Good food/drink destinations for foodies on a budget in Portland
My beau and I will be spending 3 or 4 days in the Portland area in June, most likely staying in or close to downtown. We love ALL kinds of food, and have no dietary restrictions. We both work in restaurants (Bartender and Waiter), and thus also love good wine, beer, and innovative cocktails!
We don't like sterile, fine-dining atmospheres. We would like some suggestions on where to go for good, solid food/drinks in a cool/casual and/or eclectic/funky atmosphere, where we won't drop a ton of money. We always sit at the bar 'cause we're laid back people. We like to try a variety of things, so shareable small plates/tapas are always very enjoyable for us.
There are so many restaurants and bars in the area that I've reviewed, and I'm getting dizzy! Live music and cool patio hangouts are also a plus!
We are in our early 30's and would love to hear some feedback from you fun-loving locals.
Thank you for your help!
You'd really be hard-pressed to drop a lot of money anywhere here. Even the high-end places in Portland aren't that "high-end" $$$-wise, relatively speaking.
One place I'd highly recommend that sounds like youze would enjoy is the Mississippi Marketplace food cart pod (N. Mississippi & Skidmore), where you can pick up a great, inexpensive street food meal from one of the bunch of food carts there and take your food into the German pub next door for a drink -
It's a bit of a distance from downtown, but there's very easy bus access via the frequent service #4 St. Johns-bound line from downtown.
I'm a huge fan of Garden State, myself...
A couple of places that have smaller and less expensive portions are Clyde Common (particularly the pastas) and Olympic Provisions. Toro Bravo has tapas, of course--while it isn't inexpensive, if you watch what you get you can eat really good food for a reasonable price.
Tabla has a very good deal on a three-course dinner for $24. Another place where I think you get a great deal is Firehouse.
Of all of these, only Clyde Common is downtown. I think most of the rest of them are accessible by bus (www.trimet.org).
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212
, Portland, OR 97201
foodcartsportland.com will get you updated on what is happening, and the cart pods are a scene onto themselves..Whiffies and Potato Champion @ SE 12th and Hawthorne ( which is open late) are great places to meet folks and have fun conversations.
Alberta St is worth checking out for live music...Al Forno is opening a bar next to the pizza place and I am sure it will be a fun eclectic place to be.
The happy hour is an institution here and one of my faves for good food is Davis Street Tavern..and you can check out Ping across the way. Tanuki is further out, but they also have great deals at happy hour.
Happy eatin...let us know what you liked!
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SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR
Thank you for your feedback! Am definitely interested in the food cart scene in Portland since I've heard so much about it. Just tryin' to get the local vibe as much as possible and get a taste of Portland with all its offerings. Can't wait!