Downtown Portland is home to a wide variety of dining experiences, from street food to tasting menus, with everything from Isan Thai to Sichuan to Belizean cuisine represented.
When locals advise out-of-towners, they often dissuade them from spending much time downtown — “it’s not an accurate representation of the city” is the usual argument. However, to deny Portland’s downtown as a part of the city is to erase some of its longest-standing restaurants, some of its most interesting historic places, and some of its most beautiful buildings. Of course, if you visit Portland and only spend time downtown, you’re not seeing a full picture of Portland — this guide should give you what you need for a holistic look at the city.
This map has a stickler’s definition of downtown: nothing west of 405, and nothing north of Burnside. For restaurant options in the nearby Pearl, this map should do just fine.
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