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A potato pie from Lovely’s Fifty Fifty.
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A Handy Dining Guide to North Mississippi Avenue

See where to eat and drink in the popular Portland neighborhood

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A potato pie from Lovely’s Fifty Fifty.
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden/Eater Portland

In a neighborhood that's changed rapidly in the last few years and has become home to many of Portland's young and restless, the stretch of Mississippi Avenue between North Skidmore and North Fremont offers a wealth of bars, restaurants, and food carts. Crowded in among hip vintage stores, upscale boutiques, and fancy garden shops, you're equally likely to find a killer meal in a converted Craftsman house, a garage-fronted unit, or on the ground floor of a shiny new condo building.

In the last few years, Mississippi has lost some of its greatest hits and haunts: Liberty Glass was one of the first bars to announce a permanent closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, vegans mourned the loss of No Bones Beach Club, and Psychic Bar just recently gave way to The Uncanny. However, you can still pass a whole day pleasantly perusing Mississippi’s shops, and when you're trying to decide what to eat, these recommendations will have you covered at any time. Something to note: This map doesn’t include nearby Albina Avenue, home to noteworthy spots like Sweedeedee and Kabba’s Kitchen. Stick to the main drag or venture further out into the neighborhood.

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Prost Marketplace

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Prost’s food cart pod is arguably one of the best in the city. It’s home to some of the city’s finest barbecue (Matt’s BBQ), burgers (Burger Stevens), and Indian food (Desi PDX), as well as beloved Portland chains like Korean Mexican spot Koi Fusion and breakfast sandwich brand Fried Egg I’m in Love. When it comes to beverages, the cocktail cart Bloodbuzz supplies the pod with cocktails, while nearby taproom Prost handles the beer.

The Rambler

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The Rambler, a ’20s-bungalow-turned-bar known for its patio seating, has the feel of a great neighborhood watering hole: The bartenders are warm and casual, and on a warm night, the various outdoor tables are filled with 20-and-30somethings in denim, drinking pints and housing curly Cajun-seasoned “tornado potatoes” topped with cotija cheese, herbs, and house aioli. Outdoor seating is easy year-round here, with plenty of fire pits.

Interurban

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Interurban’s covered back patio is a particularly nice spot for whiskey on a cool evening; inside, the bar has a rustic, wood-paneled charm to it, reminiscent of an Eastern Oregon saloon. Visitors sip bourbon cocktails and dark spirits before knocking back oysters topped with Thai chile and caramelized citrus granita, snacking on seven-layer dip, and inhaling a masa-dredged Olympia Provisions corn dog. For a fun summer dessert, try the s’mores sundae topped with toasted meringue.

Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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This well-loved dinner spot focuses on wood-fired pizzas and creamy homemade ice creams with flavors like buckwheat honey toffee and malted milk ball. Sarah Minnick’s pizzas, using Oregon whole-grain dough and seasonal produce, are trailblazing when it comes to the development of a Portland-style pizza; since Minnick’s appearance on Chef’s Table, lines at Lovely’s can get long, so it’s best to show up a few minutes before 5 p.m. on weekends. Do not miss the restaurant’s appetizers, which often show off some of the best produce available in the state, like a recent cauliflower soup with pounded spring herbs or purple sprouting broccoli with romesco.

Tartuca

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This intimate-yet-casual, mid-week-date-night spot in the former Radar space has already cemented itself amongst the greats of Mississippi. Couples toast barrel-aged Negronis and Sazeracs before nibbling at plates of house-baked focaccia and beef carpaccio with kale, maybe even some burrata with local asparagus. It’s difficult to choose between pizza and pasta with options like springy ricotta gnudi with nettle and smoked paprika or a pie topped with maitake mushrooms and green garlic ricotta. Stop by for lunch on the weekends between boutique visits.

Bar Bar

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A pre-show burger and beer at Bar Bar is a longstanding tradition when visiting the adjacent venue Mississippi Studios. It is, after all, a fantastic patio: Movies play, projected on the wall, while musicians and fans sit at picnic tables, dip toasted ravioli in house-made marinara, and nurse IPAs. The bar’s burger is a classic, and can be done standard or plussed-up with onion rings, barbecue sauce, and an egg.

Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

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For what looks like a simple neighborhood Thai restaurant, Mee-Sen is truly punching above its weight class. Its selection of Thai noodle soups is one of the widest in the city, from the tangy and porky mhoo tom yum to the lightly sweet and seafood-packed yen ta fo; every soup comes with a choice of one of five noodle options. Cocktails here are also fun, with drinks like lychee gimlets and tamarind bourbon sours.

