A guide to seriously good ethnic food in the Greater Portland area
Take your taste buds on a trip around the globe in the Greater Portland area, where a world of food is waiting for you to explore. Here are a few suggestions for international cuisine that have been on our list of late.
Vietnamese: On southeast 82nd, HA & VL is all the rage among local foodies and chefs alike. The Vietnamese restaurant, located in a modest storefront, regularly sells out of its daily soups. The crab flake soup recently made the list of Portland’s iconic dishes on Eater PDX. Try the banh mi sandwiches, iced coffee and smoothies.
Iraqi: Warm and cheerful Dar Salam in the Alberta neighborhood is the spot for Middle Eastern dishes like shawarma, kebobs, dolmas and falafel. Choose from flavorful slow-cooked lamb, chicken and beef dishes or vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The owners, two childhood friends from Baghdad, also operate a food cart called Aladdin’s Castle on 50th and Division.
Indian: Chennai Masala in Hillsboro serves home-style South Indian cuisine that just might become your new favorite comfort food. Choose from the likes of chicken tikka masala, lamb korma or shrimp vindaloo as well as vegetarian options, a kids’ menu and delightful desserts.
Japanese: Authentic Japanese dishes can be found at Mirakutei on Burnside. The Oregonian singled it out as Portland’s best sushi restaurant in their 2012 dining guide. Along with a traditional sushi and sashimi menu, find several slurpable ramens and a variety of small starters like chicken wing yakatori and house made gyoza.
Salvadoran: Gloria’s Secret Café in Beaverton has won a loyal following for a spicy Salvadoran menu. The selection of freshly prepared moles, pupusas, paellas and enchiladas, all deeply flavored with a variety of Latin American chiles, will win your heart and wallet.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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