If you only have one night in town, this North Portland Thai barbecue spot is worth the (inevitable) wait. They don’t take reservations, but just make a night of it by having a drink in the bar area first, or by heading to The Box down the street for a cocktail in the meantime. The menu is full of hybrid dishes, like burnt-end brisket curry and baby-back ribs with Thai pickles, and “vacation drinks,” which you’ll realize are just tiki drinks once you see the ceramic blowfish they come in and mini-umbrellas.
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Nong's Khao Man Gai
Nong’s Khao Man Gai serves chicken and rice, along with a few other Thai dishes and fun cocktails, at their Southeast brick-and-mortar location.
Pok Pok is the super cool Thai restaurant that your older cousin who went to college in Portland always used to talk about. However, it’s still great.
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