As the birthplace of gastronomical legend James Beard, it’s only fitting that Portland, Oregon, has a food scene chock-full of award-winning chefs like Andy Ricker and Naomi Pomeroy, as well as Vitaly Paley, whose hotel restaurant Imperial is a no-brainer for travelers seeking conveniently delicious food. Couple that with the city’s close proximity to nature, 60-plus breweries (more than any city in the world) and abundance of food carts (you’ll find more than 600 around town), and Portland is one destination planners should put on their list. The newest food-cart pod, Tidbit Food Farm and Garden, not only has a plethora of dining options, but also an on-site garden and produce stand, retail boutiques, a beer garden, fire pit and live music. Another crowd-pleaser is Andina, a family-run Peruvian restaurant a short walk from downtown with a large private dining space upstairs. It also has gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menus, making it an easy option to satisfy the dietary needs of everyone in the group.
> Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in caramelized fish sauce at Pok Pok
> Duck meatballs with prunes and orange gremolata at Imperial
> Lomo saltado (wok-fried beef with oyster sauce, garlic and aji amarillo) at Andina