Restaurant Reviews

The Nerd Out

By Nancy Tannler 3308 SE Belmont St. Open Tues – Thur 4-10pm Friday 4-12 pm Sunday 2-9 pm 503.233.1225   The adage “necessity is the mother of invention” proved

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West Coast Grocery Company

1405 SE Stark St. 503.850.8425 Open until 9 pm The revitalization of the Luxury Bread building kitty-corner from Revolution Hall (formerly Washington Monroe HS) includes a new neighborhood brewery

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PaRaDox Café

By Jack Rubinger 3439 SE Belmont 503-232-7508 9 am – 3 pm The Paradox Cafe, known for nutritious and delicious plant-based food options and some wild bathroom murals, has

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Super Deluxe

By Jack Rubinger 5009 SE Powell Blvd. 7 am – 11 pm everyday Super Deluxe, the new drive through burger joint on Powell Blvd. at SE 50th, has been

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3003 SE Division St. 503.719.5246 Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm Saied Samaiel’s journey from Syria to Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece before arriving in the United States

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Chapel Hill

4380 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 3 pm – 2 am 971.255.0157 For centuries, churches were one of the main gathering places for people to congregate in towns and cities all over

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Painted Saints

4380 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Hours: 7 am – 4 pm 503.206.8890 Painted Saints – homemade pasties with delicious drinks – the perfect accompaniment to Chapel Hill on this stretch of

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DC Vegetarian

5026 SE Division St. 503.374.3388 Sat/Sun 9 am–10 pm Tues-Fri 11 am–10 pm Closed Monday By Nancy Tannler The immortal words of a Beatles tune, “We all wanna change

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Wayfinder Beer

By Nancy Tannler 304 SE 2nd Ave 503.718.2337 Hidden away in the Central Eastside Industrial District, Wayfinder Beer, is a great place to find. Look for the sign on

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Marukin Ramen

By Nancy Tannler 609 SE Ankeny Ste. A  503.894.9021 Everday 11 am – 9 pm 126 SW 2nd Ave.  503.224.0798 Everday 11 am – 10 pm The ever burgeoning

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SeaSweets Poke

1505 SE 31st Ave  at Hawthorne Blvd. 503.477.4029 11 am – 9 pm “We eat with our eyes,” said Chef Ian Hung, one of the co-owners (along with David

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Clay’s Smokehouse

2865 SE Division Street  503.327.8534 They’re back! Clay’s Smokehouse has returned to Division Street in a new location across the street but with the same delicious barbecue and sides,

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Stella Taco

By Nancy Tannler Mon. – Sun. 11 – 9 3060 SE Division St. 503.206.5446 Mon. – Sun. 11 – 9 Texas natives Matthew Fields and Rebecca (Becky) and Ian

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Monti’s Cafe

By Nancy Tannler 8600 SE Stark St. 503.256.8300 Mon. – Fri. 7-5 Sat. 8-5 Sun. 8-4   If you haven’t made the time to visit Monticello and/or eaten at Monti’s

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La Leña

By Nancy Tannler 1864 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 503.946.1157 Tue – Thur 12 – 10 pm Fri 12–10:30 pm Sat Sun 4:30–10:30 pm Mon Closed For the less traveled among

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Virtuous Pie

By Nancy Tannler 1126 SE Division St.  503.334.2073 Mon – Fri 8 am – 11 pm Sat, Sun 9 am – 11 pm In order for a new idea

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Hello India

By Nancy Tannler   3500 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tues. – Sunday – 12 – 3 pm, 5:30 – 10 pm 360.977.4604 The SE corner of 35th and Hawthorne is

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Baked Roots Bar

970 SE Madison St. 11 am – 7 pm closed Tuesday 503.233.8557 As the demographics of the inner eastside changes, so do the appetites of the people living here.

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Bravo Mountain

By Nancy Tannler 960 SE Madison St. (503) 238-5915 Mon – Sat 8 am – 6 pm Sunday 1 am – 4 pm Food Delivery Services Two long time hiking

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OP Wurst

3384 SE Division St,  503.384.2259 Sun through Thursday: 11 am – 12 Weekends: 11 am – 1 am It looks like the mid-century modern former gas station/multi-restaurants place at 3384

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Danwei Canting

By Nancy Tannler 803 SE Stark St. 503.236.6050 Sunday through Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm Weekends: 11 am – 10 pm When James Kyle first went to live in

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Poke Mon

By Nancy Tannler 1485 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  503.894.9743 Open daily 11 am – 9 pm Last year Poke Mon opened their doors in one of the contemporary new buildings

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By Nancy Tannler 2311 SE 8th Ave. Mon-Fri: 7 am-9 pm Sat-Sun: 8 am-9 pm 503.505.9006 438 SE MLK Mon-Sun: 10:30 am-9 pm 503.477.9380 Figuring out the best way

