The servers are attentive to you and have much patience. The food is actually much better than the pictures and descriptions. The prices and servings are very fair. And the half a dozen tables in the cafe area is next to a substantial grocery store of many delicious and uncommon foods. Just beware of the vast candy corner in the back-so many treats, so little time. I vow to try something fav and 1 new treat everytime.I had the borshch for the first time, because I don't really love beets yet, I loved it! I also had a lamb gyro (\ˈyē-ˌrō, ˈzhir-ō) that was quite filling and delish! Oh yeah and of course I had to try their Tiramisu (sans alcohol thank goodness) which you can buy from their freezer. It was also great. I've tried many gyros and this was one of the best I've had.
The deli is set back among other small businesses on 122nd ave/Halsey and a 1/4 mile walk from a bus stop on the corner yet, it's near a Winco and Goodwill so a shopping outting after a meal might be nice.
Favorite Dish: the borshch! I'm not crazy about beets and love sour cream but the deli's recipe didn't seem to have much cream at all and was very vegetable tasty.
The restaurant has a definite upscale feel to it when you enter, but it isn't as exotically priced as it might feel - at least not the food.
There is a lunch counter / bar towards the south side of the restaurant, but it is quite small.
There are a few outdoor tables, but many of them face busy Hawthorne Blvd, and those are not necessarily the most pleasant places to be.
As with many of the Thai restaurants in Portland, there are eccentric Thai-style decorations scattered about the restaurant.
Take-out is offered.
Lunch specials are on offer until 3 pm.
This restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.
Favorite Dish: The food here tends to be a bit more expensive for the quantity provided compared to Tom Yum on SE Woodstock, or Vege-Thai just down the street a few blocks. That said, the food here is reasonably good for the price.
The Thai Iced Tea is good, and in an impressive tall glass.
None of the other dishes really strike me as being extremely special over any of the others, but I do usually have the Pad Thai dinner when I have eaten here.
If you are downtown and really hungry for lots of Japanese food. Todai is your place.
Its located on top of Pioneer place downtown right next to the Max train.
Be warned this isn't upscale its high volume Japanese Sushi...
Prices are a bit steep but offer all you can eat hot food, raw sushi. For dinner you can get crab, shashimi. THere is a large selection of fresh fruit and deserts as well. Unlike the Todai chains in other states I've never found a line here.
They don't advertise it at the resturant but at the start of the sushi line you can order handrolls. My favorites are softshell crap, salmon/avocado, and of course Tuna! Don't be shy and ask the head chef.
If it is your B-day you can eat for FREE!
This of the beaten path resturant is the place locals take their out of town guests for good family , made with love food. Started by a Lebanese family about 18 years ago.
It is by no means up scale however I feel like I am in a little village in Lebannon enjoying the crowed in feeling and the middle easter kitch.
Middle eastern music fills the air along with the smell of fresh pita being made in the back.
BEWARE! This place is so popular that you have to wait outside if you go during regular lunch and dinner hours.
I go at 1:30 -2:00 pm to avoid lunchers and 5:00pm or 8:00pm to avoid the dinner crowd.
Favorite Dish: I like the meat mezza . It starts with a platter of hummus, tabouli, falafal, and fresh baked pita. A yougart sauce for smearing.
Then follows with a plate of kafta and lamb pattie with roasted tomatoes. Ummmmm!
Add an addtional plate of TABOULI if you love lemony flavor with tons of parsley.
A lovely place in downtown Portland for an unusual and satisfying meal. The staff was very pleasant and helpful.
On Sunday morning tourists were wandering the streets to find the limited selection of breakfast places. I really lucked out on this one. I would have liked to try their dinner as well. I was only on the 1st floor where there is a cafe but there are 3 floors for partying. It includes a nightclub.
Favorite Dish: HALIBUT HASH!!!
A big plate of potatos, bell pepper, spinach and lots of halibut chucks topped by two poached eggs.
Can it get any better? Yes it can. It is served with your choice of fresh baked, hot buttered bread. I had the dark rye with onion bits baked in it.
Greek Cuisina alone would have made the trip worth while.
Grolla is off the beaten path but well worth a visit. The small corner restaurant offers open wall views during the summer and wonderfully romantic settings in the evenings. The rich colors and European charm are throughout and the food amazing. I really could have licked the plates!!! The meals were fantastic and the sauces were to die for. Yum! The owners are Chris and Angela and are both very involved with the restaurant and planning. Chris comes from a Middle East background and Angela from Oregon. The two met and put the two tastes together in a way unexpected.
Favorite Dish: The last time I was there I split two appetizers [the cheese plate & shrimp dish] and the non-flour chocolate cake. I was stuffed! The meals are equally filling. Enjoy!
It may be a small chain restaurant, but it is the best Thai we have in town. Handful of other worth mentioning, but Thai Orchid offers something they don't- consistency.
Nice, clean places which is also not always seen.
Think there may be a new , "in" place opening up in the NW section but haven't ventuired there yet.
Favorite Dish: Love the Gaeng Mussman - a curry dish. Yellow curry and all the goodness that goes with that.
