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Jul 4, 2011 09:26 PM

Saturday dinner in Portland (with some requirements)

I'll be in Portland this Saturday, after having ridden STP (Seattle to Portland--204 miles) (on a bike). Does anyone have a suggestion for dinner? Here are the requirements: within walking (more like stumbling) distance of Lloyd Center; serves dinner after 8 or 9 pm; OK to wear jeans or other casual clothing; and comfortable for a single woman, eating alone (which I do frequently; I have no shyness about this, but some places just "feel" better to single diners). Help me spend my hard-earned calorie deficit! (I'm meeting a friend for Sunday breakfast so I'm covered for that one.) Thanks!

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  1. If you really want something close to Lloyd Center, I think Frank's Noodle House is your best option - it's not fancy, but it's great - fresh hand-made noodles, good dumplings - casual, I've happily eaten there alone before, and is a carb-loading paradise. Only downside is they stop serving at 9, so you'd want to get there before then.

    Lower Burnside is walkable, but possibly not if you're exhausted. If you can swing that, though, your options broaden considerably: Le Pigeon (though may not be great as a single diner), Mirakutei and The Farm are all good.

    Le Pigeon
    738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    Noodle House
    13600 SW Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR 97223

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    1. re: chalmers

      Many thanks--I'll see if I'm capable of making it to Lower Burnside, sounds like more choices.

      1. re: Erika L

        We love Le Pigeon! Their sister restaurant, Little Bird in downtown Portland is also awesome. Last time we were at Le Pigeon we dined at the bar, there was a single diner there from Modesto that we enjoyed chatting with during our meal. I would put this place high on the list. :)

        Le Pigeon
        738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    2. I would consider hopping the train since lloyd center is in the free rail zone and heading downtown for more options. Jeans are ok pretty much everywhere and I eat out as a single woman just about any where. Little Bird is not a long walk from the train. If you happen to catch the green line, it stops a block away. Check out for maps.