Pok Pok is the talk of the Portland food scene and a must stop for foodies. Unfortunately the lines can belong so I instead opted for Pok Pok Noi a little farther north and avoided any wait.
With so much to choose from but so little time, I went with Wings.
Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings. Food and Wine Magazine 2007 proclaimed this dish to be one of the Top 10 dishes in the US. I recall reading that article but didn't recall this dish in particular but now was my opportunity to say I've eaten the best.
The chicken itself was sweet, succulent, and moist and one of the freshest chicken I recall eating. The menu says it's natural chicken which I believe because it had so much flavor compared to the bland grocery store chicken I usually have. In terms of the preparation, it was a nice balance of sweet, salty, tart, and spicy but I am in disagreement that it is one of the best dishes in the US. It lacked the unexpected treasure find feeling. It did not induce a feeding frenzy and while I didn't stop until I polished off all, I could have readily ate three wings and moved onto something else. It wasn't addictive but it was good enough that I wanted to return Pok Pok to try the other offerings.
For drinks, I stayed with water which is flavored with Pandanus leaves which makes it taste like rice water.
My biggest criticism of Pok Pok: They don't take credit cards. Remember there are business travelers!
Restroom Rating: Didn't use.
1469 Northeast Prescott Street
Portland, OR 97211