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Chicken liver & Korean style Moules at La Moule
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14 Delightful Spots to Eat and Drink on SE Clinton

From $1 oysters to loaded waffles, these are the places to visit on one of the city’s top dining stretches

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Chicken liver & Korean style Moules at La Moule
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While SE Division Street may be known as one of the most famous restaurant rows in Portland, a small strip just south of it holds its own and then some. A short stretch of SE Clinton Street is home to some of the city’s favorite bites, including Scandinavian breakfast, giant bowls of mussels, Sicilian pizza slices, and modern Filipino cuisine. Whether it’s time for an ice cream break, a waffle breakfast, an afternoon coffee, drag brunch, or a pre-movie glass of natural wine, this quaint neighborhood can handle it and much more.

(Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Fifty Licks Ice Cream

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The original brick and mortar location of Fifty Licks has been slinging egg-rich ice cream on SE Clinton since 2013. With flavors like Vanilla AF and Chocolate AF, this shop doesn’t take itself too seriously, but Thai Rice and Horchata scoops pack a punch regardless. Vegan options like the coconut-based lemon saffron are bright and zesty, and any flavor can be turned into an affogato with a little pitcher of Cubano coffee.

Affogato cubano at Fifty Licks
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Burrasca

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What started as a modest food cart on SE 28th Avenue has blossomed into one of the essential Italian destinations of Portland. Porcelain tiles and a beautiful patio provide the wonderful backdrop for rustic Florentine cuisine. Starters include dishes like garlicky inzimino — squid simmered in red wine and herbs — while mains like toothsome pappardelle covered with savory, slow braised wild boar are truly comforting. An Italian cocktail menu and an impressive set of Tuscan wines are also available at this welcoming neighborhood spot.

Abyssinian Kitchen

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In an unassuming converted house, this neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant is known for its rich, flavorful combination plates that generally have a salad, tender red and yellow lentils, satisfyingly spongy injera bread, and some kind of stewed meat. Examples include asa dulet — whitefish with savory and spicy mitmita — and their splendid awaze tibs, large cubes of tender beef with clove-rich berbere spices.

Jacqueline

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With vintage vibes and art inspired by Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, Jacqueline is the neighborhood seafood restaurant Portland deserves. Happy hour at the restaurant includes fresh and briny $1 tide-to-table oysters, while dinner includes starters like Dungeness crab and Calabrian chilies over saffron hollandaise toast and mains like tender scallops and fatty pork belly in a citrusy coconut curry.

Happy hour oysters at Jacqueline
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Yama Sushi & Izakaya

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Brightly lit with a spacious dining room, Yama Sushi has a little something for everyone. While the sushi experience here is highly customizable — including a call-ahead omakase — the sweet and spicy honey sriracha chicken karaage is crisp and tender, and hard to skip. Throw in a variety of tonkotsu-based ramens, ranging from standard Chashu to the more unique shrimp, green mussel, and Manila clam, and it’s a real crowd pleaser.

Night Light Lounge

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With Drag Queen Brunch on the weekends and Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Tuesdays, it’s difficult not to have a good time at Night Light Lounge. The happy hour menu includes can’t-miss truffle fries and delectable sliders, while the brunch menu includes juicy carnitas benedict with chimichurri hollandaise. The space benefits from its slick, lounge-like digs and a wisteria-covered back patio with heaters for winter.

Pulled pork & truffle fries at Night Light Lounge
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Hammy's Pizza

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Every food neighborhood needs a pizzeria, and this one has a zero-frills takeout counter open until 4 a.m., including delivery. Using locally sourced flour and fresh packed Stanislaus tomatoes, Hammy’s cranks out big, fluffy slices of Sicilian pizza and specialty pies, like the super satisfying potato, egg, and bacon-filled breakfast pie.

La Moule

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While the lush, blue-hued La Moule has a full menu of classics, like steak frites and tartare, the true star of the show is the namesake dish of mussels. They range from a more straight-forward garlic and shallot marinière to a playful Korean with miso, gochujang, and kimchi. It’s hard to go wrong with the drinks here either, including creative, rich cocktails and vivid mocktails .

Korean-style Moules at La Moule
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Broder Café

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The minimalist, refined Nordic breakfasts coming from the cozy, narrow row of a restaurant that is Broder Cafe make the occasionally long waits completely worth it. The Broder Bord is a heavenly sampler platter of cheese, pickled egg, granola, yogurt, and gravalox, while the Lost Eggs are a textural contrast of poached eggs, decadent ham, spinach, and crispy panko. As most know, the aebleskivers with lemon curd and lingonberry jam are an absolute must.

