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

WORD OF MOUTH

Portland Monthly Food Critic Karen Brooks Looks Back on Three Decades of Restaurant Reviews

From ‘80s bagel punks to gazillion-dollar flops.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

HAIL CAESAR

How Zefiro Changed Everything for Portland’s Food Scene

In the ‘90s, the most mythical of Portland restaurants ruled over NW 21st and Glisan.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

Weekly Planner

A Tuscan Gelato Party, Korean Food Festival, and More Portland Food Events

… including a charity event to fight childhood hunger, the 12th annual Organic Beer Fest, and PFA’s Grand Aioli dinner.

08/15/2016 By Michelle Porter

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Castagna and Ox Chefs Nab James Beard Best Chef Northwest 2016 Finalist Slots

Castagna's Justin Woodward and Ox's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton represent Portland, plus nods for Clyde Common's bar program, Country Cat's cookbook, and Eater's multimedia eye candy.

03/16/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Year in Review

Karen Brooks’s Best Portland Dishes 2015

Portland Monthly’s food critic on the dishes that defined the year.

12/29/2015 By Karen Brooks

HOMETOWN PRIDE

The Washington Post Names Portland America’s Best Food City

After a two-month quest to find the nation’s best food city, food critic Tom Sietsema makes a case for the Rose City. Sorry, Seattle (a no-show) and D.C. (ranked no. 9!)

12/21/2015 By Eat Beat Team

BREAKING NEWS

Castagna’s Justin Woodward Takes Over Castagna Café

Portland’s top modernist chef steers the legendary Southeast Hawthorne spot in a new direction.

11/11/2015 By Karen Brooks

BEST RESTAURANTS

The 4 Most Memorable Portland Restaurant Moments of the Year

A handful of standing ovations are in order for the year's best menu, dish, spread, and cuisine.

10/09/2015 By Karen Brooks

WORD OF MOUTH

3 Things You Must Eat in Portland this September

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the month.

08/24/2015 By Karen Brooks

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Two Portland Chefs and Restaurant Critic Karen Brooks are James Beard Award Finalists

Castagna’s Justin Woodward, Ox’s Greg and Gabrielle Denton, and Portland Monthly’s very own flavor-seeking wordsmith are in the running.

03/24/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Portland’s 2015 James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

Major nominations for this year’s class of culinary professionals.

02/18/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

Boxer Ramen Northeast opens, Castagna launches a new menu, and the owner behind Gustav’s and Der Rheinlander plans a new location for Keizer, Oregon.

01/23/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

WORD OF MOUTH

3 Things You Must Eat This November

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the month.

11/03/2014 By Karen Brooks

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Three Reasons To Try Café Castagna’s New Middle East Brunch

Crackling Yemenite flatbread to cardamom breakfast donuts, Sunday mornings at SE Hawthorne’s veteran bistro just got interesting.

10/21/2014 By Karen Brooks

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Cafe Castagna's New Eastern Mediterranean Menu

Chef Wesley Johnson brings fresh energy to the Hawthorne neighborhood standby with the flavors of Turkey, Morocco, Israel, Lebanon, and Greece.

08/13/2014 By Allison Jones

HIT LIST

A Handy Guide to Portland's Best UnRestaurants

Glimpse the next phase of Portland dining at these 11 pop-up dinners, secret back rooms, and farm fresh feasts.

07/01/2014 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

Café Castagna Gets a Middle Eastern Accent

On June 26, one of Portland’s iconic neighborhood cafes adds a new chef, a new menu, and a fresh direction.

06/24/2014 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Castagna Vets Launch 10-Course Pop-Up Nomad.PDX

With a new monthly dinner series, former Castagna sous chef Ryan Fox brings modernism, foraging, local artists, and guest cooks to the same table, at changing locations.

04/08/2014 By Karen Brooks

TREND WATCH

5 Food and Drink Trends Taking Portland by Storm

The Hot List of 2014

02/25/2014 By Benjamin Tepler