Photography by Karen Brooks

New American
Price Scale

At last, Vitaly Paley’s Imperial has found some swagger thanks to a surge of energy from newly promoted chef de cuisine Doug Adams, who emerged out of nowhere this fall as one of Portland’s hometown heroes on Top Chef: Boston. With Adams at his side, Paley’s kitchen now nails the things you’d hope for in a rustic downtown hotel dining room, from lunchtime pastas to happy hour steak frites, each sear, crust, and fry perfect. The house now also boasts a cult-worthy signature: Adam’s moist-meets-crunchy fried chicken, sided by Texas-sized watermelon chunks, pickled onions, jalapenos, roof-top honey, and the kitchen’s barrel-aged hot sauce. Even Top Chef judges, who typically act as if each dish was on trial at Nuremberg, swooned over this one.

Meal Times
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
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Good For
Business Lunch, Private Parties


410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97205
Downtown  •  503-228-7222
Breakfast: Mon-Fri, 6:30am - 11am Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11am - 2pm Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 5pm - 10pm Fri & Sat: 5pm - 11pm Brunch: Sat & Sun, 8am to 2pm