Pok Pok Restaurant
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- Pok Pok RestaurantAug 05, 2014
This is not simply a restaurant. It's an eating experience -- and a highly affordable one. In a city, Portland, known for its vast variety of ethnic cuisines, Pok Pok stands out because it virtually duplicates the kinds of things you would get on the streets of Bangkok -- it's famous street food. The owner spent years there learning the recipes for that great grub, and now he's sharing what he learned with the people of Portland at his two Northeast restaurants. Don't go expecting to find Pad Thai of anything else on the menu of your standard cookie-cutter Thai restaurant. I have never tasted a sweetened glass of vinegar at any of them. Pok Pok has it. Go and be delighted. Everyone else has.
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jul 13, 2014
Delicious, updated and modern, but still traditional Thai food. All extremely fresh tasting. Staff very eager to explain dishes and make recommendations. Dishes average between 9-15 dollars. You'll want to try a lot of different things and sharing dishes seems to be the norm. Pok Pok is known for its wings, but that's hardly the extent of their greatness. This shot is of their flank steak salad, which is incredible. If you feel like sampling multiple dishes it can get expensive fast, so be aware of that. My last bill with one other person was $72 and that was only with two alcoholic beverages included. Great food. Lots of speciality cocktails. A Portland must.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Mar 31, 2014
If you love Thai food, you have to come here. Expect a wait, but it will be well worth it. If you can hold your own on spicyness, even better. Especially when it comes to the papaya salad. Drink, food, atmosphere...you really can't go wrong!
TIP: If there's a long wait, you can get a drink at the bar down the street! They're connected to the restaurant so you can even order some of the items from PokPok's menu ;)Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6May 18, 2014
After a recent Parent-Teacher Conference, I picked my Son up and asked him where he wanted to go for Lunch. He started describing previous incredible "Thai" dining experience of which my first reaction was - Pok Pok? His immediate reaction was: Yes! How did you know? My response? Dads have eyes in the back of their head. :)
It's almost been 2 years since I had Lunch at Pok Pok. The Kid and I arrived at just before the opening time of 11:30 and there was already a hungry group that had gathered. We were soon seated inside and attended to immediately. At the same time, the service was a bit on the "take it or leave it side" as my initial choice was summarily dismissed as not being available. However, my 2nd Choice of Naem Rice was fabulous, as was my Son's First Option on the Khao Soi Beef. He washed his choice down with Thai Ice Tea, while I went for a light draft beer.
I have recommended Pok Pok repeatedly to various friends. The restaurant is cool Portland funky, the dishes are inspired and delicious, and that more than makes up for the less than perfect "hip" service. Out of the many dining options in the Rose City area, this remains among one of the best choices you can make.
I'm at a Convention this week and when lunch time rolled around, the choices were pretty much limited to "captive" cafes, a nearby Burgerville, and a few other casual places within an easy walk. On a whim, I decided to go to Pok Pok for Lunch. On the Trimet, it's a simple "jump to the left" (#70 Bus), then a "step to the right" (#4). And as much as watching people is fun regarding my fellow sometimes nerdy professionals, being on a Portlandia Bus is even better. My favourite overhead conversation today was a lady asking the bus driver if he could extend his route an extra hour so that she could get home more conveniently.
Pok Pok is a popular place and I had been previously advised that going for lunch during the week might better assure a seat at the table or bar. That was certainly true today, although by the time I left, the place was full both inside and outside.
The service could have been better than today's "A-OK". My waiter had the expected friendly and casual Portland personality. However, he was a bit detached, slow in taking my order, short on menu choice explanations, and maybe a tiny bit flip on top of that. I've seen stronger versions of that behaviour before at well regarded restaurants that let all the praise they receive go to their head. But in the end, I let it go and decided to just enjoy the space, the energetic mid-day vibe, and of course my meal.
The food was simply fabulous. I ordered the Phat Si Ew (a woked pork, vegetables, and rice noodles dish) and am still marvelling at the rich variety of flavours that came rushing in and around my pallet at every bite. Gayle would call this a "kick ass" meal of which every last drop would be "licked" clean from the plate. I'd love to bring her back here and give Pok Pok a more robust work out.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesAdventure TravelersMar 06, 2014
This Thai restaurant is a local favorite and it basically comes down to two words. Chicken wings. They're some of the best you'll ever have and the reason you're coming here. The most common complaint about Pok Pok are the higher prices and smaller portions. But honestly, once you take a bit of those wings you won't care anymore.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Mar 04, 2014
Wow! What an experience! Such unique food! Apparently there is often a two hour wait for this place at dinner time (they do not accept reservations except for big parties). I went for a lunch on a weekday and we still had to wait about a half an hour! But it was worth the wait... the food was so unique and delicious! Everything is served family style to share. The most memorable dish was the spicy boar collar served with shredded ice and mustard greens. The combination of the hot and spicy meat with the greens and ice was so incredibly unique in your mouth. Also, the buffalo wings were possibly the best I've ever had! Check this place out!Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersMar 03, 2014
I'm giving this place five stars for the food alone. Never since leaving Thailand have I found a menu so authentic and spicy. Regional dishes from Isaan to Bangkok to Muslim-influenced southern Thailand all show up on the menu here, with daily specials that sell out fast. The outdoor wooden bench seating feels like a food stall on Bangkok soi alley. They've got a full list of beer, wine and cocktails, as well as Thai-style iced coffee made with Stumptown beans. The waits can be long but there's also a take-out window for to-go food if you're already way too hungry. The only sour note was snooty service from the too-cool-for-school hipster waiters.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 6Dec 10, 2013
The lines are long but the food is worth it. This isn't your typical Thai food so leave your past experiences at the door. It's family style so come with people you're willing to share with! My faves: Vietnamese Chicken Wings, coconut milk soup (blanking on the name), papaya salad (it can be really spicy!!), the mushrooms... just about everything is tasty but those are my go to items. Oh and the mango Alexander if you're in the mood for a drink.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Nov 07, 2013
Pok Pok was as good as people say. Pok Pok's famous Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings are a must-try. Tender chicken covered in a sticky glaze with a crunchy skin. Addictive! I ate a whole plate of these wings by myself and don't regret it.
To get a table, be prepared to wait at least 45 minutes to an hour. Smaller parties of 2 seemed to be seated faster.
Don't have time to wait? Order to-go!
Parking was scarce. Only street parking available, and it didn't help that at the time of my visit there was road construction nearby the restaurant.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantOct 23, 2013
I get a little sad thinking about all the things I didn't get to eat at this tremendous restaurant. Of course what I did eat was stupendous--those chicken wings, for instance, and the nifty vinegar drinks, and all the rest. All the hype is true--this place is about as close as you'll get to truly Thai-style food in the US.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 23, 2013
We went for a late lunch on a Monday and had no wait at all. I loved my vinegar drink, my catfish, and the eggplant, and all of it down to our coconut ice cream sandwich at the end. There was easy parking on a side street. And that's a good thing since we took a bit of a walk after lunch to let it all settle in. Yes. Go there. There's nothing else like it in the USA that I know of.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 23, 2013
Pok Pok has been featured in Portlandia and has been critically received by Food & Wine magazine and the New York Times. Folks who want Thai food that's specialized and deviating beyond the traditional red-yellow-green curry/pad thai path will delight in Pok Pok. Having been to Thailand, I think their food is the real deal with its reliance on traditional spices and fresh ingredients in making light dishes such as their papaya salad. Also, I highly recommend trying Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jun 21, 2013
A place like this makes you think you NEED TO give it a try! Well, that's exactly what I thought when I saw the number of reviews and the number of stars it has! Very impressive~ But, to my surprise, nothing special about this place at all. The only thing special about this place is the salt! Everything was loaded with salt + salt +salt + salt = more salt.... Way too much salt on all dishes.
1. Fish sauce wings - a solid 4 star, sticky, sweet, gooey, but eat about 2 of them and you'll need 2 glasses of water or beer to wash it down too
2. Shrimp & clear noodle in clay pot - OMG, other than the salt, I don't remember anything else
3. Papaya Salad - Salt & Spice, but mostly salt, nothing else special I can remember
4. Braised Duck - Duck cooked salty soup
Nah, just a hype place.
Tip: Make sure you have all your party present - even if it's just 2 people - if you want to be seated.Recommended for:
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Jan 24, 2013
Eating at Pok Pok reminded me of the time I spent in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. With every bite, I felt myself being whisked away back to Chiang Mai where I recall eating humbly prepared dishes served to me by locals. This food is authentic as it can get and so it shocking that Andy Ricker is not native to Thailand. What he has done with Pok Pok is quite impressive. If you consider yourself a foodie at all, then this place is a must visit restaurant. I love how casual their environment and how efficiently they run their restaurant. They have a large menu, but you really cant go wrong with anything. The cocktails always hit the spot and are nice and refreshing.
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 08, 2012
omg the chicken here has crack in it. it was so flipping good. we had to wait forever, it was raining, the crowd did not care. we had drinks at the bar across the street and waited forever until we finally got seated and were given some amazing finger licking chicken. all is forgiven.
- Pok Pok RestaurantSep 11, 2012
Prepare your self before eating here, the flavors are wild and the menu is unique. It's delicious spin on thai fusion.
Atmosphere is half outdoor and half indoor. Tables are close so try not to eavesdrop ;)
Even their water has a sweet taste to it... one of a kind experience!
Open Hours:Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.