Discovering great food is, for some, as exciting as the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the early 19th-century trek by United States settlers to the west coast. For today’s restaurant diners, the bounty of regional Pacific Northwest foods presents a similar adventure, attainable at the following picks for where to eat clean in Portland:
Chef: Earl Hook
Chef Earl Hook relocated to Portland to advance his craft to the next level with the region’s world-class organic produce, pasture-grazed meats, coastal seafoods and even fine local olive oils. Dishes are infused with global influences such as Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Mexican and even Indonesian, all applied with a farm-to-table sensibility. meriwethersnw.com
Chef: Chris DiMinno
Clyde Common occupies an inviting space adjacent to the Ace Hotel, a favorite boutique hotel in Portland’s downtown area. The casual tavern-like restaurant serves a menu of European-style foods with a heavy emphasis on vegetable-based dishes, soups and small plates. It’s also a popular lunch and happy hour gathering spot.
The Farm Cafe
Owners: Fearn Smith/Guy Weigold
The Farm Cafe in Southeast Portland is a staple among diners who wish to eat clean while enjoying locally sourced foods and a relaxed environment. Dishes include a Farm House Veggie Burger, a rotation of fresh fish offerings from coastal Oregon and seasonal salads.
Chef: Dolan Lane
Located in Southeast Portland’s industrial district, Clarklewis incorporates Italian- and French-inspired flavors with foods from Pacific Northwest producers, including fresh pastas and Alaskan halibut with braised fennel and gold potatoes. Organic vegetables, fruits and regionally sourced meats and fish combine for seasonal flavors during lunch, happy hour and dinner services. clarklewispdx.com