Oregon Food & Dining November 20, 2022
12 Bucket List Worthy Restaurants To Try In Oregon, One For Each Month Of The Year
The culinary scene in Oregon truly is unrivaled, with our humble state not only producing some of the most cutting-edge and exciting fare in the PNW, but in the entire country! While Oregon is best known for its amazing and abundant seafood, there is so much more to our state’s culinary repertoire than just fish and chips (though we do make some *killer*
fish and chips!). From beautifully simple farm-to-table fare to next-level fusions and street food, the Beaver State truly is a foodie force to be reckoned with. This year, make a resolution to eat your way through Oregon, hitting up one of these 12 bucket-list-worthy restaurants along the way.
1. January: Dump City Dumplings
We're kicking off the year with a humble little restaurant that dishes up big, ole' bowls of comfort in the form of delicious dumplings. Dump City Dumplings is known for its steamed bun dumplings, which come in a variety of unique dumpling-and-sauce combinations. The eatery is a fan favorite, and was recently featured on
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,"
in fact! Guy couldn't get enough of these perfect little flavor pillows, and once you give them a try, you'll be converted, too! The wontons with vinegar and chili oil are particularly crave-worthy.
Dump City Dumplings, 384 SW Upper Terrace Dr, Bend, OR 97702, USA
2. February: Restaurant Beck
For the most romantic month of the year, we recommend visiting none other than Restaurant Beck. This is a
favorite spot on the Oregon Coast
, known for beautiful views and fresh catches. The ambiance at Restaurant Beck, located inside Depoe Bay's Whale Cove Inn, almost overshadows the delicious fare, which is itself almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. The menu changes based on what's freshest and in season; you'll find everything from sea scallops, salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead on the menu at any given time. Dining here is one of the most memorable experiences you'll have in Oregon, and truly a bucket list must.
Becker's Restaurant, 1601 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004, USA
3. March - Oma's Hideaway
March can feel like the longest month of the year, with winter holding on for dear life. So we recommend a vibrant dose of color and comfort food, which you'll find (in spades) at
. Located in a bright turquoise building in Portland, Oma's menu draws inspiration from all over the world, from China and Malaysia to Indonesia and even old-school American diner food. It's bright and bold, and sure to cure your case of the "never-ending Oregon" winter blues!
Oma's Hideaway, 3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
4. April: Spork
is a delightful fusion spot in Bend featuring Mexican eats, Asian plates, and craft cocktails in a wholly unique venue, making it a winner for virtually everyone in your dining party. If the weather cooperates, dine outside for a fun and quirky eating experience!
Spork, 937 NW Newport Ave Ste 130, Bend, OR 97703, USA
5. May: Portland Japanese Garden
Nothing is more beautiful than spring in Portland, when the cherry blossoms and Japanese maples flourish and bloom. For this reason, we advise checking out the Portland Japanese Garden's Umami Café during this time. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, this
floating tea room
is the perfect place to sit and soak up the views, while enjoying tea and light bites with someone special. It's one for your Portland food bucket list.
Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
6. June: Pelican Brewing
Summer's here, and it's time to celebrate! There are many great pubs and seafood restaurants in Oregon, but none have the views
Pelican Brewing Company
does. Located right on the sand in picturesque Pacific City, Oregon, Pelican Brewing Company boasts a front-row seat to the dramatic and imposing Haystack Rock. In addition to breathtaking beachfront views, the fare at this Oregon Coast restaurant is amazing, with fresh seafood, crave-worthy burgers, and an extensive selection of barrel-aged brews.
Pelican Brewing – Pacific City, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135, USA
7. July: Bowpicker Fish and Chips
It's the height of summer and what better way to commemorate than by visiting a classic walk-up seafood shack? Housed in a covered stationary boat,
Bowpicker Fish and Chips
is a treasure of an eatery with the crispiest, crunchiest, most crave-worthy fried fish in the state! The menu here is blissfully simple: beer-battered Albacore tuna and steak fries. That's it.
But with amazing fare and unrivaled views, that's all you really need!
