The Required: Portland

The Required: Portland

A definitive guide to Portland's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

June 3, 2019
The Required: Portland

The Required: Portland

A definitive guide to Portland's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

June 3, 2019

Welcome back to The Required, our expert-powered version of a "best of" list, assembled by tallying up the all-time most recommended places on ChefsFeed. Read on to plan your next trip—or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf.

Pok Pok

Chef Andy Ricker's expansive knowledge of Thai cuisine shines in this Pacific Northwest staple. Chicken tops our expert recs, both when charcoal-roasted and flavored with lemongrass, garlic, pepper and cilantro and in the addictive Vietnamese Wings. The Hoi Thawt–a crispy broken crepe with steamed mussels, eggs, garlic, chives, and bean sprouts is the stuff late night food fantasies are made of. With vivid floral oilcloth topped tables, retro diner chairs, and a full bar, the vibe at Pok Pok is perfect for starting a night out with friends or finishing it with a snack and a nightcap before they close.

Pok Pok
Hot Spot
Richmond, Portland
$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Thai
23 Recommendations

Departure

Chef Gregory Gourdet is known for his wide range of Pan Asian cuisine. The Pekinese style whole 'Departure Duck'–which is cured in Five-Spice, blanched in honey and Chinese wine, then hung to air cure–is only available during the December Holidays, but it is so delicious we’d be willing to brave PDX in the dead of winter just to get a taste. The vegan menu pays such close attention to quality produce and lovely spices that even our most carnivorous experts rave about the Charred Carrots with Roasted Chili, Orange, Cashew and Makrut, and the Green Mango Roll with Snap Peas and Truffle Cream. Our experts also adore Departure for offering a late night menu, available until 11 on weeknights and midnight on weekends, which means they may just get a chance to snack on Kimchi Fried Rice and Skirt Steak Skewers while knocking back an expertly made cocktail or two after service. The vibe at Departure is ultra-modern, with furnishings that like their dishes, are works of art in and of themselves.

Departure
Hot Spot
Southwest Portland, Portland
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Lounge, Cocktail, Roof Deck
17 Recommendations

Canard (And Any Place in the Rucker Empire)

With Canard PDX’s rapid ascent to popularity and a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant, we have to give credit to the chef behind its success: Gabriel Rucker. Having flexed his creative skills at other successful restaurants like Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro, Rucker’s strong foundation in the elements of French Cuisine are on display at Canard. Dishes like Oeufs en Mayonnaise and Steam Sliders come highly recommended. It wouldn’t be a visit to Canard without trying its namesake ingredient, duck–the Country Fried Duck with Morels and Green Garlic Gravy and the Foie Gras Dumplings with Molé and Marcona Almonds are not to be passed up. The ambiance is that of a simple French Bistro, so your attention can go where it belongs: on their soulful food. 

 

Le Pigeon
Hot Spot
Southeast Portland, Portland
$$$, French, Modern, Full Bar
9 Recommendations
Canard
Hot Spot
Southeast Portland, Portland
$$$, French, Full Bar
21 Recommendations
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