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Just relocated to NE Portland - need recs

Alba Apr 5, 2010 08:09 PM

I’m a Bay Area hound that’s recently relocated to Portland. My husband and I are now living in Piedmont and are trying to figure out the dining scene & nightlife on the eastside.

We’ve already tried (and love) Le Pigeon, Toro Bravo, Secret Society, Thai Food Café, Apizza Scholl’s, Prost. I've been searching the board, but have yet to figure out where to find:

• Best baguette
• Best place to eat escargot
• Best sushi
• Best place to buy produce
• Best place to hear live music, Alberta or Mississippi areas.
• Fun spot for DJs/dancing, eastside option?
• Late night dining for a foodie
• Great spot for a glass of wine or 3 on a rainy evening
• A fun spot to grab a beer and watch futbol
• A great taco truck/cart for burritos (have tried the Mississippi cart pod and the guy at Killingsworth and Interstate)
• Great ceviche
• Best espresso, and good source of fair trade, organic coffee beans (not a supermarket chain)

Locals, please share your favorite haunts in NE/SE PDX. Thanks!

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

  1. j
    JayinPortland Apr 5, 2010 10:07 PM

    Welcome to Portland!

    For produce, your best bet of course bar none are the farmers' markets, three of which operate year-round - People's every Wednesday in SE, Hillsdale two Sundays a month in SW and Lloyd every Tuesday just off the MAX there around NE 7th. Between April and October or so, of course, there are dozens of them, on every day except Friday this year I believe. You're not far from the Sunday King Market near NE MLK & Alberta, which opens again for the season May 2. Right now, the big PSU Saturday farmers' market is also already in full swing. Fwiw, if you want to be able to get in and out try to get there before 10.

    Alberta Co-op is worth regular visits, as well. There's a tiny place up in St. Johns (they're a restaurant open late nights, too) that I used to really like for produce, but I can't remember the name. Hmmm, I'll have to look that up one of these days.

    For food carts, here's a great resource which is updated almost every day-


    Have you tried Garden State up there at the Mississippi pod yet? Highly recommended.

    As for burritos, I like Los Gorditos on SE Division and 50th and Jarochitos downtown at SW Stark & 5th. But I've heard that the best, most authentic Mexican carts are on the outskirts of town, along 82nd & beyond. I hardly ever get out that way (I live in Creston-Kenilworth in SE), but if anybody knows of a really great taco truck out there I'd like to know about it myself!

    Fun spot for a beer is anywhere! I'm not a big 'futbol' fan myself, but I believe the Horse Brass Pub on SE Belmont around 43rd-ish takes the game pretty seriously? There's also a place on W. Burnside near PGE Park that's a soccer bar, or at least it is during Timbers season.

    Try Ristretto Roasters at NE Fremont & 42nd (actually, I think there's even one closer to you up on N. Williams?), they're my favorite for coffee here. As for grind at home, there's always Stumptown of course, and I think St. Johns Roasters is fair / direct trade as well? They sell at a few farmers' markets (Milwaukie Sundays is one of them) here during the season. Cellar Door Roasters (SE 12th between Division and Hawthorne, you can find their beans at the co-ops as well) has at least one organic fair trade roast, as well.

    4525 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

    Horse Brass Pub
    4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR

    Ristretto Roasters
    3520 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213

    1. n
      Nettie Apr 5, 2010 10:16 PM

      Late night: the bar menu at Spints Alehouse.

      Espresso: Ristretto on NE Williams and Failing, Extracto on NE 15th and Prescott, or the new Barista on NE Alberta and 18th.

      Soccer: head over to talktimbers.com and ask there!

      1. l
        Leonardo Apr 6, 2010 03:45 AM

        Welcome to my neighborhood!

        Baguette: Grand Central Bakery on N Fremont near Mississippi
        Ceviche: Del Inti
        Wine bar: Pour on NE Broadway
        Small Plates: Navarre

        I won't bother answering questions about live music venues, dancing etc, as the moderators will delete non-food posts.

        Del Inti Restaurant
        2315 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

        Grand Central Bakery & Cafe
        714 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227

        1. b
          Befuness Apr 6, 2010 11:00 AM

          For the beer/soccer action, I have had fun at Kell's Irish Pub & Thirsty Lion downtown. on NE Broadway there is a place called Costello's Travel Cafe that also is supposed to have lots of matches on a regular basis. Welcome to town!

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          1. re: Befuness
            Alba Apr 7, 2010 11:51 AM

            Thanks amigos for the plentiful suggestions. I just noticed the new Barista on Alberta. Any cafe that plays Velvet Underground is a good place to start...

            I'm not sure if I've visited Garden State (I tried a burrito from the cart run by the former Shins' drummer - unbeknownst to me at the time - it was good!)

            I am definitely looking forward to the kickoff of farmers market season at King. Thanks for posting the date -- I'll be there on May 2nd.

            Finally, I forgot to ask about dog-friendly pubs, cafes or restaurants. Ideas anyone?

            1. re: Alba
              Leonardo Apr 7, 2010 06:56 PM

              Carts: Flavor Spot waffles, N. Fremont & Mississippi. Sugar Cube in the cart pod on Mississippi.

              1. re: Alba
                porky pine Apr 7, 2010 08:43 PM

                I'm pretty sure you can bring dogs to the Amnesia Brewery's large outdoor patio on Mississippi street. It's nice out there when the weather is nice. I know you can bring your dog to the Lucky Lab in southeast Portland and have some beers.

                For sushi: on Alberta Street Zilla has good, fresh sushi and they serve it until almost eleven on the weekend.

                For ceviche: Autentica on Killingsworth is good as is Del Inti on Alberta.

                Del Inti Restaurant
                2315 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

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