The little sister to the Blue Olive Restaurant over in NW, this neighborhood haunt is just right for the Alberta Street vibe. Small, accessible, and serving up cheap, healthy Mediterranean food is a surefire hit in NoPo. From feta and olives to tzatziki and bag ghanouj, lamb and chicken to falafels and vegi-dolmas, there is taste and texture for every diet. You can't miss with the BOC for a lunch stop. Nothing fancy decor-wise, but ambience is overshadowed by solid food performances. For a little more tricked-out environment and expense, head back over the Willamette to NW 21st for the same great food and a full bar of infused spirits that pair perfectly with an evening on the avenues. Blue Olive delivers really fresh and delicious Mediterranean east or west.
By Jay Rymeski, AFAR Local Expert
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2712 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA