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Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

I will second Wong's King.

While I don't claim to have had all chinese food in Portland, I have been used to the Chinese food one would expect in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles. Wong's comes pretty close to filling that void.

Jul 22, 2011
Drunky in Metro Portland

Pho (other than Pho Van) in PDX

There's a place tucked right under the Walgreens on W Burnside (NW 20th and Burnside). I forget the name (Pho Toast?), but it was some of the best Pho I've had in a while.

The broth is pretty pungent and the cuts of meat were of high quality. They have the standard selection of Pho ingredients you would expect like fishball, flank, or tripe.

It's run by a cute old Asian lady, and the menu is charmingly misspelled in places. Definitely recommended as everything is under 10 bucks.

Jul 22, 2011
Drunky in Metro Portland

Experimental food in Portland

Hello all,

As we are all foodies here, I just wanted to throw out a question.

Does molecular gastronomy exist in Portland? Portland has great food otherwise, but I'm very curious about experiencing food in an experimental context.

Any suggestions within Portland, or the PNW at large? Are we SOL?

Thanks

Jul 22, 2011
Drunky in Metro Portland

Ramen?

Ramen is something Portland hasn't quite nailed down yet. I have tried all places mentioned thus far by the other users, and all differ in quality and all leave a little something to be desired.

The two places that come the closest in my opinion to being best ramen in Portland is Masu (SW14th and Stark) and Yuzu (SW Canyon Rd in Beaverton).

Masu has some of the best charshu meat I have ever had in ramen, in Portland or out. Their noodles are the perfect firmness and chewiness, and they serve it with a marinated egg by default. The broth, on the other hand is a bit mediocre in what would otherwise be a the best in portland.

Yuzu has much better broth, and feels overall more "authentic." However, the meat isn't as good as Masu, and the noodles are wimpier. It's been a few months since I've been there, so my memory may be hazy.

Hope this helps.

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Yuzu
4130 SW 117th Ave Ste H, Beaverton, OR 97005

Jul 22, 2011
Drunky in Metro Portland
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Best Brewpub/Casual Dinner Food in Portland

You might want to try the Rogue Tavern in NW Portland. Rogue is a brewery on the Oregon coast, but they have a local establishment in Portland. Their food is decent enough, but their beer is the real reason to go. I yearn for the chipotle ale everytime I'm away.

Rock Bottom is also a popular choice. Decent beer with pretty decent food in a decent price range. But it does feel a bit chain oriented. (Does anyone know if Rock Bottom is in fact part of a chain of restaurants?)

Jul 29, 2009
Drunky in Pacific Northwest

Choices: Move to Portland or Stay in Oakland?

Portland has a great food scene if you are looking for actual food. When I hear "experiential" food, I think of gastronomy, something Portland has a lack of. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

There are plenty of places that do really great and inventive things with familiar food, but few places that add that extra unexpected zing. The "fancier" places in Portland sometimes go that route, but rarely. I think this will change soon though. All this great food in Portland has sort of appeared in the last ten years or so, so "fancy" food may be on the way. And what is the definition of "fancy" anyway? Are you looking for the dining experience or the food itself?

As for food diversity, it does exist, but not nearly in the capacity that the bay area has. You will find yourself searching more, driving more (or taking the great public transit) and going to the same places more often if you are looking for good lao, Vietnamese, Burmese, etc.

All that being said, you will DEFINITELY not be ill-fed if you came to Portland. Quite the contrary But holding Portland next to the Bay Area is like putting a calculator next to a super computer.

Jul 29, 2009
Drunky in Pacific Northwest