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Sushi takeout from Zilla Sake
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Where to Eat and Drink on Alberta

Find the restaurants, bars, and cafes that make this neighborhood tick

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Sushi takeout from Zilla Sake
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden / EPDX

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alberta Market

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909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 282-2169

Alberta Market, a longstanding corner store with the expected bags of chips and sodas in the back coolers, is a fried chicken hotspot for those in the know. At the cash register, a hot case shows off juicy, crispy-fried wings available by the scoopful, particularly tasty with a side of not-too-dry jojos.

2. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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915 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6200

Bole is one of Portland’s most underrated Ethiopian restaurants, thanks to its surprisingly delicate injera and gently spiced wots. Vegetarians will find a number of exceptional options here, from the nuanced spice of the miser wot to the house-made ayib cheese. Like many Ethiopian restaurants, Bole offers combinations of stews and braises over injera, likely the best way to experience the restaurant. It’s open for takeout.

3. Bye and Bye

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1011 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

A hip cocktail bar with a popular patio, the Bye and Bye is a vegan fixture for its bowls and sandwiches. The Americana vibes at this restaurant translate into dishes like a killer chili pie and pretzel knots with house cashew cheese. Currently, the Bye and Bye is open for patio dining or takeout, with online ordering available.

4. Alberta Street Pub

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1036 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 284-7665
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This cozy, laid-back bar is the place to be for Old Alberta swagger and a rotating menu of 21 draughts. The covered outdoor patio is a primo spot to kill a few hours, and the Alberta Street Pub is one of the few venues actually hosting shows on its socially distanced patio. The bar is open for limited indoor seating, as well.

5. Tin Shed

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1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-6966
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In the old days, Tin Shed was one of Portland’s longest lines for brunch; today, the all-week brunch spot remains a neighborhood haunt, whether it’s for bowls of macaroni and cheese or piles of scrambled eggs. Those willing to brave the morning wait should try one of the restaurant’s stacks: egg scrambles over grits or potato cakes, often smothered in mushroom gravy. The restaurant is also open for takeout, and takes reservations for its patio and garden seating.

6. Tacos Pa Ella

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1N1E23AB -22200
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 960-5858

There are several noteworthy carts in the Bantu Island Food Cart Pod, including the deeply underrated Tacos Pa Ella. Soft and lightly griddled tortillas become vehicles for a pile of bright and lively salsas, veggies, and slaws, from the pineapple salsa on a fish taco to a saucy mess of onions on a marinated pastor-style pork. The stacked tortas are a good choice for someone seeking something more filling.

7. ThiccBoi

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1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

In the back corner of the Bantu Island food cart pod, Jacob Palmer fries gluten-and-dairy-free chicken tenders and wings to order, tossing them in sauces like hot honey and a peachy barbecue jerk. The cart’s orange curry sauce tastes almost adjacent to a Chinese American orange chicken, with a tickle of spice that lingers and a potato-chip-esque crunch. The cart is open for walk-ups and online orders.

8. The Momo Master

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1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

A brand-new cart on NE Alberta, the Momo Master specializes in hand-made versions of the quintessential Nepalese dumpling, filled with Pacific Northwestern grown vegetables and grass-fed beef. The star of this cart’s menu are the vegetable dumplings, parcels of cabbage, corn, onions, and garlic tinted yellow with carrot and given a perk of spice thanks to the creative addition of Mama Lil’s Peppers. The gently spiced tomato curry dip is a nice touch, but these bad boys are flavorful enough on their own. The Momo Master is open for walk-up takeout orders.

9. Gumba

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1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 975-5951
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In its new Alberta Street restaurant, Gumba serves expertly crafted bowls of pasta — topped with things like braised short rib or house burrata — alongside hot chicken sandwiches, fry bread, and steelhead with bacon jam. Even after leaving their original cart behind, owners Robin Brassaw and Jesse Martinez have shown themselves to be two of the city’s finest chefs while retaining their sense of culinary whimsy. Gumba is open for takeout, with outdoor patio tables and occasional indoor reservations.

10. Zilla Sake

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1806 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-8372
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The experience of visiting Zilla Sake has changed dramatically since COVID-19 hit Portland: The tiny dining room has lost most of its tables, save the one blocking off the entrance for limited contact takeout pickups. People can now reserve a single table indoors for omakase, but otherwise, it’s all takeout. Still, some things remain: chef Kate Koo still stands behind the sushi counter, slicing Hokkaido scallops or lightly searing pieces of bigeye tuna, and the sushi is just as mind-boggling as it was in the Great Before. The yuzu scallop roll is creamy with the most delicate oceanic note; the wild Chinook nigiri retains that mystifying flavor of whitewater; and the yellowtail sashimi offers a bracing citrusy element that plays off the shiso it lies against. Zilla takes orders via phone or online order.

