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toro Aug 31, 2009 09:48 AM

Well I used to live in Portland, and am visiting for a week.
Living in Michigan, I need a few recs..
On my list is :
Yuzu Itzakaya
Bunk Sandwiches
Apizza Scholls

I am looking for a good sushi restaurant, when I lived there Saburo's was my regular place.
but when I left it was not as good as whe I moved there 10 years ago. I also liked the sushi place next to Uwigamya ? While I love quality, I do like some quantity, after some very expensive meals in NYC, (ie Sushi Yasuda).

Second love Vietnamese food,was not a fan of Pho Van, used to eat at Pho Huang on East 33rd?
Good Pho, but looking for Bun or Bahn Mi.

Also Dim Sum? Has chinatown gotten any better, Wong's King I heard has decent Dim Sum, Was not a fan of Legin.

Also any real deal Thai restaurants, My wife liked Pok Pok. I used their rib recipe from Bon Appetite and was very good. Anything more authentic or with a Malaysian Twist?

Also any must trys, not nessisarily fancy, we prefer street food to white table cloths.
Thnaks in advance.

Toro

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    nkeane Aug 31, 2009 12:03 PM

    Yuzu, Bunk and Apizza are all great places. you've done some good research.

    Yuzu is probalby the cities best, straightforward izakaya. if Japanese/Korean drinking food interests you, then Tanuki should be at the head of your list.

    MeatCheeseBread is a sandwich shop that is execution-wise on par with Bunk, but is taking a decidedly different approach to sandwiches. Where bunk is super rich and decadent, MCB rocks much more clean flavors and "lighter" tastes. The proverbial 2 sides to the same coin.....

    Apizza is simply the best pizza within 1000miles, hands down.

    Pok Pok is pretty damn authentic BTW. It's just not the southern Thai that you are thinking of. They do Chang Mai and Issan cuisine almost exclusively. If you liked one of Andy's recipes when you made it, wait til you try it when he does! as for Malaysian, the only place I can recommend would be Malay Satay Hut in the Fubbon shopping center.

    can't help with Sushi, its pretty dismal in this city outside of Hiroshi, Murata and Kurata.....good luck.

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      Leonardo Aug 31, 2009 01:00 PM

      Everything nkeane said. You're ready. Only thing on which I differ is that Ken's Artisan Pizza is my favorite.

      Bahn Mi: Best Baguette.

      Consider Tabla http://www.portlandfoodanddrink.com/2009/08/04/tabla-mediterranean-bistro/#comment-150829

      Hakatamon is next to Uwajimaya (correct spelling). While they do have good sushi, the specialty is their noodles. I always thought Saburo was horrible, so am not in a position to comment on how they are now.

      Many great carts such as Whiffie's Fried Pies, Potato Champion at SE 12th/Hawthorne. Asian Station. http://foodcartsportland.com/

      Don't bother with dim sum.

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        Trishamn Nov 8, 2009 10:30 PM

        I've always had good luck at Sinju and Hama Sushi on Sandy for fresh sushi. Otherwise, everywhere else is nothing special, except Murata, which is fantastic but also $$.

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        Sinju Restaurant
        1022 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209

        Hama Sushi
        4232 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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