Famous Portland Foods & Where to Try Them

Get a taste for Portland’s diverse, vibrant culture as you make your way through some of the best restaurants in town. With endless options, ranging from international flavors to American classics and tasty treats, you’ll never be left wondering where to eat in Portland. To find Portland’s most famous foods, just follow our guide.


What started as a food cart in Southeast Portland has grown into a local-favorite sandwich shop with two locations, as well as a shop in Las Vegas. The expert chefs at Lardo specialize in all things pork, and their mouthwatering menu of inventive sandwiches includes everything from a meatball banh mi to a classic reuben. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their out-of-the-box creations, such as the Pho-rench Dip.

Pok Pok

No journey through the best eats in Portland would be complete without a stop at Pok Pok. This Vietnamese restaurant features a menu of authentic street-food style bites. Ask any Portland native what to order here and you’ll get the same, resounding response: the Vietnamese fish sauce wings. Don’t skip these — they are cooked to perfection and drenched in an otherworldly sweet and sour sauce.  

Blue Star Donuts

For some of the best doughnuts in town, look no further than Blue Star Donuts. This Portland staple makes all their doughnuts from scratch, with blueberry bourbon basil and crème brûlée being just a couple of the variety of treats you can sample here.

The Grilled Cheese Grill

A simple but delicious concept, the Grilled Cheese Grill breathes a new life into one of your childhood favorites. Their selection of elevated grilled cheese sandwiches are topped off with a unique dining experience: tables are located inside of a retro double-decker bus. If you’re feeling bold, try their famous sandwich, The Cheesus, which is a hamburger that replaces the bun with two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Toro Bravo

Spanish tapas are perfected at local-favorite Toro Bravo. With a menu this varied and tantalizing, you’ll have a hard time narrowing down your selections. If you’re feeling stumped, we recommend the potatoes bravas, the oxtail croquettes, and their Spanish cheese plates.