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College Trip to Portland with a 17 year Old Foodie.

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Traveling from Los Angeles over spring break to visit a few colleges in the Portland area with my 17 year old son who is a true foodie and will eat and try almost anything. We will have a car. Can you suggest a 4 day food quest for us? Looking forward to visiting and tasting your beautiful city. Thanks so much for any help.

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    1. I would do a food cart tour of the world...PDX Style
      foodcartsportland.com will help with all the cart pods my faves..
      Tabor Chech food
      Viking Soul Food
      La Cocina De Chepe El Salvadorian
      ...like that...and more!!!

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      1. re: cheeseisheaven

        Thanks so much! We are staying at the Ace Portland. Anything in that neighborhood? We will be there April 4th-6th, with tickets to the Trailblazers on the 4th.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Clyde Common in the Ace Hotel. And I second Tabor for the pork or chicken sandwich. The kid will love it.

          1. re: MichaelG

            Is Tabor as good as it looks?

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            Tabor Authentic Czech Cuisine
            SW 5th and Stark, Portland, OR

      2. Is Apizza Scholls worth a visit?

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        Apizza Scholls
        4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

        1. Also looking for seafood (South Park Seafood) and asian. Any sugestions?

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          1. re: wienermobile

            I think Apizza Scholls is worth a visit, and if you like Caesar salads get one of those there too.

            We are not a great seafood town (the coast is 1.5 hours away), but if you like your seafood/fish raw, Wafu is doing some excellent things with it, as well as their awesome ramen with housemade noodles. When there start with the specials board and then add in stuff from the menu. A special salmon belly handroll I had there last week was amazing.
            http://wafupdx.com/

            I think Sunshine Tavern is a great stop too (brunch on weekends is good as well as dinner everyday). Lots of awesome comfort food faves including good pizza, fried oysters, chicken and waffles, the best $15 steak and fries plate in town (with housemade worcestershire sauce!)...a couple of housemade sodas and good cocktails (hey, you'll probably need a drink at some point ;o). And there is free Ms. PacMan/Galaga, Donkey Kong, and shuffle board...what's not to like.
            http://sunshinepdx.com/

            What kind of Asian? Good Thai at Pok Pok and Chiang Mai, SE Asian at Ping. Wafu might kill 2 birds with 1 stone (Asian/seafood)!
            http://www.pingpdx.com/
            http://chiangmaipdx.com/
            http://www.pokpokpdx.com/

            1. re: JillO

              JillO Thanks so much for your help. Ping and those Spicy octopus skewers marinated in lime, garlic, fish sauce sounds great. Any breakfast suggestions? Broder?

              1. re: wienermobile

                I love the octopus skewers at Ping, they are great. Make sure you try the carrot cake, it's nothing at all like the dessert of the same name.

                I like the food at Broder, but the service can be...well, awful. If you do choose to go, do it during the week.

                Tasty & Sons does a good breakfast with interesting choices. The Original Pancake House (and it is the original one that started the chain) can be a fun place (I adore the ginormous apple pancake and their thick cut bacon - but don't try to finish it. ;o). Great breakfast sandwiches can be found at Meat Cheese Bread, Lovejoy Bakers, Bunk, and The Big Egg (the last one is a food cart int he Mississippi Marketplace pod). Weekends only places incl, Sunshine Tavern, Screen Door (huge lines), Simpatica, Accanto, and Irving Street Kitchen (I have not been to ISK, but a friend loves it).

                1. re: JillO

                  We have The Original Pancake House here in LA and it's one of my favorites. (I love their 49er flapjacks) Tasty and Sons sounds great, I have my eye on their House Made Reuben. We will try not to miss Tabor Authentic Czech Cuisine and have seen photos of their sandwich and it looks incredible. Have made reservations at both Ping and Apizza Scholls. Still open to other suggestions too including late night dinning after the Timberwolf's game. Thanks to all again and will report back after our trip.

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                  Apizza Scholls
                  4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

                  Tasty n Sons
                  3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Sorry I meant the Trailblazers. Oops.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Both Oven & Shaker and Little Bird are open late - and both are very good!

