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A guide to local favorites around Killingsworth Street

An employee tends to plants in Solabee Flowers & Botanicals.
  • By Jon Shadel
  • Photos by Leah Nash
Killingsworth Street
Portland, Ore.
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A homey hideout in the city’s north end, Killingsworth Street strings together one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods, where a cluster of family-owned markets and restaurants double as community hubs for many black, Latino and Asian American residents. Hop off the Yellow Line MAX train to find food carts, a queer-centric bar that hosts DJ parties and a hippie record store that turns into a rock dive after dark.

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JD Shadel is an independent writer and editor, who covers culture, travel, technology and LGBTQ+ life. Originally from Maryland and based in Portland, Oregon since 2013, Shadel frequently travels to report stories for national and niche media outlets. Wherever they go, they always bring a can of Old Bay Seasoning.

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Killingsworth Street

Killingsworth Station food carts
A few paces from the light-rail station, around 10 food carts share a neighborhood lot. Locals swear by the huge tlayudas at Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine, which turns out street food inspired by the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Killingsworth Station food carts, 1331 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97217
Vieng Lao Oriental Food Center
Shopping at this long-standing Vietnamese- and Filipino-focused grocery, a Killingsworth mainstay for more than three decades, may remind many visitors of rummaging through their mom’s pantry.
Vieng Lao Oriental Food Center, 1032 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97217
Solabee Flowers & Botanicals
Aspiring houseplant hoarders won’t be able to walk past this Martha Stewart-approved florist without popping in. Solabee’s transfixing displays incorporate terrariums, tropical species and flowers fresh from local farms.
Solabee Flowers & Botanicals, 801 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97217
Peninsula Park
Three blocks north of Killingsworth’s main strip is a 16-acre park that was Portland’s first public rose garden. Stroll its brick walkways and grass paths to spy some 5,000 roses, including the City of Roses’ official blossom, the bright-pink Madame Caroline Testout.
Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way. Portland, Ore. 97217
Enat Kitchen
This home-style restaurant serves a sprawling menu of the best Ethiopian food in the city, with plenty of spicy vegetarian options, all plated with rolls of injera flatbread.
Enat Kitchen, 300 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97217
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Flip through vinyl records, magazines and musical oddities at this ’60s-inspired Portland institution, which pours six taps of craft booze and transforms into a rock venue once the sun goes down.
Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 N.E. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97211
Killingsworth Dynasty
At this bar loved by vegans for the strictly plant-based menu, expect themed nights from obscure new wave and Japanese funk to queer- and trans-focused gatherings such as Cake, a sweaty party featuring guest performers from the local hip-hop scene.
Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Ore. 97217
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Jon Shadel
A blue-crab-loving Marylander, Jon packed a suitcase full of Old Bay Seasoning and began reporting from Portland’s many cafes in 2013. Turns out, the Pacific Northwest’s signature Dungeness crab tastes great with Old Bay, too.
Leah Nash
Leah is an editorial and commercial contributing photographer for The Washington Post based in Portland, Ore., and half of the photo duo <a href="">NashCO Photo</a>. She is darn proud to be from a place that is known for its parks, bridges, bike paths, liberal attitudes and eco-friendly vibes. Plus, you’ve got to cheer for any town that claims to have some of the most coffee shops, microbreweries and strip clubs per capita in the United States.