Starting life as a food cart in SE Portland, Oregon, rarely has a spot been so aptly named. Rocking an ancient charcuterie moniker that truly serves as a harbinger of things to come, Lardo is a sandwich shop that worships at the altar of bovine & swine. Using old-world techniques, contemporary flourishes and a gonzo approach, Lardo proudly celebrates its excesses. Pushing a menu that features pork drenched double burgers, a giant meatball Banh Mi, and hand-cut french fries (again) smothered in pork, Lardo also has beer. Lots of beer, actually. Rotating taps of knee-buckling craft brew greatness, backed-up with a refreshing mix of premium cocktails. Operating on both sides of the Willamette River, Lardo serves as a mecca for those seeking a uniquely smash-mouth deli experience.
Learn more at www.lardosandwiches.com
Lardo's sister restaurant Grassa offers meticulously crafted bowls of fresh pasta on the fly, paired with traditional and seasonal salads, tasty cocktails, and a selection of wine on tap. Grassa pushes the concept of artisan comfort food slung in a no-frills fashion, with stoner-rock on the turntable and an epic eagle motif on the wall.
Menus and photos at www.grassapdx.com