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Seriously cheap food (pdx)

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I've found myself at least temporarily extraordinarily broke. Yet I can't bring myself to cook for myself three times a day--how would I get anything else done? Where can a food person like me eat genuinely, less-than-five-bucks cheap for the occasional breakfast, lunch, or dinner? I've got the hum bao at the deli in Uwajimaya in Beaverton, but any other oh-so-cheap recommendations would be hugely appreciated.

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  1. What part of town are you in?

    Off the top of my head, I'd recommend you get some banh mi in your system. Heck, at An Xuyen, they've got a buy 3 get a 4th free. I'd also recommend Best Baguette.

    1. I'd also recommend Best Baguette or any of the recently reviewed bhan mi places. Also, burritos from the taco trucks. They're all over town. Some of the ones I like are at Interstate and Killingsworth, 33rd and Division, and PSU at 4th Ave by the Wells Fargo Bank. Pho is another good choice -- Pho Hung at 37th and Powell is good, and I think perhaps a little cheaper than the others -- although I'm not sure.

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      1. re: AlbertaHound

        India Chaat House, the cart at SW 11th/Yamhill, has a lunch special for $5, that will leave you not hungry for dinner.

      2. This past week, I got the Pizza Schmizza 1 slice deal for $4.69; good piece of fresh "Zorba Chicken" pizza (pesto chicken, fresh spinach, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese) and small drink. Also got a great deal at Javaman coffee, which is actually a Russian lunch spot. Having never had Russian food, I told the guy to hook me up with a good deal, whereupon he immediately suggested an off the menu "combo" of a nice big bowl of borscht and a single serving of golubsti (cabbage roll) for only $6.50. Both places are on SW Taylor, near the Hilton.

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        1. re: desertsun

          Schmizza has to be the worst pizza in town, just disgusting. I had an awful taste in my mouth for hours after trying a slice. They sure are brilliant at their marketing though.

        2. I actually kind of like Schmizza for their flavor combos, though that taste you refer to is definitely a super-garlic-under-the-heat-lamps funk that I'm not all that fond of. Bahn Mi is an absolutely excellent suggestion that I need to get on...the only place I've had a bahn mi is the asian market out on east 82nd, and it was damn good. I love the taco truck suggestions...unless it's one I know and love, I'm wary without a strong recommendation. I live downtown, but I'm willing to explore any part of town for great super-cheap food.

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          1. re: lpfaf

            Right now my favorite banh mi is the Saigon Bacon Banh Mi at Best Baguette on Powell and 82nd. It isn't healthy in the least bit, but man it's delicious.

          2. This might be a help in the food cart dept.-
            http://foodcartsportland.com/