Stem Wine Bar PDX

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Wei-En Tan opened her Mississippi wine bar Stem at an incredibly challenging time: the beginning of 2020. Nonetheless, Stem has become a destination for Willamette Valley wines, wines made by women, and take-home tasting flights. On the patio, customers swirl glasses of rosé while live musicians play on the stones outside; the shop also offers private tastings for those interested, as well as sabering classes. Snacks include deviled eggs topped with prosciutto and truffle oil, as well as warm spiced churros with chocolate sauce for dunking.

Broder Nord

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A Portland institution, Broder somewhat recently moved its North Portland location to Mississippi Avenue, which means weekend brunchers can pop in for eggs and creamed spinach under a crust of pecorino and breadcrumbs or fluffy ebelskiver, spherical Scandinavian pancakes served with lemon curd. Lunches consist of open-faced sandwiches with gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and lamb burgers, well complemented by an aquavit cocktail.

Kate's Ice Cream

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Perhaps Portland’s most notable dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, Kate’s coconut-based flavors include things like rosewater cardamom almond, salted peanut butter brittle, and marionberry cobbler, scooped into oat flour waffle cones or over warm brownies at this pastel scoop shop. Seasonal flavors are often worth a perusal, whether it’s a summery Oregon strawberry or a fall-appropriate caramel apple crisp.

Stormbreaker Brewing

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For those seeking a spot to sip beer on a patio, there are countless options along Mississippi that deliver the goods. However, Stormbreaker is actually brewing its beer onsite, with an array of IPAs ranging from the lightly citrusy to the 10-hop heavyweights, alongside saisons, barley wines, and stouts, as well. While sipping away, guests can enjoy duck confit or BLT bao buns, stuffed with pork belly and black garlic aioli.

¿Por Qué No?

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A sustainability-oriented tiny taqueria, Por Que No is filled to the brim with festive decorations, Day of the Dead wall hangings, and our Lady of Guadalupe iconography. The tacos here, served on house-made corn tortillas, arrive filled with beef brisket braised in banana leaves, cornmeal-encrusted cod, and chipotle-rubbed chicken, served alongside guacamole and ceviche. The bar serves a variety of aguas frescas, as well as margaritas and beer.

Southern Kitchen PDX

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Tucked away in the food cart pod on the south end of Mississippi, Maurice Fain and Jermaine Atherton grill racks of ribs, top rolls with crispy and light fried basa and coleslaw, and pack takeout containers full of fluffy, hazelnut-brown hush puppies. The cart’s flaky catfish is a fan favorite, but it’s really hard to miss out on the collard greens, laden with slow-cooked turkey.

Sudra Mississippi

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Portland’s vegan scene remains absolutely phenomenal, but before recent stars like Thuy Pham and Jewan Manuel hit the scene, Sanjay Chandrasekaran was making thali plates with lentil kofta and delicate kale dosas, drenching soy curls in tikka masala, and stir-frying cauliflower in an Indo-Chinese sweet-and-spicy sauce. The Fremont location is spacious and polished, with house-made naan and fried bananas with mango chutney and ginger ice cream for dessert.

Prost Marketplace

Prost’s food cart pod is arguably one of the best in the city. It’s home to some of the city’s finest barbecue (Matt’s BBQ), burgers (Burger Stevens), and Indian food (Desi PDX), as well as beloved Portland chains like Korean Mexican spot Koi Fusion and breakfast sandwich brand Fried Egg I’m in Love. When it comes to beverages, the cocktail cart Bloodbuzz supplies the pod with cocktails, while nearby taproom Prost handles the beer.

The Rambler

The Rambler, a ’20s-bungalow-turned-bar known for its patio seating, has the feel of a great neighborhood watering hole: The bartenders are warm and casual, and on a warm night, the various outdoor tables are filled with 20-and-30somethings in denim, drinking pints and housing curly Cajun-seasoned “tornado potatoes” topped with cotija cheese, herbs, and house aioli. Outdoor seating is easy year-round here, with plenty of fire pits.

Interurban

Interurban’s covered back patio is a particularly nice spot for whiskey on a cool evening; inside, the bar has a rustic, wood-paneled charm to it, reminiscent of an Eastern Oregon saloon. Visitors sip bourbon cocktails and dark spirits before knocking back oysters topped with Thai chile and caramelized citrus granita, snacking on seven-layer dip, and inhaling a masa-dredged Olympia Provisions corn dog. For a fun summer dessert, try the s’mores sundae topped with toasted meringue.

Lovely's Fifty Fifty

This well-loved dinner spot focuses on wood-fired pizzas and creamy homemade ice creams with flavors like buckwheat honey toffee and malted milk ball. Sarah Minnick’s pizzas, using Oregon whole-grain dough and seasonal produce, are trailblazing when it comes to the development of a Portland-style pizza; since Minnick’s appearance on Chef’s Table, lines at Lovely’s can get long, so it’s best to show up a few minutes before 5 p.m. on weekends. Do not miss the restaurant’s appetizers, which often show off some of the best produce available in the state, like a recent cauliflower soup with pounded spring herbs or purple sprouting broccoli with romesco.

