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Where to Eat in Portland's Northwest District

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Northwest Portland's Alphabet District is one of Portland's most walkable neighborhoods. It has bars, the occasional food cart, lots of boutique shopping, a killer art house movie theater, and, of course, plenty of restaurants where you can score old school deli Reubens, pizza by the slice and as much fried chicken that you can swallow.

Your options are many, but there's a little something for everyone. If you're visiting from out of town or day tripping from the other side of the river, let this map be your NW Portland dining guide.

If we missed your favorite restaurant, let us know in the comments!

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

—Katherine Berman, Mattie John Bamman and Chad Walsh

All photos by Katherine Berman unless otherwise noted.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. ATAULA

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1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 894-8904
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To the delight of food enthusiasts, Ataula offers the opportunity to experience its spectrum of traditional and modern Spanish tapas, all given the playful signature touch of chef Jose Chesa. Patience on weekends is required, but it’s a fair price when octopus carpaccio and house-cured salmon with mascarpone yogurt and black truffle honey are the reward. [Facebook/Ataula]

2. Bamboo Sushi NW

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836 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 229-1925
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This well-established PDX sushi institution seems to have new outposts cropping up faster than you can say, “Certified sustainable.” While Bamboo works on saving the ocean, you can save some money and beat the crowds at its impressive happy hour, served Monday through Friday, 5 to 6 p.m.

3. Escape From New York Pizza

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622 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 227-5423
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Escape holds the honor of being the first in Portland to serve pizza by the slice, and they've been doing it since 1983. The tiny outpost is a living shrine of customer memorabilia—all pasted to the wall until, according to owner Phil Geffner, it falls off. The pies induce equal parts hunger and nostalgia, especially for anyone craving a New York-style slice. [Facebook/Escape from New York Pizza]

4. Kells Brew Pub

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210 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-5931
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After a stout and a shot of whiskey, hearty Irish pub fare is not a want but a necessity. Kells marries comfort food of the Emerald Isle with the Portland state of mind. It sources from local ranches and farms when possible and offers beers brewed in-house. [Kells Brew Pub]

5. Ken's Artisan Bakery

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338 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-2202
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The butter croissants are flakier than all of your ex-hookup buddies combined. The breads are baked daily with local ingredients and pastries are delicate and sweet, though not saccharine. It’s far from a best-kept secret, but still, for a sandwich to-go, totally worth the occasional wait.

6. Kornblatt's Deli

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628 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 242-0055
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You could stop at the Matzo ball soup, but then there are the knishes, the blitzes, the lox, the corned beef on rye, the latkes, the rugelach, and the salami tires. TIRES! Oy vey! Kornblatt’s you are a glistening meat tray in a desert of kale.

7. Kung Pow!

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500 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
It's hard to find good Chinese in Portland, but when it comes to gusto and spices, Kung Pow packs a serious punch. Fried food is not the enemy here. Its whimsical cocktail menu is a tasty and creative play on the Chinese zodiac. [Avila/EPDX]

8. Lela's Bistro

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1524 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 719-4744
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Lela’s budget-friendly Vietnamese fare accomplishes the task of tasting clean and light without compromising flavor. Delve into the decadent with its pork belly banh mi, served on fresh, crusty French bread with house-made aioli. Pho, salads, and salad rolls, too.

9. Paley's Place

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1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 243-2403
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Since 1995, Paley's Place has served chef Vitaly Paley's creative style of Northwest cuisine bolstered by his wealth of European influence. The fine-dining restaurant resides in a one-time Victorian home, and whether you're enjoying escargots, cold-smoked salmon pastrami, or lamb dumplings with sour cream, you can rely on a balance of playfulness and tradition. [Facebook/]">Yelp/Gabriela S]

10. Restaurant St Jack

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1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 360-1281
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With an upscale atmosphere, St Jack has "nice night out" written all over it. The menu sticks to French flavors—Lyonnaise to be exact—and the bar and dining room are separated, which lets the party people do their thing while serene, romantic dinners take place just steps away. Try one of the city's best chicken liver mousses, as well as pan-roasted sweetbreads with figs and Duck Aux Mures (duck breast with blackberries). [Avila/EPDX]

11. Ringside

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2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 223-1513
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For dry-aged steaks in a classic steakhouse setting, there's no better spot in Northwest than Ringside, which has operated for 70 years. Ringside has the waiters in tuxedos; an old-school menu with bacon-wrapped scallops and the wedge salad; and one of the best wine lists in the city. [Ringside Uptown]

12. Serratto

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2112 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 221-1195
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Serratto has been in the game for a long time now, offering up Mediterranean cuisine that leans most heavily toward Italy and Greece. And executive chef Tony Meyers is the restaurant’s unsung hero, having worked there for over a decade while putting out plates like legs of lamb, a truly terrific wild boar ragú pasta and a $9 happy hour burger topped with cheddar, bacon, fried onions and barbecue sauce. And the latter comes with hand-cut French fries, too.  

