Best Meals in the Pacific Northwest

The best meals in Washington and Oregon.

The PNW

With laid-back vibes and access to fresh seafood and local produce, even the most well-rounded foodie can try something new in Seattle, PortlandHood River and Bend. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

1. Poke at 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar in Seattle

“Honestly, we didn't expect to be a hidden-gem, or for things to blow up this fast.” Even John, the founder of this local's fish spot has been surprised by the rise of their unique convenience shop and poke bar combination. 

Read DRT's full story on John and 45th Stop N Shop.

A poke bowl being prepared at the 45th Stop and Shop Deli in Seattle for Dirt Road Travels
John Chung, 45th Stop N Shop Deli in Seattle
A poke bowl at the 45th Stop and Shop Deli in Seattle for Dirt Road Travels
Poke, Poke, Poke at 45th Stop N Shop, Seattle

2. The Prix Fixe at Le Pigeon in Portland

According to Tyler Malek, who co-founded Portland's most famous ice cream spot Salt & Straw, "If I have a friend in town, I try to make sure they get the full food experience and Le Pigeon is obligatory." So you heard it from the source, Le Pigeon is a Local Must when passing through Oregon. 

Le Pigeon's Chef Gabriel Rucker's recommendations for where to go in Portland.

Chef Gabriel Rucker at Le Pigeon
a dish at Le Pigeon in Portland Oregon for Dirt Road Travels
Le Pigeon, Portland

3. Oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle

Stop by Chef Renee Erickson's The Walrus and the Carpenter to sample a variety of oysters on their ever-changing menu. According to nearly every Seattleite we met, "You cannot find oysters of that quality anywhere else. Their service is always impeccable and the space is beautiful." 

Read the full story on Seattle's The Walrus and the Carpenter.

Oysters being shucked at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle for Dirt Road Travels
Shucking Oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter
oyster baskets at the Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle for Dirt Road Travels
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle

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4. Breakfast at White Salmon Baking Co in Hood River

30 year old Jure Poberaj says it best: “I love bread baking. It’s four ingredients, as simple as it gets, and you can come out with this delicious product that goes with every meal.” We'd say to opt for a classic baguette or to try out the Sprouted Emmer Bread, topped with barley flakes. 

Learn more about Jure and his favorite spots in Hood River.

Jure, owner of White Salmon Baking Co in Hood River Oregon for Dirt Road Travels
Jure Poberaj, Owner of White Salmon Baking Co.
Baguettes at White Salmon Baking Co., Hood River

5. Mediterranean at Ray in Portland

Top Chef Masters' Jenn Louis is as kind, talented and hard working as they come. She spearheads the Israeli-inspired, seasonal menu at Ray. “Portland's food scene is off the charts," she says, and you can read where she'd send her friends to eat and drink here. Any trip to Portland has to include a stop at Ray for a thirst quenching Mediterranean cocktail and some pita and hummus.

More about Jenn Louis and Ray.

Chef Jenn Louis at Ray in Portland Oregon for Dirt Road Travels
Chef Jenn Louis
a hummus dish at Ray in Portland Oregon for Dirt Road Travels
Ray, Portland

6. Everything at Wild Rose in Bend

Co-Owner Rosie Itti set out to build something special, inspired by her family's past. We'd argue there isn't a better bite of food in all of Oregon than the tasty soups, stews, and meals she's cooking up in Bend. 

Rosie won't take all the the credit though. 'My father, Paul Itti, is the chef. All of our recipes are passed down generationally from his side of the family. While I craft the menu, he's the brains behind the kitchen." 

Feast your eyes on Wild Rose.

Rosi Itti, Co-Owner at Wild Rose
Wild Rose, Bend

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