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Portland Chow for College Kid and Parent

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College road trip includes one lunch on or near the Lewis and Clark campus. One dinner downtown. There will be plenty of driving on this trip, so ideally I would like to stay close to the college for lunch, and anything walkable from the Hotel Monaco.
Looking for anything that is specific to Portland-- can be upscale, dive, ethnic, burger etc. anything goes, just chowhound-worthy. I will be posting on the PNW board for suggestions in Salem.

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    1. Lunch near Lewis and Clark is easy:
      Dang's Thai (angel wings, mussamun curry, stuffed calamari in green curry, duck in tangerine sauce, crab fried rice...so many good things here) http://dangsthaikitchen.com/

      Downtown offers a lot of choices, not sure what you are really looking for. Also, not sure what an 18 year old might enjoy. Try looking at:

      Clyde Common: http://www.clydecommon.com/
      Gruner: http://www.grunerpdx.com/
      Little Bird Bistro: http://littlebirdbistro.com/
      Gilda's: http://gildasitalianrestaurant.com/ (I haven't been here, but have heard good things
      )Cassidy's: http://cassidysrestaurant.com/