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Serratto Serratto

13. Please Louise

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NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210
For a long time, the Northwest has lacked a solid pizzeria. Sure, it’s lucky to have the incomparable Escape from New York nearby, but there really hasn’t been a good sit-down thin-crust pizza joint—until now. Please Louise puts out a roster of solid pies, and while the fennel sausage pie with Calabrian chiles is a go-to favorite, its porcini mushroom pie—with pancetta, honey, sage, gorgonzola, and fontina—is a show-stopper.  

[Photo: Facebook/Please Louise ]

Please Louise Please Louise

14. Besaw's

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1545 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-2619
Besaw’s—and its sister bakery-by-day cocktail-lounge-by-night, the Solo Club—has been holding down the corner of NW 21st Avenue at Savier since last year, offering daily brunches (sticky bun pancakes, duck confit, pecan smoked pork chops) as well as lunch and dinner dishes, with chef Dustin Clark leading us all on a culinary tour that starts with seasonal pizzas and ends with Nashville hot fried chickens.  

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Besaw's Besaw's

15. Rae's Lakeview Lounge

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NW 27th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 719-6494
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Northwest Portland’s most underrated restaurant might just be Rae’s Lakeview Lounge. The far north Slabtown space sits on a corner on a one-way street where parking is scarce. But drop by for dinner service or during a weekend brunch and you’ll see that the neighborhood supports the place with gusto, thanks to the friendly service and its tried and true classics like meatloaf, beef bourguignon, and biscuits and gravy.  

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Rae's Lakeview Lounge Rae's Lakeview Lounge

16. The Waiting Room

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2327 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210
The Waiting Room specializes in Fried Chicken and champagne, but there’s plenty of other stuff to go around, like craft cocktails, seasonal Louisiana-inspired specials and some on-point ginger shrimp. And by throwing down Last Sunday cook-outs and crab boils, offering twice weekly sandwich pop-ups, and turning its second-floor space into a bar called Lafitte’s, The Waiting Room has tripled down on what it already does best.  

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The Waiting Room The Waiting Room

17. Thai Bloom!

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333 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 243-7557
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Thai Bloom does lunch, dinner, and happy hour and runs daily seasonal specials. But the best day to eat there is Sunday, because it’s one daylong nine-hour happy hour, with discounts on spring rolls, pot stickers, wings, papaya salads, and drunken noodles, with prices ranging from $3 to $7. However, the $13 duck salad is no joke, either, and should not be slept on.  

[Photo: Facebook/Thai Bloom ]

Thai Bloom Thai Bloom

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1. ATAULA

1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210
To the delight of food enthusiasts, Ataula offers the opportunity to experience its spectrum of traditional and modern Spanish tapas, all given the playful signature touch of chef Jose Chesa. Patience on weekends is required, but it’s a fair price when octopus carpaccio and house-cured salmon with mascarpone yogurt and black truffle honey are the reward. [Facebook/Ataula]
1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

2. Bamboo Sushi NW

836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
This well-established PDX sushi institution seems to have new outposts cropping up faster than you can say, “Certified sustainable.” While Bamboo works on saving the ocean, you can save some money and beat the crowds at its impressive happy hour, served Monday through Friday, 5 to 6 p.m.
836 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

3. Escape From New York Pizza

622 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Escape holds the honor of being the first in Portland to serve pizza by the slice, and they've been doing it since 1983. The tiny outpost is a living shrine of customer memorabilia—all pasted to the wall until, according to owner Phil Geffner, it falls off. The pies induce equal parts hunger and nostalgia, especially for anyone craving a New York-style slice. [Facebook/Escape from New York Pizza]
622 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

4. Kells Brew Pub

210 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
After a stout and a shot of whiskey, hearty Irish pub fare is not a want but a necessity. Kells marries comfort food of the Emerald Isle with the Portland state of mind. It sources from local ranches and farms when possible and offers beers brewed in-house. [Kells Brew Pub]
210 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The butter croissants are flakier than all of your ex-hookup buddies combined. The breads are baked daily with local ingredients and pastries are delicate and sweet, though not saccharine. It’s far from a best-kept secret, but still, for a sandwich to-go, totally worth the occasional wait.
338 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Kornblatt's Deli

628 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
You could stop at the Matzo ball soup, but then there are the knishes, the blitzes, the lox, the corned beef on rye, the latkes, the rugelach, and the salami tires. TIRES! Oy vey! Kornblatt’s you are a glistening meat tray in a desert of kale.
628 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

