One of my favorite foodie hot spots in Portland is North Williams Avenue, home to a bustling bike corridor, unique shops, eco-friendly offices and acclaimed restaurants. Five of the avenue’s excellent eateries are located within strolling distance of one another in the Boise neighborhood, on the two blocks between NE Beech Street and NE Shaver Street.
- One of Portland’s most popular brunch spots, Tasty N Sons serves flavorful American fare on small plates and savory boards in a festive, family-style atmosphere. Not to miss are Chef John Gorham’s fantastic biscuits or the bacon wrapped dates.
- A few doors north, Eat: Cajun Kitchen & Oyster Bar cooks up Creole cuisine and Cajun classics in a bright, funky space inspired by New Orleans’s French Quarter. Highlights include a Spanish-style jambalaya studded with house-made Andouille sausage, a spicy-rich shrimp étouffeé and oysters from the Oregon and Washington coasts.
- For a sophisticated supper head to Lincoln Restaurant where Chef Jenn Louis dishes up Northwest-centric cuisine with artisan flare. The simple yet scrumptious menu changes regularly, inviting diners to come back again and again to sample new creations. Memorable dishes include the grilled octopus appetizer and the baked hen eggs.
- Handcrafted micro brews, upscale pub grub and a soccer match on the tellie are always in supply at Lompoc Brewing’s Fifth Quadrant. Dig into juicy burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads in a comfortable, pub-like atmosphere. Around the corner from the restaurant is the Sidebar, Lompoc’s tasting room, where you can sample their limited-release brews while noshing on small plates.
- At Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen, cousins Catalina Acuña and Sadie Morrison bring Peru’s urban street food scene to Portland. Signature dishes include fresh quinoa salad, house-made empanadas and butifarra, a standard Peruvian sandwich filled with pepper-rubbed pork and criolla, a garnish of lime-marinated red onion and cilantro.
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North Williams Avenue is accessible by car, bus and bike. See Travel Portland for more information on the Mississippi/Williams neighborhood.