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18 Hidden Gem Restaurants in Portland

Find Portland's best under-the-radar restaurants

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As Portland’s new, flashy restaurants often have Portland diners and food writers batting eyelashes, the city’s restaurant underdogs remain the favorites of their regulars and longtime Portlanders. These restaurant underdogs aren’t the names you’ll spot trawling Twitter or your Feedly: These mom-and-pops, receive little recognition, have zero PR presence, and be worthy of your cash.

It's extremely likely that one of your favorite under-recognized restaurants isn't on this map. Now's the time to show the love in the comments below and on social media. Portland has creative and quality-driven chefs and restaurant owners bursting from its seams, from St. Johns to Oregon City, and from Beaverton to Troutdale. If there were ever a place to give them a shoutout, this is it.

To see which restaurants used to be on the map, visit the Restaurant Underdog archive. (Note: The points on this map are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

Carrie Uffindell and Chad Walsh

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Fish and Chip Shoppe

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1218 N Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 232-3344
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You no doubt remember that the fries at McDonald’s were once a thing of beauty, thanks to being deep-fried in tallow. Well, thanks to British expat Mick Shillingford, you can now get fries—and battered fish—fried in tallow. The only thing you have to figure out is what kind of fish you want: halibut, haddock, red snapper, or cod. And don’t forget to peek inside Shillingford’s neighboring Tardis Room bar, which hosts musical performances and Dr. Who screenings.

2. Saraveza

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1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 206-4252
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[Photo: Yelp/Lisa D.]

3. EaT: An Oyster Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-1222
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4. Swiss Hibiscus

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4950 NE 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 477-9224
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5. Old Salt Marketplace

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5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 255-0167
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6. Chameleon Restaurant and Bar

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2000 NE 40th Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 460-2682
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7. Bipartisan Cafe

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7901 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 253-1051
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8. El Pato Feliz

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5824 SE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 772-1037

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9. La Panza Cafe

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2425 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-5005
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10. 3 Doors Down Cafe

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1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-6886
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11. Fonda Rosa

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108 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 235-3828

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12. Behind The Museum Café

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1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 477-6625
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13. John's Coffee Shop

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301 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-4611

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14. Le Happy

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1011 NW 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-1258
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15. Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant

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1201 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-9442
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16. Industrial Cafe & Saloon

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2572 NW Vaughn St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 227-7002
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17. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

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6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-6400
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18. Otto & Anita's Schnitzel's Haus

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3025 SW Canby St
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 452-1411
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[Photo: Yelp/Carol H.]

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1. The Fish and Chip Shoppe

1218 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

You no doubt remember that the fries at McDonald’s were once a thing of beauty, thanks to being deep-fried in tallow. Well, thanks to British expat Mick Shillingford, you can now get fries—and battered fish—fried in tallow. The only thing you have to figure out is what kind of fish you want: halibut, haddock, red snapper, or cod. And don’t forget to peek inside Shillingford’s neighboring Tardis Room bar, which hosts musical performances and Dr. Who screenings.

1218 N Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217

2. Saraveza

1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

[Photo: Yelp/Lisa D.]

1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

3. EaT: An Oyster Bar

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

[Photo: Facebook/EaT: An Oyster Bar]

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Swiss Hibiscus

4950 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

[Photo: Swiss Hibiscus]

4950 NE 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

5. Old Salt Marketplace

5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

[Photo: Old Salt]

5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

6. Chameleon Restaurant and Bar

2000 NE 40th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

[Photo: Facebook/Chameleon Restaurant & Bar]

2000 NE 40th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

7. Bipartisan Cafe

7901 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

[Photo: Bipartisan Cafe]

7901 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

8. El Pato Feliz

5824 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

[Photo: Yelp/Cora P.]

5824 SE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

9. La Panza Cafe

2425 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

[Photo: Facebook/La Panza]

2425 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. 3 Doors Down Cafe

1429 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

[Photo: Facebook/3 Doors Down Cafe]

1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. Fonda Rosa

108 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

[Photo: Yelp/Jayme R.]

108 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

12. Behind The Museum Café

1229 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

[Photo: Facebook/Behind the Museum Cafe]

1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

13. John's Coffee Shop

301 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

[Photo: Yelp/Robert G.]

301 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

14. Le Happy

1011 NW 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

[Photo: Yelp]

1011 NW 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

15. Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant

1201 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

[Photo: Facebook/Marrakesh]

1201 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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16. Industrial Cafe & Saloon

2572 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210

[Photo: Industrial Cafe]

2572 NW Vaughn St
Portland, OR 97210

17. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

6660 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

[Photo: Yelp]

6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

18. Otto & Anita's Schnitzel's Haus

3025 SW Canby St, Portland, OR 97219

[Photo: Yelp/Carol H.]

3025 SW Canby St
Portland, OR 97219

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