Restaurants & Dining

Waxy’s Geek Guide to Portland - A great list of unique dining in Portland.

Restaurant Guide - There’s a large variety of food options in the area. The Restaurant Guide (prepared for OryCon convention goers) shows places and cuisines in the local area near to the Doubletree Hotel.

Food Carts - “Portland has a proliferation of Food Carts and they seem to be growing in numbers and locations. Some might call them lunch wagons, taco trucks or even snack shacks, but whatever you call them, they are truly a phenomenon in Portland. Set up in parking lots, sidewalks, and even parks (sometimes in large groups and sometimes solo), one might nosh on a fresh tortilla Baja fish taco one day, a rib-sticking bowl of traditional goulash the next, have a coffee and pastry for an afternoon snack, and then take home a giant Indian combo box for dinner.” -- Food Carts Portland

Portland Farmers Market - Widely considered one of the world’s finest farmers’ markets, the market comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square (June-September) on Mondays.

Voodoo Doughnut - Rumor has it that Voodoo Doughnuts loves to visit Portland science fiction conventions with their doughnut truck. But if a delivery to the convention hotel isn’t enough for you, visit the holy gateway of sugary confections yourself. You can even indulge in a wedding ceremony there (legal and non-legal options are available).

McMenamins - Featuring fresh, seasonal Northwest pub fare and their own handcrafted ales, wines & spirits. They have 24 breweries in Oregon and Washington brewing nearly 49,000 kegs last year! McMenamins 9 historic hotels range from an old poor farm to a renovated Catholic School and offer eclectic places to eat, drink and sleep. Depending on which property you choose, you may find an onsite brewery, a movie theater, a full-service spa, gardens and orchards, a winery, soaking pools, live music and more. McMenamins artwork -- and the philosophy behind it -- is continually being re-envisioned, renewed and refreshed. Even if you think you've seen it all, keep your eyes open -- their artists are in perpetual motion so you never know what you'll find around the bend.

Salt & Straw - This innovative ice cream parlor has quickly grown from one to three shops in Portland to keep up with demand. They work with local chefs at top restaurants to develop new flavors using local ingredients. Flavors range from vanilla to honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper.  The coffee and bourbon ice cream features Portland's Stumptown Coffee and Burnside Bourbon.

Pok Pok - Andy Ricker spent a decade figuring out how to cook traditional Thai food not found in any cookbooks in English. Starting from a take out shack in his yard, he now owns 7 restaurants in Portland and New York City.  Also check out one of his other local restaurants, Sen Yai, for soups and noodles. The list of publications that have featured this restaurant speaks for itself.

Lardo - Lardo started out as a food cart specializing in fries cooked in pork fat. They have now spun off into two local restaurants, specializing in pork sandwiches, fries and beer.