New bars and restaurants to try in Portland, OR

A table with colorful dishes and food

If this feast isn’t festive, we don’t know what is. | Photo via @chichapdx

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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.

The interior of a tap room with moon designs

The fried chicken sandwich is out of this world. | Photo via @eclipticbrewing

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.

A table with salad dishes

The employee-owned business is available to cater, too. | Photo via @cafeolli

Chicha | 1314 NW Glisan St.

Peruvian street food dazzles at this bright + colorful patioed spin-off of the renowned Andina. Order the salchipapa, you can thank us later.

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.

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