Aebleskivers at Broder Cafe
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Dots Cafe

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Dot’s Cafe still feels like 90’s Portland. Somewhere between a diner and a dive bar, this loungy, old school Portland bar specializes in cheap drinks and no-frills bar food. Open until 2:30am, Dot’s is an appropriate place to go get some beers and vegan huevos rancheros or a plate of loaded fries after a night at Clinton Street Theater, especially after a late showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Magna Kusina

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Opened earlier this year, Carlo Lamagna’s cozy, modern Filipino restaurant was one of 2019’s most anticipated openings, and it was worth the wait. Sweet, sour, savory whole fish escabeche has crispy skin and tender white meat, while Wilfredo’s chicken adobo is lightly kissed with sour vinegary flavor. The luscious, mouth-coating squid ink crab fat noodles are a crowd favorite for good reason.

Chicken adobo at Magna Kusina
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Clinton Street Coffeehouse

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No neighborhood is complete without its own coffee shop, and this spacious corner spot feels like a cozy cafe in a quaint area of town. Serving locally roasted beans from K&F Coffee Roaster since 1993, Clinton Street Coffeehouse also carries baked goods from Cookie Monkey and vegetarian and vegan foods from Higher Taste.

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Off The Waffle Clinton St.

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Specializing in Belgian liege waffles, this family owned, counter service restaurant is a super friendly spot to get a fun breakfast. Nine signature waffle dishes are divided by levels of flavor — examples include savory favorites like Goat in the Headlights with chevre, avocado, and eggs; sweet treats like Strawberries and Cream with Nutella; and in betweeners like Be Brie Peared with pears, onion jam, and brie. There is something here for every waffle-loving mood.

Be Brie Peared & Goat In Headlights at Off the Waffle
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Bar Norman

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Wine maven Dana Frank’s Bar Norman is a breezy, chic ode to natural wine, and every afternoon sees locals coming in to sip wines and snack on the Japanese comfort foods provided by Giraffe Goods. Its accessibility for casual wine drinkers as well as its ability to surprise even the most consummate wine-geeks with rare finds and unusual wines makes it one of the city’s most well-loved wine bars.

Bar Norman
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Fifty Licks Ice Cream

Affogato cubano at Fifty Licks
Nick Woo/EPDX

The original brick and mortar location of Fifty Licks has been slinging egg-rich ice cream on SE Clinton since 2013. With flavors like Vanilla AF and Chocolate AF, this shop doesn’t take itself too seriously, but Thai Rice and Horchata scoops pack a punch regardless. Vegan options like the coconut-based lemon saffron are bright and zesty, and any flavor can be turned into an affogato with a little pitcher of Cubano coffee.

Affogato cubano at Fifty Licks
Nick Woo/EPDX

Burrasca

What started as a modest food cart on SE 28th Avenue has blossomed into one of the essential Italian destinations of Portland. Porcelain tiles and a beautiful patio provide the wonderful backdrop for rustic Florentine cuisine. Starters include dishes like garlicky inzimino — squid simmered in red wine and herbs — while mains like toothsome pappardelle covered with savory, slow braised wild boar are truly comforting. An Italian cocktail menu and an impressive set of Tuscan wines are also available at this welcoming neighborhood spot.

Abyssinian Kitchen

In an unassuming converted house, this neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant is known for its rich, flavorful combination plates that generally have a salad, tender red and yellow lentils, satisfyingly spongy injera bread, and some kind of stewed meat. Examples include asa dulet — whitefish with savory and spicy mitmita — and their splendid awaze tibs, large cubes of tender beef with clove-rich berbere spices.

Jacqueline

Happy hour oysters at Jacqueline
Nick Woo/EPDX

With vintage vibes and art inspired by Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, Jacqueline is the neighborhood seafood restaurant Portland deserves. Happy hour at the restaurant includes fresh and briny $1 tide-to-table oysters, while dinner includes starters like Dungeness crab and Calabrian chilies over saffron hollandaise toast and mains like tender scallops and fatty pork belly in a citrusy coconut curry.

Happy hour oysters at Jacqueline
Nick Woo/EPDX

Yama Sushi & Izakaya

Brightly lit with a spacious dining room, Yama Sushi has a little something for everyone. While the sushi experience here is highly customizable — including a call-ahead omakase — the sweet and spicy honey sriracha chicken karaage is crisp and tender, and hard to skip. Throw in a variety of tonkotsu-based ramens, ranging from standard Chashu to the more unique shrimp, green mussel, and Manila clam, and it’s a real crowd pleaser.