                      1. re: ekc

                        Thanks so much! I see that Oven & Shaker and Little Bird are both open till midnight.

          2. Any lunch recs near Reed College or Lewis & Clark?

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            1. re: wienermobile

              My pick by Reed would be Eastmoreland Market for some of the best sandwiches in Portland, incl. their muffaletta and meatball. It's a small market with some tables, it's cute and very, very good.

              Lewis & Clark would be Dang's for Thai, or Kurata if you are there when they are open for lunch (which I think is Thurs and Fri).

              1. re: wienermobile

                take the Terwilliger exit off i-5 south and then head up toward LC. about 3 minutes from the exit, there is a stop light and some small shops, haven't been in a while, used to be gourmet picnic stuff - might still be. then continue toward LC - there is a roundabout -- that's the LC law school - you can take the right turn off the roundabout and get yourself past tryon creek state park -- if it's sunny / dry, those are good trails in there - you can also continue and turn right at the big intersection and you're on your way to Lake O downtown (Lake Oswego) - there's everything down there from Peets to Sur La Table to Safeway and everything in between. It's kind of an old fashioned neighborhood. Once you know your way around, you can also get down to Lake O neighborhood by continuing along Military Road past LC and thru the tree-lined streets of beautiful mansions in Dunthorpe which will bring you back to Terwilliger Blvd and very shortly the intersection where you turn right to go to Lake O downtown. Good luck on your visit, hope you have time to enjoy the beautiful gardens at Lewis and Clark.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grill is about 5 minutes from L&C down on Macadam.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Otto's (on Woodstock) for terrific brats. (My son's a Reedie who steeled in Portland after graduating.) This is a great food town -- the food carts alone are amazing. My daughter just got back from a visit and thought Clyde Common was pretty meh, but was blown away by Wafu.

                  2. I had a really good lunch at Jade Teahouse in Sellwood the other day, which isn't too far from Reed. Their Bahn Mi sandwiches are really good and they have other good noodle dishes. The space is nice too.

                    1. TRIP REPORT: Just got back from some wonderful Portland dining. When we arrived at the airport my son was starving and a lady at the rental car place recommended Famous Dave's (not in the LA area) Ok for a chain. The brisket was pretty good but don't think I'd go back. For dinner went to Ping. If I lived in Portland I would go here once a week for sure. So good, had the octopus, prawn, fried quail and quail egg skewers wrapped in bacon (my favorite) . The smoked duck, the fried carrot cake, spring rolls and the best of all the Hokkien Mee seafood noodles. One great meal and service. Next day while my son was touring Reed I stumbled upon Otto's Sausages, Has their mild pork sausage grilled on the outdoor BBQ. Boy was that a great find. Dinner that night at Apizza Scholls, had the caesar salad and their really nice Margherita Pizza with pepperoni, wonderful crust. For such a very busy restaurant we had very good service. On our last morning wanted to try Tabor food cart but found they are closed for the month. On a suggestion from our hotel tried Nong's Khao Man Gai Cart and their one chicken dish, was not disappointed at all. Such tasty rice and tender chicken. Of course we did not miss Voodoo Donuts and got the $19 fried box. It lasted all three days we were there (I loved that grape donut). Thanks to everyone for all the help. I will be glad to repay the favor if anyone is off to LA. Thank you Portland.

                       
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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Thanks for the report! Never heard of Dave's...

                        1. re: Leonardo

                          Neither had I.
                          http://www.famousdaves.com/

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          Glad you had a good time, hope your son was pleased with what he saw so you can spend more time enjoying our city!

                          1. re: JillO

                            JillO I wanted to thank you personally for so may recommendations that fit just what we were looking for. You have a wonderful city and I just wish we had more time to eat. Pok Pok, Tabor and Wafu next time.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              I'm a NYC transplant who has been here for 10 years and I haven't looked back. I love it here. Glad the recs were helpful!

                              1. re: JillO

                                So glad you enjoyed your dining in Portland! :)