As much digital ink gets spilled for Portland's hottest restaurants and bars, it's often in service of rehashing, reiterating, and reinforcing what patrons already know or have read elsewhere: Yes, Nosh's bacon-dusted fries are good. Of course Novare Res has a killer beer selection. But even a relatively small and picked-over menu, like that at Duckfat, can hide gems. Here, we shine a light on five items that we feel have been missed at some of Portland's most talked-about locales.
Naturally, we want to hear from readers, too: Is there an underrated menu item at a popular restaurant (whether in Portland or elsewhere in the state) that you cherish? If you don't talk it up, it might disappear. Case in point: Blue Rooster's Red Eye breakfast sandwich (described by Meredith Goad as "'somebody slap me' good"), which co-owner Ilma Lopez says disappeared because the sandwich's limited success wasn't worth the work it took to prep the housemade ingredients each morning. Hit the comments section or share via the tipline, please.
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