clock menu more-arrow no yes
A bowl of Special Kasoy at Kasoy&Co
Special kasoy at Kasoy&Co
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Where to Eat in Gresham and East Portland

Restaurants, food carts, and breweries to hit on the other side of I-205.

View as Map
Special kasoy at Kasoy&Co
| Krista Garcia/EPDX

It should go without saying Portland is more than the Pearl District, Division Street, or Mississippi Avenue. As residents in prime neighborhoods get pushed further eastward and areas like Montavilla, Foster-Powell, and Lents get more popular, it’s becoming imperative to expand culinary horizons farther east. In fact, more than 20 percent of all Portland residents live between I-205 and Gresham, a figure that’s only likely to grow.

Unlike inner Portland and the west side with its constant churn and international outposts, Portland’s east side is home to the old guard, like quintessentially American steakhouses, as well as restaurants and food carts celebrating the cuisines of Somalia, Ukraine, Laos, and beyond.

This map focuses on Gresham and the portion of Portland east of 205 sometimes referred to as “The Numbers,” colloquially. For tacos, specifically, see Where to Find Next-Level Tacos in Gresham. Eastside residents and fans, feel free to chime in on local favorites for future updates.

Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. For all the latest Portland dining intel, subscribe to Eater Portland’s newsletter.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen

Copy Link
10519 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 252-4171
Visit Website

Out on 105th since 1946, Sayler’s is one of the city’s classic restaurants. The steakhouse suffered a fire and was rebuilt in the late ‘70s, and it shows — charmingly, of course. Old-school flourishes are a huge part of the experience, including the relish tray with carrot sticks and canned black olives, plus a gratis scoop of ice cream after dinner.

2. Fork And Spoon Food House

Copy Link
10634 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 867-7716
Visit Website

Across the street from the Parkrose Grocery Outlet, Fork and Spoon House — simply decorated with a Philippine flag, folk art, and TV tuned to a Filipino station — is the place to go for homestyle sisig, bicol express, and the occasional special of sweet Pinoy-style spaghetti with chopped up hotdogs mixed in. Filipino breakfast dishes, “silogs,” with garlic rice, a fried egg, and choice of meat are what to get during the day.

3. Lily Market

Copy Link
11001 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 255-0448
Visit Website

This Southeast Asian grocery store in the Gateway District is actually a serious lunch spot: The deli counter near the cash registers is where the action is. Curries and stir-fries on rice are available, but it’s the crumbly, grilled pork sausages and hot-as-hell Lao-style papaya salads where Lily Market excels. The fiery shredded papaya, called mak hoong, gets its hardcore funk from fermented crab.

Lily Market deli counter
Lily Market deli counter
Krista Garcia/EPDX

4. Jet Black Coffee Company

Copy Link
11150 NE Weidler St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 889-0739
Visit Website

Jet Black Coffee, an airy, black-walled cafe in a repurposed Gateway District midcentury structure, is a clear labor of love (and ode to the band Jawbreaker). Owners Travis Coe and Karla Nolt sell Water Avenue custom blends and vegan baked goods from Sweetpea Baking Company and Shoofly Vegan Bakery; the hip coffee shop still feels like an anomaly in the triple-digits.

5. La Osita

Copy Link
1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 358-3364
Visit Website

Nearby Mill Park residents are lucky enough to snag La Osita’s Mexican breakfast fare and a cup of Proyecto Diaz coffee in the morning, though the food cart stays open until late lunch. Co-owner Elizabeth Guerrero — who moved to Portland from Puebla, Mexico when she was four — serves her memorable brunch tacos with a hard-fried egg, sauteed peppers, and slice of thick-cut bacon, topped with pink pickled onions and default mild green salsa. Along with Jet Black Coffee, this small cart in a strip mall parking lot is one of the few businesses offering explicitly vegan menu options east of 205.

hand holding a brunch taco from La Osita
La Osita’s brunch taco
Krista Garcia/EPDX

6. Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant

Copy Link
1720 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233
(971) 544-7065

East Portland is home to many residents from East Africa, which means it’s not hard to find Ethiopian food. There’s Little Ethiopia for vegan food cart fans and Mill Park’s Sisters for a casual sit-down experience with a tight menu. While much of Ethiopian cuisine is vegan-friendly, Sister’s also offers beef and lamb in the form of tibs, a spicy stew seasoned with berberé, as well as kifto, a raw minced beef dish similar to steak tartare.

