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need advice about Laurelwood in Portland

Laurelwood is the closest thing to NW that is decent beer, food and family friendly. Avoid the 84 and just go over Burnside Bridge heading east. Veer left to get onto Sandy BLVD (somewhere after SE 11th or 12th), then up to 41st or 42nd where you can turn left.

Enjoy- the place will be filled with like minded folks and thier umpteen kids.

Nov 08, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

filipino in pdx?

To my knowledge, nothing. Definitely nothing like Barrio Fiesta or some of the other standards down in the SF Bay Area where I lived for 10-12 years.

There is a "Malaysian" restaurant downtown, but the gentleman's accent sounds a lot like my Filipino uncles. In fact, I think on Thursday's they serve Pancit, Adobo and Halo Halo. It's a clean place, run by a nice old couple, but the food was just OK.

Taste of Bali
947 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-2254

There is a "Manila Express" in old Tigard. Tried it once and was sorely disappointed. I understand that like the myriad of dialects spoken in the P.I., there are an equivalent amount of variations of Adobo and Pancit, however, the flavor was flat out bland, the cleanliness questionable, and the display was not exactly appealing (flies, old dried food, etc).

Years ago, my father ran a little nieghborhood market on SE 14th and Stark. In the back he had a little Filipino "plate lunch" deli set up and a catering service. Lumpia, Apritada, Adobo, Sinigang, Diniguan (for you in "the know") etc. Was a good little business until I (then an 8th grader)was held up at gunpoint while tending the register for him. 3 Months later he sold the place and never looked back, though he had similar businesses in the SF Bay Area as well as Yakima where there is a substantial Filipino community.

Have been meaning to elaborate on this memory/thought for the other Filipino food thread, but would end up writing a novel. In a perfect world, I'd figure out how to market Filipino food to the masses of PDX and resurrect my dad's recipes. Hmmm...one of these days when I can afford to throw money at a venture with a high rate of failure...

Welcome to Portland cobblegal. If you want- I'll kick you down some of the 100 lumpia my Nana just rolled for my 1 year old's birthday party...

Oct 13, 2006
pdxlizard in Metro Portland

Cocktails and Small Plates

I think at this point, I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of the foodieness in favor of some view and gluttony- comfort food that i can fill up on, stumble back to the hotel and catch some football. Right now leaning towards Palisades, but the wife unit could trump it all and just want to walk across to Maximillian's for something light before we crawl back into bed.

Now if we could just settle our debate of steak house v. Asian for sunday dinner...

Oct 13, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

Cocktails and Small Plates

ok. someone else mentioned Palisades to me for that brunch. Haven't seen anyone here bring it up...any thoughts?

Oct 13, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

Cocktails and Small Plates

LOL. So much for Salty's for brunch. I appreciate the feedback and "save" from potential mediocrity.

Oct 12, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

hawaiian in pdx?

you're right. i was thinking of the Bamboo Grove's bar...

Oct 12, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

Cocktails and Small Plates

A handful of people recommended Salty's for that brunch. When living in the Bay Area, we used to hit the top of the Hilton for the view, bottomless Mimosas, Carved Meat, and piles of oysters, prawns and crab. Am open to suggestions!!

Oct 11, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

hawaiian in pdx?

Having spent much of my youth over there and having Hawaiians in my family, I will say that Noho's is a very good at making and serving quality, traditional Hawaiian Food. True to Hawaiian style, most of the entrees are huge portions, even in Menehune size. All the favorites: Kalua Pig, Teri Short Ribs, Salmon and Ahi Pokes, Spam Masubi (yea!) and a HUGE platter of Yakisoba.

My personal favorite is the Loco Moco: Two seasoned and grilled hamburger patties over white rice, covered in brown gravy with two eggs over easy on top and a scoop of [very good] mac salad on the side.

They even have the Hawaiian Sun (Orange-Passion, etc) drinks in house, as well as a full bar and decent draft tap.

Bamboo Grove over on the other side of the river (Macadam, south of John's Landing) is pretty much equivalent to Noho's (same menu?). I think I heard they are or *were* affiliated at one time but no longer are.

Aiea Grill in Beaverton has just opened if you want "fast food-ish" Hawaiian on a paper plate. Limited menu (I hope that changes) but good food none the less.

Have tried a couple of other lunch spot types (strip malls in Tualatin and around the west side, but none that I can remember having good enough food let alone thier names).

Good Luck!

Oct 11, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

Cocktails and Small Plates

**Sorry, forgot to clearly identify SEATTLE for the locale in the subject title (pet peeve of my own!)**

Hi hounds. Coming into Seattle in early December for 3 nights and are wondering what to do for our first night in town (a Friday). We're staying at the Inn at the Market and I was hoping to get suggestions for places within stumbling distance that we could catch a decent bar scene with some CH worthy munchies. Any suggestions?

Other meals planned:

Salumi
Il Terrazo Carmine
Salty's (Sunday Brunch)
Union
Wild Ginger

Oct 11, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest

San Diego Mexican in Oregon

I used to work by the one out in NE (102nd?), and as a former San Diego bum myself, was excited. Started out just like I remembered it, then it closed for several weeks or maybe even months and one day opened up again "under new management". It was never the same (cold tortillas and bland salsa). I wonder if anyone knows the deal behind that...

Tried to make it to the Roberto's in Salem a month or so back but was burnt from a day at the fair. Talk about scary...

As far as SD Mexi, the Carne Asada Burrito is my litmus test. Meat, Pico, Guac and the heavenly juice that fills the bottom of the tube. Lolita's in Chula Vista was my first love, but Nico's off of Linda Vista/Morena was stumbling distance from campus.

Sep 28, 2006
pdxlizard in Pacific Northwest