Top Restaurants in Oregon & Southwest Washington
July 2, 2015
Incredible scenery may have put the Pacific Northwest on the map, but it’s the food that keeps it there.
The region earned its status as a foodie haven by pioneering trends such as farm-to-table dining, food carts and unique multicultural fusions. With sustainability and locally grown foods as its hallmarks and ample options for every palate—including widely available vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare—the Northwest has carved out a niche for itself among the world’s top cuisines.
Looking for great places to eat in Oregon and southwest Washington? Check out these top-rated favorites:
What started as a Thai street food cart quickly gained a cult following and grew into a brick-and-mortar restaurant with a subterranean dining room and fascinating menu. Pok Pok’s carefully reconstructed authentic Northern Thai dishes and gritty atmosphere are engineered to provide a taste of what tourists might experience in Thailand’s open-air food markets. Regulars love the fish sauce wings and the charcoal rotisserie game hen with tamarind dipping sauce.
Designed to capture the energy of Spain’s vibrant tapas scene, Toro Bravo serves its small-plate fare family-style. Its premise: flavorful food delivered with lightning speed to a boisterous crowd. Inspired by frequent trips to Spain, the restaurant’s vast and rotating menu includes local favorites such as bacon-wrapped dates, grilled padron peppers and tomato bread.
Born from a passion for Northwest cuisine, Wild Pear dishes up original recipes made with fresh, local foods. Its menu features a quirky mixture of classic Northwest flavors, like chicken hazelnut salad and a lobster and seafood melt, with a few local takes on international favorites such as pho. True to the region, it’s all made from scratch using seasonal and organic ingredients, prompting locals to name Wild Pear the best downtown restaurant in the mid-valley.
Voted Salem’s best fine dining experience, Orupa serves American-infused European cuisine. Its fresh, gourmet pastas, rich sauces and flavorful entrees combine organic ingredients sourced from local farmers.
Looking for Northwest seasonal comfort food? Hudson’s seasons its local ingredients with a dash of creativity and a warm, dramatic atmosphere. Native artwork and live music add to the ambience, while entrees such as porcini-crusted scallops and grilled Columbia River king salmon remind diners why they love the Pacific Northwest.
At first glance, you might mistake Niche for just a wine bar. But it’s more than that. Art, poetry, music and a seasonally changing menu of New American fare make this rustic eatery a unique downtown hangout.
Big on bravado as well as portion sizes, this diner has established itself as a local landmark with its dinner-plate-sized cinnamon rolls and outstanding burgers. It even made an appearance on the Food Network’s “Outrageous Food” show.
Healthy American fare and hometown feel make this eatery a hit among locals and visitors alike. TripAdvisor reviewers have ranked it one of the top three restaurants in Longview.
There’s no end to the variety of dining experiences available in the Pacific Northwest offers. With colorful atmospheres, unique foods and a commitment to sustainability, the region offers something for the foodie in everyone.