Dining alone in Portland
Help me decide where to eat in Portland next week! I'll be traveling alone and staying at the DoubleTree. I won't have a car, but I might get a bike. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest before, and I'd really like to focus on unique foods I can't get anywhere else (I've lived in Austin, NYC, New Orleans, and Rhode Island). I'm interested in seafood, ethnic foods, charcuterie, and artisan cheeses. I also don't have tons of money to spend. Thanks in advance!
I frequently travel to Portland alone and find it to be very friendly for solo diners. There is also good bus service there - so I would check it out. Olympic Provisions has great charcuterie. Tasty n' Sons has nice bar seating and excellent food at a variety of prices. Evoe, housed in Pastaworks on Hawthorne is open from noon - 7 and has interesting small plates. So does Kir, and both should be bus accessible. The food carts in 'pods' have amazing food and offer a wide variety of ethnic dining. (www.foodcartsportland.com) and they have different opening/closing times. PokPok is well known for authentic Thai food - and a new locaton Pok Pok Noi does a lot of carry out. Simpatica Dining Hall open Friday and Saturday has a prix fix four course dinner for typically less than $40 and open seating. A great place to meet people. Enjoy.