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La Moule

2500 SE Clinton St. Hours: 5 pm – 12 am 971.339.2822 We have always appreciated the link to the unique culture that Canadians share with Americans. We’ve adopted so

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By Nancy Tannler 2134 SE Division St, 503.444.9734 (Text ahead) Mon – Fri 8 am – 3 pm Sat Sun 10 am – 5 pm Portland’s creative culinary entrepreneurs

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Honky Tonk Taco

By Nancy Tannler 3384 SE Division St. 503.384.2259 Hours: 11 am–11 pm The curious among us couldn’t help but have our interest piqued by the newly-opened Honky Tonk Taco

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Upper Left Roasters

By Nancy Tannler 1204 SE Clay St. Hours: 8 am–4 pm 503.477.8469 Many Portland residents are happy when they see an old building being repurposed and used again instead

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Wild Abandon

2411 SE Belmont St. 4:30 pm – 9 pm Twenty-two years ago, Michael Cox and a couple of his fellow employees from a popular local restaurant joined forces and opened

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The Whole Bowl

4411 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 503.753.7071 Open 7 days 11 am – 9 pm Tali Ovadia had an idea for a business, one that had been simmering in her mind for

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Garden Bar Salad Co.

2045 SE Division St. 503.719.5924 Open daily 10:30 am – 9 pm In the evolution of Division Street the new restaurants have enticed local diners with all sorts of

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Toadstool Cupcakes

3557 SE HAWTHORNE BLVD. 503-764-9921 OPEN everyday 9am-8pm on Twenty-five years ago Lisa Oswald began baking wedding cakes in the kitchen of her home in Fairfield, Iowa. She specialized

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Tin Man

4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd 7 am – 8 pm, daily 503.438.9101 The open house at Tin Man Coffee was a festive way for the four partners to introduce themselves to

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The Toffee Club

1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 971.254.9518 11:30 am–12 pm The day The Southeast Examiner stopped by The Toffee Club – An English Football Pub, the place was crowded with excited soccer

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By Nancy Tannler 720 SE Grand Ave. Open daily 4 pm – 12 am 503.235.0059 Portland has a large Russian population but not that many places to enjoy Russian

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Willow Restaurant

By Nancy Tannler 2005 SE 11th Ave, Open five nights a week. For reservations:  or 814.933.8872/631.478.8414 When The Southeast Examiner was invited to meet the chefs and sample

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Abyssinian Kitchen

By Nancy Tannler Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine 2625 SE 21st Ave. 503.894.8349 The newly-opened Abyssinian Kitchen features Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine and is a welcome culinary delight to SE

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Bread and Ink Cafe

By Nancy Tannler 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd 503.239.4756  Open seven days a week Sunday-Thursday 8 am to close Friday and Saturday 8 am to close   At the beginning

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fern kitchen

By Nancy Tannler 2311 SE 50th Ave (971) 703-4398 Open daily 8 am – 4 pm The name fern is an acronym that describes the intention of this restaurant;

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Next Level Burger

By Nancy Tannler 4121 SE Hawthorne Blvd, (503) 719-7058 Open daily 8 am – 9 pm Mankind is taking responsibility for the state of our beloved planet, and this

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Ankeny Tap & Table

2724 SE Ankeny St 503.946.1898 Open afternoons and evenings daily. Open 9 am on weekends Searching for a more authentic lifestyle is a common theme when  interviewing new business

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Scottie’s Pizza Parlor

2128 SE Division Street 971-544-7878 Open Tues. – Sunday 11:30 – 9 pm The collaborative efforts of family, friends and crowdfunding helped open the doors to Scottie’s Pizza Parlor

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Saké Izakaya

By Claire Tannler   3272 SE Hawthorne 503.239.3909 12:00 – 9:30 pm Have you ever had the craving for sushi at the same time as Thai? Both types of

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By Nancy Tannler 503.384.2483 6839 SE Belmont St. Wed – Sun – 8 am to 3 pm Dinner Wed – Sun – 5 to 10 pm Neighbors have been curiously

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East Side Deli

By Nancy Tannler 4626 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd 503.236.7313 11 am – 11 pm The Eastside Deli is testimony to the fact that a really good sandwich is still an American

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MeKha Grill

4912 SE Division St. ​503.719.7366 The effervescent energy of Long Nguyen, owner of MeKha Grill, has sustained himself, several businesses and his family on his journey from Vietnam to

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Fat Straw

4258 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (503) 233-3369 Store Hours: Mon. to Fri. –   9am-8pm Sat.-   9am-9pm Sun. –   10am-7pm The bubble tea experience became familiar to residents

