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Portland...College priced food

foodfamily1 Apr 14, 2008 03:12 PM

We are sending our daughter to school at Portland State University and will be visiting over the next few months.

Any good cheap eats in the downtown area near the University that should become a favorite for a college student

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  1. SauceSupreme RE: foodfamily1 Apr 14, 2008 05:58 PM

    I quite enjoy Karam. Lebanese food is quite rich and hearty and goes a long way. While it's still downtown, it isn't at PSU's immediate vicinity, but you'll soon learn how quickly one can travel around Portland, even without a car.

    Vietnamese food will also allow her to stretch her food budget, as pho tends to be quite cheap. Banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwiches) are incredibly cheap, though none are to be found on the PSU side of the river.

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    1. re: SauceSupreme
      Leonardo RE: SauceSupreme Apr 14, 2008 09:26 PM

      Actually near PSU (one block): Hot Lips Pizza.

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      Roy RE: foodfamily1 Apr 14, 2008 09:51 PM

      Hot Pot City on 1st Ave near PSU

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        MichaelG RE: foodfamily1 Apr 15, 2008 09:01 AM

        She'll probably figure this out already, but the food carts on 4th avenue at around College St. are fabulous. There are about six of them, and each of the four I've tried are fantastic. Can't beat the price of a veggie burrito at Villenueva or even the lunch specials at New Taste of India, which recently went up from $5 to $6.

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          SauceSupreme RE: MichaelG Apr 15, 2008 09:24 AM

          Good call on the carts. I usually do my pod-visiting on Alder and 10th, but they're all over town.


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          Michaelene RE: foodfamily1 Apr 15, 2008 08:04 PM

          Portland is the land of Happy Hour for both food and drink. Try Jake's Crawfish (not the one at the Governor) or Henry's Tavern on Burnside. Paccinis is also a great place for students, right on PSU's campus and reasonable prices for great food. Look at Citysearch.com for Portland happy hours and cheap eats.

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            duckduck RE: foodfamily1 Apr 16, 2008 02:51 PM

            Urbandrinks is a good resource for happy hours.

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