7. Citymaxx Food Stores

Copy Link
3552 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97236
(503) 719-4161
Visit Website

For those craving Ukrainian piroshki, Armenian kefir, and Georgian wine, East Portland is where a large portion of Portland’s Eastern European treasures reside, and Citymaxx is the biggest player in town. With an orange-and-black color scheme and matching logo that make the well-stocked grocery and liquor store seem like a chain (it isn’t), this bright-and-shiny relative newcomer has most of the Baltic bases covered, plus a deli counter with combo plates and beef stroganoff, borscht, and chicken kiev by the pound.

8. Salama International Bazaar

Copy Link
12435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 477-6211

Compared to other East African cuisines like Eritrean and Ethiopian, Somali food is less commonly found in Portland restaurants. For a plate of suqaar (stewed beef, peppers, and onions) or kaykay (stir-fried strips of chicken and sabayad, flaky paratha, served with a lime-heavy, spicy green sauce), head out to Salama International Bazaar, a restaurant with comfortable chairs and patterned silk tablecloths, next to a Somali mini-mall. Most entrees are served with a choice of buttery rice, spaghetti and marinara, or anjeero, a spongy flatbread traditionally made with sorghum flour.

A plate of kaykay at Salama International Bazaar
Kaykay at Salama International Bazaar
Krista Garcia/EPDX

9. Selena's Custom Kitchen

Copy Link
4450 NE 131st Pl
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 309-3495
Visit Website

This Sandy Blvd food cart en route to Costco opened during the pandemic and fills a soul food void in East Portland. Instead of a sprawling roster of classics, owner and cook Selena Taylor specializes in three things: fried fish (salmon or basa, a type of catfish) served with house-made tartar sauce, crawfish étouffée, and comforting desserts like caramel pudding. Diners can order a sampler to try all of the above, which also comes with braised mustard greens enriched with smoked turkey and cornbread. Be on the lookout for creamy mac and cheese and peach cobbler, which are frequent specials.

10. Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer

Copy Link
14021 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 878-8708
Visit Website

Formerly Ringside East, Von Ebert Brewing took over the midcentury clubhouse restaurant at the Glendoveer golf course in 2018. The well-preserved restaurant with vaulted ceilings and globe light fixtures still serves Ringside’s famous steak bites and horseradish sauce, as well as house-smoked wings, smoked brisket sandwiches, and a roster of pizzas. The varied tap list includes seasonal lagers, fermented sours, and wild farmhouse ales.

View this post on Instagram

Today was a good day.

A post shared by Von Ebert Brewing (@vebrewing) on

11. Birrieria La Plaza

Copy Link
600 SE 146th Ave
Portland, OR 97233

For messy tacos, quesadillas, and cups of consomme, this ketchup-red food cart Birrieria La Plaza on SE Stark has quickly become a standout amidst East Portland’s birria belt. The restaurant’s crunchy vampiros are a particular favorite, but it’s worth taking home as much of the restaurant’s deeply savory soup as possible.

12. Level Beer

Copy Link
5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 714-1222
Visit Website

This sprawling family-friendly brewery in an industrial patch where Costco is the lone nearby landmark serves everything from popular hazy IPAs to saisons made with plum and tamarind. Food is available from a number of carts outside, including sourdough pizza from Barley Sprout and even oysters on the half-shell from Tidal Boar Foods. There are a few bar-height tables and chairs inside and picnic tables on the covered patio.

Level Beer concrete counter and taps
Counter at Level Beer
Krista Garcia/EPDX

13. Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon

Copy Link
16223 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 255-4356

Next to a plasma center, this hybrid grocery store and deli counter right smack on the Portland-Gresham border churns out some of the best guisados — Mexican stews — in the city. Diners can take home a container of carnitas or mole with a few packs of tortillas or salsas made on-site, or get comfy in the small dining area with a plate of smoky chicken tinga or braised nopales with either refried or vegan black beans on the side.

Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon tacos
Tacos at Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon
Krista Garcia/EPDX

14. Kasoy & Co

Copy Link
2280 NW Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030
(971) 293-9077
Visit Website

Specializing in Lao and Mien food, Kasoy is a food cart pod standout next to a self-storage operation that’s easily missable if buzzing down Burnside. Those who stop will be rewarded with the namesake soup, kasoy: a large bowl of bone broth filled with fresh wide rice noodles, topped with minced pork sauce, cherry tomatoes, quail eggs, and beef meatballs. Some of the menu leans Thai (and even Korean), but the tham mak hoong, a Lao-style papaya salad made with fermented crab, or the fried milk fish served with spicy Laotian dipping sauce jeow som, are both standouts.

Red Kasoy&Co food and a picnic table
Kasoy&Co food cart
Krista Garcia/EPDX

15. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

Copy Link
323 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 666-3333
Visit Website

The Gresham outpost of the popular family-run Lebanese restaurant serves the same freshly baked pita, creamy hummus, pizzas, and meze the original is known for. Right on the quintessential small-town main drag, Nicholas, with its gold and scarlet color scheme, is suburban-style spacious with generous room between the solid wood tables and wrought-iron chairs.

16. Tamale Factory

Copy Link
2870 NE Hogan Dr
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 512-8603
Visit Website

Gresham might be a taco-lovers paradise, but tamale fanatics can find a stunning array at a strip mall on the border of Troutdale. “Food To Go” lettered on the side of the shop hints at the simple wooden tables and chairs within, though even if the cutlery is disposable, the plates are not. It’s hard to go wrong at Tamale Factory, whether customers order the restaurant’s corn husk tamales, like the pork in red sauce, or the Oaxacan-style chicken mole tamales wrapped and steamed in aromatic banana leaves.

17. Imm Dee Thai Restaurant & Bar

Copy Link
2009 NE Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 912-0357
Visit Website

Gresham’s Imm Dee also functions as a sports bar, so it’s entirely possible to enjoy a few skewers of happy hour satay with a vodka-spiked Thai iced tea or a full table-service meal while keeping an eye on the game. The menu doesn’t stray too far from standards, but read between the lines and it gets more interesting. A dish simply called Bangkok seafood appears to be a rendition of Thai curry crab, made from curry powder and evaporated milk (half and half is used here), and Thai pho with beef meatballs closely resembles boat noodles, minus the liver and pig’s blood. Perfectionists can adjust seasonings to taste, using the ground chile powder or chile-infused fish sauce in the caddies on the wooden tables.

18. Taipei Noodle Haus

Copy Link
11642 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 206-5090
Visit Website

This no-frills restaurant stocked with video lottery games is a Korean-Chinese specialist in disguise. Pros know to skip the chow mein and kung pao chicken, instead opting for dishes that feature chewy, hand-pulled noodles like the ja jiang mein black bean seafood noodles or “chow ma” spicy seafood noodle soup.

1. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen

10519 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216

Out on 105th since 1946, Sayler’s is one of the city’s classic restaurants. The steakhouse suffered a fire and was rebuilt in the late ‘70s, and it shows — charmingly, of course. Old-school flourishes are a huge part of the experience, including the relish tray with carrot sticks and canned black olives, plus a gratis scoop of ice cream after dinner.

10519 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97216

2. Fork And Spoon Food House

10634 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97220

Across the street from the Parkrose Grocery Outlet, Fork and Spoon House — simply decorated with a Philippine flag, folk art, and TV tuned to a Filipino station — is the place to go for homestyle sisig, bicol express, and the occasional special of sweet Pinoy-style spaghetti with chopped up hotdogs mixed in. Filipino breakfast dishes, “silogs,” with garlic rice, a fried egg, and choice of meat are what to get during the day.

10634 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

3. Lily Market

11001 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220
Lily Market deli counter
Lily Market deli counter
Krista Garcia/EPDX

This Southeast Asian grocery store in the Gateway District is actually a serious lunch spot: The deli counter near the cash registers is where the action is. Curries and stir-fries on rice are available, but it’s the crumbly, grilled pork sausages and hot-as-hell Lao-style papaya salads where Lily Market excels. The fiery shredded papaya, called mak hoong, gets its hardcore funk from fermented crab.

