There’s only so much time anyone wants to spend in the kitchen during the holidays — especially when relatives are in town. Besides, Portland’s culinary scene is a great way to impress visitors, so why not take them to some of the new bars, restaurants + food trucks that have opened since they were last here?
Bars + Breweries:
Holy Ghost Bar | 4101 SE 28th Ave.
This laidback neighborhood haunt specializes in agave (inspired by a plant across the street) and other fun, unpretentious cocktails like the “5 Minute Ramos Gin Fizz” + “Bubble Gum Sour.” Oh, and … keep an eye out for the feral peacock.
Moon Room | 930 SE Oak St.
Fans of Ecliptic Brewing’s galactic brews can land their rocket at the recently-opened Southeast Portland location — an adults-only taproom with 30 taps + a full-production brewery dedicated to lagers.
Brewery26 | 818 SE Ankeny St.
Though not entirely a newcomer, this purveyor of small batch, Northwest-style beers recently moved to a different location with a more industrial vibe.
Restaurants + Food Carts:
Cafe Olli | 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Everything from the pizza to the pavlova is handmade with locally-sourced farm goods. It’s also open all day (Thurs.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.), to satisfy your cravings whenever they strike.
Chicha | 1314 NW Glisan St.
Baon Kainan | 4311 NE Prescott St.
Owners Ethan + Geri Leung bring a unique perspective to Filipino food, offering traditional dishes like sinigang (shrimp in a light savory + sour soup with bok choy, radish, and tomatoes) and the less-conventional kare kare fries that delight dedicated customers.