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Nick Woo

Where to Eat, Drink, and Relax on East 28th’s Underrated Restaurant Row

From vegan ceviches to fried chicken sandwiches

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Picadillo empanadas at Pambiche
| Nick Woo

While Division, Hawthorne, and Mississippi garner attention as great restaurant rows, East 28th Avenue has become its own restaurant row. The stretch between NE Sandy Boulevard and SE Stark boasts an incredible collection of eateries that include the city’s top German food and beer selection, everyone’s favorite fried chicken sandwich, Vietnamese-influenced Cajun/Creole, and Andes-region vegan cuisine.

In this map, we focus on the main strip, but traveling on E Burnside (Davenport, Heart Coffee, Tusk, Laurelhurst Market, People’s Pig, and Pix Patisserie) or NE Glisan (Han Oak, Providore Fine Foods, Stoopid Burger) makes this part of Portland an eater’s paradise. If we left off any favorites, sound off in the comments. As always, the restaurants on this map are not ranked, but rather organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Zipper

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2705 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Anchored by Wares’s tempura-fried kale with fish sauce and bacon and Basilisk’s $8 fried chicken sandwich, this industrial food hall also features pizza by the slice and a bar with an extensive whisk(e)y selection. The centrally-located communal seating area is ideal for friends and family wanting to choose different dishes and gather at both indoor and outdoor tables. As a bonus, it’s also dog-friendly.

Fried chicken sandwich at Basilisk
Nick Woo

2. Dove Vivi Pizza

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2727 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 239-4444
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Taking a cornmeal crust and adding a Portland flair, this casual-meets-classy, non-conformist pizzeria smothers chunky tomato sauce and loads of cheese with toppings like corn, eggplant, or house-made sausage. While wedged between a convenience store and a dry cleaner on NE Glisan, this neighborhood spot is always seemingly packed because, in this city, there’s really nothing like it.

Sausage and peppers at Dove Vivi
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3. Pambiche

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2811 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 233-0511
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For more than a decade, Pambiche has been serving some of Portland’s best Cuban food. From casual Cubanos and empanadas to substantial oxtail or ropa vieja, this colorful, casual spot is certainly a people-pleaser. Don’t sleep on the desserts; the “Lime in the Coconut,” a tres leches cake drenched in lime, coconut milk, and rum, tastes like a tropical cocktail in creamy, tangy cake form. Lunch, dinner, or happy hour are available in this lively environment, but brunch is a bonus as it avoids the usual weekend morning hoards.

Cubano sandwich at Pambiche
Nick Woo

4. Epif Restaurant and Pisco Bar

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404 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 254-8680
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After operating a restaurant in Chile for six years, the owners of Epif, Nicolle Dirks and Jose “Pepe” Arancibia, moved to Portland to take normally meat-centric South American cuisine and give it a vegan twist. Mushrooms soaked in mango leche de tigre ground a fish-free “ceviche,” while mains include stewed garbanzo beans and carrots with polenta cakes. While the swank dining area is inviting, the narrow bar will treat fans of Pisco to the largest selection in the city, as well as a wide array of cocktails to complement it.

Guisa at Epif Restaurant and Pisco Bar
Nick Woo

5. Stammtisch

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401 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 206-7983
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With an extensive imported beer list, Stammtisch already has a well-deserved drinking audience, but its food menu, with fluffy-breaded-and-hearty Wiener schnitzel and juicy pork-and-veal currywurst, also make it an outstanding German restaurant. Enjoy a beer, a soccer game, and pretzel at a spot where the super-loyal regulars can get their names on reserved mugs and barstools.

Wienerschnitzel Sandwich at Stammtisch
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6. Ranch Pizza @ Poison’s Rainbow

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344 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 946-8080
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At the newest bar on the street owned by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, funky and fun Poison’s Rainbow serves previously pop-up only pizza from Ranch PDX. These square, Sicilian-style pies have crispy crusts and soft, chewy centers accompanied by a side of house-made ranch dressing. “The #4” topped with Italian sausage, ricotta, and Mama Lil’s Peppers is a real crowd-pleaser. Under dim, colorful lighting accented by Brock’s unusual terrariums and fishing lure chandeliers, enjoy your slice with one of seven cocktails under $10, a tall boy, or a draft beer.

