Visit our area’s edgy and cool younger cousin and try these foodie spots. Bonus: March is Portland Dining Month, when you can get three courses for $29 at participating restaurants.
Named for the Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk is a hotly anticipated restaurant with a produce-heavy, Middle Eastern-based menu.
Two Spanish cuisine restaurants joined the fold recently: Chesa by Chef José Chesa, who hopes each bite will tell the story of his father’s childhood in Spain’s Catalan region, and Bar Casa Vale, featuring more than 40 “drinking snacks” ideal for pairing with something from the large wine, sherry, and specialty cocktail list.
At Kachka, the Russian motherland reigns supreme through Chef Bonnie Morales’ deft cooking skills. Don’t miss the horseradish-infused vodka.
Hat Yai serves food from the southern Thai region of the same name. A casual counter service-style restaurant, Hat Yai specializes in skewers, fried chicken, and Malayu-style curry, along with several house specialties.
The largest concentration of street food in America lies within the 60+ cart pod at Ninth and Alder. One of the most popular is Bing Mi!, serving northern Chinese breakfast crepes. At Pine Street Market in the historic Baggage & Carriage Building, nine food vendors surround a central common seating area. Cuisines range from bone broth and handmade noodles at Marukin Ramen and Israeli street food at Shalom Y’All to baked goods at Trifecta Annex and soft-serve for grownups at Salt and Straw’s WhizBangBar.