Portland restaurants featured on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

The Mayor of Flavortown has gotten a taste of the Rose City on many occasions.

A signed "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" poster shows Guy Fieri and his message to Matt's BBQ, which says "Keep smokin'."

From his spray painted visage to signed posters, Guy Fieri always leaves his mark on the restaurants he visits.

Photo by @mattsbbqpdx

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If you know anything about restaurateur and TV personality Guy Fieri, you know he’s got a taste for big flavors that won’t break the bank. The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Flavortown” has ventured to Portland many times for his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to give his flamin'-hot seal of approval to local restaurants.

At home (or on the road) there’s always more “DDD” to explore, but now we’re leading the tour. Here are five of our favorite local spots that Fieri visited.

Employees of Otto's Sausage Kitchen stand behind a meat display.

You’ll find friendly faces behind the counter and often on the grill out front.

Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market

All the way back in the “Go-To Joints” episode of Season 6, Fieri paid a visit to this family-owned Woodstock restaurant that’s been crafting sausages and bratwursts for nearly five generations. He tried the “tender and creamy” old-fashioned hot dogs and crushed a pastrami sandwich.

A plate of noodles from Frank's Noodle House.

Dishes are made with lamian, a soft wheat flour Chinese noodle.

Frank’s Noodle House

Fieri got a lesson in hand pulling noodles from chef Frank Fong in “Aces of Authenticity,” Season 18, before slurping down a plate with marinated chicken. You can find a second location in Beaverton.


The Smoked & Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich comes with pimento cheese and Mama Lil’s relish.

P’s & Q’s Market

“Top-notch” were the words Fieri used to describe the tomato gravy slathered on homemade buttermilk biscuits at this homey spot in the Woodlawn neighborhood. See the vibe on “From Port to Port” during Season 25.

A tray of sausages, brisket, mac and cheese, pickled veggies and hot sauces at Matt's BBQ.

There’s always room on the tray for sides at Matt’s BBQ.

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Matt’s BBQ

Your stomach will go pitter platter for the oak-smoked, Texas-style meats served up at this food truck off of North Mississippi Avenue. On “Mega Mouthfuls” in Season 26, Fieri tried the onion and garlic glazed spare ribs which he called “pull-apart tender.”

Viking Soul Food co-owners Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels laugh outside their restaurant.

Co-owners Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels expanded with a Woodstock brick-and-mortar location in 2022.

Viking Soul Food

Savory Scandinavian flavors brought Fieri to The Bite on Belmont food carts in “From Vikings to Wings,” Season 32. There, he dug into a meatball lefse wrap topped with surkal (pickled purple cabbage) and a gravy made with gjetost, a Norwegian caramelized cheese. True to claim, it’s “fuel for the champions of Valhalla.”

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