Portland is known for its adventurous, original dining options so it is no surprise that the fusion cuisine known as "alt-Asian" would find its home here. Alt-Asian cuisine refers to the growing number of restaurants in Portland that feature unique and admittedly inauthentic Asian-style cuisine.
As Portland lacks the rich Asian ex-pat presence that West Coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver all share, the Asian culinary influence was left to locals to reinterpret. The result? Restaurants such as Kim Jong Grillin' serving up culinary inventions such as kimchi pizza and daikon wrapped hot dogs or Noraneko, a health food cocktail bar masquerading as a Japanese ramen den.
Learn more about the growing alt-Asian food scene here.