Tartuca

This intimate-yet-casual, mid-week-date-night spot in the former Radar space has already cemented itself amongst the greats of Mississippi. Couples toast barrel-aged Negronis and Sazeracs before nibbling at plates of house-baked focaccia and beef carpaccio with kale, maybe even some burrata with local asparagus. It’s difficult to choose between pizza and pasta with options like springy ricotta gnudi with nettle and smoked paprika or a pie topped with maitake mushrooms and green garlic ricotta. Stop by for lunch on the weekends between boutique visits.

Bar Bar

A pre-show burger and beer at Bar Bar is a longstanding tradition when visiting the adjacent venue Mississippi Studios. It is, after all, a fantastic patio: Movies play, projected on the wall, while musicians and fans sit at picnic tables, dip toasted ravioli in house-made marinara, and nurse IPAs. The bar’s burger is a classic, and can be done standard or plussed-up with onion rings, barbecue sauce, and an egg.

Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

For what looks like a simple neighborhood Thai restaurant, Mee-Sen is truly punching above its weight class. Its selection of Thai noodle soups is one of the widest in the city, from the tangy and porky mhoo tom yum to the lightly sweet and seafood-packed yen ta fo; every soup comes with a choice of one of five noodle options. Cocktails here are also fun, with drinks like lychee gimlets and tamarind bourbon sours.

Stem Wine Bar PDX

Wei-En Tan opened her Mississippi wine bar Stem at an incredibly challenging time: the beginning of 2020. Nonetheless, Stem has become a destination for Willamette Valley wines, wines made by women, and take-home tasting flights. On the patio, customers swirl glasses of rosé while live musicians play on the stones outside; the shop also offers private tastings for those interested, as well as sabering classes. Snacks include deviled eggs topped with prosciutto and truffle oil, as well as warm spiced churros with chocolate sauce for dunking.

Broder Nord

A Portland institution, Broder somewhat recently moved its North Portland location to Mississippi Avenue, which means weekend brunchers can pop in for eggs and creamed spinach under a crust of pecorino and breadcrumbs or fluffy ebelskiver, spherical Scandinavian pancakes served with lemon curd. Lunches consist of open-faced sandwiches with gravlax, Swedish meatballs, and lamb burgers, well complemented by an aquavit cocktail.

Kate's Ice Cream

Perhaps Portland’s most notable dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, Kate’s coconut-based flavors include things like rosewater cardamom almond, salted peanut butter brittle, and marionberry cobbler, scooped into oat flour waffle cones or over warm brownies at this pastel scoop shop. Seasonal flavors are often worth a perusal, whether it’s a summery Oregon strawberry or a fall-appropriate caramel apple crisp.

Stormbreaker Brewing

For those seeking a spot to sip beer on a patio, there are countless options along Mississippi that deliver the goods. However, Stormbreaker is actually brewing its beer onsite, with an array of IPAs ranging from the lightly citrusy to the 10-hop heavyweights, alongside saisons, barley wines, and stouts, as well. While sipping away, guests can enjoy duck confit or BLT bao buns, stuffed with pork belly and black garlic aioli.

¿Por Qué No?

A sustainability-oriented tiny taqueria, Por Que No is filled to the brim with festive decorations, Day of the Dead wall hangings, and our Lady of Guadalupe iconography. The tacos here, served on house-made corn tortillas, arrive filled with beef brisket braised in banana leaves, cornmeal-encrusted cod, and chipotle-rubbed chicken, served alongside guacamole and ceviche. The bar serves a variety of aguas frescas, as well as margaritas and beer.

Southern Kitchen PDX

Tucked away in the food cart pod on the south end of Mississippi, Maurice Fain and Jermaine Atherton grill racks of ribs, top rolls with crispy and light fried basa and coleslaw, and pack takeout containers full of fluffy, hazelnut-brown hush puppies. The cart’s flaky catfish is a fan favorite, but it’s really hard to miss out on the collard greens, laden with slow-cooked turkey.

Sudra Mississippi

Portland’s vegan scene remains absolutely phenomenal, but before recent stars like Thuy Pham and Jewan Manuel hit the scene, Sanjay Chandrasekaran was making thali plates with lentil kofta and delicate kale dosas, drenching soy curls in tikka masala, and stir-frying cauliflower in an Indo-Chinese sweet-and-spicy sauce. The Fremont location is spacious and polished, with house-made naan and fried bananas with mango chutney and ginger ice cream for dessert.

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