Pok Pok Restaurant
Open Hours:Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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- 81%Family Travelers
- 76%Adventure Travelers
- 69%Business Travelers
- 69%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Local Culture
- 69%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (34)
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Mar 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Pok Pok RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
Pok Pok has grown out of a couple of old houses converted into a restaurant on an unassuming neighborhood street in Portland, and has gained notoriety around the country! Just this year alone, it is mentioned on these lists:
- Willamette Week
2010 Best Restaurants
- Portland Monthly
2010 Best Restaurants: The Icons
- Washington Post
Postcard from Tom: Portland's small and personal eateries, Tom Sietsema
- SF Gate
Pining for another visit to Pok Pok in Portland, Michael Bauer
- USA Today
10 great places for BBQ, Steven Raichlen
- The Vancouver Sun
Recipes from Portland Top Chefs
- The Oregonian
- New York Times
- Delta Sky Magazine
- New York Times
- James Beard
Delights and Prejudices 2010
Pok Pok, Portland, Oregon
- Fearless Critic Portland
So either the food is great or they have a great publicist! (Probably both!) It offers authentic (non-fusion) southeast Asian dishes, mostly from Northern Thailand. Their signature dish is their chicken wings, barbecued and glazed with a sweet and spicy Thai sauce.
In the summertime, you can sit outside an enjoy the Rose City. In the winter rains, you can wait for the main room, by walking across the street to their sister property, the Whiskey Soda Lounge, where you can get the signature wings, too and imbibe from their drinks menu. They have a guy with an RF headset who will let you know when your table is ready back at Pok Pok. They also have a heated counter for waiting outside the main building.
Sadly, the night we came, we did the Whiskey Soda Lounge wait, had the Wings, went to Pok Pok, and after ordering, the power failed. A main power line outside was flaming and down on the street. Everyone was calm, the fire truck came and utilities came, and nobody was hurt. Pok Pok was gracious during the incident, and offered a rain check to all the diners present.
Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda Lounge also have another sister property, PING, at 102 NW 4th Ave in Portland.