Dining May 11, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To The Best Restaurants In Oregon — Pizzas, Tacos, Ice Cream, And More!
Oregon’s contributions to the culinary world are numerous; from our iconic
Pacific Northwest fare, to our epic Bacon Maple Bars, Oregon’s food game is strong. Our global cuisine is stellar, with virtually every country represented, and some truly fantastic fusion fare. There are always new restaurants popping up to take things to the next level, from specialty pizzerias to even tater tot food trucks. But it’s not all Insta-worthy razzle dazzle here; some of the most unassuming dives dish up the very best food, while other historic eateries continue to stand the test of time. Today we’re celebrating Oregon’s very best restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, and cuisine, and we encourage you to check them all out and make dining in Oregon an experience!
The Best Pizza In Oregon
Everyone knows that Portland is a top destination for foodies, but few realize it has an incredible pizza scene also. For proof of this, look no further than
Ken's Artisan Pizza
. In addition to earning major critical acclaim *and* making pretty much every nationwide "best pizza" listical, this classic pizzeria has a cult-like following -- and as soon as you try the Pizza Margherita, you'll understand why. These wood-fired pizzas are known for their tangy-sweet sauce and thin, crispy crust. It's pizza perfection.
The Most Delicious Tacos In Oregon
The tiny taco shop in Bend is colorful and bright, both outside and in. Don't be fooled by the rather basic menu;
El Sancho Taco Shop
has everything your taco-loving heart desires. With 11 different taco fillings, you're certain to find several you love. Choose from pork carnitas, beef barbacoa, carne asada, potato and poblano, grilled fish, or fried shrimp, and be sure to pair your taco trio with fresh chips and guac (and a house-made margarita if you're feeling extra spicy!). Fresh and flavorful, one visit here and you will definitely be back for more!
The Oldest Italian Restaurant In Oregon
For people know this, but Oregon is home to the
original Old Spaghetti Factory
. On January 10, 1969, the very first The Old Spaghetti Factory opened its doors in the Carriage and Baggage Building in Portland. The flagship restaurant was moved from the corner of 2nd and Pine to a new location right on the river in 1984. The dining room maintains all the original restaurant charms, complete with chandeliers, antique furniture, and historic decor. Now a beloved family-friendly eatery with locations across the county, The Spaghetti Factory remains true to its roots. The spaghetti with Mizithra cheese and brown butter is an original family recipe, and one of the restaurant's most popular menu items.
The Most Mouth Watering Donuts In Oregon
Obviously, in Oregon, you can't get more iconic than Voodoo Doughnuts. (And we totally
love them, too
!) But there's another bakery in Oregon that's earned national acclaim, and it's Pip's Doughnuts. This
PDX donut shop
specializes in made-to-order mini donuts that people just can't get enough of. Like their donuts, Pip's menu is small and mighty, with only a handful of toppings and glazes from which to choose. But these diminutive donuts will make you realize that all the superfluous toppings aren't necessary when you make donuts as good as Pip's.
The Most Amazing Ice Cream In Oregon
Here in Oregon, our love for Tillamook Creamery runs deep. This
is, pardon the pun, the crème de la crème -- you simply won’t find better cheese or ice cream anywhere else. This ice cream is legendary: the creamiest, most incredible frozen dessert you'll ever have. What really sets Tillamook apart is their commitment to using farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients, like Oregon strawberries, cherries, and (of course!) marionberries. You can pick it up by the pint at most Oregon grocery stores, but we recommend stopping by the Tillamook Creamery Food Hall for a fresh, hand-dipped cup or cone.
One Of The Best Bakeries In Oregon
Known primarily for its cherry blossoms and U-pick produce, Packer Orchards also has one of the best bakeries in all of Oregon. Their cinnamon rolls are out of this world: fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. But Packer Orchards takes things to another level entirely with their
marionberry cinnamon rolls
. Packer Orchards simmers these succulent little berries into a thick, sweet, finger-licking filling. Then, this perfectly sweet-and-tart topping gets added to their show-stopping cinnamon rolls. They are a revelation -- a true, only-in-Oregon confection. (And if you prefer your fruit served in pie form, you will not be disappointed by their homemade pies!)
One Of A Kind Sandwiches In Oregon
For those times when only a sandwich will do, there's Charlie's Deli. Located in Portland's Chinatown, this
one-of-a-kind sandwich shop
is the real deal. The most popular sandwich on the menu is Alicia's Cuban Sandwich. Pair slow-smoked ham and pork with Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and pickles, put it all on a fresh Pearl Bakery French baguette, and you've got pure sandwich perfection. But there's something for everyone on the menu here. Vegans will love the Alicia's Seasoned Vegan Tofu sandwich. Other favorites include The Italian Job, The Real Turkey on Ciabatta, and the Smoked Angus Brisket.
The Most Delicious Mexican Food In Oregon
For truly delicious, authentic Mexican food in Oregon, look no further than Nuestra Cocina. Popular menu items like the shredded pork-filled tortillas, braised beef tips, and fresh seafood ceviche will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Mexican cuisine. And don't skimp on the sides, either: the refried black beans and plantains at
are absolutely crave-worthy.
Best Waterfront Restaurant In Oregon
Oregon is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the country, and Multnomah Falls truly is the state's crown jewel. And a waterfront restaurant that offers unparalleled views of this wondrous waterfall? That's positively sublime, and exactly what you'll get at
Multnomah Falls Lodge
. This is next-level waterfront dining that truly makes eating an
The Hole In The Wall Restaurant In Oregon You Have To Try
There's a general rule of thumb that the more unassuming a restaurant, the more incredible its food. This is most definitely the case with
, a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Portland that's billed as the "Best Korean Teriyaki In The Known Universe" -- and we don't disagree. This is a classic example of an unassuming restaurant you could easily drive right by. But take a u-turn, and go visit this place, because its fare is absolutely perfect.