Andrew Zimmern picks Portland’s top plates

Andrew Zimmern, Host of "Bizarre Foods"  © The Travel Channel, L.L.C. In the August issue of Food and Wine, Bizarre Food America host Andrew Zimmern reveals his 10 favorites dishes in Portland. Seems the affable chef sups here frequently visiting his resident parents.

He has tweeted from Eventide Oyster Co. (who hasn’t?) and even scoured Portland for odd edibles for a past Travel Channel episode. Now he makes his go-to meals in one of “America’s great restaurant cities,” known. Zimmern writes “I’m hard-pressed to think of a small town with as large of an impact on the country’s food scene.” And he has visited more than his share.

This bizarre entry is sure to turn heads: seared foie gras with millet granola from Central Provisions. “True eaters loved it, others didn’t.”

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Eventide’s bounty. Photo by Michael Piazza

Steamed lobster in succulent homemade buns at Eventide came next. “I get oysters, and those great Asian lobster rolls and potato chips, and finish with the monkfish bouillabaisse. Boom!”

Zimmern picked some surprising spots like the Small Axe Truck, which he singles out for its cheesebuger with gochujang, a cold-smoked beef burger on brioche with shishito peppers and said eponymous ketchup, that’s “truly the star of the operation.”

Nice nod to street eats, but how could he miss the Kobe cupcakes from newcomer Timber on Exchange Street? I downed these decadent sliders on July 4th and talk about fireworks. What did Zimmern miss? What’s your favorite Portland plates?

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.