Paul Bunyan looming in Kenton.

Nathan Williams/Eater Portland

Portlanders who’ve ridden the Max’s yellow line far enough north will fondly remember their first glimpse of the towering Paul Bunyan statue that anchors the urban village of Kenton. While Kenton is infrequently a destination for folks from other neighborhoods, much less out-of-towners (particularly now that the legendary Dancin’ Bare is bare no more), the small Kenton main street is loaded with unpretentious gems that keep local residents sticking close to home on most days. Dig in below for Oaxacan standards, morning coffee spots, casual pizzerias, and more. For additional North Portland dining, check out our St. Johns, Mississippi, and Arbor Lodge maps.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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