Best New Restaurants 2019

Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2019

Asian flavors—wild to traditional—ruled the day, a scotch destination was born, vegan fine dining got serious, and two bakeries cracked our list. And that’s just a taster of 2019. Pull up a seat.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best New Restaurants 2019

Berlu Serves the Most Unpretentious Pretentious Tasting Menu in Town

Chef Vince Nguyen’s Zen-modernist menus find beauty in everyday things.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks

Best New Restaurants 2019

Bullard’s Doug Adams Is More Than Fried Chicken

The celeb chef finds his own brand of Lone Star–meets–Beaver State cooking at his meaty hotel restaurant.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Scotch Lodge Is Portland Monthly’s Bar of the Year 2019

At Tommy Klus’s whiskey den, a daring menu lives up to the (rare, illuminating, transcendent) booze.

10/18/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Best New Restaurants 2019

Bella’s Italian Bakery and Market Is a Stealth Red Sauce Haven

The Lents bakery—a destination for killer cannoli and sfogliatelle—also does weekly pizza and lasagna nights.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Portland Monthly’s Restaurateur of the Year 2019 is Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom

How the man behind Eem, Hat Yai, and Langaan rocketed from a rookie Thai cook to Portland’s most influential food player.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks

Best New Restaurants 2019

Radical Thinking, Southeast Asian Rarities, and Heart Make Gado Gado Our Rising Star Restaurant 2019

Come for the salty-funky smoked pork shank, stay for the Capt’n Crunch–covered pandan waffle puffs.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Locavore Upstart Farm Spirit Has Evolved into a Legit Vegan Fine Dining Destination

There’s nothing else quite like it in America.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks

Best New Restaurants 2019

Eem is Portland Monthly’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year

Meaty, spicy-sweet, and ridiculously fun, Thai tiki barbecue is what we need in 2019.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks

Entertaining Guide

Say So Long to Summer with a Block Party for the Whole Fam

Plus: a cooler-ready, pomegranate-infused spin on a Paloma.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Entertaining Guide

Portland Monthly's 2018 Chef of the Year Will Make You Dinner in Your Own Kitchen

Yep, Karl Holl makes house calls.

08/27/2019 By Karen Brooks

Entertaining Guide

4 Super Sweet Local Dessert Experiences for Your Next Shindig

From boozy ice pops to torched-to-order s'mores and cotton candy art, here's who makes the good stuff.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Entertaining Guide

Roll Your Own Pasta in a Feminist Party Pad

The Nightwood Society—run by a cabal of badass ladies—hosts interactive parties, bubbly included.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Restaurant Review

Is Eem Portland’s Best New Restaurant Right Now?

A trio of Portland talents bring Thai cooking, Texas ‘cue, and tropical vibes to the table.

08/27/2019 By Karen Brooks Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Long Story Short

Meet the 78-Year-Old Oregon Hunter Who Says He's Never Had to Buy a Piece of Meat

“If you’re gonna kill an animal, don’t waste it.”

08/27/2019 By Hannah Wallace Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Editor's Note

We Tried to Find All the Ways to Throw a Party in Portland

Our September issue is devoted to helping you plan the perfect bash—for any occasion.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Restaurant Review

Scotch Lodge is Portland’s Best New Bar

Tommy Klus brings world class whiskey to the people.

07/24/2019 By Karen Brooks Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Food Event Spotlight

PoMo Food Critic Karen Brooks to Interview Salt & Straw’s Tyler Malek

The two will dive deep into the ice cream mogul’s new cookbook at Powell’s Books.

05/03/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Breakfasts 2019: Editor's Note

Parenting 101: Take Your Kid to Breakfast

The bulk of my relationship with my daughter has been built over dim sum and gigantic diner pancakes.

04/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke