If restaurants have the ability to achieve something like cult status, it’s often as a result of one iconic dish that’s influenced the local culinary scene. Over the years, iconic plates have come and gone, but most are permanent fixtures. This map honors these stalwarts of Portland dining — those dishes that, were they to be removed from menus, would cause a citywide revolt. For this map, our icons are not only dishes that are famous; they’re dishes that are delicious, and emblematic of Portland dining.
From foie gras profiteroles to pizzas topped with tatsoi, many of the dishes that define Portland’s food scene celebrate some of the best parts of living here — local produce, artistic honesty, and plain-old playfulness. They tell stories of the people who live here: The cultural capital of a relatively young state, Portland is a city of immigrants and expats, bringing culinary traditions from Vietnam, Norway, and everywhere in between. Below, find the dishes that define us.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More