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Neighborhood luncheon places in Portland

Chowhounds, I just moved here from California and and am coming into Portland about once a week to explore the city. Any lunch reccomendations in the Hawthorne or Alberta neighborhoods? I often go to Powell's too so recommendations in that area also. Also any recommendations from the take out counters at Whole Foods? The array of stuff is just mind boggling. I'm a chef at a retreat center and I like to take a break from cooking on my days off.

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    We go to lunch often ( too often) and my favorites in the NW/Pearl (Powells) area are:
    Silk-Glisan & 10th
    Pearl Bakery - 9th & Couch
    Everett St Bistro - 12th & Everett
    Piazza Italia Johnson & 12th
    Miso Happy on NW 23rd ( at the 23rd & Marshall streetcar stop

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    I have found that the food looks fantastic at Whole Foods but there are not many dishes that I ever ended up liking..salads and panini look good and I do like their thick creamy soups..

    1. Hawthorne isn't a very good lunch area. The best restaurants are on lower and upper Hawthorne, places like Castagna/Cafe Castagna, Ken's Place, Bombay Cricket Club, and Apizza Scholls -- none of which have lunch hours. Mio Sushi is good. Cha, Cha, Cha is decent for burritos. There's an outlet of Pho Van. Chez Machin is okay. K2 has a couple items that are really good, but the rest is crap. Zach's Shack is really good. Defintely DO NOT go to Bread & Ink or Cup & Saucer.

      For Alberta, I think Helser's does a decent job. Thai Noon is pretty good, although I've heard One Thai is better. I think Halibut's has the best fish and chips in town. La Bonita is a very good taqueria and Don Pancho is pretty decent, too. Bella Faccia has decent slices of pizza. Just south of Alberta on Prescott and 15th is Podnah's for very good BBQ. Definitely DO NOT eat at La Sirenita -- dog food Mexican. Also, if you head up to 33rd and a bit north to Killingsworth, you can go to Hot Lips pizza. There's also a New Seasons there for deli stuff and Cannon's for okay BBQ. A little farther north than Killingsworth there is Aladdin's for good Lebanese.

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      1. re: extramsg

        Also near Alberta at NE 30th and Killingsworth is Autentica (more upscale Mexican than La Bonita and Don Pancho)--they do serve lunch.

        1. re: Nettie

          No, they stopped serving lunch a while ago. They do have brunch on weekends, however

        2. re: extramsg

          btw, next to Podnah's is Chilango's, one of the better taquerias in Portland proper. They make their tortillas by hand and their tinga is very good.

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        3. btw, for takeout at WF you can taste pretty much everything. There are even little tasting cups for the self-serve area where the Indian and all that is. Personally, I like to get a nice cheese like Montgomery Cheddar or 4 year gouda, some Framani soppressata, some lucques olives, some roasted peppers, an apple and go eat my antipasti. I'll sometimes do that before my drive back to Vancouver. Better than a bag of Doritos.

          1. tin shed at alberta & 14th is wonderful, also. especially when it's warmer and you can enjoy the patio. i'm a big fan of their heartless artichoke sandwich.

            1. No Fish Go Fish on Hawthorne is really great too... http://www.nofishgofish.com/