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Portland is one of the foodie capitals of the U.S., and the food culture in this Oregon city is only continuing to grow with each passing year. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editor’s top five favorite places to eat in Portland:
1. Tasty N Sons. Brunch at John Gorham’s hotspot in North Portland. The family-style menu changes seasonally, but one thing is constant, the long wait. It’s worth it, and if they have Auntie Paula’s French Toast Sundae with bananas, caramel and nuts on the menu, order it — it’s worth it, too.
2. Le Pigeon. This innovative menu by Gabe Rucker is short but sweet, with a list of a few seasonal starters and entrees — but you won’t have any trouble finding a mouth-watering pick. If you want to sample more than one dish, opt for the five or seven-course chef’s tasting menu.
3. Dick’s Kitchen. Go to Dick’s Kitchen in Southeast Belmont or on Northwest 21st (Nob Hill neighborhood) for healthier, fresh fantastic diner fare. Nope, it’s not an oxymoron. Dick’s advocates the Paleo diet and uses only the highest quality grass-fed beef for what it calls the “holy grail” of burgers and locally-sourced ingredients for the rest of it’s mouthwatering menu. Not to be missed: a chocolate or vanilla Coconut Bliss vegan milkshake.
4. Beast. This dining experience is a splurge but it’s worth every penny. You’ll always try something new, as the menus change every week. Under the helm of award-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy, there’s a six-course prix-fixe dinner four nights a week and a four-course prix-fixe brunch every Sunday.
5. Grüner Restaurant. This intimate spot honors the foods of the Pacific Northwest, while incorporating the flavors of central Europe. You can expect innovative, farm fresh dishes such as rabbit terrine with pickled rhubarb and smoked trout salad with apples and kohlrabi.