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, is a multifaceted arena with an array of countries represented. Cantonese barbecue shares a block with an Oregon-specific butcher shop and restaurant; a single food cart pod offers fancy sandwiches alongside Oaxacan moles. 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 subterranean wine bar serving dealer’s choice pours.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More