11001 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97220

4. Jet Black Coffee Company

11150 NE Weidler St, Portland, OR 97220

Jet Black Coffee, an airy, black-walled cafe in a repurposed Gateway District midcentury structure, is a clear labor of love (and ode to the band Jawbreaker). Owners Travis Coe and Karla Nolt sell Water Avenue custom blends and vegan baked goods from Sweetpea Baking Company and Shoofly Vegan Bakery; the hip coffee shop still feels like an anomaly in the triple-digits.

11150 NE Weidler St
Portland, OR 97220

5. La Osita

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
hand holding a brunch taco from La Osita
La Osita’s brunch taco
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Nearby Mill Park residents are lucky enough to snag La Osita’s Mexican breakfast fare and a cup of Proyecto Diaz coffee in the morning, though the food cart stays open until late lunch. Co-owner Elizabeth Guerrero — who moved to Portland from Puebla, Mexico when she was four — serves her memorable brunch tacos with a hard-fried egg, sauteed peppers, and slice of thick-cut bacon, topped with pink pickled onions and default mild green salsa. Along with Jet Black Coffee, this small cart in a strip mall parking lot is one of the few businesses offering explicitly vegan menu options east of 205.

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233

6. Sisters Ethiopian Restaurant

1720 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

East Portland is home to many residents from East Africa, which means it’s not hard to find Ethiopian food. There’s Little Ethiopia for vegan food cart fans and Mill Park’s Sisters for a casual sit-down experience with a tight menu. While much of Ethiopian cuisine is vegan-friendly, Sister’s also offers beef and lamb in the form of tibs, a spicy stew seasoned with berberé, as well as kifto, a raw minced beef dish similar to steak tartare.

1720 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233

7. Citymaxx Food Stores

3552 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236

For those craving Ukrainian piroshki, Armenian kefir, and Georgian wine, East Portland is where a large portion of Portland’s Eastern European treasures reside, and Citymaxx is the biggest player in town. With an orange-and-black color scheme and matching logo that make the well-stocked grocery and liquor store seem like a chain (it isn’t), this bright-and-shiny relative newcomer has most of the Baltic bases covered, plus a deli counter with combo plates and beef stroganoff, borscht, and chicken kiev by the pound.

3552 SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97236

8. Salama International Bazaar

12435 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230
A plate of kaykay at Salama International Bazaar
Kaykay at Salama International Bazaar
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Compared to other East African cuisines like Eritrean and Ethiopian, Somali food is less commonly found in Portland restaurants. For a plate of suqaar (stewed beef, peppers, and onions) or kaykay (stir-fried strips of chicken and sabayad, flaky paratha, served with a lime-heavy, spicy green sauce), head out to Salama International Bazaar, a restaurant with comfortable chairs and patterned silk tablecloths, next to a Somali mini-mall. Most entrees are served with a choice of buttery rice, spaghetti and marinara, or anjeero, a spongy flatbread traditionally made with sorghum flour.

12435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230

9. Selena's Custom Kitchen

4450 NE 131st Pl, Portland, OR 97230

This Sandy Blvd food cart en route to Costco opened during the pandemic and fills a soul food void in East Portland. Instead of a sprawling roster of classics, owner and cook Selena Taylor specializes in three things: fried fish (salmon or basa, a type of catfish) served with house-made tartar sauce, crawfish étouffée, and comforting desserts like caramel pudding. Diners can order a sampler to try all of the above, which also comes with braised mustard greens enriched with smoked turkey and cornbread. Be on the lookout for creamy mac and cheese and peach cobbler, which are frequent specials.

4450 NE 131st Pl
Portland, OR 97230

10. Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer

14021 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

Formerly Ringside East, Von Ebert Brewing took over the midcentury clubhouse restaurant at the Glendoveer golf course in 2018. The well-preserved restaurant with vaulted ceilings and globe light fixtures still serves Ringside’s famous steak bites and horseradish sauce, as well as house-smoked wings, smoked brisket sandwiches, and a roster of pizzas. The varied tap list includes seasonal lagers, fermented sours, and wild farmhouse ales.

