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Sep 8, 2009 11:28 AM

Cheap eats in Portland

Hey guys. I've already been to fabulous places like Caiola's and Street & Co. but I'd like to find more places that are affordable. So far I know of Becky's, Susan's Fish and Chips, and Gilbert's. All types of food are great.

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  1. Don't miss Haggarty's "Brit-Indy" takeout on Forest Ave: I'm getting great food from there tonight! Excellent classic Indian, very reasonable.

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    1. re: mainemal

      We finally got around to trying this place a couple of weeks ago and we thought it was pretty mediocre. The creamier sauces tasted chalky and unblended and one of the tomato-based sauces, can't remember the name, was kind of icky sweet. I can certainly make better Indian food at home. I was really wanting to like it, as we really miss good Indian food in Maine (my stepkids are Indian and grew up eating that cuisine, of course, a tradition I maintained when we blended our households). And there's no raita on the menu!

      1. re: Shooley

        That's too bad but i have to agree. I have had great experiences there but it is a hit or a miss these days. Give it another try if you can, it may be worth it. :)

      2. re: mainemal

        May be reasonable but three strikes and you're out in my book. Never got a good dish here.

      3. don't miss out on Miss Portland Diner or Marginal Way...
        Very good and very reasonable

        1. Nice strand to start. ...Portland is a great cheap eats town, especially if you stay ethnic.
          Kim's Sandwich Shop for Bahn Mi, Trang Tranh II for pho, the Salvadoran and Yucatan places on Washington Ave. ... and Silly's too!

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          1. re: joss2

            Pho place on Forest Ave is called Thanh Thanh II. The Thai place across the street from Thanh Thanh, Sengchai Thai, is above average. Try the larb. Salvadoran place on Washington is called Tu Casa.

            Not a big fan of Haggarty's either. Like the pakora, but the curries are overly sweet.

            Black Tie food is pretty good if you like sandwiches and takeout. West End Grocer also makes really good sandwiches.

            Silly's is its own thing -- very unpretentious, kid-friendly, veg-friendly, unfussy, and quirky.

            1. re: joss2

              where is the Salvadorian resto? i've been craving a good pupusa and don't want to drive to East Boston..

              1. re: minibrings

                Washington Ave in Munjoy Hill area, about 2 blocks past Silly's toward 295. Even has its own small parking lot.

                1. re: the_MU

                  Thanks. What's the name of this Salavadoran place?

                  1. re: ciclista

                    I don't remember but found it doing a google. There is only 1 Salvadorian place in Portland

                    1. re: minibrings

                      Tu Casa is the name of the El Salvadorian restaurant on Washington Ave. Been eating there since they opened and it's always a hit! Great 'to go' as well.

            2. I always enjoy Flatbread Pizza. Can't remember the name of the street it's on...I'm not from the area...but the building is right on the water.

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              1. re: eenie1

                It's on Commercial Street. Great pizza. Another great place for pizza is the fairly new BONOBO'S in Portland -- great pizza, soup, salads AND desserts -- also, pizza by the slice.

                1. re: eenie1

                  Commercial, next to the ferry terminal, behind RiRa.

                2. We like Pepperclub and Duck Fat, both on Middle St. Not super cheap, but less expensive than either Caiolas (which we love) or Street & Co. Pepperclub is open for dinner (not lunch) and has a funky menu with ethnic and veggie specials (plus meals for carnivores). Duck Fat has fries to die for, milkshakes, salads, sandwiches, and soups. Order at counter and they deliver to your table, or you can do take out.

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                  1. re: maina

                    Last time I was at Duckfat you can only order at the counter for take out. They had a change in policy. If your sitting down you order at your table with waitstaff service. That tip bumps up the cost a bit. Plus the waitstaff is not all that worthy of sitting down. Best to take it to go.