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Jul 18, 2010 09:51 AM

cheap ethnic eats in Portland

any suggestions for really great, cheap ethnic lunch spots? all flavors welcomed!

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  1. Just drive out Forrest Ave. Vientamese, Thai, Indian, Chinese, and a Greek place for which I do not care. Local hounds can help w/ the names.

    1. Yes, driving out on outer Forest has many good spots: Vietnamese - Thanh Thanh II or Saigon. I love the grilled pork over rice at Thanh; Thai - just ate at Mekong Thai and they have a great lunch special for under $9; Polish - (if you are hankering for food that lays in your stomach all day) Bogusha's on Stevens across from Aubuchon Hardware; Bayou/Cajun - Po' Boys and Pickles - gets great reviews.

      Indian - not cheap and average in Portland. Korean - Happy Teriyaki on Congress downtown - excellent Korean and authentic. Japanese - our favorite, Shima on Fore Street - it impresses with a cheap lunch in serene surroundings. Tex/Mex - We have just discovered El Rayo on York Street. First rate chow for not much money. Hard to spend $10/person unless you drink a lot. If you are familiar with poutine, a French Canadian dish, and you like it - check out Duckfat on Middle Street. Finally, for authentic Italian served up like in Italy, try Paciarino also on Fore

      Fore Street
      288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

      Korea House
      630 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

      Middle Street Cafe
      100 Middle St Ste 101, Portland, ME 04101

      Thanh Thanh II
      782 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

      468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

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      1. re: StevensAve

        Happy Teriyaki will change to an all-Korean menu in a week or so - whenever they get their new sign approved with it's new name. I had samples a couple weeks ago and it was pretty good. There is a beef bone "mother" broth always simmering on the stove. Kum's Mom taught her how to make some killer soups. Don't know what prices will be like.

        Pho Hanoi on Ocean Street, next to Uncle Andy's Diner is new - we get two bowls of pho and an app for around $20

      2. Boda- Authentic thai street food. Cheap and delicious.

        1. Asmara Restaurant is located just one block from the Portland Museum of Art and serves the best Eritrean/Ethiopian food I've ever had. It is an unassuming venue, but don't underestimate the flavor. The lamb is legendary, and the vegetarian options are also fantastic.

          Portland Museum of Art
          7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101

          1. Tu Casa on Washington Ave. is good and inexpensive - just allow plenty of time or call ahead. They move on Latin time.

            Tu Casa Salvadorena Restaurant
            70 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101