11. Proud Mary Cafe

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2012 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 208-3475
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This Australian outpost is known for its exceptional coffee roasts and its outstanding brunch fare, often utilizing interesting fermented elements and umami-bombs. Now, Proud Mary offers its coffee and brunch via a walk-up window built into its front door, and has altered its menu to be more takeout friendly: The bagna-cauda-laden hash has become something like a breakfast burrito, and the granola comes in bags to take home. Still, Proud Mary still supplies Portlanders with the standbys: ricotta hotcakes drizzled in orange syrup, pork-and-fennel sausage rolls, and, of course, the delicate house-roasted coffees. It’s open for walk-up and pre-orders, with an onsite patio.

12. GrindWitTryz

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2017 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 865-5160
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This Hawaiian food-cart-turned-restaurant accrues lines that rival 2012-era Salt & Straw, which it neighbors. There’s a good reason why: GrindWitTryz’s takeout containers, which strain to close, come filled with juicy tangles of kalua pig, craggy morsels of sweet ono chicken, and fat curls of shrimp doused in garlic butter. The specials board usually sports some cool one-offs worth an order, be it Filipino spaghetti or crispy ahi patties. It’s open mainly for walk-ups and dine-in, though sometimes the restaurant will allow pre-orders online — it depends on how slammed they are. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Instagram for more info.

13. La Bonita

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2839 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-3662
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The argument over which makes the better Alberta burrito, La Bonita or La Sirenita, is real. But La Bonita makes this list for its cheerful digs and well-priced burritos, especially the breakfast and chile relleno varieties. Plus, any burrito can arrive smothered in mole, which generally goes over exceptionally well. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining, and takes orders via phone or online portal.

14. Dar Salam

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2921 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 206-6148
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Set in an old carriage house, the colorful Dar Salam is the place to taste Iraqi food like stuffed onion dolmas, all freshly prepared from scratch and mostly built from family recipes. The restaurant’s smoky baba ganoush is an essential order, as well as the super-tender lamb shank kuzi, tangy pickled mango salad, and crispy falafel molded into tiny doughnuts for maximum crunchy surface area. The restaurant is open for takeout, but the real move is to grab one of the restaurant’s charming a-frames for a dinner; the restaurant offers them via reservation, which customers can make by calling.

15. Parts and Service Bar and Grill

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2940 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-1798
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This new motorcycle bar on the edge of Alberta is not just a spot to gawk at bikes and drink beer; the food holds its own, from the smoked brisket tacos in lightly charred tortillas to the next-level queso with a boost of acid provided by a swirl of pico de gallo. On the weekends, the bar also offers brunch tacos, brisket-topped grits, and more. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout.

16. Urdaneta

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3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-1990
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A true taste of the Basque region, Urdaneta delivers quintessential pintxo bar classics like ham croquetas and patatas bravas. However, the restaurant really shines with goofy, creative versions of those dishes, like the American cheese and jamon bikini or a kalimoxo-aioli-topped burger. Currently, Urdaneta is open for takeout and delivery.

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1. Alberta Market

909 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Alberta Market, a longstanding corner store with the expected bags of chips and sodas in the back coolers, is a fried chicken hotspot for those in the know. At the cash register, a hot case shows off juicy, crispy-fried wings available by the scoopful, particularly tasty with a side of not-too-dry jojos.

909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

915 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Bole is one of Portland’s most underrated Ethiopian restaurants, thanks to its surprisingly delicate injera and gently spiced wots. Vegetarians will find a number of exceptional options here, from the nuanced spice of the miser wot to the house-made ayib cheese. Like many Ethiopian restaurants, Bole offers combinations of stews and braises over injera, likely the best way to experience the restaurant. It’s open for takeout.

915 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Bye and Bye

1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

A hip cocktail bar with a popular patio, the Bye and Bye is a vegan fixture for its bowls and sandwiches. The Americana vibes at this restaurant translate into dishes like a killer chili pie and pretzel knots with house cashew cheese. Currently, the Bye and Bye is open for patio dining or takeout, with online ordering available.

1011 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

This cozy, laid-back bar is the place to be for Old Alberta swagger and a rotating menu of 21 draughts. The covered outdoor patio is a primo spot to kill a few hours, and the Alberta Street Pub is one of the few venues actually hosting shows on its socially distanced patio. The bar is open for limited indoor seating, as well.

1036 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

5. Tin Shed

1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

In the old days, Tin Shed was one of Portland’s longest lines for brunch; today, the all-week brunch spot remains a neighborhood haunt, whether it’s for bowls of macaroni and cheese or piles of scrambled eggs. Those willing to brave the morning wait should try one of the restaurant’s stacks: egg scrambles over grits or potato cakes, often smothered in mushroom gravy. The restaurant is also open for takeout, and takes reservations for its patio and garden seating.

1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

6. Tacos Pa Ella

1N1E23AB -22200, Portland, OR 97211

There are several noteworthy carts in the Bantu Island Food Cart Pod, including the deeply underrated Tacos Pa Ella. Soft and lightly griddled tortillas become vehicles for a pile of bright and lively salsas, veggies, and slaws, from the pineapple salsa on a fish taco to a saucy mess of onions on a marinated pastor-style pork. The stacked tortas are a good choice for someone seeking something more filling.

