B'Portland - Southeast Restaurants'
738 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Le Pigeon’s burgeoning chef Gabriel Rucker has a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Having flown the coop from Gotham Building Tavern a few years back to open this small and unfussy eatery, he’s met with nothing but success ever since. His nose-to-tail philosophy of cooking has produced specialties such as Duck-Duck-Pigeon, a pan-roasted squab with duck confit, and Poussin (a young, small chicken) with shell beans, corn, and chanterelles. With his desserts, Rucker veers away from traditional sugar-laden concoctions and opts for savory treats; Apricot Cornbread with Bacon and Maple Ice Cream is one option. With a …
830 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Much admired in the local Portland crowd, the below street level Doug Fir Lounge is not only a club, but it’s a club with appetizing food—not to mention a fan following of concert goers of all musical genres and ages. Designed to resemble a chic log cabin, this vintage inspired restaurant is also a bar and a club that is both successful and popular, standing as a staple in Portland culture. Located inside the hip Jupiter Hotel, Doug Fir is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a happy hour to boot. Featuring menu options for …
2832 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214
Many are surprised on their first visit to Genoa to discover what lies behind the door of the unassuming storefront. Stepping inside, guests leave urban Portland far behind and travel to another world. As a guest to Genoa you can expect to begin your meal with an aperitif or cocktail and leave completely satisfied.
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
$$ Editor's Pick
Portland locals like their dining the way they like their lifestyle: comfortable, unpretentious and high quality. Castagna delivers on all three counts. The décor in the restaurant is understated and neat, leaving diners free to focus their attention on the exquisite food. The dishes originate from classic French and Italian cuisine, but also highlight ingredients particular to the Northeast region. Expect to see local seafood and several varieties of mushroom sprinkled throughout the rotating menu, which includes such delectable offerings as Grilled Cattail Creek Lamb or Muscovy Duck Legs. For a slightly more casual meal, they also have an informal …
2337 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
On a rare sunny morning in Portland the eager crowd that gathers outside the Screen Door would be hard to miss. Serving up hearty breakfast staples, peppered with Creole influence, the owners focus on serving Southern fare with a twist. Featuring locally sourced meats and produce they emphasize the importance of the relationship between food and table and bring their welcoming charm to the public. With plates ranging from traditional low country dishes such as cheesy grits and jambalaya, to breakfasts mixing fried chicken and waffles, the Screen Door brings a bit of southern warmth into this rainy Oregon town.
7742 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
Priding itself on seasonal, locally grown produce, A Cena offers a contemporary yet modern take on simple Italian cuisine. With two rustic dining rooms filled with dimly-lit, subtle décor and a menu that changes with the seasons, Executive Chef Gabe Gabreski brings the comforts of home to the fine dining experience. The extensive wine list features a tour of regional Italian wines in addition to several local selections to accompany their hand-made breads, pastas, and cheeses and fresh cured meats. Be sure to save room for dessert as the hand-crafted gelato is irresistible. From simple pizzas to delicate pan-seared meats, …
1401 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR 97214
Nostrana, translated as “ours,” focuses on sharing simple, pure food with its guests in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Earning the Best Chef Award by the James Beard Foundation for 2010, Nostrana’s menu is built around regional Italian classics like pastas and traditional Italian-style pizzas including the Dicembre with collard greens, garlic, mozzarella, red onion, and cracklins. For meat-lovers, the diversity of the food offered is evident through menu items like the Sunday Roast Lamb, Idaho Trout and Flat Iron Steak served rare. To round out the meal, a lengthy wine list has wines by the glass, bottle, or region-specific flights.
