Local Flavor Edition in Portland, OR
Beast in Portland is far more than a restaurant -- it's a dining experience. Only offering two dinner seatings a night, each for a six-course prix fixe menu, Beast is for the open-minded diner only. That being said, complaints are rare after a night at Beast. The restaurant only holds around twenty people who are all sat together family style at a long, gorgeous table. Locals who are lucky enough to have been to Beast highly recommend adding the wine parings to your meal, which are reasonably priced and complete the experience. Beast also does two brunch seatings on Sundays and a "recession session" one night per month that is three-courses for only $30.
The Waffle Window is exactly that -- a window selling waffles. But these are no ordinary, whip up a batch at home on Sunday morning waffles. We're talking about savory waffles topped with gourmet ingredients such as pepper bacon, brie, fresh basil. Or you can go the sweet route with an ice cream sandwich waffle dipped in Guittard chocolate. The Waffle Window is located on the side of another one of Portland's popular restaurants, Bread and Ink. You'll be able to spot the window easily by all of the people sitting around on the curbs and leaning against their cars enjoying their waffles!
Food carts serving gourmet food are all the rage right now and The Big Egg in Portland is a favorite stop for locals who know that this is more than just a restaurant on wheels. The Big Egg recently put down permanent roots in their new North Portland location in the Mississippi Marketplace which is great because now you can hit it on a regular basis, rather than having to hunt The Big Egg down or just catch it when it's in your neighborhood. Although food carts generally have a quick to-go mentality, The Big Egg can have a wait for your breakfast -- sometimes 45 minutes. Check out the coffee place next door for a cup of coffee or juice while you wait.
If you're wondering where locals go when they want breakfast at three in the afternoon, they head to Broder in the Clinton neighborhood of Southeast Portland. The best way to describe Broder is that it is cute cute cute -- the presentation is thoughtful and delicate, while the decor is charming and warm. It's hard to pick a favorite item from the Scandinavian-based menu -- the bords are popular and offer a variety of foods if you can't decide on just one thing to order. Don't forget to order a bloody mary with breakfast -- they're some of the best in the city.
There are a million Mexican restaurants in Portland, but locals know that ?Por Que No? Taqueria's location on Mississippi is the best there is. Everyone will tell you that ordering Bryan's Bowl is a must, with shredded chicken or carnitas, if you're not going veggie. You order at the counter and then grab a seat at Por Que No -- there isn't a ton of room to spread out inside, but they do have extra seating in the back if you don't mind sharing a table with other diners. Another reason to love Por Que No is that they are committed to being a local company who puts substainability first. Be sure to check out their Facebook page where they post daily specials!