A Gourmand With Cash Flow Issues
Alas... I am a man with Champagne tastes on a beer budget. Perhaps Portland is the place for me ? I'll try not to overstay my welcome. I will be visiting the last week of August, and I'm looking for (1)- interesting local cuisine which does not break the bank, and/or (2) Happy Hour dining deals. Oyster Happy Hour Deals are especially desirable. I checked this board and the last mention of Oyster Happy Hours was in 2010. Have things changed in 4 years?
Thanks for any guidance...
Tanuki (read up on it, it isn't for everyone), Mi Mero Mole, Sunshine Tavern, Apizza Scholls, Nong's Khao Man Gai, Boke Bowl (though I think it is not a great value for what you get), Pok Pok (ditto), Boxer Ramen, Cibo, Podnah's/La Taq, PaaDee, Firehouse, Uno Mas, Bollywood Theater, Ate-oh-Ate.
Great Happy Hours:
Both Tasty & Sons and Tasty & Alder: http://tastyntasty.com/
http://rumclubpdx.com/menus/happy_hour (more for the drinks - it is a GREAT bar, a fave among industry folks
And yeah, check the recent thread for my oyster info - basically EaT has $1 oysters (and some that cost more, too) every Tuesday (also great frog legs). I'd start there and have some oysters and then head to Lincoln for their happy hour or Tasty & Sons for theirs (one is in one direction down the block, one is in the other, but they are all, technically, in the same building - different storefronts with a common hallway inside).
Ate-oh-ate has a fun happy hour if you like their stuff. Blue Goose is a decent new spot with a lowbrow-gastropubby vibe and sparky new mexican-style food, generous and reasonably priced. Lovely's 5050 is doing great things with pizza and ice cream. Cheese & Crack is a curious and rewarding stop for beer and snacks. And/or ice cream.