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.
For modest but decent lunch nosh nearby Powells:
Mio Gelato offers a nice variety of panini with a small green salad for lunch - I love the sopressata, myself.
Pearl Bakery also offers simple good sandwiches for lunch.
If you cross Burnside, try Half and Half SW9/Oak and CafeVoila SW9th/Washington. Also, the new Stumptown locale is now open on Stark (btw 10/11th) at the AceHotel (there's no stumptown signage from the outside that I've seen).
Not a fan of the WholeFoods counter - tres expensive and just mediocre IMHO.
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.
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.
Here is a similar discussion farther down the page:
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
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..