Northeast Alberta, historically, was one of Portland’s more diverse neighborhoods. Today, it looks drastically different from how it did just a few decades ago. As the “Alberta Arts District” developed, housing prices soared, changing the foundation of the neighborhood. Now, only a fraction of the Portland residents on Northeast Alberta are people of color, shrinking exponentially as the area develops.
However, the neighborhood’s retail sector has fought to remain diverse, holding on to longstanding institutions like Alberta Market and creating diverse redevelopments on the corridor, like Alberta Commons as the home of Cason’s Fine Meats. Buzzy spots like Mama Dut and Deadstock Coffee are eyeing Alberta for expansion, and the last year’s turnover on the street has opened up spaces for first-time business owners.
The neighborhood dining scene, then, stands as a multifaceted area with an array of countries represented. Food carts serve Nepalese momos next to carts slinging barbecue jerk chicken wings. Iraqi and Basque restaurants share the same stretch of street. And next to a temporarily shuttered pie cafe and a French boulangerie, a chef churns out some of the city’s best sushi. The map below dives into the some of finest dining and drinking on Alberta as it stands today, from the corner store serving fried chicken and jojos to the Hawaiian restaurant with a line curling around the block.
Note: A number of Portland restaurants have resumed onsite service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. For all the latest Portland dining intel, subscribe to Eater Portland’s newsletter.Read More