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Jan 26, 2009 03:37 PM

Portland Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

I've been creating a Google Map of above average cheap eats comfort food joints on my website:

I would like to gather some more names to investigate further. If you have any please post here. Thank you Danny

These are the ones I have so far

Clinton Corner Cafe
Dots Cafe
Echo Restaurant
El Indlo Mexican Restaurant
Hollywood Burger Bar
Huber's Restaurant
Miss Delta
Otto's Sausage Kitchen & Meat
Screendoor Restaurant

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  1. Michaels Italian beef
    Grants Cheesesteak
    Byways cafe
    Sanchez Taqueria
    Bun Bo Hue
    Pho Van
    George's Giant Hamburger
    Hapa Grill
    Best Baguette
    An Xuyen

    Im leaving out carts because I am assuming you mean dine-in establishments.

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    1. re: nkeane

      thank you!
      I've added Grants - yeah! and Byways
      sanchez on the oregon page.

      - I sure am open to carts

      as well as to quote my blog::

      Restaurants Diners Roadhouses Drive-ins Joints Dumps Dives Drivethrus Driveups Drivebys Stickups Greasy Spoons Hole-In-The-Walls Honky Tonks Barbecues BBQs Barbeques Bar-BQs Bar-B-Qs Bar-B-Ques Bars Broilers Cafes Cafeterias Cantinas Chop Houses Clubs Coffee Shops Delis Dining Cars Dinner Houses Fish Camps Fish Houses Fountains Grills Grocerys Ham Houses Huts Inns Kitchens Lobster Pounds Luncheonettes Lunchcounters Lunchwagons Markets Meat-And-Threes Nests Nooks Pantrys Parlors Pits Pizzerias Pubs Rail Cars Rib Houses Saloons Shacks Shantys Sheds Shops Smokehouses Stands Steakhouses Supper Clubs Taps Taquerias Taverns Trailers Trucks WhatChamacallits WhatNots and WhatEvers!


    2. Binh Minh--seriously, you gotta get some bahn mi in that list!
      My Canh

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      1. re: Nettie

        ok i'm on it! gotta eat lunch first - i'm so very hungry for some reason...

        1. re: Nettie

          does An Xuyen and Best Baguette not count?:-)

          1. re: nkeane

            I'd agree with Best Baguette, but I prefer Binh Minh (the stuff I"ve had at BB is more mayonaisey than I like--YMMV). I haven't tried An Xuyen, but I'd trust your recommendation on it.

            1. re: nkeane

              added my cahn best baggy An Xuyen - which binh minh?

              1. re: FrugalDanny

                I've only been to the Binh Minh on NE Broadway and 68th.

          2. and now that Im thinking about it, Ha&VL for viet. soups,
            Asian station(cart)
            Potato Champion(cart)

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            1. re: nkeane

              thanks i haven't gone away I'll get back later a clay class and I think there's a chance I'll be eating Tom Yum or Po Tak

              1. re: nkeane

                Ha&VL & Asian station added...not able to get a good grip on potato
                michael's italian added
                george's added to oregon map

                which pho van?
                anyone have opinion on pho an sandy, pho huy in happy valley

                1. re: FrugalDanny

                  any of them except the Beaverton one. food is fine, and priced the same.....service is, well, the opposite of good!?

                  1. re: nkeane

                    We go to Pho Van Beaverton on a regular basis and always have good service.

                    I like both An Xuyen and Binh Minh but I give Binh Minh the edge on a better sandwich.

                    1. re: JillO

                      I'm pretty happy with Pho Van in Beaverton, too.

                      Is Pho An the one that used to be Pho Oregon? If so, that's pretty good.

                      1. re: JillO

                        hmm? every time I have been(maybe 6) the service toggles between curt and lackadaisical! seriously, Im not trying to be a pisser here. Slow drink replacements, serving/seating others that arrived considerably later then I, no check ups, surly attitude, etc.....and Never, not once have I left less then 15%(which is why I quit going, because its not worth 5%, little lone 15%).
                        Compare that to the service I have gotten at all the other locations, including Silk(their peal district bistro), and I am befuddled by everyones defense of the Beaverton locale!

                  2. re: nkeane

                    If you're going to mention Ha & VL, keep in mind that they typically sell out of their soups by around 11:30am or noon. Also, their bread and other pastries are from Lanvin on 82nd, behind Pho Oregon. I'm actually not a fan of Lanvin's bread at all, and if I were to rank the banh mi joints, it would go like this...
                    1. An Xuyen
                    2. Best Baguette
                    3. Binh Minh
                    4. Lanvin

                    Props to Binh Minh, though, for stocking a deli fridge full of Vietnamese snacks that you'd typically find at any convenience store setting like nem chua.

                    I think Potato Champion is a bit overrated. The only thing separating it from the "poutine" I can get at a sports bar is the lack of chairs there on SE 12th and Hawthorne.

                    Pho An on Sandy used to be an outpost of Pho Oregon, but I thought the broth was too salty on my first two visits, which is why I switched over to Pho Oregon on 82nd.

                    While I don't frequent Pho Van I will say this: their nem nuong (grilled sausage) is spot on. And now that BCTD is gone, it's also one of the few places where you can order banh cuon and roll your own spring rolls.

                    I'll also give a shout out to Ken's Artisan Bakery. They've got a pulled pork sandwdich that's out of this world:


                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                      Speaking of An Xuyen... (shameless plug)


                      The other place mentioned in the piece, La Estacion, is also quite good.

                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        I've always wondered about La Estacion--I'm glad to have someone else try it out, because that is one scary strip mall.

                      2. re: SauceSupreme

                        Honestly, Potato Champion is nowhere near as bad as a specific sports bar that will remain nameless! That said, I opt for plain fries there and eat them with some spiced up ketchup and pungent mustard.

                    2. considering the level of support for Pho - thinking seriously about doing a map just for pho! how many pho joints in the metro are above average would you guess...

                      1. anymore ideas along the lines of hamburgers hot dogs pizza bbq etc..

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                        1. re: FrugalDanny

                          Hamburgers: Clyde Common HH, Georges Giant Hamburger, Hollywood Burger Bar

                          Hot dogs: SuperDog(two locations), Zachs Shack, Otto's deli

                          BBQ; Podnahs, Delicious pit texas bbq, Busters texas style bbq(3 locations)

                          Pizza: I dont know if your requirement is cheap, if so, I cant help ya......Im way to much of a pizza snob to bother with bad/mediocre pie. that being said, the best pizza in Portland(in order) are: Apizza Scholls, Kens artisan, Nostrana, Flying Pie

                          1. re: nkeane

                            thks I'll start looking at these in the morn..