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May 28, 2009 08:31 AM

PDX- New Foodie Hot Spot?

If you were to send an out of town friend to one area in Portland for food- where would it be? And more than that, what is the newest foodie hot spot? Where are the new eateries popping up right now? What area in Portland is the best culinary destination for foodies?

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  1. The hottest foodie hot spot right now is Laurelhurst Market.

    Various links across the interweb:

    Laurelhurst Market
    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

    1. 28th Ave between NE Glisan & SE Stark. You have Pambiche, Tabla, Staccatto Gelato, Ken's Artisan Pizza among many other top spots!

      Or NE Alberta: Siam Society, Random Order (best pies!), Alberta St Oyster Bar, etc.

      1. The other suggestions are great--a couple more neighborhoods:
        N Williams and Failing: Pix, Lincoln, Eat Oyster Bar, Ristretto Roasters, and the Fifth Quadrant brewpub all within spitting distance, and Ned Ludd is about five blocks to the east.
        How about the Mississippi Avenue area, with Por Que Non, Lovely Hula Hands, Amnesia brewpub, Trebol, and Albina Press coffee?
        Also, the Sandy boulevard area between Burnside and Morrison: Nostrana, Meat Cheese Bread, Bunk, Biwa, Le Pigeon.
        I don't think it's a coincidence that all the places mentioned are on the east side--generally real estate prices are lower on the east side, so it would take less investment for places starting out.

        7 Replies
        1. re: Nettie

          Great idea re Sandy Blvd area (aka LoBu = Lower Burnside).

          More on Mississippi: Flavor Spot waffles & what is that southern place on the 3900 block?

          And then of course is Division St: Bar Avignon, Little T Bakery, Lauro, Vindalho (2 blocks off), Pix.

          1. re: Leonardo

            How could I forget Pok Pok on Division?

            1. re: Leonardo

              Or one of my favorite bars, Victory.

            1. re: porky pine

              Unfortunately for the OP, who asked for one hot area, we've given about six--unless the whole east side qualifies as a hot area.

              If I had to pick one for quality of restaurants I would say the LoBu area. If I wanted an area that would be fun to wander around in (LoBu would not be so good for that, unless your taste runs toward the interesting attire at the Pole Dance Boutique next to Bunk) I'd choose Mississippi.

              1. re: Nettie

                She's a travel writer, so I doubt she's unhappy with more info than she asked for... ;o)

                1. re: JillO

                  JillO.. you are right. I am a travel writer and always looking for info. I do live in Portland, so many times my questions are all about food for me and my family... other times it is asking for info. But it all ends up in me finding new great restaurants. Thanks to everyone who responded.

          2. Tanuki on NW 21st and Flanders, little hole in the wall place food was amazing.