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Jan 25, 2011 03:20 PM

Good Cheap eats in downtown pdx and near colliseum

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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    1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

        Clyde Common
        1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

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

        1. 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.