Every day, the kitchen at Mama Leo's Restaurant orchestrates an innovative menu of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine using exotic spices, colors, and flavors. Relying on authentic recipes passed down through the generations in a tightly sealed treasure chest, cooks prepare dishes ranging from top-round beef with fried plantains or tilapia in coconut sauce to vegetarian offerings, such as arepa—cheese-stuffed cornmeal cakes. On Saturday mornings, they shake up the menu with traditional breakfast soups and cheese empanadas. The kitchen also prepares several vegan and gluten-free items. The fragrant spices of tropic climes fill the restaurant's tiny storefront, creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere. Though the space is decorated with only a few paintings, accents such as flowers in vases lend a homey feel.
Founded by passionate nutritionist and Western Culinary Institute graduate Julie Merry, The Merry Kitchen is geared toward teaching healthy, seasonal cooking to students of all ages. Each class holds eight to 10 kids, ensuring all junior chefs will receive a high level of attention. Upcoming subjects include the science of baking Disney Princess Dishes for kids ages 5–10 on July 10 and the art of Off to College Quick Meals for teens ages 16–18 on July 25. Most classes run two hours and include all necessary materials. Check out the calendar for an overview of upcoming classes.
The Special burger didn’t need fancy add-ons like quail eggs or aioli to earn its place among Portland’s elite burgers. The fresh ground chuck patty has enough going for it, blanketed with cheese, ham, bacon, and egg. Served in a no-frills basket, it has wowed critics with its delicious simplicity.
NEPO 42’s massive burgers are hard to miss, but why would you want to? Made of house-ground beef (or veggies) and served on a sesame brioche roll with all the requisite condiments, cheddar, and applewood-smoked bacon, the burgers are reportedly as delicious as they are huge. Just make sure yours doesn’t block the view of Trail Blazers games, which make regular appearances.
Best Pizza in Portland - hands down! Amalfi's pizza crust, as well Garlicky tomato sauce, are original recipes and house-made daily. Some of their most popular menu items (besides pizza) are Lasagna, Penne Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiano & Pesto Penne. Mmmm!!
Oh...and their House Garlic Bleu Cheese Dressing is KICKIN!
Johanna Ware hails from New York’s famous Momofuku restaurants, and she brings their trademark creative edge to Smallwares. It’s a fusion spot that highlights Korean, Japanese, and Chinese fare, and Johanna calls the cuisine deliberately “inauthentic.” She won’t succumb to limits imposed by tradition—there’s no right and wrong way, only a tasty way. Judging by the accolades she’s received, including being named Eater PDX’s Best Chef of 2012, the people agree.