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Visiting Portland - any unique food suggestions? (any price pt)

atomeyes Jan 9, 2009 12:54 PM

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:

-amazing lattes
-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.


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    1bigfish Feb 25, 2009 10:27 AM

    Please give us a report of what you found in PDX...look forward to your thoughts.

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      GoDogGo Jan 19, 2009 08:43 AM

      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!

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      1. re: GoDogGo
        Leonardo Jan 19, 2009 09:34 AM

        While I sometimes enjoy Pastini and believe it to be a great bang for the buck and a welcome asset to the community (and they support worthy causes!), the OP asked for "unique" PDX dining experiences. IMHO, Pastini does not rise to that level.

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        pdxfoodie 1 Jan 18, 2009 03:21 PM

        If you are in Beaverton and like ethnic food you should try Rama Thai - amazing hidden Thai food gem. http://portland.citysearch.com/profil...

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          Dr. Jan 17, 2009 02:18 PM

          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.

          1. barleywino Jan 13, 2009 06:12 PM

            you can't leave Portland without having at least 1 cocktail at Teardrop Lounge-- on the cutting edge of mixology

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              1bigfish Jan 13, 2009 03:49 PM

              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.

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              1. re: 1bigfish
                atomeyes Jan 16, 2009 05:20 PM

                be warned: if you visit Toronto and post on our CH board, this topic would be up to 30 posts within 2 days :)

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                Nettie Jan 9, 2009 03:43 PM

                Amazing lattes:

                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.

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                1. re: Nettie
                  Leonardo Jan 9, 2009 04:48 PM

                  Another stellar latte, not to mention mocha: Sahagun Chocolate, using Stumptown beans. Also, handmade single-origin truffles. http://www.sahagunchocolates.com/
                  Please report back, thus encouraging us to help others in the future, including yourself.

                  1. re: Leonardo
                    Nettie Jan 9, 2009 05:36 PM

                    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:
                    1. Sahagun
                    2. Alma--bicerin
                    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.

                    1. re: Nettie
                      Leonardo Jan 9, 2009 07:15 PM

                      Yes of course, the HC at Sahagun is to die for. I had it today and was in heaven. I would have mentioned it, but OP was asking for coffee. Great choices for HC...what a list! I approve...

                      1. re: Leonardo
                        atomeyes Jan 10, 2009 09:27 AM

                        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!

                        1. re: atomeyes
                          Leonardo Jan 10, 2009 09:57 AM

                          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.
                          Alameda Brewhouse
                          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/

                          1. re: Leonardo
                            atomeyes Jan 10, 2009 12:48 PM

                            hey, you can pick your coupons, but you cannot pick your parents' taste in food!

                      2. re: Nettie
                        cupsncakes Jan 18, 2009 11:09 PM

                        sahagun's mochas are killer! it's their melty hot chocolate with espresso added. my eyelids flutter with every sip.

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                    Leonardo Jan 9, 2009 01:26 PM

                    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.

                    1. SauceSupreme Jan 9, 2009 01:17 PM

                      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

                      Nakwon (Korean

                      Pok Pok (regional Thai, especially Isaan

                      Some beer-centric places I would hit up:
                      Belmont Station
                      Victory Bar

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