The Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants in Portland, OR


From bizarre policies to unusual ingredients, Portland's culinary scene may be nationally known, but some places are just plain weird. With sexy pastries, cranky chefs and experimental dining experiences, dining in Portland runs the gamut from daring to delicious and is often both. Take a look at the places to eat that are doing their part to "Keep Portland Weird."

Tanuki combines the chef's training in fine dining with Asian dive bars. Be prepared to give yourself over to the power of the chef, who chooses the menu, where you sit and the cult Asian films that are shown. Just don't expect sushi or ask to split the bill and you'll survive the experience eating some of the most delicious food in the city. And don't even think about bringing the kids along for the adventure, which is totally worth some minor discomforts.

Voodoo Doughnut still has lines around the block, with tourists clamoring for a taste of the famous pastries. You'll find phallic donuts topped with favorite breakfast cereals and even a wedding package on the menu in the spookily wonderful donut shop.

Brunch Box isn't weird at first glance, serving burgers and sandwiches. But when the burgers are served between grilled cheese sandwiches, things start getting pretty crazy.

Sushi Mazi is one of best sushi places in the city. But a closer glance at the menu reveals some less traditional ingredients, ranging from grasshoppers to Pop Rocks.

The Blind Cafe isn't one of the places that want you to lose your other senses so that your focus is only on the food. At Portland's Blind Café, the communal experience is front and center as the diners interact with each other in a test of community. The Blind Café is all about experience and being present, so be sure to check out the details, including when and where the popup events are being held before you get excited about dining in the dark.

For good eats that you'll talk about for years to come, check out some of Portland's weirder spots.

Carly Zinderman is a freelance writer from Los Angeles that currently spends her time exploring Portland. She has written for many websites on topics including travel, food and drink.


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