There’s a new Japanese establishment that has popped up all over Portland: the izakaya. Evolved from 18th century sake shops, these casual taverns are the Japanese version of what would happen if a British gastropub and a Spanish tapas bar had a lovechild. Generally avoiding a menu divided into courses or entrees, most focus on small, shareable plates filled with fried, salty, or savory snacks that go with boozy drinks.
This map covers the best Portland’s quadrants as well as the ‘burbs, and features more traditional spots like Bamboo Sushi and Shigezo Izakaya as well as Japanese-inspired options such as The American Local and Wares.
(Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.)Read More