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Portland, OR
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Pok Pok
A Portland treasure and rightfully featured on almost every food travel show. This place swells in the summer regularly making wait times 2+ hours. The Pok Pok Noi (northeast location) is usually more available and recommended if you just must go to Pok Pok. However, our real tip is to go to the Whiskey Soda Lounge instead.
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Portland, OR
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Kachka
John loves this place. It’s Russian style. Yes, think borscht and vodka. I don’t usually like this type of food, but this place is amazing. Totally blew my mind as to what was possible with Russian cuisine. Vegan is a bit more tricky here, but possible.
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Portland, OR
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Lardo
This local gem inspired not one (Kumquat Kale Salad) but two (Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts) of our recipes, and offers a mean burger, great rotating sides, and always excellent local beer. We usually split the fries without parmesan.
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Portland, OR
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Cha Cha Cha Mexican Taqueria
Great cheaper Mexican food. Although they have a happy hour, we prefer the regular dinner menu and it’s still very affordable. The enchilada plate is the best deal and most delicious item on the menu
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Portland, OR
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Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings | Fremont
Great option for vegans and non-vegans traveling together. Offering “vegan drumsticks” and natural free range chicken wings in your choice of amazing sauces. Also, Monday has $2.50 pints all day. They brew their own beer, so this is pretty much a definition of Portland.
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Portland, OR
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Thai Peacock Restaurant
we’ve loved this little Thai place for years and although we haven’t been to Thailand yet, we think this place must be getting close. The medium spicy option will usually burn your face off, so be sure to add sriracha. Our favorites are the salad rolls, papaya salad, and Pad Thai.
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Portland, OR
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Renata
A great place for Italian food lovers. We stumbled upon this place with friends after their soft-open and were blown away. It’s since won some award and it’s crazy busy, but well worth the visit if you’re a big Italian fan. They also offer sparkling water instead of still water and how can you not love that?
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Portland, OR
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Ataula
A bit more spendy than the other suggestions (we had sangria, a bottle of wine, and too much to eat and it was just under $100), but absolutely stunning tapas-style fare. Get the patatas bravas (aioli made with milk, but they gave us another sauce in its place) and red sangria.
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Portland, OR
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Lela's Bistro
Offers many vegan options, traditional Pho, salad rolls, and surprisingly great (and spicy) kim chi. Note for vegans: the veggie Pho uses beef broth.
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Portland, OR
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Noraneko
The Ramen bowls! Brand new and just fantastic. Closest authentic ramen I’ve had since visiting Japan. Probably great late-night food, but we don’t stay out past 8:00p (so we don’t miss the nightly news).
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