Portland is a city with one of the most diverse amalgams of brilliantly prepared cuisines anywhere in the county. American comfort food, fresh farm-to-table, unique Thai or Vietnamese—the City of Roses has it all. And there is no better vehicle for showing off that range than between two pieces of bread. Here, the sandwiches you can’t miss when you visit Portland.
Who care about trends? A well-executed fried chicken sandwich will always have a place in our hearts (and bellies). This one features a crispy chicken breast, blue cheese slaw, pickled celery and chili mayo. Just make sure to get it with the spicy lacquer. It’s worth the extra couple bucks, and sends this already heavenly combination over the top.
The bread baked at this snug strip mall joint is so good, other restaurants use it to up their own sandwich games. If you can only get one thing, make it the BBQ pork banh mi. It’s a winning combination of sweet meat, bright vegetables, mayo, and perfect bread (of course). Oh, and did we mention that it will set you back just three dollars?