Pok Pok Restaurant
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Member Reviews (34)
- Pok Pok RestaurantAmbassadorMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jan 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!
- 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.
- Pok Pok RestaurantJul 05, 2012
Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super mmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait wait, can i say SUPER DUPER, MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some restaurants, give you a culinary experience you will never forget as the environment and the flavors you will experience of POK POK are as authentic you can get outside of Thailand without the grit and third world feel of the Bangkok streets. It is literally like this restaurant was exported and shipped from Bangkok and plopped right down on SE Division on the southeast side.
In thinking of what my favorite dishes were, i really had a most difficult time. What did come to mind are the exotic vibrant spice and goodness of coconut milk, peanuts, curry, garlic, tamarind, turmeric, parsnip, fish sauce, chili paste, coriander root, lime, cilantro, mint, and lemongrass. Now if you have a tingle of inclination towards these ingredients that make Thai food unique along with lastly but most importantly "the heat" of Thailand, by that i mean literally loving to have a delicious mouth-watering experience, you will not only love Pok Pok, but you will remember the flavors that will challenge and expand your palate. You will taste, not only Thailand, but influences of Burma, Vietnam, China, and even regionally Chiang Mai, using the best ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from Carlton Farms pork loin to Cascade Natural flank steak to lastly and least known locally grown fiddlehead ferns.
And if you can't handle the heat, the Whiskey soda lounge gives more than enough variety of drinks to cool you off. I can't wait to to eat here again and next time fermented salted black crab. Until we meet again Pok Pok!