“The #4” at Ranch Pizza
Nick Woo

7. Staccato Gelato

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3148, 232 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 231-7100
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This neighborhood scoop shop serves gelato flavors like maple bacon and birthday cake in a colorful, open room with plentiful seating, board games, and WiFi. While the gelato is worth the trip alone, the shop also makes fresh cake doughnuts and velvety Illy coffee espresso drinks. Open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, you wouldn’t be the first to stumble in after a few steins at Stammtisch.

Gelato at Staccato Gelato
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8. Güero

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 887-9258
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After spending a few years down the street as a food cart in Pod 28, Güero’s full-service restaurant is bright, lively, and decorated with colorful foliage. Sourcing responsibly-raised meat, Megan Sanchez and Alec Morrison craft dishes like the torta ahogado, a carnitas-and-habanero-slaw sandwich covered in smoky, acidic achiote-tomato sauce. The Mexican street hamburguesa’s charred patty and American cheese pair well with pickled jalapenos and tamarind tomatoes. Order when you walk in, then grab a seat at one of the tables or at the vibrant bar adorned with beautiful flower vases.

Hamburguesa at Güero
Nick Woo

9. Alma Chocolate

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140 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 517-0262
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Local chocolatier Alma Chocolate’s flagship store carries a variety of beautiful, high-quality treats that make fantastic gifts, but what makes this an especially nice stop is the numerous drinking chocolates. Specialty ones like the spicy and sweet Caramelita (habanero caramel sauce, 68% dark chocolate, and milk with a heavy cream swirl) can be sipped and licked clean at the quaint bar by the window.

Caramelita at Alma Chocolate
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10. HunnyMilk

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3145, 40 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 320-7805
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Inside neighborhood Italian restaurant La Buca, pop-up hunnymilk serves elevated weekend brunches in a playful setting, complete with vintage toys and coloring books. For $22, you get a drink, a savory dish, and a sweet dish, with options like crispy pork ribs with cheesy grits and soft egg, carrot cake waffles, and vanilla cheesecake mousse. Boozy drink options, like guava tequila sunrise and Jameson and Bailey’s Irish coffee, are an additional $7. Extra options include jalapeño hushpuppy doughnuts, biscuits, and ranch home fries. Expect a modest wait because this place is popular.

11. Tapalaya

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28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-6652
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When Tapalaya first opened in 2008, it focused on serving Cajun and Creole food in a small-plate format (the name is a combination of tapas and jambalaya). A few years ago, head chef Anh Luu began introducing flavors from her Vietnamese upbringing. The results have been remarkable, from dishes like decadent crawfish étouffée nachos with cotija and five-spice wonton chips to braised beef cheeks in pho-spiced onion gravy. Decorated with Louisiana accents, this energetic restaurant will put you in the mood for Mardi Gras as soon as you step through the door.

Crawfish étouffée nachos
Nick Woo

12. Navarre

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10 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-3555
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With a menu featuring French, Spanish, and Italian small and large plates, Navarre tastes and feels like a neighborhood European restaurant. While ordering off a checklist like a sushi restaurant or dim sum feels awkward at first, your patience is rewarded with dishes like succulent hanger steak with a crisp crust, Roman-style artichokes with tender stems and luscious hearts, bright pickled vegetables, and smooth and rich pork and foie gras pâtés that do not skimp on the foie. With about 50 wines available in half pours, a variety of different European ones can be tasted relatively inexpensively.

Pork, foie gras, morels pate
Nick Woo

13. Fifty Licks Ice Cream

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2742 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 395-3333
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As one of the most popular ice cream shops in Portland, the white-walled, minimalist E Burnside location of Fifty Licks routinely has a line snaking through it; with flavors like Chocolate AF, Thai Rice, and Lavender Mint Chip, it’s easy to see why. Hot chocolate flights, root beer floats, and cafe Cubanos provide sweet beverage options when ice cream doesn’t fit the mood. Given all the dinner options nearby, it’s definitely a plus that it’s open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cubano affogato at Fifty Licks
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14. PaaDee

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 360-1453
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Since 2008, Earl Ninsom has been serving some outstanding Thai food at this brightly-lit, casual spot that might be more well-known for what’s hiding behind its bookshelf. On typically-slow Mondays and Tuesdays, dishes inspired by northeastern Thailand are showcased on the Isaan menu. Crispy-fried whole tilapia with mango salad is savory, sweet and tangy, while larbs steal the show. The lime-juice-and-fish-sauce-dressed omelet larb with crispy rice powder blends sour, salty, and umami flavors with a mixture of textures that will have you forgetting you’re in Portland.

