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Go-To dinner spots in PDX

katipdx Dec 18, 2008 08:39 PM

I just moved to Northwest Portland and have found myself frequenting the same three dinner spots on a regular basis...boring, I know. I need to venture out! Any locals have some favorite go-to dinner spots to offer up? Price conscious please...Lucy's Table and Cafe Mingo are too $$$ for me these days.

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    nkeane Dec 18, 2008 09:40 PM

    well if those places are above your wallet at the moment, try Tanuki(21st and Glisan? roughly, its on 21st in between Glisan and Flanders)

    you will not be disappointed, Unless you dont like spectacular Izakaya food and a hell of a good time.

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      Sal Vanilla Dec 18, 2008 09:45 PM

      Try out:

      Pok Pok - Thai heaven right in your back yard. Chicken! It is a sickness!: http://www.pokpokpdx.com/
      Toro Bravo - tapas, so you can decide up or down on the spending: http://www.torobravopdx.com/
      Saburo - Sushi : http://www.saburos.com/
      Fat City for breaky - http://www.fatcitycafe.net/
      Screen Door for breakfast - www.screendoorrestaurant.com
      paley's Place - a little more pricey, but you can order smaller plates and they are reasonable - http://paleysplace.net/

      1. SauceSupreme Dec 19, 2008 01:15 PM

        Well, what's your typical neighborhood range and cuisine preference? It's far easier to eat cheap if you go ethnic, as well as away from the Westside. Also what are your preferred dining hours? You can eat pretty well during happy hour.

        But nkeane is right: the best food in the NW is Tanuki. Tons of pics and posts about it here:

        (The menu changes daily so it gets tons of replay value. I have to follow the twitter updates just to keep track of the menu changes!)

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          Sal Vanilla Dec 20, 2008 08:15 PM

          Also Nicholas - Lebanese food on 318 SE Grand Ave. Very Yum.

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            katipdx Dec 21, 2008 02:05 PM

            I'll definitely try tanuki. Unfortunately, I usually am off work after happy hour so my hours of dining tend to be around 7 to 8...

            Thanks for the tips! Saucesupreme - I LOVE nicholas'. We need some good Lebanese on the west side. Has anyone been to Indish yet?

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              Leonardo Dec 21, 2008 06:07 PM

              Totally agree about Tanuki...on 21st between Flanders & Glisan, west side of street.
              Also Toro Bravo, Pok Pok. Also consider Biwa!

              Sorry to rain on anyone's parade, but Saburo's is truly disgusting: long wait, lousy service, and bad food. But if you care mostly about high volume for the dollar, enjoy. Besides, the OP asked for NW PDX, and Sab's is not at all nearby.

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              MyNextMeal Dec 21, 2008 07:23 PM

              JustaPasta http://www.justapasta.com/

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                2piggies Dec 22, 2008 11:06 AM

                one of my fave go to's in that area is north 45-- mussels and frites pub. not expensive. awesome frites imho. guinness always on tap.

                i also really like tanuki.

                ken's bakery on monday's is pizza night, and that's ALWAYS good.

                best breakfast diner: fuller's on davis and 9th. their breakfast sandwich with ham, iceberg lettuce and mayo is beautiful in its simplicity.

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                  SauceSupreme Dec 22, 2008 11:33 AM

                  For breakfast in this neighborhood I like Byways Cafe on NW Glisan and 12th. In this weather, their big hearty hashes have been a revelation.


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                    katipdx Dec 22, 2008 01:57 PM

                    I just went to Byways on Saturday morning for the first time. The Eggs Florentine was so so (I shouldn't have ordered it since tomatoes are out of season), but the hash browns and side of sausage made up for it. Finally somewhere that serves some good 'ol fashioned shredded potatoes. Yum!

                2. SauceSupreme Dec 24, 2008 10:38 AM

                  While Silk/Ten01 might be a little too overpriced for my taste (I prefer the tiny Vietnamese places over on 82nd or on Sandy), the tastes are spot on, especially the Vietnamese sausage (nem nuong). It's definitely the best bowl of pho you could get on this side of the river, which is perfect for weather like we've been having.

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