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In Search Of....The Utimate Gyro (in Portland)

MAJOR THANKS to both these posters who recommended the Aybla food cart in downtown. I was in the area and made the stop to check out their Gyro today and holy cow! This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I got the "Super Lamb" and was super excited to finally have my "go to" spot for those moments when I'm craving a good gyro. The meat portions were huge and seasoned to perfection. Quite a giant sandwich for just $7. Very cool. Thanks.

Feb 04, 2009
10sChick in Metro Portland

cheap, fast lunches near Lloyd Center, Portland

I worked across the street from Lloyd Center for years and you really have a plethora of food options within a few blocks in any direction. And now that you have 90 minutes for lunch, you should have fun with it. For quick excellent sandwiches, there's Grand Cental Bakery on 14th and Weidler. There's a great Mexican restaurant on the first floor of the DoubleTree Hotel called "Eduardos Mexican Grille". "Pastinis" near 14th & Broadway is delicious, quick and reasonable Italian. There's "McMenamins Brew Pub" on 15th & Broadway for an all around menu. Any of these places could work for lunch or dinner.

Feb 03, 2009
10sChick in Pacific Northwest

Help with fine dining in Cannon Beach

Well, with two recommendations, I'm very pumped up now about the Nehalem River Inn. I visited the website and the Inn itself actually looks very cool as a place to stay. I've heard the Stephanie Inn is "thee" place to be for a romantic weekend, but it is oober expensive and I'm not sure what I'm really getting for my money. This is a very special occasion, so I don't care if it's costly, but the Nehalem Inn looks to be quite charming. I'm a little worried that the Stephanie may be too stuffy for us as well.

Jan 20, 2009
10sChick in Pacific Northwest

Help with fine dining in Cannon Beach

You know....I saw the EVOO Cooking School when I was perusing things to do in the area. It did really intrigue me, but I wasn't sure exactly what the format was or if you really got a "meal" or just small samples of the food being prepared. Thank you for your recap of a fun evening. I may have to find a way to work that into my trip!!

Jan 20, 2009
10sChick in Pacific Northwest

Help with fine dining in Cannon Beach

My husband and I are headed to Cannon Beach, OR for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We are staying at the Stephanie Inn which does have it's own very upscale restaurant, but I'm not sure if I want to keep our reservation there or not. They offer a fixed daily menu of only 2 or 3 items to choose from on the entree. The appetizers, desserts and soups are all chosen for you. Not sure I want to pay $150 to have my meal selected for me. SO.....I'm asking for suggestions for any very nice restaurants in the Cannon Beach/Manzanita area that would fit the bill. Not worried about price. Would like a very nice atmosphere.

Jan 16, 2009
10sChick in Pacific Northwest

In Search Of....The Utimate Gyro (in Portland)

In my quest to try all the recommendations of my fellow posters, today I hit "Shiraz" for lunch. It's a small hole-in-the-wall type place (which I LOVE) with a very friendly family run crew behind the counter. The gyro I ordered was just the opposite of the Foti's version. The Foti's gyro sandwich is a salad with some meat slices buried inside. Shiraz is an all meat sandwich with no frills. And by no frills, I mean no lettuce (well, almost none), no tomatoes, no onions and no Tsatziki sauce??!! (What the? I think that's illegal in some states!) The sandwich was also very small. Wrapped in it's paper to-go, it was about the size of a hotdog and I was left very hungry still after finishing it. Having said all that, it was very tastily seasoned meat and had some kind of orange sauce on it that kicked it up a notch on the spicy factor. It also had pickles (you read that right -- pickles) on it, which for the odd mix that it was, I enjoyed it completely! So, although non traditional (and what do I know? I'm not Greek), it's a good sandwich. Who doesn't like to experience new flavors now and again. The bottom line.....would I go back to Shiraz? Yes. Am I still searching for the ultimate gyro? Yes.

Oct 13, 2008
10sChick in Metro Portland

In Search Of....The Utimate Gyro (in Portland)

How could I not try the one claimed to be the "gold standard" first? I happened to be in the area a week or so back and went to Foti's. Although it tasted OK, it was very skimpy on the meat and hardly worth a repeat. I've been to the Mad Greek Deli years ago and I do recall it was pretty good. The John Belushi reference to that place was right on! I laughed when I read that because the place definitely had character.

My next stop is likely to be Shiraz in Tigard since I'm often in that area, so I'll report back in after that. Thanks for all the posts and recommendations.

Oct 13, 2008
10sChick in Metro Portland

Sunday Brunch In Portland

I have not been to Simpatica to compare, but Salty's on Marine drive overlooking the Columbia River has a very nice spread. Besides the brunch usuals, it's heavy on seafood options if that matters to you.

Sep 23, 2008
10sChick in Pacific Northwest

In Search Of....The Utimate Gyro (in Portland)

Since leaving the Los Angeles area and then NYC, I've become accustomed to some pretty awesome gyro sandwiches. I'm talking about the two-fisted gyro sandwich that is heavy (because it's bursting with 1/4" thick slices of seasoned lamb) and then smothered with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and gobs of sauce. I've tried several quickie lunch places here in Portland and was very disappointed with the sandwich. Can anyone tell me where the "must have" gyro can be found in this city?

Sep 16, 2008
10sChick in Metro Portland

Portland restaurant recommendations

Don't know what kind of food you're looking for, but portland.citysearch.com is an excellent tool to use for finding good restaurants of all different types and how they are rated by the customers. I personally recommend Fratelli in downtown, or Tucci in Lake Oswego for Italian. Mortons downtown for Steak. Jakes Famous Crawfish or Southpark Seafood Grill for Seafood.

Sep 16, 2008
10sChick in Metro Portland