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PDX - best grocery stores for produce?

I know this is a bit late for a reply, but there are some Large Asian supermarkets. Fubonn (SE portland),Uwajimaya (beaverton), and H-mart (Tigard). Hmart is a korean owned market, fubonn is vietmanese, Uwajimaya is japanese. Quality at uwajimaya tend to be stable and better of the 3 but you are also paying quite a bit more for the same products. Both fubonn and Hmart's quality fluctuate and between the 2, Hmart is a little more expansive and maybe better.

If you know what you want from an Asian market and is not too out of the ordinary, I recommend a place called Chang Fa in SE portland by 82nd and division. It's Cantonese owned, the prices there we found generally is better than everywhere else. Because it's a lot smaller than the other asian grocery stores, they can also cater more to the quality of their produce. They say they get their whole ducks fresh everyday. I have no way of verifying that, but it does seem to be the freshest whole duck I've gotten from Portland.

Nov 06, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Yes, we just heard about this place recently, and cant wait to try. Since they dont have a liquor license, do they allow byob?

Nov 06, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

I dont have any favorite Shangdong restaurants in the states. So far my only real experience of eating delicious Shangdong dishes were in China and from my dad. Im going to check out the one you recommended in Washington. Thanks for the tip

Oct 10, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

to be honest, I entertained at the possibility of opening one in Portland. There's just way too many food carts these days and quite a few of them are pretty tasty. Even if they are not in the same genre, it will be hard to compete due to the limited population, and when most of the business is done throughout the summer. Unfortunately we are already starting to see some good quality carts like Garden state, unable to support themselves and shutting down.

Oct 10, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

we were extremely disappointed too when we got there. Not only did they not have any shandong dishes, the owner/chef didnt even know the names of a few classic shandong dish that I know how to make.

Aug 29, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Sichuan food is a funny thing. If you go to China and the Sichuan dishes are extremely spicy (even a lot more than lucky strike), but if you go to Sichuan province, most of the dishes are not so spicy.
I can handle lucky strike's spicy just fine, but the location, decor, and menu definitely serves the hipster crowd now.

Aug 29, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

St. John's area restaurants: 2011

sorry wrong post. not sure how I ended up across the border.

Aug 15, 2011
frugalbass in Atlantic Canada

St. John's area restaurants: 2011

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Aug 15, 2011
frugalbass in Atlantic Canada

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

Hey I said from the beginning that I knew where most of your loyalty would lie. It was to be expected. You claim that comparing sizzle pie and apizza scholls as Kia to a Benteley, but you have no problem comparing apples to oranges? Saying you can compare Nostrana, Ken's artisan to apizza scholls is like comparing apples to oranges.

If you are such a puritan when it comes to ordering pizza, you should go with a cheese or a margarita. All the rest of the toppings were a break thru tradition once upon a time.

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Aug 14, 2011
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Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

Did you even bother reading my posts? No one is hating on Apizza scholls. This isn't a competition to see who have better taste. Like pleen said, taste is very subjective. You can give the same dish to 2 different critics and one would love it and one would hate it. There's really no need to work yourself up and throw a fit over pizza, to say the least. I posted this thread to let people know of another option in case if they dont like to deal with the wait. I for one still goes back to apizza scholls when guests visit town, because I believe its an attraction they should experience.

While I agree that the crust can be limp at a sizzle pie, I beg to differ that it has zero flavor. The crust at sizzle pie is more on the sweeter side than it is the bitterly charred. And I love the toppings at sizzle pie for the creative aspect. Pizza is party delicious and partly fun. The toppings at sizzle pie are not your standard affairs. Pig destroyer (sausage, bacon, pepperoni) , napalm breath (garlic, onion, jalapenos, pepperoni), lexicon devil (spicy aardvark blended red sauce, fresh jalapenos, crushed garlic, chopped green onions), exploding hearts (artichoke hearts, shaved almonds, mushrooms, italian provolone), just to name a few.

Aug 14, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

I'll have to try john's next month when I visit NYC. Sorry didnt mean to sound preachy there, i just had guests who went to apizza scholls and didnt think too highly of the pizza, but they also didnt know what a NY style pizza was.

If you like NY style pizza then you should try both. When Anthony Bourdain came to Portland, he ate at Apizza scholls and said it was amongst the best NY style pizza hes had (but he did not try sizzle pie). I think Apizza scholls is just going to become a tourist destination, for me 1 hour wait is just a bit too long for pizza.

Aug 13, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Restaurant with a separate room for small event?

do you have a budget or theme in mind? Marakesh do have a separate room and if you have 8+ people you can order a whole roasted lamb! I've been trying to plot an event for some of my friends to go try it out, but hasnt happened yet. So not sure how that would turn out, but the atmosphere is always fun for birthday. The food is pretty good, but not the best lebanese I've had. If you do decide to go there to get the lamb, they need 3 days in advance to prep.

Aug 12, 2011
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Chef Tasting Suggestions

Depends on where you are visiting from but one of my favorite restaurants in town is Acadia. It serves the best cajun I've had outside of New Orleans.

Also depends on where you are coming from, but the Izakaya from Syun is great. Syun is located in a suburb Hillsboro. Izakaya cant compare to the ones I had in Japan or Vancouver, but it can certainly compete the best places in NYC, Chicago, and LA. They do not specialize in Sushi, so if you come here dont need to get it. It's not bad but you can find better sushi in town.

Le pigeon, is also a great choice for French bistro ( my favorite one in town)

Pho Vann for vietmanese (get the cat fish platter) it's unique, authentic and fun. For less than $50 you can feast like royalty. I've been to tank noodles in chicago which menu had over 200 authentic vietmanese dishes and they did not have this.

