Business Trip - Portland
I will be traveling to Portland next Monday through Wednesday from Phoenix and looking for something quintessentially Portland. I will be living on Hayden Island, working by University Park and on somewhat of a budget (about $20/meal). Open to all types of food and need recommendations for all 3 meals. Are there any places in the area that will show me what Portland is all about that won't break the bank? Thanks in advance.
A couple of classic places not far from you are the taco truck at Killingsworth and Interstate, and Fire on the Mountain, for wings. A little farther afield, but not too far is the area where Toro Bravo, Widmer Brewing, and the White Eagle are all located. All the aforementioned places will give you a great taste of Portland.
First off, there's nothing on Hayden Island aka Jantzen Beach but Hooters & Village Inn. Skip it.
In North Portland (near U Park) your best chances are:
LadyBug Organic Coffee, great bakery in St Johns.
Flavor Spot waffles, just a cart really but good! http://flavourspot.com/ on Lombard.
Di Prima Dolci http://www.diprimadolci.com/diprimado...
If you are willing to move further afield than N Portland...
My favorite places on a budget:
Por que no tacqueria
Toro Bravo (budget caveat...I always spend more than I intend to...might be better if you had a companion because you'd get to try more stuff)
Portland also has some great bakeries to try...
Grand Central (a good regional chain)
You might hit New Seasons Grocery, a local grocery with a regional.organic focus:
6400 N Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Thanks for all of your recommendations. I'll definitely try to make it out to a couple of those places.