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7915 SE Stark St. 503.841.5118 Brunch (am – 2 pm) Happy Hour 5pm – 6pm & 10 pm All ages until 9 pm. The circuitous route that led Susie

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The Goose

2725 SE Ankeny St 503.235.2222 Dinners served Tues. – Sat. 5 – 10 pm Open late Fri. and  Sat.   The decor, menu and name has changed a couple

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Farina Bakery

1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 971.340.9734 Open every day 7 am – 2 pm Closed Mondays   Just thinking about the French macarons prepared by pastry Chef Laura Farina makes

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By Nancy Tannler   3520 SE Powell Blvd. 503.239.5220 Sunday – Thursday 4 pm to 9 pm Friday – Saturday 4 pm To 10 pm The story of the

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ImJai Thai

3801 SE Belmont St. 503.477.8069 Open 7 days 11 am – 9:30 pm   The recently renamed ImJai Thai restaurant at the corner of 38th and SE Belmont now

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La Panza Café

2415 SE 26th 503.236.5005 closed monday 11 am –  2:30pm then 5pm – 9pm Tuesday  – Friday 9 am – 9 pm weekends         Andy and Jessica

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Off The Waffle

2601 SE Clinton St. 503.946.1608 8 am – 2 pm daily The origins of Off the Waffle restaurant is an interesting tale of a family originally from Israel who

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PepperBox Café

By Nancy Tannler   932 SE Morrison St. 503.841.5004 Tues. – Fri. 7 am – 2 pm Sat. – Sun.  8:30 am – 3 pm   The brick and mortar

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La Calaca Comelona

2304 SE Belmont St. 503.239.9675 Mon. – Sat.  4 pm – 10 pm When Patricia Cabrera left Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, she brought with her the deep traditions of her

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Mad Sons Pub

1109 SE Madison St. 503.265.8531 Mon. – Sun.  4 pm – 2 am There’s a new eating and drinking establishment called Mad Sons at the corner of SE 11th

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Hawthorne Lobster House

2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Open Daily 4:30 – 10 pm The newly-opened Hawthorne Lobster House claims to have “the best tail in Portland”. If the availability of fresh lobsters

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3 Doors Down Café

1429 SE 37th Ave. off Hawthorne Open Tue–Sat: 5 – 9:30 pm • Sun: 4 – 9 pm  Closed Mondays Tucked in nicely on 37th St, 3 Doors Down

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Bollywood Theater

By Cat Wurdack   3010 SE Division Lunch and Dinner Daily 11 am – 10 pm 503.477.6699 When chef Troy MacLarty found his favorite south Indian regional street foods under-represented

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Dot’s Cafe

By Cat Wurdack 2521 SE Clinton St. Mon – Fri 12 pm – 2:30 am Sat/Sun 10 am – 2:30 am Brunch until 2:30 pm 503.235.0203 Dot’s Cafe has been

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Taqueria Nueve

727 SE Washington St. 503 954-1987 Tues – Sat, 5pm – 10pm Sun, 5pm – 9pm Closed Monday By Cat Wurdack   If you missed the earlier inception of chef

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Oso Market

By Cat Wurdack     726 SE Grand Ave. Tues – Thurs : 11 am – 10 pm Fri – Sat: 11 am – 11 pm Sun: 11 am –

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By Cat Wurdack   Ramen lovers, have you tried the Genki Ramen at Mirakutei? It’s a  white miso-based Sapporo-style ramen with curly noodle in a rich broth made with ginger,

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By Cat Wurdack   2508 SE Clinton St. 503.736.3333 Daily 9 am-3 pm The Norwegian Olympic curling team is wearing crazy pants and Danish film director Lars von Trier

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By Cat Wurdack   726 SE 6th Ave. 503.841.6675 Daily 4 pm – 10 pm   Ken Forkish is a bread man. He has been baking, studying baking and

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By Cat Wurdack   2140 E Burnside St. 503.236.7195 Open 7 Days 11 am – 10 pm Since the hoopla of being named among Bon Appetit’s 10 Best New

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a.n.d cafe

By Cat Wurdack   5420 E. Burnside 503.233.4550 Thurs. Fri. Mon. 9 am – 3 pm Sat. Sun. 8 am – 3 pm   On a sunny Sunday morning,

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By Cat Wurdack 1615 SE 12th Tues – Sun 11am – 10 pm Tues – Sat 11 am to 11 pm Weekend brunch 11 am to 2 pm 971.888.5281

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El Cubo de Cuba

By Cat Wurdack   3106 SE Hawthorne Tues – Sun 11 am – 10 pm 971.544.7801 El Cubo de Cuba is a warm hug on a chilly Portland afternoon. The

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