It’s getting cold out there and if you’ve been craving soul-warming comfort food you should keep this Portland Restaurant list on hand! We’ve thoughtfully selected six of our favorite places to get a healthy, satisfying, delicious warm meal that will keep you fueled through the upcoming chilly winter days! Read on to find out more.

photo Alexandra E Rust via flickr

The Observatory
This comfortable neighborhood restaurant makes an effort to offer you an interesting and unique menu. There are plenty of options for carnivores and vegetarians at the Observatory. Prepare for some mouthwatering as you peruse their menu.  The Chicken Salad with Crispy Bacon prepared with roasted corn, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes is filling, tasty, and healthy. It will leave you wanting to lick your plate clean. If you’re feeling like something with a more traditional twist try the Andouille Mac N’ Cheese served with broccoli and Andouille sausage. Another favorite is the Chicken Linguine with Pesto Cream. It’s scrumdiliumcious. Don’t forget to save space because the desserts are divine!

8115 SE Start Street
Mon. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sat. 9 a.m.-Midnight
Sun. 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.

photo Jules via Flickr

Laughing Planet
Laughing Planet is a quick service café serving you and your family nutritious and delicious food. The vibrant artwork and tabletop dinosaurs draws your little ones in immediately. With an extensive menu that offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, nut free, or carnivorous fare there’s something for the whole family here. Most products are locally sourced and GMO free. Select from a large variety of tasty burritos, quesadillas, hearty bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, and house made cookies.

They now have 10 locations in the Portland Metro area.


Atlas Pizza
Atlas Pizza is relatively new in town and we are so happy they arrived! With three pinball cabinets, a changing table in the bathroom, vegan pizza options, and build your own pie selection it’s a local family favorite with an old school vibe. This pizza joint has a simple yet creative menu, interesting atmosphere, and friendly staff. Beware before ordering the housemade sausage topping; it’s delicious, served in crumbles, and spicy!  The garlic knots are vegan, soft, perfectly chewy, and absolutely scrumptious. This casual and tasty restaurant is a perfect place to make your family’s pizza dreams come true.

3570 SE Division
Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m.- Midnight

710 N Killingsworth
Mon.-Fri- 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. Noon- 10 p.m.


photo Adam via flickr

If eating a sugar free diet is important to your family then you understand how challenging it can be to dine out. At Harlow everything is sweetened with maple syrup or agave leaving you completely guilt free to order anything from the menu. Harlow promises your family fresh, conscious, gluten free cuisine. The Little Dragon Bowl is perfect for kids and is served with rice or quinoa, beans, avocado, & your choice of sauce. If that’s too heathy try the Mac & Cheese served with kale! If you want to keeping things simple try the Warrior Smoothie. Its silky smooth flavor will leave the kids slurping up the last sips!

3632 SE Hawthorne St.

Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Boke Bowl
If you’re on the hunt for a modern yet original ramen you must try Boke Bowl. This is a perfect spot for a chilly rainy evening. The ramen warms you to the core and is both rich and flavorful. The Eastside location is set up cafeteria style with shared tables and tall ceilings; it’s cozy and aesthetically pleasing. The food is nourishing, satisfying, and reasonably priced. For $6 you can get the kids a bowl of homemade savory ramen. For all the gluten free eaters out there you can easily substitute yam noodles in any bow! In addition to their regular menu you can come in on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m.-9.p.m. for a family style Korean fried chicken meal.

1200 NW 18th St.
1028 SE Water Ave.
Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

photo Pranjal Mahna via flickr

Foster Burger
Burger and Fries oh my! Foster Burger serves all natural, grass-fed, hormone free, locally raised beef and lamb. Their turkey is NW raised from Norbest Farms and all of the burgers are served on fresh baked Seasame Brioche Buns from Philippe’s Bakery. Go ahead… indulge. The fries are both crunch and soft in all the best ways and the poutine has the most divine vegetarian gravy. Try a classic style burger let your adventurous side take over and opt for the Cattail Creek Forager served with portobella mushrooms, grilled onions, chevre, and arugula.

5339 SE Foster Rd
Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where does your soul-warming comfort food come from? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta