When it comes to food, the affluent Westside suburbs get far more attention than the Eastside. No, Gresham doesn’t get offshoots of popular Portland restaurants, destination food cart pods, or splashy taprooms.
What it does have is a mix of longstanding casual faves, a robust Mexican food scene — see Where to Find Next-Level Tacos in Gresham,— and Ethiopian, Lao, Lebanese food, and more, tucked into strip malls and side streets.
While there may be a tendency to wave off everything east of the 205 as Gresham, the actual Portland-Gresham border doesn’t start until 162nd Street, which this map uses as a guideline. A new and improved East Portland map is in the works, so Eastside residents and boosters are encouraged to chime in on future picks.
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.