Duck laab at Paadee
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15. Langbaan

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 344-2564
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Behind a bookshelf in the back of PaaDee, there is a prix-fixe dinner destination that’s considered one of the best Thai restaurants in the country: a 24-seat space that recreates a Thai open-air cafe with surprising intimacy. Because of its limited space and reputation, reservations for Langbaan are the most difficult ticket in Portland. More often than not, it’s a six-month wait, and it’s worth it. The menu changes frequently, but every diner will try the life-changing kanom krok, which is a single bite of scallop, coconut cream, lemongrass, makrut lime in a crispy rice cup.

Kanom Krok at Langbaan
Jennifer Yow

16. Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

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22 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-7315
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Started as a food cart on Hawthorne, Cheese and Crack Snack Shop puts Nathan Hall and William Steuernagel’s creativity on display with stainless steel trays of meticulously crafted stacks of house-made crackers, slices of cheese, and spoonfuls of jam, fudge, and honey. While Cheese & Crack offers a selection of beers and wines to pair with the food, summers call for the frosé, a rosé wine slushie. On sunny days, the competition for the three outdoor picnic tables is fierce. While it feels like a casual cafe, do not whip out your laptop: Cheese & Crack is screen-free.

Mycella Bleu & Cypress Grove Fromage Blanc at Cheese & Crack Snack Shop
Nick Woo

17. The Goose

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2725 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-2222
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Southwestern cuisine is not generally found anywhere in Portland, but the Goose is able to pull it off. After Kristine Craine spent some time in the region, she brought back her love of hatch green and red chiles to Portland. Stacked enchiladas are covered with rich, satisfying hatch chile sauce, sliced avocado, and eggs; the silky smooth chorizo queso comes with fresh house-made tortilla chips. With a long bar, long tables, booths, outdoor seating, and New Mexican decor, casual after work drinks and dinner seem natural. The large selection of tequila and mezcal make both simple and sophisticated margaritas, cocktails, and tequila flights.

Stacked chicken enchiladas at The Goose
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18. Pod 28

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113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 308-0258
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It’s not a real restaurant row without a food cart pod, and E 28th has one of the best. With several outdoor picnic tables and a tent covering to shield from sun or rain, Pod 28 has hosted a number of carts that have become full-service restaurants like Burrasca and Güero. The current set of food carts include Wolf & Bear’s (falafels and hummus bowls), FOMO Chicken (sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken), Saint Burrito (burritos and quesadillas), Meat & Potatoes (steak frites and beef bourguignon), the Bivy Brunch (creative brunch foods), and Egyptian Bros. (gyros). Accompanying all these tasty options is Captured Beer Bus, which features about a half-dozen beers as well as wine and cider on tap. Casual and kid-friendly, play a game of cornhole after lunch.

Spicy Korean Chicken Bowl at FOMO Chicken
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19. Ken's Artisan Pizza

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304 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 517-9951
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After the success of Monday Pizza Nights at Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken Forkish opened this bustling yet intimate Southeast favorite in 2009. Euro-style pies are churned out in two minutes from the Le Panyol wood-fired oven. Four beers on tap and 15-20 wines by the glass give you plenty of options to pair with Soppressata, Margherita, or the seasonal Roasted Vegetable Plate. This place is popular and gets busy, so unless you arrive at 5 p.m., expect a bit of a wait.

Soppressata at Ken’s Artisan Pizza
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20. Bamboo Sushi SE

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310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-5255
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Sustainable fish is the hallmark of what Bamboo Sushi does at all four of its Portland locations: Geoduck from Washington, eel from Korea, and octopus from Spain come as sashimi or nigiri. The menu also features 10 creative, unique signature rolls (with gluten-free and vegan options) and a rice vinegar, mirin, and soy-laced Snake River Farms half-pound burger with Tillamook white cheddar and crispy, delicately-fried tempura onion rings. Plentiful drink options include cocktails, Japanese Whisky, sake, and sochu as well as a handful of mocktails. Like the other Bamboo locations, the decor is clean, minimalist and hip.

