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A Handy Dining Guide to North Mississippi Avenue

See where to eat in the popular Portland neighborhood.

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Diane Lam plating chicken at Psychic
| Molly J. Smith / EPDX

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 year, 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, and vegans mourned the loss of No Bones Beach Club. However, you can still pass a whole day pleasantly strolling Mississippi, and when you're trying to decide what to eat, these recommendations will have you covered at any time of day. Stick to the main drag or venture further out into the neighborhood, and remember: This map isn’t ranked, but rather organized geographically.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Prost Marketplace

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4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 954-2674
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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. The pod’s seating situation is extremely limited these days, but the cocktail cart Bloodbuzz has a few seats outside for snacking and sipping. The other carts are open for takeout and some delivery.

2. The Rambler

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4205 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 459-4049
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The Rambler, a ‘20s-bungalow-turned-bar known for its patio seating, has the feel of a great neighborhood bar: The bartenders are warm and casual, the happy hour is a deal, and on a warm night, the various outdoor tables are filled with twenty-and-thirtysomethings in denim, drinking pints and housing swirly seasoned “tornado potatoes.” The bar is open for takeout, patio seating, and delivery.

3. Interurban

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4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 284-6669
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Even before patios began popping up across the city as a survival mechanism, Interurban’s covered back patio with fire pit was particularly nice spot for whiskey on a cool evening. Seasonal pub fare includes hand-dipped corn dogs made with Olympia Provisions franks, wild boar chili topped with jalapeño cornbread croutons, and taquitos made with 24-hour-braised beef shank. The pub is open for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery.

4. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-4060
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This well-loved dinner spot focuses on wood-fired pizzas and creamy homemade ice creams with flavors like fig pistachio and malted milk ball. Sarah Minnick’s pizzas, using Oregon whole-grain dough and seasonal produce, is arguably the pioneer of Portland-style pizza. These days, ordering one of Lovely’s pies requires some planning: Customers watch Minnick’s Instagram for weekly menus, and then text orders to (971) 300-7215 with a desired pick-up time, order, and name. Customers then wait outside the restaurant to pick up pints of kumquat ice cream and fava-green-topped pizzas.

5. Radar

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3951 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 841-6948
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It may look like mostly a cocktail bar from the outside, but this long, narrow bar has excellent food as well. These days, Radar has become a takeout spot and one of the few places still serving weekend brunch, with dishes like scotch eggs and smoked bluefish pate. In the last year, Radar has done a little bit of everything — takeout meals of cauliflower bisque, free meals for frontline workers, pre-ordered takeout brunch boxes — but these days, it’s also offering plain-old onsite dining, with reservations available both indoors and outdoors.

6. Bar Bar

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3943 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 889-0090
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Pre-pandemic, a pre-show burger and beer at Bar Bar was a tradition when visiting Mississippi Studios. It was, after all, a fantastic patio: Movies would play, projected on the wall, while musicians and fans would sit at picnic tables, dip fries in ketchup, and knock back IPAs. Now, as Mississippi Studios sits dormant, locals still stroll to Bar Bar for fried ravioli, hot toddies, and CBD sodas. It’s available onsite, for takeout, and delivery.

7. Quaintrelle

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3936 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 200-5787
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This sophisticated, lush restaurant, with its globe-trotting chef Ryley Eckersley and cocktail maven Camille Cavan, is simply one of the city’s finest restaurants. Dishes often involve Pacific Northwestern seafood and Oregon produce, whether it’s a pairing of mussels and smoked chanterelles with green curry or hamachi swimming in a tangerine aguachile. The cocktails often lean on amari, spices like allspice or star anise, and slick house-made syrups and garnishes like its tingly hot toddy syrup. It’s open for takeout, patio dining, and indoor dining.

8. Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

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3924 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 445-1909
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For what looks like a simple neighborhood Thai restaurant, Mee-Sen is truly punching above its weight. 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 noodle soup comes with a choice of noodle and spice level. The restaurant is currently open for takeout, with online ordering available.

9. Stem Wine Bar PDX

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3920 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-7164
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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 sip glasses of rosé while live musicians play on the stones outside; the shop also offers private tastings indoors, for those interested, as well as same-day delivery of cheese boards and wine boxes.