7. Kung Pow!

500 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
It's hard to find good Chinese in Portland, but when it comes to gusto and spices, Kung Pow packs a serious punch. Fried food is not the enemy here. Its whimsical cocktail menu is a tasty and creative play on the Chinese zodiac. [Avila/EPDX]
500 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Lela's Bistro

1524 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Lela’s budget-friendly Vietnamese fare accomplishes the task of tasting clean and light without compromising flavor. Delve into the decadent with its pork belly banh mi, served on fresh, crusty French bread with house-made aioli. Pho, salads, and salad rolls, too.
1524 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

9. Paley's Place

1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Since 1995, Paley's Place has served chef Vitaly Paley's creative style of Northwest cuisine bolstered by his wealth of European influence. The fine-dining restaurant resides in a one-time Victorian home, and whether you're enjoying escargots, cold-smoked salmon pastrami, or lamb dumplings with sour cream, you can rely on a balance of playfulness and tradition. [Facebook/]">Yelp/Gabriela S]
1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

10. Restaurant St Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
With an upscale atmosphere, St Jack has "nice night out" written all over it. The menu sticks to French flavors—Lyonnaise to be exact—and the bar and dining room are separated, which lets the party people do their thing while serene, romantic dinners take place just steps away. Try one of the city's best chicken liver mousses, as well as pan-roasted sweetbreads with figs and Duck Aux Mures (duck breast with blackberries). [Avila/EPDX]
1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

11. Ringside

2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97210
For dry-aged steaks in a classic steakhouse setting, there's no better spot in Northwest than Ringside, which has operated for 70 years. Ringside has the waiters in tuxedos; an old-school menu with bacon-wrapped scallops and the wedge salad; and one of the best wine lists in the city. [Ringside Uptown]
2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97210

12. Serratto

2112 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210
Serratto Serratto
Serratto has been in the game for a long time now, offering up Mediterranean cuisine that leans most heavily toward Italy and Greece. And executive chef Tony Meyers is the restaurant’s unsung hero, having worked there for over a decade while putting out plates like legs of lamb, a truly terrific wild boar ragú pasta and a $9 happy hour burger topped with cheddar, bacon, fried onions and barbecue sauce. And the latter comes with hand-cut French fries, too.  

[Photo: Facebook/Serratto ]

2112 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210

13. Please Louise

NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Please Louise Please Louise
For a long time, the Northwest has lacked a solid pizzeria. Sure, it’s lucky to have the incomparable Escape from New York nearby, but there really hasn’t been a good sit-down thin-crust pizza joint—until now. Please Louise puts out a roster of solid pies, and while the fennel sausage pie with Calabrian chiles is a go-to favorite, its porcini mushroom pie—with pancetta, honey, sage, gorgonzola, and fontina—is a show-stopper.  

[Photo: Facebook/Please Louise ]

NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210

14. Besaw's

1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Besaw's Besaw's
Besaw’s—and its sister bakery-by-day cocktail-lounge-by-night, the Solo Club—has been holding down the corner of NW 21st Avenue at Savier since last year, offering daily brunches (sticky bun pancakes, duck confit, pecan smoked pork chops) as well as lunch and dinner dishes, with chef Dustin Clark leading us all on a culinary tour that starts with seasonal pizzas and ends with Nashville hot fried chickens.  

[Photo: Facebook/Besaw’s ]

1545 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

15. Rae's Lakeview Lounge

NW 27th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
Rae's Lakeview Lounge Rae's Lakeview Lounge
Northwest Portland’s most underrated restaurant might just be Rae’s Lakeview Lounge. The far north Slabtown space sits on a corner on a one-way street where parking is scarce. But drop by for dinner service or during a weekend brunch and you’ll see that the neighborhood supports the place with gusto, thanks to the friendly service and its tried and true classics like meatloaf, beef bourguignon, and biscuits and gravy.  

[Photo: Facebook/Rae’s Lakeview Lounge ]

NW 27th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210

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16. The Waiting Room

2327 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210
The Waiting Room The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room specializes in Fried Chicken and champagne, but there’s plenty of other stuff to go around, like craft cocktails, seasonal Louisiana-inspired specials and some on-point ginger shrimp. And by throwing down Last Sunday cook-outs and crab boils, offering twice weekly sandwich pop-ups, and turning its second-floor space into a bar called Lafitte’s, The Waiting Room has tripled down on what it already does best.  

[Photo: The Waiting Room]

2327 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210

17. Thai Bloom!

333 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Thai Bloom Thai Bloom
Thai Bloom does lunch, dinner, and happy hour and runs daily seasonal specials. But the best day to eat there is Sunday, because it’s one daylong nine-hour happy hour, with discounts on spring rolls, pot stickers, wings, papaya salads, and drunken noodles, with prices ranging from $3 to $7. However, the $13 duck salad is no joke, either, and should not be slept on.  

[Photo: Facebook/Thai Bloom ]

333 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

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