March means one thing to the residents of Rose City: Portland Dining Month.
In its ninth year, the event sponsored by Travel Portland boasts 100+ of the cities best restaurants—both new and well established—offering three-course meals for a reasonable $33 per person. But with so many eateries to choose from and just 31 days in March, what is a foodie to do?
We’ve broken down the crème de la crème and organized our top picks by category to help your eyes (and stomach) focus on food that truly speaks to you. Your taste buds can thank us later.
Try Something New
A new year means new delicious fare to try during March, and 2018 does not disappoint. Fremont’s buzzy newcomer SouthFork offers up Southern food with an Asian twist, which sounds a bit odd, but with a dish containing pork tenderloin stuffed with bacon and mushrooms on its Dining Month menu, you really can’t go wrong.
If Mexican grub is your thing, Alto Bajo may be more your style. The notable new restaurant in Portland’s recently opened Hi-Lo Hotel offers modern takes on traditional recipes, made with local ingredients, and its special menu includes ceviche, empanadas, mole, chile relleno, and flan.
SouthFork, 4605 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 477 4453
Alto Bajo, 310 SW Stark St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 971 222 2111
Portland is known for being a foodie city, and with that comes some unique explorations in cuisine. This year’s Dining Month highlights some of the more adventurous city-wide menus. Chalino has been making waves in North Williams, and for good reason. Its unconventional Mexican fare includes items such as a beef tartare tostada, and its March menu highlights a charred broccoli caesar with Cotija cheese, sunchokes, and toasted sunflower seeds.
Kachka offers refined Russian fare and some of the best vodka that will ever grace your lips. Their three-course menu includes a Midwest salad, tsimmes chicken ‘n’ dumplings, and a kompot float made of rhubarb punch and vanilla and lime Plombir—a traditional Russian dessert and a must-try item.
Chalino, 25 N Fremont St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 206 6421
Kachka, 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 235 0059
Keep It Veggie
The Pearl’s Andina brings Peruvian food to the Pacific Northwest, and the lauded restaurant’s Dining Month menu comes equipped with loads of vegetarian options. Start with a timbale of lime-scented Yukon Gold potato with a green bean, fresh corn, Cotija cheese, and tomato salad. Then, move on to a quinoa risotto filled with cheese, beets, mushrooms, and truffle oil, and finish with a scrumptious brownie or Peruvian cookie.
Yacon! One of the main Peruvian super foods, now appearing in our Ensalada Verde Peruana thanks to our friends at Peace Seedlings seed farm in Corvallis, Oregon. Yacon contains a natural sweetness while also containing the natural compound fructoligosaccharide- this helps the body from absorbing simple sugar and is great for people who are worried about sugar spikes. #knowyourfarmer #eatlocal #traditional #peruvian #pdxeats
For anyone who is vegan, fear not: Blossoming Lotus has you covered. The organic vegan food purveyor’s three-course menu includes a dinosaur kale caesar, wild mushroom risotto, and live raspberry cheesecake, among other unique plant-based options.
Andina, 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 228 9535
Blossoming Lotus, 1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 228 0048
Be Classy on a Budget
If there were ever a time to eat at a restaurant you can’t normally afford, it would be now. With every Dining Month menu costing $33, you can finally go to Paley’s Place. Owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Vitaly Paley, the Nob Hill restaurant offers Pacific Northwest Regional fare at a not-so-fair price; however, this month you can get a butter lettuce caesar, braised pork shoulder, and coconut cream vacherin for less money than most of Paley’s singular entrées.
If you’d like to treat your taste buds to some reasonably priced European-inspired cuisine, try Bar Avignon. The Division neighborhood bistro’s Dining Month menu offers up a lot of options, including English pea soup, rabbit with puff pastry, and a chocolate pot de crème for dessert.
Paley’s Place, 1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 243 2403
Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 517 0808
No matter what your taste preferences are, Portland Dining Month offers something for everyone. Check out a full list of participating restaurants and menus on Travel Portland’s official website, and in order to ensure a donation to the Oregon Food Bank, be sure to make your reservation through PortlandDiningMonth.com.