(Pictured: Le Pigeon)
Given Portland, Oregon’s plethora of restaurants and bars, it’s easy to overlook the gems lining high-traffic East Burnside Street. Once teeming with strip clubs, the revitalized thoroughfare is now home to a collection of quirky lairs. Here’s where you need to go.
Gabriel Rucker’s cozy Le Pigeon is a hotspot for creative dishes like chicken and oxtail accompanied by semolina gnocchi, Taleggio, green beans and tomato crema.
Oregon Pinot Noir gets the spotlight at Davenport (pictured), where Chef Kevin Gibson’s reverence for Northwest ingredients translates to dishes like heirloom potato soup with romesco or scallops enlivened with zucchini, mint and almond.
Fried rice omelets and Panko-crusted pork cutlets are capped off with coconut shaved ice at Hawaiian joint Ate-Oh-Ate.
The comfort food at PaaDee, just off Burnside, will wow you with its fried fermented rice, pork sausage and Japanese eggplant doused in chili paste.
And do not pass up “secret” Langbaan, located in a back room inside PaaDee. The well-hidden den’s ever-changing seafood-driven tasting menu is well worth the risk of the surprise menu.
Noble Rot (pictured)—complete with 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden—has long been an institution for local and imported wines alike.
Champagne is the tipple of choice at Pix Pâtisserie, and the desserts, like the chocolate-rosemary enrobed pear tart, are a must.
More savory inclinations are sated with Sherry and slabs of tortilla española at the stand-up tapas bar, Bar Vivant.
Be sure to grab a kitchen-made cocktail at Levant. The must-try: The Radhanite, a mix of Cognac, Cardamaro, peppercorn syrup and lemon.
Angel Face, with its marble bar, boasts the best mixologists on the strip.
The Tannery Bar, serving Moscow Mules with from-scratch ginger beer and Czech Your Head Pilsner, is more low-key but a fun and lively late-night hangout.