Nigiri sushi at Bamboo Sushi SE
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21. Baby Doll Pizza

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2835 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 459-4450
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Baby Doll Pizza’s chef-owner Travis Miranda grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He brings both of these experiences together to make some of the most East Coast-style pizzas found in Portland. In this laid-back, casual spot with pinball machines and checkerboard flooring, pizza is available by the slice or as a whole pie. The thin crust has a crispy bottom, and toppings are made in-house including the sauce, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella. Adjoining a full bar, the draft list runs about 12 deep with about 30 bottle choices. It’s also open late to satisfy any 2 a.m. pizza cravings.

Pepperoni slice at Baby Doll Pizza
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1. The Zipper

2705 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Fried chicken sandwich at Basilisk
Nick Woo

Anchored by Wares’s tempura-fried kale with fish sauce and bacon and Basilisk’s $8 fried chicken sandwich, this industrial food hall also features pizza by the slice and a bar with an extensive whisk(e)y selection. The centrally-located communal seating area is ideal for friends and family wanting to choose different dishes and gather at both indoor and outdoor tables. As a bonus, it’s also dog-friendly.

2705 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

2. Dove Vivi Pizza

2727 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232
Sausage and peppers at Dove Vivi
Nick Woo

Taking a cornmeal crust and adding a Portland flair, this casual-meets-classy, non-conformist pizzeria smothers chunky tomato sauce and loads of cheese with toppings like corn, eggplant, or house-made sausage. While wedged between a convenience store and a dry cleaner on NE Glisan, this neighborhood spot is always seemingly packed because, in this city, there’s really nothing like it.

2727 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

3. Pambiche

2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232
Cubano sandwich at Pambiche
Nick Woo

For more than a decade, Pambiche has been serving some of Portland’s best Cuban food. From casual Cubanos and empanadas to substantial oxtail or ropa vieja, this colorful, casual spot is certainly a people-pleaser. Don’t sleep on the desserts; the “Lime in the Coconut,” a tres leches cake drenched in lime, coconut milk, and rum, tastes like a tropical cocktail in creamy, tangy cake form. Lunch, dinner, or happy hour are available in this lively environment, but brunch is a bonus as it avoids the usual weekend morning hoards.

2811 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

4. Epif Restaurant and Pisco Bar

404 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Guisa at Epif Restaurant and Pisco Bar
Nick Woo

After operating a restaurant in Chile for six years, the owners of Epif, Nicolle Dirks and Jose “Pepe” Arancibia, moved to Portland to take normally meat-centric South American cuisine and give it a vegan twist. Mushrooms soaked in mango leche de tigre ground a fish-free “ceviche,” while mains include stewed garbanzo beans and carrots with polenta cakes. While the swank dining area is inviting, the narrow bar will treat fans of Pisco to the largest selection in the city, as well as a wide array of cocktails to complement it.

404 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

5. Stammtisch

401 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Wienerschnitzel Sandwich at Stammtisch
Nick Woo

With an extensive imported beer list, Stammtisch already has a well-deserved drinking audience, but its food menu, with fluffy-breaded-and-hearty Wiener schnitzel and juicy pork-and-veal currywurst, also make it an outstanding German restaurant. Enjoy a beer, a soccer game, and pretzel at a spot where the super-loyal regulars can get their names on reserved mugs and barstools.

401 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

6. Ranch Pizza @ Poison’s Rainbow

344 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
“The #4” at Ranch Pizza
Nick Woo

At the newest bar on the street owned by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, funky and fun Poison’s Rainbow serves previously pop-up only pizza from Ranch PDX. These square, Sicilian-style pies have crispy crusts and soft, chewy centers accompanied by a side of house-made ranch dressing. “The #4” topped with Italian sausage, ricotta, and Mama Lil’s Peppers is a real crowd-pleaser. Under dim, colorful lighting accented by Brock’s unusual terrariums and fishing lure chandeliers, enjoy your slice with one of seven cocktails under $10, a tall boy, or a draft beer.

344 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

7. Staccato Gelato

3148, 232 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Gelato at Staccato Gelato
Nick Woo

This neighborhood scoop shop serves gelato flavors like maple bacon and birthday cake in a colorful, open room with plentiful seating, board games, and WiFi. While the gelato is worth the trip alone, the shop also makes fresh cake doughnuts and velvety Illy coffee espresso drinks. Open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, you wouldn’t be the first to stumble in after a few steins at Stammtisch.

3148, 232 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

8. Güero

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Hamburguesa at Güero
Nick Woo

After spending a few years down the street as a food cart in Pod 28, Güero’s full-service restaurant is bright, lively, and decorated with colorful foliage. Sourcing responsibly-raised meat, Megan Sanchez and Alec Morrison craft dishes like the torta ahogado, a carnitas-and-habanero-slaw sandwich covered in smoky, acidic achiote-tomato sauce. The Mexican street hamburguesa’s charred patty and American cheese pair well with pickled jalapenos and tamarind tomatoes. Order when you walk in, then grab a seat at one of the tables or at the vibrant bar adorned with beautiful flower vases.

200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

9. Alma Chocolate

140 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Caramelita at Alma Chocolate
Nick Woo

Local chocolatier Alma Chocolate’s flagship store carries a variety of beautiful, high-quality treats that make fantastic gifts, but what makes this an especially nice stop is the numerous drinking chocolates. Specialty ones like the spicy and sweet Caramelita (habanero caramel sauce, 68% dark chocolate, and milk with a heavy cream swirl) can be sipped and licked clean at the quaint bar by the window.

140 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

10. HunnyMilk

3145, 40 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Inside neighborhood Italian restaurant La Buca, pop-up hunnymilk serves elevated weekend brunches in a playful setting, complete with vintage toys and coloring books. For $22, you get a drink, a savory dish, and a sweet dish, with options like crispy pork ribs with cheesy grits and soft egg, carrot cake waffles, and vanilla cheesecake mousse. Boozy drink options, like guava tequila sunrise and Jameson and Bailey’s Irish coffee, are an additional $7. Extra options include jalapeño hushpuppy doughnuts, biscuits, and ranch home fries. Expect a modest wait because this place is popular.

3145, 40 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

11. Tapalaya

28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Crawfish étouffée nachos
Nick Woo

When Tapalaya first opened in 2008, it focused on serving Cajun and Creole food in a small-plate format (the name is a combination of tapas and jambalaya). A few years ago, head chef Anh Luu began introducing flavors from her Vietnamese upbringing. The results have been remarkable, from dishes like decadent crawfish étouffée nachos with cotija and five-spice wonton chips to braised beef cheeks in pho-spiced onion gravy. Decorated with Louisiana accents, this energetic restaurant will put you in the mood for Mardi Gras as soon as you step through the door.

28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

12. Navarre

10 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Pork, foie gras, morels pate
Nick Woo

With a menu featuring French, Spanish, and Italian small and large plates, Navarre tastes and feels like a neighborhood European restaurant. While ordering off a checklist like a sushi restaurant or dim sum feels awkward at first, your patience is rewarded with dishes like succulent hanger steak with a crisp crust, Roman-style artichokes with tender stems and luscious hearts, bright pickled vegetables, and smooth and rich pork and foie gras pâtés that do not skimp on the foie. With about 50 wines available in half pours, a variety of different European ones can be tasted relatively inexpensively.

10 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

13. Fifty Licks Ice Cream

2742 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Cubano affogato at Fifty Licks
Nick Woo

As one of the most popular ice cream shops in Portland, the white-walled, minimalist E Burnside location of Fifty Licks routinely has a line snaking through it; with flavors like Chocolate AF, Thai Rice, and Lavender Mint Chip, it’s easy to see why. Hot chocolate flights, root beer floats, and cafe Cubanos provide sweet beverage options when ice cream doesn’t fit the mood. Given all the dinner options nearby, it’s definitely a plus that it’s open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

2742 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

14. PaaDee

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Duck laab at Paadee
Nick Woo

Since 2008, Earl Ninsom has been serving some outstanding Thai food at this brightly-lit, casual spot that might be more well-known for what’s hiding behind its bookshelf. On typically-slow Mondays and Tuesdays, dishes inspired by northeastern Thailand are showcased on the Isaan menu. Crispy-fried whole tilapia with mango salad is savory, sweet and tangy, while larbs steal the show. The lime-juice-and-fish-sauce-dressed omelet larb with crispy rice powder blends sour, salty, and umami flavors with a mixture of textures that will have you forgetting you’re in Portland.

6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

15. Langbaan

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Kanom Krok at Langbaan
Jennifer Yow

Behind a bookshelf in the back of PaaDee, there is a prix-fixe dinner destination that’s considered one of the best Thai restaurants in the country: a 24-seat space that recreates a Thai open-air cafe with surprising intimacy. Because of its limited space and reputation, reservations for Langbaan are the most difficult ticket in Portland. More often than not, it’s a six-month wait, and it’s worth it. The menu changes frequently, but every diner will try the life-changing kanom krok, which is a single bite of scallop, coconut cream, lemongrass, makrut lime in a crispy rice cup.

