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ParisKat May 11, 2011 10:24 AM

I will be in Portland for three nights in June, and have made reservations at Ping and Meriwether's, and plan to go to Pok Pok on the other night. For lunches, we are not making reservations. We're interested in seafood, asian, and local food while we are in Portland, and are hoping to visit some food trucks. What are some suggestions for lunch? Also, any feedback on the dinner selections based on our interests?

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Meriwether's
2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

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    grapesgrapes May 11, 2011 02:02 PM

    Ping and Pok Pok are both good but you may find them somewhat similar experiences, since they are both Andy Ricker places. If I had to choose one, my personal preference is Pok Pok, though it's mostly a matter of taste.

    Meriwether's seems like a kind of underwhelming choice to me. I've only eaten in the bar there, but it didn't seem like a place I'd go out of my way for. Wildwood or Paley's Place might be a better choice for good local cuisine. Both are excellent.

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    Pok Pok
    3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

    Meriwether's
    2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

    Paley's Place
    1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    1. JillO May 11, 2011 07:40 PM

      I would hit Ping for lunch or for an early happy hour (they have a good one), and I prefer it to Pok Pok btw. But Pok Pok's lunch menu isn't as good as the dinner menu (it is still good, but most folks seem to prefer Pok Pok for dinner) so do dinner there. I do not think that they are anything alike as restaurants and the menus are completely different.

      Definitely Wildwood over Meriwether's, IMO.

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      Pok Pok
      3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

      Meriwether's
      2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

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        cheeseisheaven May 11, 2011 09:24 PM

        I would recommend Chaing Mai on SE Hawthorne for lunch...or lunch in the Pearl can be fun..

        the food carts are fabulous on a nice day. My latest food cart crazes are Viking Soul food and 7 Hills Turkish cart..you can find them @ foodcartsportland.com. Most restaurants in portland feature local produce when they can.

        A do not miss place is Tasty & Sons
        Ocean City Seafood & Wongs King off 82nd are great for asian seafood

        Eater PDX and portlandfood.org are also good reading....

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        Ocean City Restaurant
        3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

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          chalmers May 11, 2011 11:00 PM

          Other than Ping and Pok Pok, Portland isn't exactly the greatest place for Asian food, though I guess it depends where you're coming from. I don't see a problem with going to both, as long as you don't order Vietnamese dishes at Pok Pok.

          Both Olympic Provisions and Evoe are excellent lunch destinations. Wildwood, Clyde common and Gruner are all open for lunch on weekdays. Andina is open for lunch and has a lot of seafood.

          Food carts are definitely a good idea. Hit either the downtown pod around SW 10th and Alder or the one at SE 43rd and Belmont.

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          Pok Pok
          3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

          Andina Restaurant
          1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

          Olympic Provisions
          107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

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            syrahgirl May 18, 2011 10:31 AM

            We had a very nice meal at Meriwether's, I loved their Osso Bucco. I would try Little Bird also, located right across from the Porltand City Grill. They do an awesome Whole Trout dish there. :)

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            Meriwether's
            2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

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            Alba May 25, 2011 07:41 PM

            For lunch, do not miss a food cart at NW 10th & Alder called Nong's Khao Man Gai. They only serve one dish but it's otherworldly & addictive -- a poached chicken with sauce of garlic, ginger & chilies, and a cabbage soup on the side. Even though I don't work downtown, I make the hike several times a month for lunch. Don't be late, as they run out of food by around 1 PM each day.

            For an offbeat, quirky alternative try Miho Izakaya on North Interstate (dinner only). This restaurant is not downtown, so a good option if you have a car, but also reachable on Trimet. It's creative Japanese fare minus the sushi (though they do usually have one sashimi option on the menu). They do fantastic vegetable dishes -- miso-buttered grilled asparagus and wakame salad are inspired, but my favorite dish is the Ika calamari salad. The flavors are extraordinary! This is also a great place for sake, if you are a fan. Super friendly owners and great service. Highly recommended!

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            Nong's Khao Man Gai
            SW 10th and Alder, Portland, OR

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