Portland restaurants are a dime a dozen. But finding a great neighborhood spot that you will want to keep going back to is a harder challenge. Here are 12 great neighborhood restaurants that you will want to put on your repeat list because they are just that good.
1. P's & Q's Market
This small market and sandwich shop is a wonderful spot to stop in for lunch or dinner in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Featuring a small rotating menu of seasonal, fresh dishes such as fried catfish, chickpea fritters, and a medley of salads, this small neighborhood shop is a must-visit location.
P's & Q's Market is located at 1301 NE Dekum.
Cuban cuisine in a lively, bright setting has never tasted better. This NE Portland institution serves up brunch, lunch and dinner, along with authentic cocktails and desserts.
Pambiche is located at 2811 NE Glisan.
3. Toro Bravo
If you are on the North side, stop in for tapas at this lively eatery. Bring a friend or two and share several Spanish-style small plates for a great meal.
Toro Bravo is located at 120 NE Russell.
4. Arleta Library Bakery Cafe
In Southeast, this small cafe is one of the best options for grabbing breakfast. Scrambles loaded with farm-fresh ingredients are amazing here, as are their bacon and breakfast potatoes.
Arleta Library Bakery Cafe is located at 5513 SE 72nd Avenue.
5. Delta Cafe
Serving up Cajun and Creole specialties, this Southeast restaurant is a gem. Try brunch on the weekends for a southern-style breakfast, or head there for lunch or dinner for some amazing crab cakes, dirty mac and cheese, or cajun fried catfish.
Delta Cafe is located at 4607 SE Woodstock Boulevard.
6. Nicholas Restaurant
This Lebanese restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and with three locations, you can choose the closest neighborhood and dive into loads of pita bread and hummus before settling on a main course.
Nicholas Restaurant is located at 318 SE Grand Boulevard, 3223 NE Broadway, and 323 N. Main Avenue in Gresham.
7. The Observatory
If you are in Montavilla, stop into this quaint neighborhood restaurant for American classics, fish tacos, and to get your seafood fix. Great happy hour specials will keep you coming back.
The Observatory is located at 8115 SE Stark Street.
Specializing in pork-based sandwiches, Lardo is the place to be for a delicious lunch. Located on Hawthorne, this amazing sandwich shop is a great destination for people watching while you eat.
Lardo is located at 1212 SE Hawthorne.
9. Podnah's Pit
For lovers of barbecue, stopping in here is a no-brainer. This small restaurant on Killingsworth is a neighborhood gem, turning out classic barbecue favorites and all the fixings all day long.
Podnah's Pit Barbecue is located at 1625 NE Killingsworth.
10. Bollywood Theater
Tucked on the corner of Alberta and 21st, this lovely Indian restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. Order small plates and share with your table to a get a well-rounded taste of India in one meal.
Bollywood Theater is located at 2039 NE Alberta.
11. Mekong Bistro
Tucked away in a strip mall off of 82nd Avenue, this lovely Cambodian restaurant serves up some incredible food. Close to the airport, it is a great place to stop when you are heading out of town or on a late arrival into Portland, as the kitchen stays open late.
Mekong Bistro is located at 8200 NE Siskiyou Street.
12. Boxer Ramen
For a piping hot bowl of handcrafted ramen this is your spot. Visit one of the shop's three neighborhood locations and you will be quite satisfied.
Boxer Ramen is located at 1025 SW Stark Street, 2032 NE Alberta, and 2309 NW Kearney Street.
Have you been to any of these neighborhood restaurants in Portland? What would you add to the list?