtime cart favorite (now with three locations), the Whole Bowl's all-vegetarian bowl may be the perfect healthy respite from feasting. It's simply a fist-sized bowl of beans and brown rice topped with avocado, salsa, and other toppings; hearty and healthy, it'll provide the best excuse to go all-out later. [Photo]

SW 9th and Alder
Portland, OR 97205

8. BRUNCH: Clyde Common

1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

The versatile Clyde Common would also be a solid bet for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late-night cocktails. But Clyde is best utilized as downtown's no-wait weekend brunch, offering a hearty and savory menu that's best described as an upscale lumberjack breakfast.

1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205

9. BRUNCH: Portland Farmer's Market at PSU

1875 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

On Saturday morning, take a walk down to the PSU Park Blocks and cobble together brunch at the farmer's market: coffee from Cafe Velo, bagels from Tastebud, huevos rancheros from Verde Cocina, and/or the infamous biscuit sandwiches from Pine State Biscuits. (And that's not even mentioning the samples, pastries, fresh fruit, and other goodies that can be found at PDX's premier market.) [Photo]

1875 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

10. HAPPY HOUR: Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

The bar at downtown's Imperial is always worth making a trip for Brandon Wise's on-tap craft cocktails. But during happy hour, they're an unbeatable deal: $5 each, best paired with a $3 basket of fries.

410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

11. HAPPY HOUR: Bailey's Taproom

213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Downtown's best taplist lives at Bailey's Taproom: its 24 rotating beers (mostly, but not all, from Oregon) are monitored via digital menu board. And though there are no specific happy hour specials per se, the bar opens at 2p.m. for daytime drinking at your own pace. [Photo]

213 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

12. HAPPY HOUR: Ración

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Need a light snack pre-event? It's a slim window of a happy hour, but chef Anthony Cafiero's Racion offers his modernist take on tapas for $7 each, 5-6p.m. Don't let the "modernist" label discourage you: food and cocktails are more playful than cerebral.

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

13. DINNER: Tasty 'N Alder

580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

John Gorham's downtown Tasty N Alder riffs on his super-popular brunch spot Tasty N Sons, and it provides a heavier focus on "steakhouse fare" in the evenings. But it's a steakhouse done Gorham-style, meaning global influences expertly collide: you can get a strip steak done bulgogi-style with a side of plancha duck breast and/or Brazilian fish stew.

580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

14. DINNER: Grüner

527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Chef Chris Israel's Alpine restaurant Gruner offers an expertly executed menu with inspiration from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, simultaneously comforting and surprising. In true Portland style, sausages and charcuterie are made in-house and seasonal salads shine. Have a pre-dinner drink at KASK next door.

527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

15. DINNER: Shigezo

1005 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Arguably Portland's best bowl of ramen can be found at Shizego, a local outpost of a Japanese chain restaurant. The latter fact may diminish some of Shizego's appeal, but all doubts will be silenced with a bowl of its Kumamoto ramen. And with its proximity to Director Park, home of the Sandwich Invitational, what better to pair with sandwiches than a bowl of soup?

1005 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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16. LATE NIGHT: Departure Restaurant & Lounge

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Those attending the High Comfort event can after-party right upstairs at Depature, one of Portland's swankiest rooms. Pair a nightcap (neat) with chef Gregory Gourdet's carefully built, Asian-inspired dishes (like chunks of pork belly with pickled cherries) — the spot's open until 1a.m. on weekends.

525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

17. LATE NIGHT: Little Bird Bistro

219 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Open until midnight, the more traditional bistro by Le Pigeon's Gabe Rucker and chef Erik Van Kley offers a limited evening menu designed to appeal to every need. For light eaters, there are salads, smoked trout, and a Jambon de Paris and gruyère; the famished can indulge in chicken-fried trout, hanger steak, and/pr the famed Le Pigeon burger. Want just wine and dessert? There's that, too.

219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

18. LATE NIGHT: Cassidy's

1331 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

This casual "bartender's hangout" earns that designation for staying open until 2a.m. daily, serving a hearty late-night menu to help soak up all those classic cocktails. [Photo]

1331 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

19. LATE NIGHT: Momo's

725 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

In the mood for something divier? Downtown's Momo's isn't a true dive, but its sprawling back patio draws a diverse crowd drinking mostly cheap beer and well drinks. It's open 'til 2:30a.m. [Photo]

725 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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