Cully Central's Lao beef jerky and papaya salad

Cully Central's Crispy Rice Salad

Photography by Courtesy Cully Central

Asian, Pub Grub
Price Scale

At Cully Central, a friendly little beer bar in the fast-growing Northeast Cully neighborhood, the suds are local and the food is from 7,000 miles away—from Laos, a small Southeast Asian nation sandwiched between Vietnam and Thailand. Pop by for lunch or dinner and you’ll see neighbors demolishing paper plates piled with grilled beef brisket and sticky rice, or tackling fiery papaya salad loaded with heady fish sauce between sips of Crux and Buoy drafts. The big screen TVs tune to ESPN or might stream videos of old hip hop. Kids tear around the blacktop patio outside, playing cornhole while nibbling on tasty, deep-fried Lao beef jerky. It’s not quite like anywhere else in town: a genuinely family-friendly sports bar with a trove of intense, authentic, unorthodox pub grub. Every table ought to just order nam khao crispy rice salad to share: a huge heap of super-crunched, cilantro- and curry-perfumed, lime-zinged rice mingled with shredded coconut and Lao cured pork. (You can order it vegan, too.) Load up a big lettuce leaf with the deep-fried goodness and crunch your way to heaven.

Meal Times
Dinner, Happy Hour, Lunch
Good to Know
Child Friendly, Counter Service, Outdoor Dining, Parking, Takeout
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Cully Central

4579 NE Cully Blvd, Portland, OR, 97218
11 am-9 pm Sunday-Thursday; 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday.