Located west of Portland, Hillsboro is a beautiful community known for its charming neighborhoods, high-tech companies and area wineries. The city also features tasty restaurants that will satisfy everyone; meat-eaters, vegans and gluten-free diners alike. From American to Persian to Japanese fare, here is a list of some of the deliciousness to be found in Hillsboro, Oregon.
ABV Public House is a vibrant warehouse venue offering a host of beer, wine, cider and mead (over 600 bottles) plus tasty pub fare. This independently owned pub also features 34 draft taps, which change often. As for the food, the menu focuses on small plates inspired by beer, which means many items are braised or marinated in various brews. Notable highlights include the ABV plank with imported and local salumis, farmhouse cheeses, sweet peps, fruits, dates and beer bread; beer cheese soup; and elk meatloaf accompanied by whipped potatoes, roasted baby carrots, asparagus and Mangria wine gravy. With vegetarian options plus a children’s menu, this pub is a place the entire family will enjoy.
Amelia’s serves flavorful, rustic Mexican cuisine to hungry diners every day except Sunday within a cozy environment. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the family-owned restaurant presents guests with a varied menu sure to please everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians. If diners choose to start their day at Amelia’s the nopales con huevo, (which is a scramble with fresh cactus, onions, cilantro and red chili peppers served with beans and rice) is one excellent choice. For those guests seeking dinner, the chamorro de cordero, which is a lamb shank in a wild tomatillo-cascabel chili sauce, and the chile relleno con verduras or veggies and poblano peppers in a tomato sauce drizzled with cilantro and chipotle sauce, are a couple of highlights.
Established in 1981, Longbottom Coffee and Tea is a local venue roasting premium coffee beans from around the world, many of which are organic. They also operate the friendly Longbottom Coffeehouse where guests can linger over a steaming cup of coffee or tea while savoring a mouthwatering selection of baked goods, breakfast and lunch items. Using the best seasonal ingredients available, this café offers made-from-scratch fare, such as Ginger’s farmers strata made with cage-free eggs, ham, cheese, potatoes and onions with sourdough toast and the steak panini with roast beef, garlic aioli, provolone, cheddar, grilled peppers and onion on sourdough. There are also a variety of vegetarian dishes plus sweet treats making it a place that will suit many tastes.
Founded in 2014 by husband-wife duo Jessica and Danny Hart, Manaia Coffee House and Island Grill is a friendly, relaxing establishment featuring great coffee by Longbottom, organic teas and mouthwatering Samoan cuisine. Open Monday through Saturday, guests can visit to savor family-recipe dishes made with the freshest local ingredients available. Offering breakfast and lunch, flavorful options include the spicy breakfast burrito with bacon or umu pork, eggs, cheese, hash browns, jalapeños and spicy sauce and the Toa’s island BBQ mix plate with choice of meat, steamed vegetables and white rice. Manaia is a befitting name for this venue as it means delicious or delightful.
Pho Tango Vietnamese Bistro is a welcoming restaurant specializing in Vietnamese cuisine with an emphasis on pho and grilled dishes. This family-owned venue features a brightly colored interior where diners can feast upon a host of items from appetizers to chef specials to desserts all made with the freshest, bold ingredients possible. The beef pho with eye round steak and meatballs accompanied by bean sprouts, jalapeños and Asian basil and the maple crispy chicken are two flavorful options. There are also several tantalizing vegetarian dishes, and for the truly ravenous, there is the ‘Pho Challenge’ in which one diner has one hour to finish a bowl of pho with 2 lbs. of noodles and 1 lb. of meat.
Salam is a family-friendly restaurant featuring authentic Lebanese and Persian cuisine. This inviting venue is located in an airy space creating a comfortable atmosphere and offers an array of dishes that will please many guests, including vegetarians, vegans, and those seeking gluten-free choices. Packed full of delicious flavors, dishes to note include the gormeh sabzi, which is sautéed herbs, dried lime and kidney beans in a variety of seasonings; the bone-in cornish hen marinated in a pomegranate sauce; and lamb kabob served with salad and saffron rice. For a sweet ending to a meal, try the knafe, which is sweet cheese topped with shredded filo dough, homemade syrup and crushed pistachios.
Syun Izakaya is a Japanese pub-style restaurant where friends and family can share a variety of small plates. Specializing in a host of Japanese dishes, including sushi and sashimi, this family-owned, multi-award winning establishment also offers up an extensive sake collection. Procuring the best locally sourced ingredients, many of which are organic, the culinary team creates succulent dishes from sushi to hot entrées to noodles and many others. Notable highlights include tender pork stir-fried with ginger and onions; stir-fried eggplant in miso; tuna sashimi with grated mountain yam; and baked onigiri or stuffed rice balls. Several desserts are sure to tempt the taste buds, such as banana tempura, green tea pudding and deep-fried yams, to name but a few.
Tea’s Me is a lovely tea house featuring a great selection of loose-leaf premium teas, including organic varieties, plus sweet and savory edibles and a gift shop selling tea and tea accoutrements. From black to white to green to flavored teas to chai and more, the delightful café offers something for every tea lover. Open seven days a week, a tasty menu, which changes themes each month and features local products, is also available with highlights being scones with clotted cream and lemon, finger sandwiches, soup, desserts and salads, such as stuffed tomato salad with chicken curry salad. Reservations are required at this gem.
The Meating Place is a neighborhood butcher shop featuring local meat. Owned by Casey Miller since 2013, this shop also has a café where guests can try mouthwatering breakfast and lunch items Tuesday through Sunday with fried dinners on Fridays, which change each week, plus an extended breakfast menu on the weekends. Tasty options include amaretto French toast served with bacon and the classic pastrami reuben with slow smoked roasted beef brisket pastrami, Swiss cheese, homemade thousand island dressing and sauerkraut on marbled rye. Pet lovers, your four-legged family members are not left out at this butcher shop and café as they offer nutritious raw dog food as well.
The South Store Café serves up an assortment of sweet and savory edibles for breakfast and lunch and also features a full coffee bar. Loved by locals and tourists alike, this friendly café makes everything from scratch, which includes pastries, sandwiches and soups, using the best ingredients from local sources when possible. Breakfast options to try include oatmeal with maple syrup, house-made granola and seasonal fruit and freshly baked biscuits smothered with sausage gravy while the meatloaf sandwich with grilled onion, provolone, mayo and marinara is one delectable lunch choice. Something for everyone, there are also vegetarian and gluten-free options.