7937 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
Reasonable in price, but certainly impeccable in taste, Thai Lahnna is Portland's destination for authentic Thai cuisine that won't break your budget. Featuring house specialties such as Pad Thai, House Curries, and other vegetarian-friendly items, this cozy, romantic eatery exposes a simple elegance that is common in Thai cuisine, down from the tableware and decor to the entrees and appetizers. Able to fit a any dietary need, dishes can be altered to your preferences, whether it's chicken, seafood, or tofu. They also offer a line of healthier, low-sodium dishes, meaning an inexpensive, flavorful meal that is priced appropriately. With catering …
200 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
Sweeping across continents to greet Portland diners is the vivacious and sultry flavors of the Mediterranean found at Tabla Bistro. This Mediterranean-inspired eatery captures the vibrant interplay of cultures and cuisines that make up the region’s culinary identity; from Italy to Spain to Northern Africa, every bite of Tabla’s exquisite fare has an origin and history. Keeping the menu fresh and intriguing is Tabla’s enthusiasm for contemporary twists on old favorites – by reinterpreting classic recipes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, there’s always going to be an exciting bite to be savored.
1109 SE Madison St., Portland, OR 97214
Despite a recently revised menu that boasts an extensive selection of healthy choices, Madison’s Grill’s modern take on American pub fare hardly suffers from their reduction in fatty ingredients. Offering lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, this charming grill is the place to go if you’re seeking a lively atmosphere in a historic building featuring a full bar, free billiards, and patio dining. The traditional pub treats mingle with some unconventional alternatives such as the Northwest Salmon Picatta and Chicken Bento.
1001 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Fittingly set in the Industrial District, Clarklewis is housed in an invitingly airy and open former loading dock. Dimly lit with ingeniously placed flashlights at each table to guide along the occasional disoriented diner, it lends the contemporary décor a soft and cozy edge. Emanating from the open kitchen’s wood-fired stove is a warm smoky smell sure to make your mouth water for one of their meat specialties such as the Spit-Roasted Chicken or Hearth-Roasted Carlton Pork Shoulder. Their hearty American fare serves local, organic, seasonal ingredients in a thoughtful presentation that will delight even the most particular of guests.
912 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
With a menu worthy of an Italian grandmother’s famed home cooking, Iorio Restaurant honors its genre with the finest local organic produce and sustainable meats. Affordable favorites such as the cornmeal-crusted Wild Caught Calamari or Butternut Squash Pizza will please the foodie palate in this small but intimate Hawthorne eatery. Whether you come as part of a couple or with a large party, Iorio encourages a variety of group sizes with their amply-spaced tables. The friendly and inviting décor, low lighting, attentive service, and unpretentious comfort food is sure to give this a permanent place on your list of regular …
621 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR 97214
With its diner-like atmosphere and menu of original sandwich creations, it is no wonder that Bunk Sandwiches of Portland’s industrial district was once featured and praised on the Food Network. In addition to its deliciously simple lunch menu, the restaurant also offers up a modest breakfast menu served all day. Well-known for its Pork Belly Cubano Sandwich, patrons are equally drawn to its classic sides, including Red Beans and Rice. If you can’t make it for lunch, Bunk is also open later as a bar featuring draft beer, house drinks, and its renowned sandwiches.
2508 SE Clinton St., Portland, OR 97255
With its quaint, cottage storefront and bright interior, Broder is a Swedis restaurant that will make diners feel as though they have been transported out of Portland and into Sweden. Serving up breakfast and lunch daily, with dinner only available Thursday through Saturday, Broder is well known for their tasty breakfast menu featuring Danish pancakes. This restaurant also presents specialty dishes for lunch and dinner, such as Swedish meatballs or Danish meat patties. Broder also serves traditional American options, making this restaurant a perfect place to bring even the pickiest of eaters.
215 SE 9th St., Portland, OR 97214
Biwa, a Japanese restaurant located in southeast Portland, has a social awareness that will leave diners feeling good about eating here. Open until midnight, this restaurant features a special “late night” menu, offering up traditional Japanese dishes such as gyoza and specialty ramen. Biwa donates to local foundations such as the Newspace Scholarship Fund in addition to supporting global causes, such as tsunami relief. Add this to the fact that Biwa strives to use fresh, local ingredients, and it is easy to see why so many diners appreciate this refreshing take on dining.