14021 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230

11. Birrieria La Plaza

600 SE 146th Ave, Portland, OR 97233

For messy tacos, quesadillas, and cups of consomme, this ketchup-red food cart Birrieria La Plaza on SE Stark has quickly become a standout amidst East Portland’s birria belt. The restaurant’s crunchy vampiros are a particular favorite, but it’s worth taking home as much of the restaurant’s deeply savory soup as possible.

600 SE 146th Ave
Portland, OR 97233

12. Level Beer

5211 NE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97230
Level Beer concrete counter and taps
Counter at Level Beer
Krista Garcia/EPDX

This sprawling family-friendly brewery in an industrial patch where Costco is the lone nearby landmark serves everything from popular hazy IPAs to saisons made with plum and tamarind. Food is available from a number of carts outside, including sourdough pizza from Barley Sprout and even oysters on the half-shell from Tidal Boar Foods. There are a few bar-height tables and chairs inside and picnic tables on the covered patio.

5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, OR 97230

13. Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon

16223 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230
Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon tacos
Tacos at Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Next to a plasma center, this hybrid grocery store and deli counter right smack on the Portland-Gresham border churns out some of the best guisados — Mexican stews — in the city. Diners can take home a container of carnitas or mole with a few packs of tortillas or salsas made on-site, or get comfy in the small dining area with a plate of smoky chicken tinga or braised nopales with either refried or vegan black beans on the side.

16223 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230

14. Kasoy & Co

2280 NW Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030
Red Kasoy&Co food and a picnic table
Kasoy&Co food cart
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Specializing in Lao and Mien food, Kasoy is a food cart pod standout next to a self-storage operation that’s easily missable if buzzing down Burnside. Those who stop will be rewarded with the namesake soup, kasoy: a large bowl of bone broth filled with fresh wide rice noodles, topped with minced pork sauce, cherry tomatoes, quail eggs, and beef meatballs. Some of the menu leans Thai (and even Korean), but the tham mak hoong, a Lao-style papaya salad made with fermented crab, or the fried milk fish served with spicy Laotian dipping sauce jeow som, are both standouts.

2280 NW Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030

15. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

323 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

The Gresham outpost of the popular family-run Lebanese restaurant serves the same freshly baked pita, creamy hummus, pizzas, and meze the original is known for. Right on the quintessential small-town main drag, Nicholas, with its gold and scarlet color scheme, is suburban-style spacious with generous room between the solid wood tables and wrought-iron chairs.

323 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR 97030

Related Maps

16. Tamale Factory

2870 NE Hogan Dr, Gresham, OR 97030

Gresham might be a taco-lovers paradise, but tamale fanatics can find a stunning array at a strip mall on the border of Troutdale. “Food To Go” lettered on the side of the shop hints at the simple wooden tables and chairs within, though even if the cutlery is disposable, the plates are not. It’s hard to go wrong at Tamale Factory, whether customers order the restaurant’s corn husk tamales, like the pork in red sauce, or the Oaxacan-style chicken mole tamales wrapped and steamed in aromatic banana leaves.

2870 NE Hogan Dr
Gresham, OR 97030

17. Imm Dee Thai Restaurant & Bar

2009 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

Gresham’s Imm Dee also functions as a sports bar, so it’s entirely possible to enjoy a few skewers of happy hour satay with a vodka-spiked Thai iced tea or a full table-service meal while keeping an eye on the game. The menu doesn’t stray too far from standards, but read between the lines and it gets more interesting. A dish simply called Bangkok seafood appears to be a rendition of Thai curry crab, made from curry powder and evaporated milk (half and half is used here), and Thai pho with beef meatballs closely resembles boat noodles, minus the liver and pig’s blood. Perfectionists can adjust seasonings to taste, using the ground chile powder or chile-infused fish sauce in the caddies on the wooden tables.

2009 NE Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030

18. Taipei Noodle Haus

11642 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220

This no-frills restaurant stocked with video lottery games is a Korean-Chinese specialist in disguise. Pros know to skip the chow mein and kung pao chicken, instead opting for dishes that feature chewy, hand-pulled noodles like the ja jiang mein black bean seafood noodles or “chow ma” spicy seafood noodle soup.

11642 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97220

Related Maps