Bowpicker Fish and Chips, 1634 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA
8. August: Baldwin Saloon
August has us venturing up to The Dalles for a fun step back in time. The
is one of the state's most historic dining establishments, harkening all the way back to 1876! There’s a total Western vibe in The Dalles that can’t be denied, and it’s felt in many of the town’s historic buildings — perhaps most of all at the Baldwin Saloon. One of Oregon’s most historic establishments, the Baldwin Saloon is a charming old restaurant that embodies the Beaver State’s proud pioneer spirit. (Please note that Baldwin Saloon has permanently closed)
Baldwin Saloon, 205 Court St, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA
9. September: Noble Rot
September has us feeling nostalgic, and Noble Rot has some of the most beautiful views of lovely PDX. As the summer heat starts to wane (hopefully), dine outdoors in this fourth-story rooftop restaurant, and bask in the sublime scenery and ambiance.
is a wonderful example of Oregon's cutting-edge culinary scene; with its own garden and
, Noble Rot takes "farm-to-table" dining to a whole new, wholly wondrous level.
Noble Rot, 1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor, Portland, OR 97214, USA
10. October: Soter Vineyards
Located in the winsome Willamette Valley,
is a picturesque place that seems almost too beautiful to be real. Soter is committed to sustainability and biodynamics, operating within a regenerative farming system focused on biodiversity, integration of plants and animals, and soil health. The food reflects this love and care; it's some of the freshest and most vibrant you'll ever taste.
As the fall foliage peaks in Oregon, we can't imagine a more beautiful place to dine!
Soter Vineyards, 10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
11. November: Timberline Lodge
Hailed as the
most legendary place to stay in Oregon
, the Timberline Lodge is as historic as it is iconic. As the holiday season begins, we recommend checking out (or
?) this very special place for a retreat -- or, at the very least, a memorable dinner! The Ram's Head Bar at Timberline is the most winsome little restaurant, boasting delicious fare, an impressive drink menu, and stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson.
Timberline Lodge, 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028, USA
12. December: Multnomah Falls Lodge
Let's end the year with a grand finale! And in Oregon, there's no place grander than Multnomah Falls. There’s a reason Multnomah Falls attracts 2.5 million visitors each year: it’s utterly resplendent. This 620-foot fall will absolutely take your breath away, and leave you in absolute awe at the glory of Mother Nature. There are numerous ways to experience the falls; a variety of hikes and a pedestrian bridge offer unique perspectives and panoramas. But our favorite way to enjoy this wonder might just be at
Multnomah Falls Lodge
. This charming chalet sits at the base of the falls, offering dramatic views of Multnomah that are truly unparalleled.
Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
This state’s food scene is ever-changing and evolving, and this is by no means a list of all of our bucket list restaurants in Oregon. This is simply a place to start so that you can broaden and deepen your appreciation of the wholly unique culinary landscape of the Beaver State! There are also
12 unique restaurants in Oregon that you’ll definitely want to try!
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The Best Food In Oregon
November 25, 2022
What are the most iconic foods in Oregon?
The most iconic foods in Oregon are:
Voodoo Doughnuts. This place is known for its creative and inventive doughnuts, many topped with various kinds of breakfast cereals.
Hazelnuts. It’s the state nut and 95% of the country’s hazelnuts are grown in Oregon.
Tillamook Cheese. Some of the best dairy products in America are made by Tillamook, and the ice cream is every bit as good as the cheese.
Pinot Noir. This variety of wine is done especially well in Oregon.
Learn more about these and several more of the most iconic foods in Oregon.
What are the most historic restaurants in Oregon?
The most historic restaurants in Oregon include:
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar. Located in Portland, this restaurant has been serving its delicious oysters since 1907.
Omar’s. As the oldest restaurant in Ashland, this was the first cocktail lounge in the city and was opened in 1946.
Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins. Open in Troutdale since the 1920s, this restaurant serves its namesake dish on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
There are quite a few more of the most historic restaurants in Oregon to discover.
What are the best hidden gem restaurants in Oregon?
These are some of the best hidden gem restaurants in Oregon:
Word of Mouth Bistro. Located in Salem, this is an excellent place for brunch.
Cowboy Dinner Tree. Large, freshly made portions are on offer at this restaurant on a ranch in Silver Lake.
Walker’s Farm Kitchen. A farm-to-table restaurant that serves delicious dishes from fresh, local ingredients.
Mame. Easy to miss, but hard to forget, this tiny restaurant in Eugene makes excellent sushi.
Find out more about these and a bunch more of the best hidden gem restaurants in Oregon.
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