Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Restaurants and Food Carts

Here are a few of our many favorite places to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Choose between the traditional restaurant or join Portland’s maverick food cart scene and eat streetside!

Portland’s ‘Food Cart Culture’ is growing. You’ll find them in parking lots, on sidewalks, and sometimes even in parks – in groups or solo. A big variety of cuisines awaits you: Greek, Mediterranean, Polish, German,  Bosnian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, and many more. Special diet? Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free. All there! Check out for all the options. Food carts are a part of the culinary experience of Portland and they are a quick, cheap, and delicious! Perfect for travelers!



Nancy's Kitchen

Two short blocks from the hostel, Nancy's serves the traditional American breakfast - don't miss the homemade biscuits! 1611 NW Glisan St.

Sweet Basil

One block from the hostel. Delicious Thai food. 1639 NW Glisan St.

Mission Theater

Can't make up your mind between dinner or movie? Head down to the Mission Theater(1 block from hostel) and enjoy McMenamins pub fare and handcrafted ales and wines during the show. 1624 NW Glisan St.

On NW 21st Avenue

Blue Moon Tavern

American pub food, local microbrew, pool, and outdoor seating; only two short blocks from the hostel. 432 NW 21st Ave.


Yummy, melty sandwiches, cheerful atmosphere and a full bar! 716 NW 21st Ave. (between Irving & Johnson St.)
FREE large bucket of Parmesan Fries with any food purchase when you show your HI membership card.


Best Italian food happy hour in town. Everyday from 5pm - 10:30pm. Warm atmosphere, great wines! 410 NW 21st Ave. (& Flanders St.)

Beau Thai

Salad rolls, curry dishes and pad thai are their specialties. Many vegetarian options. 730 NW 21st Ave.

Laughing Planet Cafe

Delicious healthy fare: bowls, burritos, soups, and salad. All prepared from scratch, locally sourced, and affordable! 922 NW 21st Ave. (& Lovejoy St.)


Specializing in North & South Indian Cuisine. The daily Lunch Buffet is a great deal! 2074 NW Lovejoy St. (& NW 21st Ave.)

Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant

Authentic Moroccan food, with traditional seating and belly dancing. 1201 NW 21st Ave. (& Northrup)

On NW 23rd Avenue

Escape from New York Pizza

Portland's first New York style pizza by the slice shop. They make pizza how they like it, and they know what they are doing. 622 NW 23rd Ave.

Portland Bagel Company

Handcrafted, freshly baked bagels with local, fresh ingredients. If you are looking for a New York style bagel… Look elsewhere! 500 NW 23rd Ave.

Papa Haydn

Don't miss their excellent desserts. It's worth the wait - even late at night! 701 NW 23rd Ave.

Santa Fe Taqueria

Grab some delicious Mexican food in the taqueria, pick up a Magarita in the cantina, and take them outside to enjoy some people watching on popular NW 23rd Avenue. Check out their fiestas calendar (free salsa lessons, etc.). 831 NW 23rd Ave.

Nobhill Bar and Grill

In the mood for burgers? This is our favorite burger bar. Award-winning burgers, awesome happy hour, and serves food late. 937 NW 23rd Ave.

Kettleman Bagels

Portland’s original, traditionally baked, kosher, new york style boiled bagels. Right off NW 23rd Ave. 2314 NW Lovejoy St.


A popular neighborhood cafe with scrumptious meals. Breakfast is our favorite! 2301 Savier St.

PBJ's Food Cart

Ever heard of a Spicy Thai Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich? Try it! The friendly folks at this rare food cart come up with the most unusual but equally tasty combinations. 919 NW 23rd Ave.

Steppin' Stone Café

One block of bustling NW 23rd Avenue, this quaint café boasts a "local attitude" in its service. Put up with it – for the home cooking. 2390 NW Quimby St

The Pearl

Cha Cha Cha Taqueria

Reasonably priced Mexican fare, big portions. Try your burrito "wet"! A hostel staff favorite! 1208 NW Glisan St.

Jimmy Mak's

Life Jazz every night, good American & Greek food in their sit-down dinner or bar area. 221 NW 10th Ave.

Byways Café

This '50s Americana-themed diner dishes out the classics, with a twist. Breakfast and lunch. Show your HI card and receive a 10% discount! 1212 NW Glisan St.

The Whole Bowl Food Cart

Voted as best food cart of Portland by Willamette readers, the tali sauce is without doubt the Whole Bowl's secret weapon. The bowl consists of brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, sour cream, Tillamook cheddar, cilantro, and Tali Sauce. Open from 11am-ish to 2:30pm-ish. 1100 NW Glisan St. 1100 NW Glisan Street (7 blocks from the hostel)

Pearl Bakery

Needing a break from exploring the Pearl? Stop here for their big selection of pastries and baked goods, a nice cup of coffee, and their wonderful atmosphere. 102 NW 9th Ave.


The quintessential diner counter, serving breakfast and lunch. A locals' favorite. 136 NW 9th Ave.


Kenny & Zuke's

A Deli at its bests: pastramis, sandwiches, soups, .... 1038 SW Stark St.

The Roxy Diner

Open 24 hours. 1121 SW Stark St.

Sawasdee Thai Food Cart

Ceap, fast and good with generous portions. The chicken or tofu Pad See Ew and their seasonal pumpkin curry are addictive. Combine it with a Thai ice tea. Food cart parking lot at SW 10th Ave & SW Alder St.

The Original

Open late, until 2am 300 SW 6th Ave.