Eat Portland Weird

It's time to embrace offal, grasshoppers, and pork skin!

Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks By Allison Jones February 22, 2013 Published in the February 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

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Clyde Common’s tempura-fried veal brains

Clyde Common

Offal-loving chef Chris DiMinno transforms unmentionable meats into refined plates du jour: empty your mind and try the tempura-fried veal brains with crispy potato terrine and apple butter, topped with a sunny-side-up quail egg and sherry vinaigrette. $12

Blue Star Donuts

A wallop of fried brioche dough cloaked in Bulleit Kentucky bourbon, organic blueberries, and fresh basil at this “donut shop for grown-ups” is a delicious expression of Portland-style creativity. $2.50

Mee-Sen Thai Eatery

Don’t call yourself a true Stumptown foodie until you’ve crunched through a plate of Thai-style fried grasshoppers, or tak ka tan tod, at Mee-Sen. With a uniquely addictive flavor reminiscent of soft-shell crab, this happy hour option often sells out—so get there early. $5

Ned Ludd

For his decadent pork-skin noodles, chef Jason French took inspiration from San Francisco porcine prince Chris Costentino. Think rich, chewy strands, tossed with chanterelles, bacon, tomato, and fresh Parmesan. $14

PBJ’s Grilled

Leave it to a food cart to reinvent a lunchbox classic. Where else can you find a spicy Thai peanut butter sandwich featuring Sriracha, curry, orange marmalade, and basil leaves on sliced challah? $5.75   

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