Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood is a treasure trove for creative menus based on locally sourced produce and ethically raised meats. There’s no shortage of fabulous restaurants here for all budgets and cravings, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with our top 10 picks for dining out in this stylish part of town.
Tasty N Sons is a hip American spot with so many inventive dishes on the menu that your biggest struggle will be choosing just one thing. You’ll be hard pressed to find more innovative takes on standard American brunch and dinner mains, which is saying a lot considering Portland’s reputation as a foodie Mecca. The ingredients are all locally sourced and the fare ranges from hearty, slow cooked meats to filling vegetarian and vegan cuisine. If you’re extra hungry, try the Shakshuka, a combination of eggs and tomato stew baked to order which will warm you down to your toes.
3808 N. Williams, Suite C, Portland, Oregon, US, +1 503 621 1400
An intimate little bistro bar with a swoon-worthy menu, Lincoln Restaurant serves Italian-inspired cuisine with a Northwestern touch, made with locally sourced ingredients and a lot of love. Choose between several small plates to share among friends with dinner. If you’re craving a big plate you can tuck in to a number of dreamy pasta dishes. No worries for the gluten intolerant, as Lincoln is more than happy to accommodate your dietary needs. Pair your food with a great bottle of wine recommended by Lincoln’s knowledgeable staff, and settle in for a blissful evening.
3808 N Williams Portland Oregon, US, +1 503 288 6200
If you want authentic Thai food, Mee Sen Thai Eatery is the real deal. Offering far more than your basic curry and stir-fry, Mee-Sen’s chefs have drawn deep into their Thai roots to offer Portland’s patrons less familiar Thai dishes, and lots of vegetarian options that introduce novel flavors for a delightfully complex pallet. The vegetables are fresh and cooked well, maintaining their crunchiness where appropriate, and the meat comes from higher welfare animals and is cooked to tender perfection every time.
3924 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon, US, +1 503 445 1909
Irving Street Kitchen restaurant offers affordable comfort food at its finest, boasting a menu of traditional favorites spruced up to gourmet standards. If you’re not up for a three-course feast, they have fabulous small bites to accompany their drink menu, which is also spectacular. Known for their impeccable service, you’re sure to have a great experience in this cozy, contemporary spot.
701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, Oregan, US, +1 503 343 9440
Everyone needs some Gravy in their life, especially the morning after a long night when you need some serious fuel to get you through the day. This American breakfast and brunch spot will not disappoint: known for its commitment to excellence, everything here is made completely from scratch, and dishes like the corned beef hash are prepared up to three weeks in advance to let the meat marinate to perfection in the brine. As always in Portland, the service is ultra friendly, and there are plenty of options if you can’t have gluten.
3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon, US, +1 503 287 8800
If you have a hankering for sushi, head over to Samurai Blue Sushi and Sake. It’s a rare luxury to find a California roll made with real crab, but no effort is too small at Samurai. The fish here is as fresh as it gets, and goes perfectly with the sake they have on offer. As far as atmosphere goes, Samurai is a happening place and fills up fast come evening. The interior boasts clean lines, an expansive open ceiling, and lovely accoutrements adding just the right amount of “hipster” feel. All in all, this places hits all the marks: fantastic sushi, great vibe, and unbeatable location.
3807 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon, US +1 503 284 1020
Family-owned Mississippi Pizza is Portland’s go-to pizza joint, and for good reason. Everything about these pies is just right: the crust is neither too thick nor too thin, and the toppings are as local as it gets: the basil is fresh-cut, the sausage is house-spiced, and the ricotta is whipped fresh from whole milk. They have a great selection of combinations that range from meaty heavy to totally vegan.
3552 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon, US, +1 503 288 3231
Prost! offers a rousing German beer hall experience in the hip heart of Portland’s dining scene. This locally owned German tavern has an impressive selection of exclusive German beers that are almost impossible to find in the US. The food is typical, hearty Bavarian fare, including several varieties of Wurst, as well as solid sandwiches and decadent cheese soup. Come for a laid back meal, and stay for what may well turn into an uproariously good time.
4237 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, Oregan, US +1 503.954.2674