Eating local isn’t just about ingredients. It’s about the restaurants in your community that make you feel special time and time again. Hillsboro is home to unparalled Indian food and also offers great homestyle Mexican, Japanese food and American choices. When you live in Orenco, every day is a beautiful day in the neighborhood because it feels like the upper west side in New York where culinary choices abound. Stop on foot for sushi, coffee, Indian cuisine, a burger, a beer and more.

Swagat Indian Cuisine

is located at 1340 NE Orenco Station Pkwy, Hillsboro

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They offer a lovely variety of choices like Tandoori Chicken in a crimson color pockmarked with char from the tandoori oven, Palak Paneer, fresh Naan, Chutneys, Chaat and various curries with vegetarian options as well. Most come with different side dishes including lentil, stews or yogurt. Try the Ginger Drop or Mango Mojito.

Unlike most Mexican restaurants where you’ll find a basket of crunchy tortilla chips brought to the table, Amelia’s serves warm, house-made tortillas with a slightly spicy salsa. The menu offers a variety of moles famosos (poblano, verde, amarillo de Oaxaca), grilled and braised meat dishes, including a fantastic braised lamb shank served in a wild tomatillo and toasted cascabel chile sauce, fish and vegetarian plates. Everything is served with rice and beans…sometimes more!

Amelia’s Home Style Mexican Restaurant

is located at 105 N.E. Fourth Ave., Hillsboro

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Yuki Japanese Restaurant

is located at 1335 NE Orenco Station Pkwy, Hillsboro

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Yuki’s is a contemporary sushi bar serving up delicious and fresh sushi rolls, noodles, salads & rice bowls, sake & cocktails. This place is small without being pretentious but it fills up quick so get there when it opens but they do have outdoor seating for warm summer evenings. They have a great selection of veggie rolls. Try the Buddha roll and the Thai roll.

This is strictly a beer place – no food is served, but you can bring in your own! They feature 20 rotating premium craft beers on tap by the glass or growler to go along with 4 wines on tap, ciders and bottled beers too. With TV’s in case the game is on and a nice selection of games like Battleship, and Yahtzee, if you like beer, this is a taphouse to try. Among tons of positive reviews for this place, one patron commented

“The owner chatted us up while he finished up opening the place (we got there as soon as they opened) and told us his philosophy about making sure people are getting good beers and enjoying the best he can give us. We’ve made it back a few times since and I really believe what he said to us.”

It one of the best places in Orenco for an after work drink.

Orenco Taphouse

is located at 1198 NE Orenco Station Pkwy., Hillsboro

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Chennai Masala

features an authentic south Indian menu at 2088 N.W. Stucki Ave., Hillsboro

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Inside the dining room with sari-clad servers and Bollywood films projected on the wall, you’ll find everything from must-try dosas, to curries, vegetarian options to Indo-Chinese dishes. Chennai Masala is known for their enormous dosas, wonderfully thin yet crisp pancake-like crepes served with a variety of dipping sauces. Other notable dishes include palak paneer, a creamy, pureed, spicy spinach dish mixed with cubes of Indian cheese; lamb biryani, deeply seasoned pieces of lamb cooked with rice and topped with Thai basil and a poached egg; and the butter chicken, chicken cooked in a buttery tomato sauce.

This American style restaurant is a great place to relax, listen to some live music and enjoy a burger and a beer or a salad with a glass of wine. Try the chicken pesto sandwich (add avocado!) or the Philly Cheese Steak on grilled flat bread. If you enjoy outdoor seating, they have it! They also have a weekend brunch from 10-2.

Orenco Station Grill

is located at 6195 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro

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Salam Lebanese & Persian Restaurant

is located at 1002 NE Orenco Station Parkway, Hillsboro

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With delicious authentic Lebanese and Persian food at your fingertips and highly rated online reviews, this is a sure thing! Stop for a quick wrap during lunch or enjoy a leisurely dinner at an outdoor table and order from their impressive menu which actually includes some kids choices too! If you are looking for catering in Orenco Station, they provide boxed lunches and platters as well as full service options. The owner is kind and their brick oven is at the ready to cook your meal fresh.