Visiting Portland - any unique food suggestions? (any price pt)
We are Toronto Chowhounders who come to Portland once a year. We're back this February again and are getting hungry.
Wondering if there are any resto suggestions.
What do we like:
-any ethnicity for food
-not so much into fish/seafood (I know, I know, we're on the coast so shame on me)
-in Toronto, we love $2 Vietnamese subs just as much as a $45 steak. So cheap eats are great as long as they are damn tasty
-we are staying in Beaverton but will be in Portland almost daily
-good beer is also very good. Already hit Rogue last February.
So if you can kindly suggest away and include websites or addresses, we would be grateful.
I love Pastini Pastaria! They have great pasta plates for about ten bucks. Plus, they have a great wine selection and cocktails too! This restaurant is locally owned, and their bread comes from our local Pearl Bakery.There are several locations and the dining rooms are contemporary and have a nice atmosphere. Check it out!
Pam Biche for ethnic! Hands down great Cuban food, and the state department won't even bug you for going there.
Pok Pok is a for sure too.
Both places are definitely worth the wait.
I would even hit up Clark Lewis for happy hour after a trip to OMSI. Happy Hour is the best time there, super affordable.
You'd do well to drive to Hood River and have exceptional pizza and even better beer at Double Mountain Brewery. I'm serious. The best beer within several hundred miles of PDX and only an hour's drive (with scenery that doesn't suck).
And if you are inclined to catch a show at the Doug Fir (recommended for live music) make an effort to eat at Biwa nearby. http://www.biwarestaurant.com/location.html
I was also happily surprised by Tabla and their $24 multi-course dinner. Very nice work from the kitchen there, and a better than solid wine pairing/selection from a globally inspired list.
If I were visiting Toronto I'd be delighted to have recommendations of this caliber. Check'em out. Have a great time.
Extracto on NE 30th and Killingsworth
Ristretto Roasters on NE Fremont and 42nd or N Williams and Failing
Stumptown at multiple locations
Spella Caffe at NW 9th and Alder
Albina Press at SE 50th and Hawthorne or N Albina and Blandena
I was trying to figure out where the place that Billy Wilson (awesome barista formerly of Albina Press) is opening is located, and found a reference to him opening in the old Acorn Cafe location at NW Hoyt and 13th in February.
I can't get the lattes at Sahagun, because I have to have the hot chocolate there, made with melted premium chocolate--I think the selection varies. If the OP is interested in hot chocolate drinks, here's the ones I'd try, in order of preference:
3. Cacao (fortunately, within walking distance of Sahagun)
The first two are small artisanal chocolate shops. The third is a chocolate shop with an extensive selection from around the world.
not overly fussy.
if its good, i consume!!
my parents aren't the biggest foodies out there. where the Entertainment Book beckons, they go.
so i've had many an unspectacular meal in Portland. in fact, if i remember correctly, my first experience there was at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
thanks for your suggestions. more are welcome!
Entertainment? OK...there are far better in the book than OSP! Good grief...
In the current book recommend:
Kesone Thai Lao Bistro - ask for the Laotion specialities.
Tao of Tea http://www.taooftea.com/index1.php3 (website is out of date on current teahouse locations
)Via Delizia http://www.viadelizia.com/
Kinara Thai http://www.kinarathai.com/
Cheap: The many carts SW 9th/Alder especially Sugar Cube & Samurai Bento.
Beer: Deschutes in the Pearl.
Best Baguette for Bahn Mi.
All that SS said.
Tanuki (Okinawan pub food)
I've posted pics here: http://www.saucesupreme.com/babble/tanuki-160.html
Clyde Common (Euro-style gastropub with a nice emphasis on offal
Pok Pok (regional Thai, especially Isaan
Some beer-centric places I would hit up: