Not too long ago, only the people that lived in North Portland were familiar with Mississippi Avenue. But, thanks to a whole lot of development, the neighborhood is flourishing and quickly becoming a happening destination for shoppers, diners, and artsy locals and tourists alike.
Tacos are the star here, but Por Que No also makes other delicious Mexican dishes. Try the tamales and the Bryan's bowl, which is a lovely mixture of meat, rice, beans, and sauce, served with tortillas or chips. Be prepared to wait in line and hover over people if there are no available tables.
If fresh and healthy ingredients are your thing, Laughing Planet will make you a very happy person. The menu is made up of burritos and bowls (same ingredients, no tortilla) but the fare isn't exactly Mexican. Once you accept that, you'll appreciate the unique items, such as the Bubba, which includes turkey, beans, corn and BBQ sauce. Laughing Planet also offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, plus smoothies and baked goods.
Even though Portland is filled to the brim with Thai restaurants, this one is certainly worth trying. It's very casual -- pick up your meal and bring it home or stop by for a midday lunch. It's reasonably priced, too. The noodle dishes are especially delicious. Be sure to ask for spicy if you want a bit of kick.
Fans of the Delta Cafe in SE Portland will be pleased with this North Portland outpost. Miss Delta serves up traditional Southern and New Orleans-inspired fare, from Po Boys to shrimp creole and yummy sides like mac 'n cheese and red beans and rice. They have a great cocktail menu, too!
Big portions and spot-on prices make tables at Gravy worth waiting for on the weekends. Specializing in breakfast with a creative twist, Gravy's popular choices include biscuits and gravy (go figure), oatmeal brulee, and some super-delicious homefries. This place is kid-friendly, too, so bring 'em if you've got 'em.
OK, so it's not really food -- but great coffee is essential to culinary happiness, and the baristas here know how to brew the perfect cup. Not to mention there's Wi-Fi, too. This is a great place to while away a few hours, people watching or socializing.