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What Portland food item(s) should an out-of-towner not miss?

I'm vietnamese and grew up in the Bay Area, including San Francisco. We moved to PDX 7 years ago and I'm thrilled that we can get a great bowl of pho, bun bo hue, and banh mi here. Still, I wouldn't recommend "wasting" one of your portland meals on Vietnamese food 'cause you can get the same or better in the Bay Area. Instead, I'd eat at Biwa, Toro Bravo (we took my 2.5 y.o and staff were fantastic!), Pok Pok, food carts...i wish i could make more recs but because we've eaten out a lot less since the birth of our 2nd, I'm a little out of it in the restaurant scene...
also, wanted to add that I totally disagree with SambaMaster on 2 things: 1) the portland food scene is not overrrated -i think we get amazing, creative, and affordable food in this city; and 2) the bread scene here is NOT good. What I would do for a good, fresh loaf of bread!!

Jul 27, 2009
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

Anybody familiar with Holbox?

Actually, I can highly recommend a food venue: if you can avoid the (norte)American tendency to eat dinner at 5:30 pm, the central plaza opens up at 8 or so. I had fantastic tacos, sopa de pollo and other great deals there. I think tacos were maybe a dime each?! It seemed the locals mostly frequented the plaza. This year, hopefully we'll be able to eat there a lot but since we're travelling with our 18 mo. old baby, who goes to bed at 7:30 pm, chances aren't so good. Please let us know what you think!

Mar 24, 2008
edamommy in Mexico

Anybody familiar with Holbox?

We'll also be in holbox in May -the last week. This will be our 2nd time there. The food is good to very good but wouldn't go so far as to call it great. It doesn't matter tho -the island and the locals are amazing. However, highly recommend against using the hotel arranged taxi. It's so expensive! The bus will take a while but cost only about 5 dollars per/person. Bonus is that you get to travel thru many small towns and see an interesting side of mexican world -very different from the tourist zones of cancun and even holbox.

Mar 24, 2008
edamommy in Mexico

Portland help needed

ooh, i'm not a fan of montage. I would say the food is overrated but that assumes that it's rated to begin with -not sure it is. It seems like it was a popular spot at one time (in the early 1990s?), maybe among the early 20s set still but more for their late hours than the quality of their food. I think chowhound etiquette dictates if i diss an idea i should suggest another one. I agree with the earlier posts for Kenny & Zukes (esp. if daughter & co work downtown). I'm also a big fan of taqueria nueve, pok pok, pho van, lovely hula hands, le pigeon. There are a host of other great, medium priced restaurants, too. I think $100 should suffice for most places.

Dec 05, 2007
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

New to Portland - Relaxed, good food?

my favorite neighborhood restaurant is Lorenzo's on Mississippi. Good italian, not pricey, and great mix of people.

Apr 15, 2007
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

chinese in north portland

I'm heading home to North Portland and thinking about dinner plans - chinese. can anyone vouch for any of those chinese restaurants in North Portland? I'm not necessarily looking for anything "authentic" - just the basics: noodles, egg rolls, kung pao. Anyone?

Mar 14, 2007
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

PDX Soup

I've recently been on a soup kick, too. I've satisfied my cravings with lentil soup from Ya Hala out on stark near 80th. It comes with warm, fresh-baked pita. The chard soup there is pretty good, too. I think they each cost all of $3.50

I also just discovered Good Taste Noodle House on 82nd. It's in a strip mall a few blocks North of Division. Went there a few nights ago and ordered the won ton soup with roast pork. oh my god. It's a perfect winter-time meal. The menu offers at least a dozen varieties of wonton soup ranging in price from ~$5.00-$8.50. YUM.

Oct 24, 2006
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

Favorite Sushi Joint? PDX

What does it mean to be "attached" to Uwaji? Is it inside the market -i.e. the deli section? I tried to go and only found pre-packaged sushi in the refrigerated section.

Oct 24, 2006
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

Rehearsal Dinner for 25 in peninsula?

hi, my brother is getting married in mid-december. Any recommendations for a restaurant that will seat approx. 25 during the holiday season, has great food, and is kid-friendly? Somewhere in the $25-$50 pp range (I know that's a wide range!). He'd like to stay away from the chinese banquet idea (as the wedding meal is asian inspired). Oh-the wedding is in Palo Alto, but anywhere in the peninsula could work.

anniversary dinner - PDX

Yeah, I guess i wasn't very clear about my dislikes . . . it's not the type of food. I was trying to pose a pre-emptive strike in case someone should recommend those restaurants. We're really open to any and all foods. Another question: are mondays bad nights for dining out? i.e. head chef has the night off?

Oct 02, 2006
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

(PDX) Vist to Reed College & Eugene. Looking for Oysters and Other Recs

here are places that helped me get through my Reed experience:
saburos for sushi (good and cheap but beware the lines!), Juniors for breakfast, Stumptown for coffee.

i second (third? fourth?) the recommendation for Alberta Street oyster bar. I've never been to Dan & Louis, but don't let anyone talk you into Jakes Seafood.

Oct 01, 2006
edamommy in Pacific Northwest

anniversary dinner - PDX

looking for recs for anniversary dinner next monday - although we're willing to postpone to tuesday if the restaurant of choice isn't open. In our normal lives we're more the yummy hole-in-the-wall type, but am wanting to splurge on this special night. We're open to all types of food, but must be great food, not loud (nix to clarklewis, which we really like-food wise), and friendly service. We're not huge fans of wildwood, bluehour, or roux (much prefer acadia). We considered paley's place, but reading another recent thread it sounds like an "underwhelming" experience. Also considering carlyle and hurleys. What about fife? where do you go for a romantic, special night out?

Oct 01, 2006
edamommy in Pacific Northwest