With only 24 seats tucked behind a bookcase inside of Paadee, reservations at Langbaan are notoriously hard to come by, but that’s because just about everyone wants a taste of Chef Earl Ninnsom’s intimate Thai tasting menu. Ninnsom’s inventive menu focuses on regional Issan cuisine and is a testament to Portland’s rise as global food destination.
Named the Oregonian’s Best Restaurant of 2016, Le Pegion is Portland fine dining at its best with one of the city’s most talented chefs, Gabriel Rucker, at the helm. Serving a rotating menu of French fare around communal tables in a tightly packed corner restaurant, Le Pegion is a revered gem among the Portland food scene.
Ox, oh Ox. Brought to us by James Beard Award-winning duo, Chefs Greg and Gabrielle Denton, Ox spoils Portlanders to the wood-fired grilling tradition of Argentina. With an emphasis on prime local meats, Ox overdelivers on its produce portion of the menu as well, making this award-winning restaurant a winner among meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Minutes from Sentinel’s front doors on Alder Street sits Multnomah Whiskey Library, a legendary whiskey bar reminiscent of The Quaich bar in the small Scottish town of Craigellachie where the Scottish whisky trail truly begins. Offering far more than Scotch with an exhaustive collection of major and little-known spirits from around the world, The Multnomah Whiskey Library has pushed the limits of what a Portland craft cocktail bar can be. With it, nothing is off limits.
A few blocks away, acclaimed barman Jeffery Morgenthaler turns out one of the city’s best blended grasshoppers at his subterranean speakeasy, Pepe Le Moko. Attesting to the notion that bigger isn’t always better, Pepe Le Moko makes room for only 42 seats, putting this bar among some of the smallest in Portland and undoubtedly on the don’t miss list.
Joining Pepe Le Moko among Portland’s small bars with big names, Angel Face wows bar patrons with a thrillingly feminine interior and no cocktail menu to speak of. Bartenders of this boozy French drinkery craft cocktails matched to the mood, flavor preferences and eccentricities of the one doing the ordering. The success of this charming little bar hinges partly on its clientele knowing what they like and having faith in those behind the bar.
From Wild Fang, an androgynous streetwear line launched by former Nike brand marketer, Emma Mcilroy, to indie record label and handcraft retail concept, Tender Loving Empire, Portland is brimming with independent brands worth supporting while in town (plus the shopping is tax-free).
Among the ranks of our favorite Portland-based brands are Portland Gear and Bridge & Burn for their laidback PNW apparel; Jacobsen Salt Co., whose eastside tasting room doubles as the company’s production warehouse once their Oregon sea salt has been harvested and processed at their saltworks in Netarts Bay; Smith Teamaker whose small batch, whole leaf teas are proudly available across all Provenance Hotels; and Rejuvenation for its retro-styled home fixtures that are frequently spotted in bars and eateries around town.