Fodor's Expert Review Pok Pok
Andy Ricker, the owner of one of Portland's most talked-about restaurants, regularly travels to Southeast Asia to research street food and home-style recipes to include on the menu of this always-hopping spot. Ike's Vietnamese chicken wings, deep-fried in caramelized fish sauce and garlic, are legendary. Other favorites include the namesake green papaya salad and the charcoal-roasted game hen. The menu is designed for sharing, and some dishes are quite fiery—discuss your preferences with the knowledgeable staff before ordering. Diners have the option of sitting outside under tents, or in the funky, cavelike interior. Across the street, sister space Whiskey Soda Lounge is both a Pok Pok waiting area and restaurant in its own right, with a full bar, breakfast on weekends, and a limited Pok Pok menu. The Pok Pok mini empire also includes Pok Pok Noi in the funky Alberta District and the fast-food-style Pok Pok Wing in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Southeast.
3226 S.E. Division St.
Portland, Oregon 97202, USA
- Ike's Vietnamese chicken wings
- Charcoal-roasted game hen and other meaty fare
- Fiery-hot food (although there are plenty of milder dishes—you just have to ask)