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Where to Eat and Drink Near the Oregon Convention Center

The restaurants to hit between events

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The Oregon Convention Center
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Whether it’s for sake festivals, craft exhibitions, or drag pageants, the Oregon Convention Center attracts crowds from around the world to geek out over niche passions and new ideas. For many, the Oregon Convention Center is their introduction to Portland, the entry-point to the city; for others, it’s a regular stop throughout the year, an opportunity to build a brand or fawn over an idol. Either way, eating well around the convention center isn’t too much of a challenge, with one of Portland’s favorite dining hotspots a few steps away.

The convention center is home to its own catering company and a food court’s worth of quick options; even so, the wealth of destination restaurants, fun pseudo-dives, and casual haunts give visitors a reason to venture out before, after, or during the day’s events. All of the spots below are within a 15-minute walk of the convention center, though those looking for a longer stroll may make it to restaurants like Japanese cafe Giraffe, Latin American steakhouse Ox, or even the beloved Russian institution Kachka. As always, the map points are not ranked, but rather organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Yumm! NE 7th & Holladay

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1010 NE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 236-9866
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Quick, casual, and easy, Cafe Yumm is a hyper-local chain serving burrito-adjacent rice bowls, which arrive with a swirl of the tangy-salty, hard-to-pin-down Yumm Sauce. The sauce makes the dish, as well as the optional jalapeno-sesame salsa; Cafe Yumm is good option for those looking for something fast, vegetarian-friendly, and unique to Oregon.

2. Spirit of 77

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500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-9977
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The spot with the closest proximity to the convention center, Spirit of ‘77 is one of Portland’s most popular sports bars for both its food and games. Visitors play foosball and skee-ball while they wait for platters of mortadella and coppa or fried chicken sandwiches served with a swipe of pimento cheese; on certain nights, it’s the spot to watch games around its projector screen or tvs.

3. No Q' No

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199-101 NE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

Parked next to Oregon cider house Cider Riot, No Q’ No remains an under-the-radar spot with head-turning tacos, including a juicy chicken tinga and meaty carne asada. The thirsty can also grab a cider next door to eat and drink outside.

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4. Mirakutei

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536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 467-7501
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Old school Portland legend Hiro Ikegaya opened Mirakutei in 2011, a favorite for Sapporo-style ramen and exceptional cuts of sushi. It’s a dependable mainstay for raw fish, but the restaurant coaxes in locals for its scrambled-egg-laden genki ramen, as well.

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5. Canard

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734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2356
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Gabriel Rucker’s Canard is an obvious choice for any time of day, be it for breakfasts of duck fat pancakes and simple goat cheese omelets or late-night glasses of wine and foie gras dumplings. The airy bar space, with plenty of natural light, is even a fun stop for a cone of soft-serve on hot days. Big spenders can upgrade and hit Le Pigeon — Rucker’s legendary special occasion spot — next door.

6. Hey Love

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920 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-6223
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Located within the Jupiter Next hotel, Hey Love quickly became a stunner for its breathtaking, plant-filled bar space, where beautiful people drink fun frozen drinks garnished with pineapple. The cafe in the main hotel lobby isn’t a bad spot for a morning coffee, either.

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7. Delicious Donuts

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12 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-1833
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For no-nonsense coffee and doughnuts, Delicious Donuts is the no-longer-hidden gem with bangin’ fritters and glazed doughnut breakfast sandwiches. Sure, Portland is known for other doughnuts, but Delicious is many of the locals’ favorite.

8. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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609 SE Ankeny St C
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 740-2907
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Nong’s Khao Man Gai remains a bucket-list Portland restaurant, known as the home of Portland’s nationally celebrated Thai chicken and rice. Though the original cart is gone, the casual Ankeny restaurant still delivers the goods, as well as underrated alternatives like chicken with peanut sauce. Tourists should buy a bottle of the restaurant’s famous ginger sauce to take home.

9. Marukin Ramen

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609 SE Ankeny St A
Portland, OR 97214

Directly next to Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Marukin has a cult following of ramen devotees, who flock to the restaurant for its velvety tonkotsu shoyu, spicy tonkotsu red and vegan soymilk-based shio. The red is not too spicy and decadently silken, even better with the addition of bamboo shoots.

10. The Elvis Room

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203 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-5690
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Elvis Room’s cheery and bright upstairs and sultry downstairs make it one of the coolest spots to drink on SE Grand, with hidden fountains, cherubs, and nooks to inhale fried pickles and knock back champagne drinks. The bar’s happy hour is hot, as well, with $2 Rainiers and $5 cocktails.

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11. Revelry

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210 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 339-3693
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The borderline clubby Revelry is the hip spot for both party-in-a-glass soju and brain-breaking peanut-brittle fried chicken. On a Friday and Saturday nights, DJs serenade diners slurping dan dan noodles with chipotle pork and collard greens, and at 4 p.m. on weekdays, eaters stick to $7 fried chicken sliders and $8 watermelon-Aperol cocktails.

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12. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

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318 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-5123
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It’s not the buzziest spot, but Nicholas Restaurant has remained a stalwart for warm, massive sheets of flatbread, 24-hour-marinated kebab, and “pizzas” topped with seasoned lamb or labne since the ‘80s. It’s a smart choice for lunch, when saffron-seasoned rice bowls topped with shawarma and garbanzo bean salads are under $10.