1N1E23AB -22200
Portland, OR 97211

7. ThiccBoi

1533 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

In the back corner of the Bantu Island food cart pod, Jacob Palmer fries gluten-and-dairy-free chicken tenders and wings to order, tossing them in sauces like hot honey and a peachy barbecue jerk. The cart’s orange curry sauce tastes almost adjacent to a Chinese American orange chicken, with a tickle of spice that lingers and a potato-chip-esque crunch. The cart is open for walk-ups and online orders.

1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

8. The Momo Master

1533 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

A brand-new cart on NE Alberta, the Momo Master specializes in hand-made versions of the quintessential Nepalese dumpling, filled with Pacific Northwestern grown vegetables and grass-fed beef. The star of this cart’s menu are the vegetable dumplings, parcels of cabbage, corn, onions, and garlic tinted yellow with carrot and given a perk of spice thanks to the creative addition of Mama Lil’s Peppers. The gently spiced tomato curry dip is a nice touch, but these bad boys are flavorful enough on their own. The Momo Master is open for walk-up takeout orders.

1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

9. Gumba

1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

In its new Alberta Street restaurant, Gumba serves expertly crafted bowls of pasta — topped with things like braised short rib or house burrata — alongside hot chicken sandwiches, fry bread, and steelhead with bacon jam. Even after leaving their original cart behind, owners Robin Brassaw and Jesse Martinez have shown themselves to be two of the city’s finest chefs while retaining their sense of culinary whimsy. Gumba is open for takeout, with outdoor patio tables and occasional indoor reservations.

1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

10. Zilla Sake

1806 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

The experience of visiting Zilla Sake has changed dramatically since COVID-19 hit Portland: The tiny dining room has lost most of its tables, save the one blocking off the entrance for limited contact takeout pickups. People can now reserve a single table indoors for omakase, but otherwise, it’s all takeout. Still, some things remain: chef Kate Koo still stands behind the sushi counter, slicing Hokkaido scallops or lightly searing pieces of bigeye tuna, and the sushi is just as mind-boggling as it was in the Great Before. The yuzu scallop roll is creamy with the most delicate oceanic note; the wild Chinook nigiri retains that mystifying flavor of whitewater; and the yellowtail sashimi offers a bracing citrusy element that plays off the shiso it lies against. Zilla takes orders via phone or online order.

1806 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

11. Proud Mary Cafe

2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

This Australian outpost is known for its exceptional coffee roasts and its outstanding brunch fare, often utilizing interesting fermented elements and umami-bombs. Now, Proud Mary offers its coffee and brunch via a walk-up window built into its front door, and has altered its menu to be more takeout friendly: The bagna-cauda-laden hash has become something like a breakfast burrito, and the granola comes in bags to take home. Still, Proud Mary still supplies Portlanders with the standbys: ricotta hotcakes drizzled in orange syrup, pork-and-fennel sausage rolls, and, of course, the delicate house-roasted coffees. It’s open for walk-up and pre-orders, with an onsite patio.

2012 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

12. GrindWitTryz

2017 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

This Hawaiian food-cart-turned-restaurant accrues lines that rival 2012-era Salt & Straw, which it neighbors. There’s a good reason why: GrindWitTryz’s takeout containers, which strain to close, come filled with juicy tangles of kalua pig, craggy morsels of sweet ono chicken, and fat curls of shrimp doused in garlic butter. The specials board usually sports some cool one-offs worth an order, be it Filipino spaghetti or crispy ahi patties. It’s open mainly for walk-ups and dine-in, though sometimes the restaurant will allow pre-orders online — it depends on how slammed they are. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s Instagram for more info.

2017 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

13. La Bonita

2839 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

The argument over which makes the better Alberta burrito, La Bonita or La Sirenita, is real. But La Bonita makes this list for its cheerful digs and well-priced burritos, especially the breakfast and chile relleno varieties. Plus, any burrito can arrive smothered in mole, which generally goes over exceptionally well. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining, and takes orders via phone or online portal.

2839 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

14. Dar Salam

2921 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Set in an old carriage house, the colorful Dar Salam is the place to taste Iraqi food like stuffed onion dolmas, all freshly prepared from scratch and mostly built from family recipes. The restaurant’s smoky baba ganoush is an essential order, as well as the super-tender lamb shank kuzi, tangy pickled mango salad, and crispy falafel molded into tiny doughnuts for maximum crunchy surface area. The restaurant is open for takeout, but the real move is to grab one of the restaurant’s charming a-frames for a dinner; the restaurant offers them via reservation, which customers can make by calling.

2921 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

15. Parts and Service Bar and Grill

2940 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

This new motorcycle bar on the edge of Alberta is not just a spot to gawk at bikes and drink beer; the food holds its own, from the smoked brisket tacos in lightly charred tortillas to the next-level queso with a boost of acid provided by a swirl of pico de gallo. On the weekends, the bar also offers brunch tacos, brisket-topped grits, and more. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout.

2940 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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16. Urdaneta

3033 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

A true taste of the Basque region, Urdaneta delivers quintessential pintxo bar classics like ham croquetas and patatas bravas. However, the restaurant really shines with goofy, creative versions of those dishes, like the American cheese and jamon bikini or a kalimoxo-aioli-topped burger. Currently, Urdaneta is open for takeout and delivery.

3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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