Considering move to Portland
Decision won't be based entirely on food, of course, but it's important. I've had very good sushi, Pizza, Thai, Mexican and vegetarian during previous visits. Also some great, diner-style breakfasts. Had adequate Vietnamese, but looking for better.
Also, can you recommend good...
Ethiopian or other African
Middle Eastern and Turkish
Northeast or Southeast parts of city preferred, but willing to travel for good food.
There are a ton of posts on here about Burgerville. They're a regional (OR/WA) fast-food chain and focus on regional & seasonal foods. Their Rogue River Smoky Blue Salad is better than you can find in many "sit-down" restaurants and I also like their Wild Coho Smoked Salmon & Hazelnut Salad. Seasonal specialties available now are Pumpkin Milkshakes and Sweet Potato Fries. Sign up on their email list and they'll send you coupons for some of the seasonal items. http://www.burgerville.com
I like the small burgers at Burgerville and their fries. The odd thing about their fries is they are best with some mustard added to the ketchup and I'm not a mustard person. Love their sweet potato fries. Kenny & Zukes is open and rocking it hard from what people at portlandfood.org are saying. I like Blue Nile for ethiopian and another vote here for Foti's and Karam as well.
Try the Mad Greek Deli
18450 Northwest West Union Road
(N of Hwy 26 off 185th Hillsboro area) - 30 min. west of downtown
for Vietnamese try Bun Bo Hue on SE 82nd and the Fubonn Shopping Center has 2 Vietnamese places plus a good Malaysian place, Malay Satay Hut.
Have you been to Pok Pok Thai/Whiskey Soda Lounge on Divison - probably the single most popular Asian spot in town!
Almost forgot the best damn gyro in town at Anoush Deli on NE 122nd at Halsey (near Goodwill) - quite a bargain at $4. for the gyro and probably the largest one you've ever had!
Go to CitySearch.com They have everything right there from places to dine at and things to do. I have lived in the Portland area for over 20 years and can't imagine ever leaving. ALWAYS some sort of festival going on, especially this time of year.
Coming up is the Potato Festival, and next weekend the Pumpkin Regatta on the lake in Tualatin. That is extremely fun for all ages. Of course, the wine country is always a beautiful drive.
Jewish Deli - Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen, 1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
)Soft opening starts 10/17. Closed Sunday evening. Grand opening the 23rd.
Greek - Eleni's (two locations, one in Pearl, one in Sellwood - make a meal out of apps), Foti's (an informal Greek deli, but good stuff...if you love garlic ;o) http://www.elenisrestaurant.com/
Dim Sum - Wong's King SE Division around 87th (get there for opening at 10am on a Sunday or go during the week...the crowds can be insane) http://www.wongsking.com/division.htm
Ethiopian - Blue Nile (on NE Broadway betw. 22nd &23rd)
Middle Eastern - Karam (SW Stark betw. 3rd &4th) I think it is the best in the city. http://www.karamrestaurant.com/