Paige Mehrer

Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts, America is and always will be a country made up of many cultures—each just as “American” as the next. That’s why this Fourth of July, the Mercury is celebrating the many and varied cultures that make Portland one of the greatest food cities in the world.

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Turn the pages to find profiles on American immigrants whose life experiences and restaurants provide Portland with necessary variety, the yummiest bites from the Portland Mercado, and the most delicious of 82nd Avenue’s strip malls. You’ll also find reviews and recommendations for 50 (count ’em!) international restaurants and carts whose food is not only delectable, but also serves as a welcome reminder that the world has so much to offer America. All we have to do is accept and enjoy it.

So read on, and be sure to visit and support the continued good work (and heavenly food) from these great Americans.