6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

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16. Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

22 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Mycella Bleu & Cypress Grove Fromage Blanc at Cheese & Crack Snack Shop
Nick Woo

Started as a food cart on Hawthorne, Cheese and Crack Snack Shop puts Nathan Hall and William Steuernagel’s creativity on display with stainless steel trays of meticulously crafted stacks of house-made crackers, slices of cheese, and spoonfuls of jam, fudge, and honey. While Cheese & Crack offers a selection of beers and wines to pair with the food, summers call for the frosé, a rosé wine slushie. On sunny days, the competition for the three outdoor picnic tables is fierce. While it feels like a casual cafe, do not whip out your laptop: Cheese & Crack is screen-free.

22 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

17. The Goose

2725 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Stacked chicken enchiladas at The Goose
Nick Woo

Southwestern cuisine is not generally found anywhere in Portland, but the Goose is able to pull it off. After Kristine Craine spent some time in the region, she brought back her love of hatch green and red chiles to Portland. Stacked enchiladas are covered with rich, satisfying hatch chile sauce, sliced avocado, and eggs; the silky smooth chorizo queso comes with fresh house-made tortilla chips. With a long bar, long tables, booths, outdoor seating, and New Mexican decor, casual after work drinks and dinner seem natural. The large selection of tequila and mezcal make both simple and sophisticated margaritas, cocktails, and tequila flights.

2725 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214

18. Pod 28

113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Spicy Korean Chicken Bowl at FOMO Chicken
Nick Woo

It’s not a real restaurant row without a food cart pod, and E 28th has one of the best. With several outdoor picnic tables and a tent covering to shield from sun or rain, Pod 28 has hosted a number of carts that have become full-service restaurants like Burrasca and Güero. The current set of food carts include Wolf & Bear’s (falafels and hummus bowls), FOMO Chicken (sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken), Saint Burrito (burritos and quesadillas), Meat & Potatoes (steak frites and beef bourguignon), the Bivy Brunch (creative brunch foods), and Egyptian Bros. (gyros). Accompanying all these tasty options is Captured Beer Bus, which features about a half-dozen beers as well as wine and cider on tap. Casual and kid-friendly, play a game of cornhole after lunch.

113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

19. Ken's Artisan Pizza

304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Soppressata at Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Nick Woo

After the success of Monday Pizza Nights at Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken Forkish opened this bustling yet intimate Southeast favorite in 2009. Euro-style pies are churned out in two minutes from the Le Panyol wood-fired oven. Four beers on tap and 15-20 wines by the glass give you plenty of options to pair with Soppressata, Margherita, or the seasonal Roasted Vegetable Plate. This place is popular and gets busy, so unless you arrive at 5 p.m., expect a bit of a wait.

304 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

20. Bamboo Sushi SE

310 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Nigiri sushi at Bamboo Sushi SE
Nick Woo

Sustainable fish is the hallmark of what Bamboo Sushi does at all four of its Portland locations: Geoduck from Washington, eel from Korea, and octopus from Spain come as sashimi or nigiri. The menu also features 10 creative, unique signature rolls (with gluten-free and vegan options) and a rice vinegar, mirin, and soy-laced Snake River Farms half-pound burger with Tillamook white cheddar and crispy, delicately-fried tempura onion rings. Plentiful drink options include cocktails, Japanese Whisky, sake, and sochu as well as a handful of mocktails. Like the other Bamboo locations, the decor is clean, minimalist and hip.

310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

21. Baby Doll Pizza

2835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Pepperoni slice at Baby Doll Pizza
Nick Woo

Baby Doll Pizza’s chef-owner Travis Miranda grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He brings both of these experiences together to make some of the most East Coast-style pizzas found in Portland. In this laid-back, casual spot with pinball machines and checkerboard flooring, pizza is available by the slice or as a whole pie. The thin crust has a crispy bottom, and toppings are made in-house including the sauce, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella. Adjoining a full bar, the draft list runs about 12 deep with about 30 bottle choices. It’s also open late to satisfy any 2 a.m. pizza cravings.

2835 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

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