Noodle dished are all pretty good too.
A tad Americanized, so don't think you'll get the most authentic. Can't beat steadily good though.
There are five Koji's scattered throughout Portland. And they are all about the same. Some have a larger seating arrangement. Some have outdoor seating. All in all, the sushi is not bad, although it is definitely nothing to write home about. The biggest benefit of Koji is that their staff is always attentive and the sushi chefs are quick. The longest I have ever had to wait for some food is about 15 minutes. If you are looking for some quick, fresh, traditional sushi, this is the place to go. A very excellent choice for a business lunch.
Favorite Dish: The nigiri is very good at Koji. Healthy, very fresh portions of Maguro and perectly cooked Anakyu are my personal favorites. Try to avoid the spider roll, as it isn't the best.
Madame Butterfly has provided one of my best Portland sushi experiences. Really though, it isn't saying too much seeing as though the rest of the sushi in this town has been less than amazing. The presentation was fabulous. Beautifully displayed rolls and nigiri is very eye catching. The downfall is when you try to start eating the sushi. I am a big guy and I have a big mouth and each and every piece was simply HUMONGOUS! Normally I am not one to complain about the size of food, but this was a little ridiculous. Expect great service, exceptional presentation and a relaxing ambiance.
Favorite Dish: The nigiri at Madame Butterfly is quite possibly some of the best I have ever seen. I especially enjoyed the maguro (tuna) and sake (salmon). Extremely fresh. The Horizon Roll was also very tasty (salmon, cucumber and tempura asparagus).
I discovered the Ming Lounge by accident. It is located within one of the oldest Chinese restaurants (republic cafe) that remain in ever-shrinking Chinatown. This was just the dark, out-of-date ambience that I needed to enjoy my first night in Portland. This is where the Glengarry Glenn Ross spirits (and spirits) are evoked!! Terrific service from the caucasian barman. Don't even think about sitting in the generic main restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Anything liquid. Try the tasty "combination dinners" (sour spare ribs a must). Very generous portions.
A place that looks like its been there for ages (the stove certainly does) BUT is of more recent vintage.
This is a great Breakfast and Brunch place.
Long waiting times on Sundays, however!!
Favorite Dish: Anything in a skillet!
This is one of the best Turkish places I've been to in the US and it is one of the little carts downtown selling street food. Because it's one of the carts, the prices are also low.
Favorite Dish: The kebaps and ayran are great.
There is quite a mixture of places to sit inside this restaurant, including elevated seating along the windows, a bar that serves up sports activities on a TV, and various tables.
I find the food a definite value in downtown Portland, compared to certain other nearby establishments.
The Thai style artwork is interesting, yet there is also no doubt that this restaurant is located in the USA as there are definite concessions to life in the USA in terms of decorations and features.
Be sure to glance at the floor, walls and ceiling in this place, as it is located in one of the older buildings in downtown Portland, and parts of the historic structure are allowed to shine through the modern features of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian Pineapple fried rice comes in a half-pineapple (see photo) for $7.50 (lunch price)
However, I think it is important to check the specials menu.
Cha! Cha! Cha!'s Hawthorne location has a large outdoor patio that is separated from the sidewalk by a small fence. This gets people away from the traffic noise a little bit, and with SE Hawthorne becoming a fairly heavily trafficed street by autos this is a bit more pleasant that some of the sidewalk tables some of the other restaurants have. Also, their patio area is covered.
The food is of reasonable quality and the amount of food for the price is a fairly good deal.
It is a very popular place on Hawthorne, because of the reasonable nature of the food quality and price for what you get.
It is a mixture between self-service and wait-staff service. Order your food at the counter from the menu provided in the bin, or from the specials menu. They will then deliver the food to you. If you want water, then you can get it yourself from the cups and tank provided. All of this helps keep the food cheap.
It should be noted that there is an upscale version of the restaurant in the Nob Hill area that is also featured on the restaurant web site. These are two very different places in terms of the atmosphere and prices.
Favorite Dish: No particular favorites here. I've never had a complaint with anything I have ever eaten in a Cha! Cha! Cha!, at any of their locations.
The Oregon Harvest Burrito is almost entirely locally made, and the vegetarian substitute for meat comes from a local small business. It is a relatively new offering here, and seems to be a prticularly good choice in terms of what you get for what you pay.
I'm a regular at Asian Buffets and here at Todai, it is no exception. Todai Started marketing asian buffets in southern California in 1985 and spread to others like here in Portland. The Todai Buffet is Pan Asian although it is more of the Japanese Kind. they have lunch and dinner bufftets starting at $ 15 during lunch amd $ 25 at dinner. More of the expensive side than the Pan Asian Buffets in the Bay area in San Francisco.
Opens: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Favorite Dish: what else but the assorted sushi rolls like the unagi, shake, maguro, tako and the sashimis. the other asian foods like galbi chim, shiu mai, Har Gau, Buttered veggies, Lemon Butter shrimps, the dungenes crabs, beef w/ broccoli, Pork spare ribs, crab claws and more!