10. Black Seed Burger Cult

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3746 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 544-7277
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While much of Portland is obsessing over the mighty smash burger, for a tall wonder with curly green lettuce, thick slabs of tomato, and add-ons like jalapeños and grilled onions, Black Seed delivers. The real draw of Black Seed, however, is its choice to swerve past the usual fry sauce in favor of its Killer Diller, something almost ranch-adjacent; it’s worth ordering a few sides (or even a bottle) for fry-dunking. Black Seed also has ample vegan and gluten-free options, for those interested. Black Seed is open for takeout.

11. StormBreaker Brewing

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832 N Beech St
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 703-4516
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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 the one actual brewery on the block, with an array of IPAs ranging from the lightly citrusy to the 10-hop heavyweights. It’s not only an IPA shop, of course: Stormbreaker plays around with things like saisons, barley wines, and stouts, as well. Sip on the patio, or take it to-go.

12. Psychic Bar

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3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 206-5343
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This dark and dramatic cocktail bar is now home to chef Diane Lam and her Cambodian-American fried chicken company, Prey and Tell, which is good news: Now, customers lounge outdoors sipping cardamom Old Fashioneds and gnawing on gluten-free fried chicken, dunked in lime-buffalo sauce or fish sauce caramel. Psychic is open for indoor and outdoor seating, with reservations available; customers can order Prey and Tell for takeout.

13. ¿Por qué no?

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3524 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 467-4149
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A sustainably-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 taqueria has changed its schtick significantly in the last year, now offering pre-ordered taco kits with things like beef barbacoa, takeout margaritas and spiked horchata, and daily taco specials. Patio dining is available, as well.

14. Southern Kitchen PDX

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3503 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 325-8701
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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, which are made with turkey for a surprising twist. The cart is open for walk-ups and appears on a number of delivery apps.

15. Sudra Mississippi

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906 N Fremont St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 719-4279
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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 black-eyed pea korma and delicate kale dosas, drenching lentil kofta in tikka masala, and stir-frying cauliflower in an Indo-Chinese sweet-and-spicy sauce. Its Fremont location is still kicking, with takeout and delivery as well as brunch and happy hour.

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1. Prost Marketplace

4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

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. The pod’s seating situation is extremely limited these days, but the cocktail cart Bloodbuzz has a few seats outside for snacking and sipping. The other carts are open for takeout and some delivery.

4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

2. The Rambler

4205 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

The Rambler, a ‘20s-bungalow-turned-bar known for its patio seating, has the feel of a great neighborhood bar: The bartenders are warm and casual, the happy hour is a deal, and on a warm night, the various outdoor tables are filled with twenty-and-thirtysomethings in denim, drinking pints and housing swirly seasoned “tornado potatoes.” The bar is open for takeout, patio seating, and delivery.

4205 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

3. Interurban

4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Even before patios began popping up across the city as a survival mechanism, Interurban’s covered back patio with fire pit was particularly nice spot for whiskey on a cool evening. Seasonal pub fare includes hand-dipped corn dogs made with Olympia Provisions franks, wild boar chili topped with jalapeño cornbread croutons, and taquitos made with 24-hour-braised beef shank. The pub is open for onsite dining, takeout, and delivery.

4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This well-loved dinner spot focuses on wood-fired pizzas and creamy homemade ice creams with flavors like fig pistachio and malted milk ball. Sarah Minnick’s pizzas, using Oregon whole-grain dough and seasonal produce, is arguably the pioneer of Portland-style pizza. These days, ordering one of Lovely’s pies requires some planning: Customers watch Minnick’s Instagram for weekly menus, and then text orders to (971) 300-7215 with a desired pick-up time, order, and name. Customers then wait outside the restaurant to pick up pints of kumquat ice cream and fava-green-topped pizzas.

