From locally-sourced ingredients in our eatery to food-focused events, labs, and events, satisfy your appetite for lunch and learning while exploring the science behind food.
From wood-fired pizzas to locally-sourced salads, this eatery for the curious is open to museum guests and the public alike.
Grab a sandwich, coffee, or pick up popcorn and your favorite movie theater candy to take into The Empirical Theater.
Empirical Café Hours:
*Menu rotates frequently to feature farm-fresh ingredients from local farms located within a 50 mile radius of Portland.
Our rotating selection of pies and slices use the freshest ingredients and are hand-crafted for meat lovers and veggie lovers alike.
Vegetarian Bi bim bap
Sweet tamari tofu, Choi’s kimchi, sweet tamari potatoes, sesame squash, radish, chicken egg, steamed rice and gochujang aioli
Braised brisket tacos Braised beef brisket, black beans, lime slaw, house crema and cilantro, cotija cheese on corn tortillas
Caprese MeltBasil pesto, marinated tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on locally made olive focaccia.
Oregon Albacore Tuna MeltOregon albacore tuna salad, aged white cheddar and house-made bread and butter pickles on sour rye.
Rip City Steak MeltHouse made roast beef, swiss cheese, pickled red onions, horseradish aioli on local artisan herbed ciabatta.
The Theory Caesar SaladRomaine, kale brioche croutons, oven cured tomatoes, pecorino cheese, creamy caesar dressing.
Beet SaladPrairie Creek Farm beets, mizuna garden greens, local goat cheese, candied walnuts, balsalmic reduction, truffle powder with a lemon vinaigrette.
Grilled CheeseBean and Cheese BurritoMacaroni and CheesePB&J
Chicken Coconut CurryFire Roasted Tomato
Our food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, we’ve developed programs addressing local purchasing, overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food–climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworkers’ rights.
Our Empirical Café features:Made-to-order coffee drinksGrab-and-go salads and sandwichesFresh pastriesBeer and Wine (available evenings only)Popcorn, candy, and a selection of classic movie theater treats
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