Night Light Lounge

Pulled pork & truffle fries at Night Light Lounge
Nick Woo/EPDX

With Drag Queen Brunch on the weekends and Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Tuesdays, it’s difficult not to have a good time at Night Light Lounge. The happy hour menu includes can’t-miss truffle fries and delectable sliders, while the brunch menu includes juicy carnitas benedict with chimichurri hollandaise. The space benefits from its slick, lounge-like digs and a wisteria-covered back patio with heaters for winter.

Pulled pork & truffle fries at Night Light Lounge
Nick Woo/EPDX

Hammy's Pizza

Every food neighborhood needs a pizzeria, and this one has a zero-frills takeout counter open until 4 a.m., including delivery. Using locally sourced flour and fresh packed Stanislaus tomatoes, Hammy’s cranks out big, fluffy slices of Sicilian pizza and specialty pies, like the super satisfying potato, egg, and bacon-filled breakfast pie.

La Moule

Korean-style Moules at La Moule
Nick Woo/EPDX

While the lush, blue-hued La Moule has a full menu of classics, like steak frites and tartare, the true star of the show is the namesake dish of mussels. They range from a more straight-forward garlic and shallot marinière to a playful Korean with miso, gochujang, and kimchi. It’s hard to go wrong with the drinks here either, including creative, rich cocktails and vivid mocktails .

Korean-style Moules at La Moule
Nick Woo/EPDX

Broder Café

Aebleskivers at Broder Cafe
Nick Woo/EPDX

The minimalist, refined Nordic breakfasts coming from the cozy, narrow row of a restaurant that is Broder Cafe make the occasionally long waits completely worth it. The Broder Bord is a heavenly sampler platter of cheese, pickled egg, granola, yogurt, and gravalox, while the Lost Eggs are a textural contrast of poached eggs, decadent ham, spinach, and crispy panko. As most know, the aebleskivers with lemon curd and lingonberry jam are an absolute must.

Aebleskivers at Broder Cafe
Nick Woo/EPDX

Dots Cafe

Dot’s Cafe still feels like 90’s Portland. Somewhere between a diner and a dive bar, this loungy, old school Portland bar specializes in cheap drinks and no-frills bar food. Open until 2:30am, Dot’s is an appropriate place to go get some beers and vegan huevos rancheros or a plate of loaded fries after a night at Clinton Street Theater, especially after a late showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Magna Kusina

Chicken adobo at Magna Kusina
Nick Woo/EPDX

Opened earlier this year, Carlo Lamagna’s cozy, modern Filipino restaurant was one of 2019’s most anticipated openings, and it was worth the wait. Sweet, sour, savory whole fish escabeche has crispy skin and tender white meat, while Wilfredo’s chicken adobo is lightly kissed with sour vinegary flavor. The luscious, mouth-coating squid ink crab fat noodles are a crowd favorite for good reason.

Chicken adobo at Magna Kusina
Nick Woo/EPDX

Clinton Street Coffeehouse

No neighborhood is complete without its own coffee shop, and this spacious corner spot feels like a cozy cafe in a quaint area of town. Serving locally roasted beans from K&F Coffee Roaster since 1993, Clinton Street Coffeehouse also carries baked goods from Cookie Monkey and vegetarian and vegan foods from Higher Taste.

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Latte arté because I'm a baristå

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Off The Waffle Clinton St.

Be Brie Peared & Goat In Headlights at Off the Waffle
Nick Woo/EPDX

Specializing in Belgian liege waffles, this family owned, counter service restaurant is a super friendly spot to get a fun breakfast. Nine signature waffle dishes are divided by levels of flavor — examples include savory favorites like Goat in the Headlights with chevre, avocado, and eggs; sweet treats like Strawberries and Cream with Nutella; and in betweeners like Be Brie Peared with pears, onion jam, and brie. There is something here for every waffle-loving mood.

Be Brie Peared & Goat In Headlights at Off the Waffle
Nick Woo/EPDX

Bar Norman

Bar Norman
Nick Woo/EPDX

Wine maven Dana Frank’s Bar Norman is a breezy, chic ode to natural wine, and every afternoon sees locals coming in to sip wines and snack on the Japanese comfort foods provided by Giraffe Goods. Its accessibility for casual wine drinkers as well as its ability to surprise even the most consummate wine-geeks with rare finds and unusual wines makes it one of the city’s most well-loved wine bars.

Bar Norman
Nick Woo/EPDX

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