Mother’s Bistro & Bar – Chosen “Restaurant of the Year” by Willamette Week, “Best Comfort Food,” “Best Brunch,” and “Best Lunch Spot” by Citysearch, and one of “America’s Top Restaurant Bargains” by Food and Wine Magazine, Mother’s Bistro & Bar serves up slow-cooked food in the heart of downtown Portland. Featuring authentic cooking from mothers around the world, signature dishes include pot roast, chicken and dumplings, meat loaf, and crab cakes, as well as featured dishes from a different mother each month. Everything is made from scratch using the best possible ingredients – great salads, soups, homemade biscuits and desserts, too. In addition to the sunny dining room, the separate cozy bar with chandeliers and gilded mirrors is perfect for pre- or post-theatre cocktails or late-night dining.
Hot Lips Pizza – HOTLIPS has been a family-owned business since making Portland’s first “gourmet” pizzas in 1984. In 2005 they began producing fresh fruit soda from the fruits and berries their farmers were growing. Today there are five pizzerias in Portland, a commissary kitchen, a soda brewing operation, a mobile oven that travels to farmers markets and to regional festivals, and a mobile soda set-up. Their mission is to preserve culture and celebrate humanity through our rich culinary traditions and by joining with others in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business.
Le Bistro Montage – Founded in 1992 in a converted Taco stand on SE Belmont, Le Bistro Montage was the vision of co-founders Jon Beckel and Daris Ray. Wanting to create a place where everyone could enjoy themselves and have a good meal, they hit the mark with Montage. Jon and his staff created a one of a kind place with simple, good food, a high quality selection of wine, and Rainier. Named Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 1992, Montage quickly outgrew the tiny digs and moved to its current location in the Central Eastside Industrial District under the Morrison Bridge. A new space saw the addition of the large custom paintings done by staff members, including the iconic Last Supper. The idiosyncratic décor also includes tin can lids patching the floor, lush fresh flowers, and the long communal tables Montage is known for.
Pine State Biscuits – Pine State Biscuits launched their kitchen at the bustling Portland Farmers Market in spring of 2006. Word caught on about the outdoor baking operation and in early 2008, Walt, Kevin, and Brian opened up a small biscuit shop on Belmont Ave. where folks can enjoy a wholesome breakfast or lunch 7 days a week, rain or shine. Take this mix of old-style Southern goodness and modern restaurant professionalism, throw in some Portland foodie sensibility, and you have Pine State Biscuits. Using only the freshest local ingredients, often straight from the farm, they built a following at the Portland Farmers Market with their golden Creamtop Buttermilk Biscuits served with sausage or mushroom gravy, thick-cut bacon, fried chicken, eggs, grits and preserves. — Paul Gerald
Carafe Bistro – Carafe, a Parisian-style bistro unique to Portland, features traditional bistro fare in a lively atmosphere. With a varied menu, elevated by the products from the many local food artisans and a wine list with equal offerings from France and the Northwest, Carafe satisfies the many who have lived or visited Paris as well as those who just wish they had.
Cafe Zupas – Café Zupas specializes in gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches using fresh and exotic ingredients in a fast-casual setting. Opening its doors in 2004, there are now eleven restaurants in Utah with a new Phoenix location opening in December 2011. Café Zupas has won 13 Best-of-State awards over six consecutive years. Our menu offers ten homemade soups, twelve exotic salads, seven Paninis, and five Gourmet Sandwiches. In addition, the Café Zupas Drink Bar offers sixteen different types of soda, Crystal Light, and Italian Soda flavorings. Add to that the soup mix-ins and hot sauces, the 58 ingredients for the “Create Your Own Salad” and the weekly specials, and the options become practically limitless. We finish every meal with our signature Belgian chocolate-dipped strawberry. Additionally, there is a fabulous dessert menu featuring seasonal specialties. Stop in and enjoy our eclectic mix of extraordinary fresh food and appreciation for culture and environment.