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.

By Karen Brooks July 1, 2014 Published in the July 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

Bartender Brandon Gomez at Ned Ludd’s Weekly hip-hop and pizza–fueled P.R.E.A.M.

So, you've read the backstory of Portland's vibrant counter culture pop-up scene and want to get in on the action? We've got the juicy details.


Intimate speakeasy with artful, old-school Thai tasting menu, inside PaaDee. Thu–Sat, $40–60. facebook.com/langbaankitchen, reservations at [email protected] or 971-344-2564


With experiential tasting menus and tea service, Ryan Roadhouse reconsiders Japanese fine dining. Every other week, changing locations, $85; nodoguropdx.com.

Holdfast Dining 

At KitchenCru, Europe’s new wave meets “Howdy, Portland!” in seven to 19 striking courses. Thu–Sat, $90; holdfastdining.com.


Vitaly Paley re-creates scenes straight outta Belarus with forgotten foods of former Soviet republics at his Portland Penny Diner. Monthly, starting June 12, $65; imperialpdx.com.


Two dudes do molecular gastronomy at KitchenCru. Quarterly dinners, $75–85 (wine included); facebook.com/TenTopPDX, reservations at [email protected] 


Locavore pizza and dance-party rap, a.k.a. what happens when a line cook is crowned king of Ned Ludd for the day. Monday nights, pizzas $15–16; nedluddpdx.com (no reservations)

Thali Supper Club 

Communal Indian feasts with nostril-flaring curries and regional themes. Monthly, changing locations, $65–75 (BYOB); thalisupperclub.com


Ten courses of foraged modernism on custom-made plates from former Castagna vets. Monthly, changing locations, $100 (wine included); nomadpdx.com 

The Table at Yamhill 

Clandestine, creative, loosely themed feasts in a Southwest Portland loft. Once or twice a month, $45 (BYOB); thetableatyamhill.com

Limited Company 

Andrew Mace and Nora Antene, two birds from Le Pigeon’s crew, soar with 12–14 courses of whimsical, minimalist eating at word-of-mouth locations. Tentatively monthly, $80–90; reservations at [email protected]

The Farmer’s Feast

Four courses of locally grown grains (the next obsession in farm-to-table eating); each dinner showcases a new star, buckwheat to red fife. Monthly at Tabor Bread Café, $35; taborbread.com/news-events

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