Best Restaurants 2016: Bucket List

30 Portland Restaurants for the Ultimate Local Dining Bucket List

Hope you’re hungry. Here are 30 top picks from Portland Monthly editors.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Mideast Remix

Portland Monthly’s Rising Star Restaurant of 2016: Tusk

With a beautiful room and beautiful food, a Mideast-meets-Portland restaurant turns heads with the most unlikely of stars: salads.

10/10/2016 By Karen Brooks

Opening Watch

Natural Wine-Focused Restaurant Dame to Open Sept 14

We’ve got a first look at the NE Killingsworth restaurant from Ava Gene’s wine star Dana Frank.

08/30/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

The Inside Scoop on Tusk, Portland’s Most Anticipated Restaurant of 2016

Eat Beat has the first look at the vegetable-forward Middle Eastern spot, courtesy of Ava Gene’s owner Joshua McFadden and his A-list crew.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

Weekly Planner

Farm Dinners, a Hot Sauce Expo, and More Portland Food Events

... including Powell’s cookbook readings and boozy summer mini-golf at 19th Hole.

07/22/2016 By Michelle Porter

Restaurant and Bar Updates

PREAM, Muselet, and the Bent Brick Call It Quits, Plus More PDX Food News

… including a flashy Ava Gene’s acquisition and Pickathon’s new dinner series.

07/18/2016 By Michelle Porter


'Neo-Bistro' Rue to Open on SE Ankeny

The growing food neighborhood of East Burnside that includes Le Pigeon, Marukin Ramen, and Nong’s adds a new player to the mix.

06/16/2016 By Benjamin Tepler


New Spot Tusk to Remix Middle Eastern Food for Farm-Centric Portland

Ava Gene’s chef Joshua McFadden gathers a talented team to rethink the world of couscous and cocktails. Rhubarb and parsnip baklava, anyone? Eat Beat has all the details.

03/29/2016 By Karen Brooks


Ava Gene's Alums to Open Wine-Centric Restaurant, Dame, in Former Cocotte Space

Award-winning wine director Dana Frank and her crew will serve Portland’s first all-natural wine list with seasonal, Mediterranean, and Eastern European plates on NE Killingsworth.

03/08/2016 By Benjamin Tepler


Top Picks for Chefs Week PDX

The third-annual food festival from Top Chef front-runner Gregory Gourdet is bigger and more star-studded than ever.

01/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler


Where Do Portland’s Best Chefs Eat on Their Own Time?

From hearty Italian spreads to Balkan stews and cheap salt-and-pepper squid, our chefs devour the city.

10/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke


Barley Risotto at Alameda Café

Simple comfort at Northeast Portland’s newly revamped neighborhood eatery.

12/15/2014 By Benjamin Tepler


3 Early Summer Salads from PDX's Vegetable Whisperer

Ava Gene’s chef Josh McFadden gets fresh with fava beans, radishes, spring onions, broccoli, and sugar snap peas. Dinner is served.

06/02/2014 By Benjamin Tepler


Two Portland Chefs, Two Vegetable Dinners, One Leap Forward

Vegetable whisperers Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s and Gregory Gourdet of Departure get to the root of culinary collaboration.

04/23/2014 By Karen Brooks


Ava Gene’s Chef Lands Vegetable Cookbook Deal

Rising star chef Joshua McFadden and veteran Portland cookbook author Martha Holmberg will team up to dig deep into vegetables for New York house Artisan Publishers.

04/01/2014 By Karen Brooks


Bon Appetit Loves and Lists Ava Gene's

Duane Sorenson's second Portland eatery charms its way onto Andrew Knowlton's list of America's 10 best new restaurants.

08/08/2013 By Allison Jones and Molly Woodstock


Burning Details on Duane Sorenson's Roman Candle Bakery

As Stumptown Coffee’s food-loving founder continues to devour SE Division Street, we got an early look at the baking vision and menu set to debut in early May.

04/03/2013 By Karen Brooks


8 Reservation-Friendly Portland Restaurants

We explore Portland's no-reservation policy and dish on the top dinner spots you CAN count on, without the wait.

03/20/2013 By Benjamin Tepler and Allison Jones


Italy, Rocking

With his new restaurant, Ava Gene’s, Duane Sorenson gives indie dining an Old World polish.

03/15/2013 By Karen Brooks


Slide Show: A Night at Ava Gene's

An inside look at Ava Gene's, Duane Sorenson's love letter to Italy on SE Division Street.