For Portland's Best Eats, Head to the ‘Burbs
Some of Portland’s best eats lie just beyond the city limits: Beaverton boasts the best bibimbap, Gresham es el rey del taco and now Lake Oswego is home to the best new culinary destination in Portland metro—Mercato Grove.
Mercato Grove, a residential and retail hub, offers up a collection of trendy dining options familiar to downtown residents: Lardo, Grassa, FILLS, Oven & Shaker, Lac St. Jack, and Tasty. And the best part is, now you don’t have to go downtown to enjoy them. Bonus: free on-site parking.
Mercato Grove is also an emerging event hub with weekly family-friendly events, like the ongoing Sunday series featuring live music. And there are events better suited for two, like the recent Tour de Vins, an indulgent four-course dinner with expert wine pairings at Lac St. Jack.
Day or night, you can stop by Mercato Grove for an exciting dining experience thanks to the eight unique dining and quick-service concepts housed at this one address. So whether you’re Team Happy Hour or Team Brunch, there’s always something to satisfy.
“You can come any time of day and there’s always going to be an interesting menu available,” said Natalia Toral, Community & Events Manager for Mercato Grove.
Early birds get first pick at FILLS, a family-friendly donut shop founded by Chef Katherine Benvenutti. The unexpected flavor combinations make these donuts a can’t-miss treat. Clean Juice has a refreshing selection of cold-pressed juice and smoothies. Or if you’re a “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” type – swing by Ovation Coffee & Tea for a perfectly poured latte or a Moroccan mint tea.
Prefer a pour that’s a bit stronger? Oven & Shaker, owned by Aviation Gin founder, Ryan Magarian, serves an incredibly diverse cocktail menu to complement the kitchen’s oven-kissed, wood-fired pizzas. And there is also a slew of happy hour deals like $4 pints at Lardo every day from 3pm to 6pm. In addition to frosty brews, Lardo serves up artisan sandwiches made with old-world techniques, contemporary flourishes, and a gonzo approach.
Another standout dining opportunity is Tasty, the latest incarnation of the beloved Portland establishment, Tasty Restaurant Group, now under new ownership. The new Mercato Grove location combines menu standouts and fan faves from the previous five locations and adds a bevy of fun and innovative, family-style offerings.
Those looking for a more elevated dining experience can’t miss Lac St. Jack, Chef Aaron Barnett’s take on the humble excellence of rustic French cuisine. Or for the ultimate comfort, grab a bowl of homemade pasta at Grassa, try the famous pork belly mac and cheese or the fried egg topped bucatini carbonara. On a lighter note: the kale salad is not to be discounted.
Finish off the night with a sweet treat. Donuts aren’t only for early risers, FILLS is open until 8pm for donuts and soft serve or a Boozy Sundae (adults only!)
Starting in May, FILLS will be hosting a weekly Sundae Jams series with live music and free spirit, beer, or wine tasting on their outdoor patio. Alongside regularly scheduled events, mark your calendar for special and unusual events like the upcoming 2nd Annual Doggy Fashion Show benefitting Portland’s Pixie Project. These haute dogs will be hitting the catwalk on Saturday, June 4 from 1:00-4:00pm.
Toral describes this hot spot as, "One part luxury apartments and one part incredible restaurants and events. Mercato Grove residents can come downstairs and enjoy the best dining in town without leaving their address.” Toral explained, “And we have plenty of free onsite parking so non-residents can get in on the action too.”
So go on, enter your furrend in the Dog Fashion Show. Grab a bite. Have a jam. Good for date night, family day, and everything in between. Get yourself to Mercato Grove—it’s all here.
You can learn more about the happenings at Mercato Grove here.