The 38 Essential Restaurants and Food Carts in Portland

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The 38 Essential Restaurants and Food Carts in Portland

Chef Sunny Hatch at the Frybaby food cart. | Carter Hiyama/Eater Portland

With its tangle of rivers, bevy of urban farms, and surplus of talented chefs, Portland is a dining city to its core. At food carts, subterranean bars, and white-tablecloth restaurants, chefs gather some of the region’s finest ingredients to transform into immaculate sushi, handmade pastas, and imaginative pintxos. For a city its size, Portland’s restaurant scene is impressively multifaceted — traditional and offbeat, covering hundreds of cuisines from various countries and regions around the world. The through line comes from the city’s collaborative nature, a desire to work with other farmers, producers, and even competitors to make something fun and new.

Each quarter, Eater Portland updates the Eater 38, a list of exceptional restaurants and food carts that define what it means to eat here. The list sticks to businesses that have been open in Portland for at least a year, and that add something distinct and invaluable to the dining scene at large. This update, Han Oak, St. Jack, and Normandie leave the map. In their place, Frybaby and Flying Fish Company make their Eater 38 debuts, and Laurelhurst Market returns to the map. For some of the most exciting new restaurants and carts in Portland, check out the Eater Portland Heatmap.

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