13. Olympia Provisions

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-3663
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Olympia Provisions is one of Portland’s great culinary wonders, an icon for cured meats and charcuterie. Still, its classy Southeast Portland restaurant is a stunner not just for its meat plate, but also for dishes like octopus a la plancha with chorizo and salsa verde. Its weekend brunch, serving everything from house-made biscuits and sausage gravy to sweetheart ham Benedict.

1. Cafe Yumm! NE 7th & Holladay

1010 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Quick, casual, and easy, Cafe Yumm is a hyper-local chain serving burrito-adjacent rice bowls, which arrive with a swirl of the tangy-salty, hard-to-pin-down Yumm Sauce. The sauce makes the dish, as well as the optional jalapeno-sesame salsa; Cafe Yumm is good option for those looking for something fast, vegetarian-friendly, and unique to Oregon.

1010 NE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

2. Spirit of 77

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

The spot with the closest proximity to the convention center, Spirit of ‘77 is one of Portland’s most popular sports bars for both its food and games. Visitors play foosball and skee-ball while they wait for platters of mortadella and coppa or fried chicken sandwiches served with a swipe of pimento cheese; on certain nights, it’s the spot to watch games around its projector screen or tvs.

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

3. No Q' No

199-101 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Parked next to Oregon cider house Cider Riot, No Q’ No remains an under-the-radar spot with head-turning tacos, including a juicy chicken tinga and meaty carne asada. The thirsty can also grab a cider next door to eat and drink outside.

199-101 NE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

4. Mirakutei

536 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Old school Portland legend Hiro Ikegaya opened Mirakutei in 2011, a favorite for Sapporo-style ramen and exceptional cuts of sushi. It’s a dependable mainstay for raw fish, but the restaurant coaxes in locals for its scrambled-egg-laden genki ramen, as well.

536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Canard

734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Gabriel Rucker’s Canard is an obvious choice for any time of day, be it for breakfasts of duck fat pancakes and simple goat cheese omelets or late-night glasses of wine and foie gras dumplings. The airy bar space, with plenty of natural light, is even a fun stop for a cone of soft-serve on hot days. Big spenders can upgrade and hit Le Pigeon — Rucker’s legendary special occasion spot — next door.

734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Hey Love

920 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Located within the Jupiter Next hotel, Hey Love quickly became a stunner for its breathtaking, plant-filled bar space, where beautiful people drink fun frozen drinks garnished with pineapple. The cafe in the main hotel lobby isn’t a bad spot for a morning coffee, either.

920 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Delicious Donuts

12 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

For no-nonsense coffee and doughnuts, Delicious Donuts is the no-longer-hidden gem with bangin’ fritters and glazed doughnut breakfast sandwiches. Sure, Portland is known for other doughnuts, but Delicious is many of the locals’ favorite.

12 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. Nong's Khao Man Gai

609 SE Ankeny St C, Portland, OR 97214

Nong’s Khao Man Gai remains a bucket-list Portland restaurant, known as the home of Portland’s nationally celebrated Thai chicken and rice. Though the original cart is gone, the casual Ankeny restaurant still delivers the goods, as well as underrated alternatives like chicken with peanut sauce. Tourists should buy a bottle of the restaurant’s famous ginger sauce to take home.

609 SE Ankeny St C
Portland, OR 97214

9. Marukin Ramen

609 SE Ankeny St A, Portland, OR 97214

Directly next to Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Marukin has a cult following of ramen devotees, who flock to the restaurant for its velvety tonkotsu shoyu, spicy tonkotsu red and vegan soymilk-based shio. The red is not too spicy and decadently silken, even better with the addition of bamboo shoots.

609 SE Ankeny St A
Portland, OR 97214

10. The Elvis Room

203 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Elvis Room’s cheery and bright upstairs and sultry downstairs make it one of the coolest spots to drink on SE Grand, with hidden fountains, cherubs, and nooks to inhale fried pickles and knock back champagne drinks. The bar’s happy hour is hot, as well, with $2 Rainiers and $5 cocktails.

203 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. Revelry

210 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

The borderline clubby Revelry is the hip spot for both party-in-a-glass soju and brain-breaking peanut-brittle fried chicken. On a Friday and Saturday nights, DJs serenade diners slurping dan dan noodles with chipotle pork and collard greens, and at 4 p.m. on weekdays, eaters stick to $7 fried chicken sliders and $8 watermelon-Aperol cocktails.

210 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

12. Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine

318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

It’s not the buzziest spot, but Nicholas Restaurant has remained a stalwart for warm, massive sheets of flatbread, 24-hour-marinated kebab, and “pizzas” topped with seasoned lamb or labne since the ‘80s. It’s a smart choice for lunch, when saffron-seasoned rice bowls topped with shawarma and garbanzo bean salads are under $10.

318 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Olympia Provisions

107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

Olympia Provisions is one of Portland’s great culinary wonders, an icon for cured meats and charcuterie. Still, its classy Southeast Portland restaurant is a stunner not just for its meat plate, but also for dishes like octopus a la plancha with chorizo and salsa verde. Its weekend brunch, serving everything from house-made biscuits and sausage gravy to sweetheart ham Benedict.

107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

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