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Good Cheap eats in downtown pdx and near colliseum

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Laurie2515 Jan 25, 2011 03:20 PM

Hey,
My boyfriend and I are spending the weekend in Portland. We want good food, semi-romantic, but on a pretty tight budget.
Were looking for a dinner place near the arlene schnitzer concert hall -$60 budget for 2 people
a breakfast place near the same area -$10-15 per person
a dinner place near the coliseum -$10-15 per person

Any ideas/advice would be VERY appreciated!! Thanks so much.

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    Leonardo RE: Laurie2515 Jan 25, 2011 05:30 PM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705036
    "New to the Portland Board? Read this First.

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      MyNextMeal RE: Laurie2515 Jan 26, 2011 05:25 AM

      Veritable Quandry might work for your first dinner - but it's pushing it on the price tag. They do have a cheaper bar menu depending on if you are big eaters. Also check the bistro side of Higgins.

      Coliseum-area is a culinary wasteland. You'd be better off eating in downtown/oldtown/pearl and then taking the light-rail MAX to the coliseum. Search for good happy hours - I'd consider Davis Street Tavern.

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      Davis Street Tavern
      500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

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        Nettie RE: Laurie2515 Jan 26, 2011 11:09 AM

        I'm a little stumped on the "semi-romantic" part--that seems pretty difficult on a tight budget. I would go for Clyde Common for the downtown area. While it's not romantic, because they might seat you at a communal table, they have a fair number of less expensive options on the menu and the food is really good. Kenny and Zukes next door might be good for breakfast, although that's not a meal I'm really into (I prefer a latte and pastry, if anything).

        There's not a lot right around Memorial Coliseum, as mentioned. There are good options in the lower Burnside area, which is about a mile away (I would call that walkable). In that area for your budget I'd recommend Biwa, especially the soups, which run around $10. If you start adding on skewers or such your bill is going to climb pretty fast, however.

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        Clyde Common
        1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

        Biwa
        215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

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          MichaelG RE: Laurie2515 Jan 26, 2011 12:46 PM

          Nicholas near the Convention Center (not far from Coliseum) is nice, especially if you like middle eastern food. Another option is Ping in Old Town Chinatown,.Just walk a few blocks to the OTCT Max station and it will take you right to the Coliseum.

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