Pok pok is also worth doing. They serve authentic Thai there even though the chef is American. The portions are small so you might want to order 3 dishes for 2.

All of these are well within your budget. There are places where you can pay close to $100 pp, but it might not be as satisfying or fun.

Aug 11, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

Cool, I will have to try pyro, but for sure get a whole pie. Go with a friend or 2 and ask them if you can split the pie with 2 topping choices. The slices they sell are old slices that they reheat. Depends on when you go, but some of those slices could have been laying around for half a day. You just cant compare it to fresh out of the oven pizzas.

I went last night, I think they are getting ready to open a new location on hawthorne/belmont. The new chef in training forgot a couple of toppings on the pie we ordered, and the pie turned out to be rectangular shaped. Perhaps you should go there after the new location opens, cause the pie we got last night was not so spectacular.

Aug 11, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

cool. I love pizza at Ken's too, but something to keep in mind is that NY style pizza isnt the same as the pizza you'd get from Ken's or nostrana. Generally, thin crust pizza tend to be crispy and sometimes like a cracker. NY style pizza is crispy and chewy at the same time but still remains thin. Jersey style crust that I remember is thin, chewy, but not as crispy, and its like I said before, it's because jersey style dont burn the dough.

Aug 10, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

let us know what you think. If you are a meat eater like myself, I highly recommend the pig destroyer. There are plenty of really good veggie toppings as well, but none I can recommend. Also if you are ordering a whole pie always order large. The medium size turns out funny. Im not sure if its to do with the dough consistency before baking, but the crust seems thicker when its the smaller pie.

Aug 10, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

Ok, I know which of these most of you would be leaning towards, as Apizza scholls is more well known, and have more presence in the culinary world of pizza. But between the two I prefer sizzle pie just a little more and its not just because the 1 hour wait that is inevitable at apizza scholls, nor is it the snappy service sometimes you get from the overworked hostess, nor is it because of my nature to always rude for the underdog.

Part of my life I grew up in jersey(close to NYC). I grew up with NY style pizza both from NY and from Jersey. I always preferred the Jersey style just a little more. The sauce seemed a bit sweeter, and the ratio between cheese, dough, and sauce seemed more balanced. Without getting myself off the topic, sizzle pie reminds me of the Jersey style pizza. This is purely my opinion, but I also prefer the crust at sizzle pies. The bitterness from the overly charred (but crispy) crust from apizza scholls can sometimes be overbearing, and overwhelm my taste buds.

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Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Aug 09, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

There's one called lucky strike. They used to serve pretty authentic sichuan food. Ever since they moved to their new location on hawthorn, their food has changed to more fusion than anything else. Some dishes are still pretty authentic, but not good enough for me to want to go back.

If you like hot pot, there's a place called beijing hot pot. Last time I went there over 3 years ago, they were pretty good, but my hot pot at home is better so I stopped going. Those are 2 I can think of right now.

Oh and stay away from the restaurant called shandong unless you are looking for american chinese food. They dont have any shandong dishes there.

Jul 27, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Fabulous Cantonese

I agree with you that Ocean City offers one of the best options for dimsum in Portland. But dont be too snobby about NYC dimsum :). The best places I've had dimsum outside of canton/hongkong are in richmond and LA/san gabriel. Before the chinese take over in hongkong, some of the best chefs in hongkong left to vancouver and LA. I also find Toronto to have a wider range of the different authentic restaurants. I remember one that I went to over 6 years ago and their whole menu theme revolved around tofu skin. and they had over 50 dishes.

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Ocean City Restaurant
3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Jul 23, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Pho (other than Pho Van) in PDX

I actually like pho Hung a little better than pho vann. There's also a restaurant on division by 84th across the street from five spice. I cannot recall the name of the restaurant but their pho is very good. They dont have the typical pho we americans think of. they have a variety of spicy broth, and vermicelli noodles and etc.

Also If you are just looking for pho that's close in the city, theres one called Pho Gia on sandy and 20th (?). It's a mom and pop place that have the typical pho. It's one of our regular spots if we do not feel like driving to 82nd for the better stuff.

Jul 23, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

If i have american friends that come here I send them to wongking's for dimsum. Pretty good food, and you wont find things there that will disgust the average americans. But best place for dim sum for a chinese pallet is ocean city IMO.

The hong kong style wonton/noodle soup was really good at good taste, but the quality had gone down since they opened the vancouver location. Still pretty good though.

There's also a new hongkong style restaurant that just opened a few months ago called five spice. They have the best hongkong milk tea there. The first 3 times we went there the milk tea was thick and strong, you can tell it's been brewed for more than a few hours, but the last time we gone there the tea was a lot thinner. they also have claypot sticky rice dishes.

Ah foon's is a pretty authentic cantonese style restaurant as well. They even serve you a soup for free at the start of your meal just like in hongkong/canton. The dishes are also very tasty. Do not pay any attention to the tacky sign posted on the outside. They switched owners, and the owner before served chinese american cuisine. The sign is so big, that would cost them a lot of money to take down, so its sort of just stuck there.

Unfortunately there isnt a lot of demand for authentic chinese food in pdx. There used to be a couple pretty authentic places, but turned to cater the american pallet after some time. Due to the size of PDX and the pop of Chinese, you just wont be able to find as good of chinese as you would in SF, Chitown, NYC, LA., Vancouver.

Jul 21, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland

Ramen?

Boke bowl is a hype. The seafood stock is really tasty, but their noodles are curly spaghetti noodles nothing like ramen.

Jul 21, 2011
frugalbass in Metro Portland