Filipinos are the second-largest Asian-American group in the United States, but in cities like Portland with a smaller population of Filipino Americans, the density of Pinoy restaurants is often dwarfed by other Southeast Asian cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese. Those unfamiliar with the cuisine and the city’s restaurants, however, are missing out: From the salty tang of adobo to the sweet-and-buttery swirl of a fresh-baked ensaymada, Pinoy cuisine balances salty, sweet, and sour, often with a hint of welcome bitterness.
While we might lack an extensive Filipino dining scene — meaning much of the food is made in home kitchens as opposed to restaurants — there are quite a few places to get a Pinoy fix in Portland. And thanks to the cross-cultural nature of Filipino cuisine, Hawaiian spots like Grind Wit Tryz often have favorites like sweet Filipino spaghetti on the menu. In true Portland style, Filipino chefs don’t shy from tweaking tradition: using squid ink pasta instead of glass noodles or stuffing smoked brisket into golden-fried lumpia. Note that Filipino destination Magna isn’t on this map simply because of its current hiatus, and that many Filipino hits are available at less-permanent pop-ups like Kumare or Pinoy PDX. This map isn’t ranked; rather, it’s organized geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. 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.Read More