Portland’s Best Five Must-Try Chicken

What is it about chicken that mankind is so obsessed with?  Is it the crispiness, char on the skin, or the sauce that you put on?  You may have a different answer from mine and the truth may be deep and philosophical.  PDX Blog complied a list of top must-try chicken in Portland.  There may be better chicken out there but these five are unique and amazing chicken in Portland that people should really try.  It could be a life changing experience. Who knows?

Screen Door

Screen Door

Photo from Yelp

Screen Door is probably the most famous and rated restaurant in Portland, OR. It’s on the list of most people living in Portland metro and beyond.  You will not find this place without lines outside the door.  It’s located on NE 24th Ave and Burnside in Kerns neighborhood.  Get there early and eat the soul-healing and overwhelmingly large fried chicken dish with a waffle on the bottom.  Also get some of their praline bacon strips.  They are crunchy heaven in your mouth.

Pollo Norte
Pollo NorteThis is a rotisserie chicken joint with Mexican flavors.  The place is in NE Portland on NE 42nd Ave & near Killingsworth.  It’s in Concordia neighborhood but on the border with Cully.  The trip is definitely worth it if you are from other areas.  The Mexican rotisserie chicken concept is somewhat unfamiliar but it’s similar to other Latin style rotisserie chicken.  It is broiled in a traditional rotisserie oven and its drippings flavor a pile of cooked cabbages underneath.  The chicken comes with three amazing salsas including tomatillo, roja, and sweet habanero as well as some delicious hand-made tortillas.  They sell about four different side dishes too including rice, beans, cole slaw, and potatoes.

Pollos a La Brasa El Inka

Photo from Yelp

Photo from Yelp

El Inka is a Peruvian style chicken place in Gresham.  What is the difference from Pollo Norte one might ask.  Style wise, Peruvian rotisserie chicken are seasoned slightly differently.  Moreover, side dishes are different. Peruvian chicken typically comes with steam rice, french fries or salad.  I think the biggest difference between El Inka and Pollo Norte is the fact that El Inka is a wood-fire rotisserie.  You will get the smell and and flavors of wood char in your chicken.  It’s simply amazing.

Pok Pok
Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce WingsPok Pok is probably the most well-known restaurant in Portland and nationally due to Andy Ricker’s celebrity chef status.  He is seen on food TV shows a lot and he is the creator of this Northern Thai restaurant.  It now has two different locations but the one on Division in Richmond neighborhood is the mother ship.  At Pok Pok, the most popular dish is Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings.  These heavenly chicken wings are deep fried after dusted with rice flour and mixed with their sweet and tangy sauce made out of fish sauce, sugar and garlic.  It is a very punchy and bold dish so some people do find it a little overwhelming but it’s an addition for most.

Chicken and Guns

Chicken and Guns

Photo from The Oregonian

This newbie food cart establishment grab the chicken by its beak when they decided to doll out some of the best chicken plates in the city.  Their love for chicken (and perhaps also firearms) is quite evident in their name.  Chicken and Guns is located on SE 12th & Hawthorne in Buckman neighborhood.  This is a Latin-inspired chicken grilled over oak and mesquite topped with a variety of fresh condiments and a happy sunny-side-up fried egg on top.  Whoever said the phrase “put an egg on it” is overplayed is probably driving through this phase a little too fast.  It’s the best thing still.

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