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10 Places to Find Fantastic Filipino Food in Portland

Where to find the best adobo, lechon, and pancit around the city

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Kamayan box from Leslie’s Lumpia
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boba Licious

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123 NE 43rd Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 648-3033
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Situated in a Hillsboro strip mall, Boba Licious is a classic turo-turo a.k.a. “point-point” spot: Diners can pick what they want from a well-stocked, heated display case, and a server packs it up with rice. Pinoy greatest hits like adobo (both pork and chicken) to peanut-sauced kare-kare and beefy kaldereta are usually available. And yes, the cafe also makes boba milk tea and a slew of fruit smoothies. Boba Licious is takeout only.

2. Hunny Beez

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Food Cart Pod in Back Parking Lot of Aloha Mall, 18631 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy
Aloha, OR 97003
(971) 404-6845
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Located in a small pod in the back of an Aloha shopping center, Hunny Beez describes themselves as “backyard barbecue with a Filipino twist,” which translates to a menu incorporating both big burgers topped with smoked bacon, mango slaw, and peanut sauce and traditional soups like pork lugaw and chicken sotanghon. Grilled chicken, smoked pulled pork, and beef brisket star in combo plates, get stuffed into lumpia, and are sold by the pound. Delivery and takeout are available.

3. Kubo

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4708 NW Bethany Blvd E-8
Portland, OR 97229
(503) 746-4626
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With walls clad in rough-hewn wood planks and bamboo, Kubo, in a Bethany shopping center, has a modern aesthetic while keeping the menu classic. Kubo sells staples like lumpiang sariwa and lechon kawali, as well as a number of sweets like buko salad, the Pinoy answer to ambrosia, and sapin-sapin in all of its colorful layered glory. Kubo is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

4. St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery

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2311 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 444-7170
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While downtown’s St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery obviously turns out stellar baked goods — including plenty with ube — the small shop also offers savories like empanadas, breakfast burritos filled with longanisa sausage and rice, plus silogs, Filipino breakfast dishes with garlic fried rice, meat of choice, and a fried egg. Takeout is available.

5. Bit House Collective

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727 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-3913
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Bit House Collective, Bit House Saloon’s new iteration, is serving Filipino bar snacks like crab fat fries and sinigang shrimp chips from the crew at Magna (while the restaurant is temporarily closed) to pair with fruity drafts from Pono Brewing and creative cocktails like the Halo-Halo, a twist on the Pinoy dessert made with gin, sherry, coconut, ube, and tapioca and coconut jellies. The bar’s super-savory lumpia are meaty and garlicky, well-paired with any of Natasha Mesa’s cocktails or mocktails. Bit House offers outdoor and indoor seating, as well as curbside pickup.

6. Halo Halo

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4520 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 930-3018
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Halo Halo sells desserts — many with vegan options — like ube butter mochi, cardamom sticky buns, and buko pie, as well as the lesser-seen taho, silken tofu and tapioca pearls in a brown sugar syrup called arnibal. Order online and pick up at Bindle, a one-stop shop for local artisans that operates out of Cully’s Tiny Moreso.

7. Tambayan Restaurant

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6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-4217
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Along with Fork and Spoon House and Kubo, Foster-Powell’s Tambayan is one of the few sit-down Filipino restaurants in Portland. The menu is also comprehensive, offering multiple versions of sinigang, the sour soup flavored with tamarind, four versions of pancit, and kare-kare with either traditional oxtails or beef. Tambayan is open for takeout and delivery.

8. Leslie’s Lumpia

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7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

Sure, Leslie’s Lumpia makes lumpia filled with on-trend quesabirria and hybrid drinks like “ubechata,” but the business also offers popular Kamayan Boxes that include grilled skewers, adobo, pancit canton, lumpia, okra, eggplant, and more, which serve as a great introduction to the cuisine while still appealing to seasoned Filipino food lovers. Order online and pick up weekends at the Portland Mercado.

9. Fork And Spoon Food House

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10634 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 867-7716
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Parkrose Filipino restaurant Fork and Spoon House has a tight menu of favorites like pork adobo, pinakbet, and kare-kare, plus sisig fries, an invention using the chopped, grilled pork and onions as a topping. Dishes like longsilog, sweet pork with garlic fried rice and a fried egg, bangsilog substituting fried milk fish, and spamsilog, which is what it sounds like, are among six hearty breakfast choices. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

10. Kuya Fred's Cuisine

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2220J NW Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 250-2865
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Kuya Fred’s, a cart with locations in Gresham, Happy Valley, and the Eastport Food Center, is an eastside solution when seeking classics like lechon kawali, pancit, and adobo, as well as combo plates for a little taste of everything. Like many local Filipino businesses, Kuya Fred’s also offers catering for large groups. The cart is open for takeout and delivery in all three locations.

1. Boba Licious

123 NE 43rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Situated in a Hillsboro strip mall, Boba Licious is a classic turo-turo a.k.a. “point-point” spot: Diners can pick what they want from a well-stocked, heated display case, and a server packs it up with rice. Pinoy greatest hits like adobo (both pork and chicken) to peanut-sauced kare-kare and beefy kaldereta are usually available. And yes, the cafe also makes boba milk tea and a slew of fruit smoothies. Boba Licious is takeout only.

123 NE 43rd Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124

2. Hunny Beez

Food Cart Pod in Back Parking Lot of Aloha Mall, 18631 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha, OR 97003

Located in a small pod in the back of an Aloha shopping center, Hunny Beez describes themselves as “backyard barbecue with a Filipino twist,” which translates to a menu incorporating both big burgers topped with smoked bacon, mango slaw, and peanut sauce and traditional soups like pork lugaw and chicken sotanghon. Grilled chicken, smoked pulled pork, and beef brisket star in combo plates, get stuffed into lumpia, and are sold by the pound. Delivery and takeout are available.

Food Cart Pod in Back Parking Lot of Aloha Mall, 18631 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy
Aloha, OR 97003

3. Kubo

4708 NW Bethany Blvd E-8, Portland, OR 97229

With walls clad in rough-hewn wood planks and bamboo, Kubo, in a Bethany shopping center, has a modern aesthetic while keeping the menu classic. Kubo sells staples like lumpiang sariwa and lechon kawali, as well as a number of sweets like buko salad, the Pinoy answer to ambrosia, and sapin-sapin in all of its colorful layered glory. Kubo is open for takeout, delivery, and has outdoor seating.

4708 NW Bethany Blvd E-8
Portland, OR 97229

4. St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery

2311 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

While downtown’s St. Barbra Pinoy Bakery obviously turns out stellar baked goods — including plenty with ube — the small shop also offers savories like empanadas, breakfast burritos filled with longanisa sausage and rice, plus silogs, Filipino breakfast dishes with garlic fried rice, meat of choice, and a fried egg. Takeout is available.

2311 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

5. Bit House Collective

727 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Bit House Collective, Bit House Saloon’s new iteration, is serving Filipino bar snacks like crab fat fries and sinigang shrimp chips from the crew at Magna (while the restaurant is temporarily closed) to pair with fruity drafts from Pono Brewing and creative cocktails like the Halo-Halo, a twist on the Pinoy dessert made with gin, sherry, coconut, ube, and tapioca and coconut jellies. The bar’s super-savory lumpia are meaty and garlicky, well-paired with any of Natasha Mesa’s cocktails or mocktails. Bit House offers outdoor and indoor seating, as well as curbside pickup.

727 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

6. Halo Halo

4520 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Halo Halo sells desserts — many with vegan options — like ube butter mochi, cardamom sticky buns, and buko pie, as well as the lesser-seen taho, silken tofu and tapioca pearls in a brown sugar syrup called arnibal. Order online and pick up at Bindle, a one-stop shop for local artisans that operates out of Cully’s Tiny Moreso.

4520 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

7. Tambayan Restaurant

6014 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Along with Fork and Spoon House and Kubo, Foster-Powell’s Tambayan is one of the few sit-down Filipino restaurants in Portland. The menu is also comprehensive, offering multiple versions of sinigang, the sour soup flavored with tamarind, four versions of pancit, and kare-kare with either traditional oxtails or beef. Tambayan is open for takeout and delivery.

6014 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

8. Leslie’s Lumpia

7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Sure, Leslie’s Lumpia makes lumpia filled with on-trend quesabirria and hybrid drinks like “ubechata,” but the business also offers popular Kamayan Boxes that include grilled skewers, adobo, pancit canton, lumpia, okra, eggplant, and more, which serve as a great introduction to the cuisine while still appealing to seasoned Filipino food lovers. Order online and pick up weekends at the Portland Mercado.

7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

9. Fork And Spoon Food House

10634 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97220

Parkrose Filipino restaurant Fork and Spoon House has a tight menu of favorites like pork adobo, pinakbet, and kare-kare, plus sisig fries, an invention using the chopped, grilled pork and onions as a topping. Dishes like longsilog, sweet pork with garlic fried rice and a fried egg, bangsilog substituting fried milk fish, and spamsilog, which is what it sounds like, are among six hearty breakfast choices. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

10634 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

10. Kuya Fred's Cuisine

2220J NW Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

Kuya Fred’s, a cart with locations in Gresham, Happy Valley, and the Eastport Food Center, is an eastside solution when seeking classics like lechon kawali, pancit, and adobo, as well as combo plates for a little taste of everything. Like many local Filipino businesses, Kuya Fred’s also offers catering for large groups. The cart is open for takeout and delivery in all three locations.

2220J NW Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030

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