4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Radar

3951 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

It may look like mostly a cocktail bar from the outside, but this long, narrow bar has excellent food as well. These days, Radar has become a takeout spot and one of the few places still serving weekend brunch, with dishes like scotch eggs and smoked bluefish pate. In the last year, Radar has done a little bit of everything — takeout meals of cauliflower bisque, free meals for frontline workers, pre-ordered takeout brunch boxes — but these days, it’s also offering plain-old onsite dining, with reservations available both indoors and outdoors.

3951 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

6. Bar Bar

3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Pre-pandemic, a pre-show burger and beer at Bar Bar was a tradition when visiting Mississippi Studios. It was, after all, a fantastic patio: Movies would play, projected on the wall, while musicians and fans would sit at picnic tables, dip fries in ketchup, and knock back IPAs. Now, as Mississippi Studios sits dormant, locals still stroll to Bar Bar for fried ravioli, hot toddies, and CBD sodas. It’s available onsite, for takeout, and delivery.

3943 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Quaintrelle

3936 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This sophisticated, lush restaurant, with its globe-trotting chef Ryley Eckersley and cocktail maven Camille Cavan, is simply one of the city’s finest restaurants. Dishes often involve Pacific Northwestern seafood and Oregon produce, whether it’s a pairing of mussels and smoked chanterelles with green curry or hamachi swimming in a tangerine aguachile. The cocktails often lean on amari, spices like allspice or star anise, and slick house-made syrups and garnishes like its tingly hot toddy syrup. It’s open for takeout, patio dining, and indoor dining.

3936 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

8. Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

3924 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

For what looks like a simple neighborhood Thai restaurant, Mee-Sen is truly punching above its weight. 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 noodle soup comes with a choice of noodle and spice level. The restaurant is currently open for takeout, with online ordering available.

3924 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

9. Stem Wine Bar PDX

3920 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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 sip glasses of rosé while live musicians play on the stones outside; the shop also offers private tastings indoors, for those interested, as well as same-day delivery of cheese boards and wine boxes.

3920 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

10. Black Seed Burger Cult

3746 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

While much of Portland is obsessing over the mighty smash burger, for a tall wonder with curly green lettuce, thick slabs of tomato, and add-ons like jalapeños and grilled onions, Black Seed delivers. The real draw of Black Seed, however, is its choice to swerve past the usual fry sauce in favor of its Killer Diller, something almost ranch-adjacent; it’s worth ordering a few sides (or even a bottle) for fry-dunking. Black Seed also has ample vegan and gluten-free options, for those interested. Black Seed is open for takeout.

3746 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

11. StormBreaker Brewing

832 N Beech St, Portland, OR 97227

For those seeking a spot to sip beer on a patio, there are countless options along Mississippi that deliver the goods. However, Stormbreaker is the one actual brewery on the block, with an array of IPAs ranging from the lightly citrusy to the 10-hop heavyweights. It’s not only an IPA shop, of course: Stormbreaker plays around with things like saisons, barley wines, and stouts, as well. Sip on the patio, or take it to-go.

832 N Beech St
Portland, OR 97227

12. Psychic Bar

3560 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This dark and dramatic cocktail bar is now home to chef Diane Lam and her Cambodian-American fried chicken company, Prey and Tell, which is good news: Now, customers lounge outdoors sipping cardamom Old Fashioneds and gnawing on gluten-free fried chicken, dunked in lime-buffalo sauce or fish sauce caramel. Psychic is open for indoor and outdoor seating, with reservations available; customers can order Prey and Tell for takeout.

3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

13. ¿Por qué no?

3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

A sustainably-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 taqueria has changed its schtick significantly in the last year, now offering pre-ordered taco kits with things like beef barbacoa, takeout margaritas and spiked horchata, and daily taco specials. Patio dining is available, as well.

3524 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

14. Southern Kitchen PDX

3503 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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, which are made with turkey for a surprising twist. The cart is open for walk-ups and appears on a number of delivery apps.

3503 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

15. Sudra Mississippi

906 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227

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 black-eyed pea korma and delicate kale dosas, drenching lentil kofta in tikka masala, and stir-frying cauliflower in an Indo-Chinese sweet-and-spicy sauce. Its Fremont location is still kicking, with takeout and delivery as well as brunch and happy hour.

906 N Fremont St
Portland, OR 97227

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