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Feb 12, 2011 02:59 PM

In PDX for a few days is this food excursion feasible

So I'm gonna be in the area for about four days and curious as to whether I can hit the restaurants on the list with a skateboard being my primary means of transportation or which places are a bit far out that I should have other options to go to. Also if there is anywhere else I should go to or places where I should get a reservation for one please let me know. Thanks

So far the plan is


Kenny and Zukes
Pok Pok
Toro Bravo
Pine St Biscuits
Olympic Provisions
Apizza Scholls (undecided on this, not sure if I want to wait to be seated for pizza but on there because I need to buy dinner one night for the guy who is housing me)

Food Carts:

Nong's. Khao Mon
Garden State
Bunk Sandwiches
Zita's Pitas
Bees Neez Sausages
Brunch Box

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Bunk Sandwiches
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

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

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  1. I've no idea what constitutes "skateboard range", not knowing how far you can go and where you are staying. There's excellent bus service to every place you mentioned, but again, you don't say where you are staying.

    If you aren't crazy about the prospect of the Apizza wait, consider a slice at It's a Beautiful Pizza, or whole pies at Pyro Pizza (same owner) or Wy'east. All carts. The wait for a bar seat at Ken's Artisan Pizza is never that bad.

    Those all sound like great ideas. But I don't know what else to suggest, not knowing your taste.

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    1. re: Leonardo

      I'm pretty sure I will be staying in the SE. I define skateboard range as between 10 to 15 miles round trip.
      I will eat just about anything, just trying to hit the must haves or the unique. Definitely looking for a good mexican place
      Also are there any good places to eat at near the airport or late night spots since I get in around ten

      1. re: Leonardo

        I think you mean "Give Pizza a Chance." Cart downtown at Stark & 5th. It's a Beautiful Pizza is the place on Belmont that shut down last year...


        To the OP -

        I can definitely recommend K&Z's, OP, Beez Neez Sausages, a burger at Garden State, Ziba's zeljanica platter if you have the time; and if you only eat one thing from a food cart in Portland it should be Tabor's Schnitzelwich!

        Seriously, a must have. I dream of the friggin' thing.

        Also, consider a stop at Meat Cheese Bread (SE Stark & 14th-ish) for lunch. Loving the green bean sandwich there these days (and most everything else), I'd rank it above all but K&Z's or Tabor right now...

        Meat Cheese Bread
        1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

        1. re: JayinPortland

          I would rate Meat Cheese Bread above K&Z ...

          Meat Cheese Bread
          1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

          1. re: JayinPortland

            My mistake. Of course I meant Give Pizza a Chance! It's a Beautiful Pizza was horrid. Another vote for Meat Cheese Bread. But comparing it to K & Z is like apples and rutabagas.

            1. re: Leonardo

              Yes, exactly. To clarify, I only meant to rank them in order of personal preference amongst those places on the list.

        2. A few days in and results so far

          Kenny and Zukes - really enjoyed the sandwich though I was hoping for a little more meat. Pickle was fantastic, potato salad tasted good but a little liquidy for my tastes

          Nongs Khao Mon - it was good, but the sauce definitely made the dish, otherwise it was all just well made food but a little boring

          Pok Pok - got the chicken wings, tasted good but nothing extraordinary. Expecting more out of that dish. Bloody Mary was a good concept, but I didn't take to it

          Pin State Biscuits - Reggie is heavy as hell but quite good. Had trouble eating for the rest of the day

          Beez Neez - Reindeer sausage was quite delicious. Carmelized onions added a better flavor than regular onion. And that ancho chile sauce added the right amount of heat

          Tabors - it was a good sandwich but it was just that. Maybe its because I love horseradish, but other than that it seemed fairly pedestrian. Then again the dog at the house I'm staying at half the sandwich when I went outside for a cigarette

          Potato Champion - fries reminded me of Arbys. Poutine was alright but the gravy seemed a little lacking

          Hopefully on my way to Toro Bravo now, Tanuki tomorrow, and hopefully another food cart or two