Convention Center area - Portland, Or
- Pat Hammond Jul 18, 2008 04:40 PM
Hi all, My son will be in Portland on biz tomorrow through Monday. He'll be at the Convention Center and this will be his first ever visit to Oregon. Any good tips for him for eating in that area? He's an unfussy, good eater! Tomorrow night he'll be on his own, Sunday and Monday he'll have 4 or 5 colleagues along.
Thanks in advance! I envy his trip to your beautiful city! Pat
The CC area is the sad land of Red Robin & Denny's.
Having said that, he can take the MAX (light rail train) for free 2 stops east to Grand Central Bakery, and west across the Willamette to downtown. Sadly most are lunch only, weekdays.
Downtown he can take in the many outstanding food carts (read other recent PDX threads for info).
Also downtown is Karam, a good Lebanese place.
He can take bus 10 or 77 to Blue Nile Ethiopean on NE Broadway between 22-24th, a short easy ride.
Right by the CC is Burgerville (I'm serious) our local fast food chain that uses fresh seasonal items such as Walla Walla sweets onion rings.
Will anyone have a car?
Yes, you've confirmed what I feared, when he said "convention center"! I hope someone will have a car, but someone there should be able to tell them how to get downtown for dinner. Ethiopean and Lebanese sound terrific, as do the food carts. I'll bet they'll hit Burgerville for lunch.
Thank you so much!
He could take the #6 bus south on MLK to Ash Street, then walk 5 blocks east to Biwa for really, really excellent Japanese food (not sushi). Or he could walk the whole way--it's under a mile. Close by there is Le Pigeon. These might be a little longer distance away than the fast food joints by the convention center, but they are leagues better in terms of quality.
Exactly. Biwa is a great idea. He can walk a mile, yes? Also, Nicholas is a good option for middle eastern. I suggest you look at recent posts to see great picks for visitors. Close-in on the east side (general overall area of CC) has a wealth of reasonably priced fun places beyond 1/2 mile.
IMHO, Le Pigeon is overrated & overpriced. On this board that will get me tarred & feathered.
re: Pat Hammond
There's a nice map here: http://www.portlandfoodanddrink.com/?.... It maps places that have been reviewed on the Portland Food and Drink website--knowing that the convention center is north of I84, west of MLK, and east of I5, you can see which reviewed restaurants are within walking distance. For example, this shows that Toro Bravo, a pretty kick-ass Spanish tapas restaurant, is also within a mile of the convention center.