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The Dog House: The Dog House
An abandoned photomat was converted into a giant doghouse to serve whatelse but hot dogs. They added a neat front and side porch with umbrellas and tables, and a small drive through. This is no sidewalk hotdog stand mind you. The dogs here are huge, all beef, and full of flavor. There are about twelve kinds of dogs there, from the giant German beer sausage, to the veggie dog. The amount of toppings is seemingly endless. The best part is a one man band in a giant sausage suit, Frank Furter and the Hot Dogs, sits in front and plays double entendre weiner songs outside on Friday afternoons.
Favorite Dish: You have to try one "Chicago Style". Some special seasonings, Chicago peppers, relish, and lots more piled on top of your favorite dog. (I prefer the Octoberfest and German Beer sausages myself.)
Le Bistro Montage: Montage- Creole/Cajun
This place has a great atmosphere for a dinner out. The place a unique vibe and a theatrical environment...a bit funky. this is a good place for late night dining and/or people watching.
The servers can have interesting personalities and can be a bit slow but take your time and have a sense of humor...
They wrap up the leftovers in foil... silly and fun, kids would love it...I saw them make a cat, airplane, swans, etc.
Favorite Dish: The jambalaya and pasta dishes are great. Great wine selection.
Burgerville: Oregonian Fast Food
Burgerville is a local chain of fast food places that is trying to offer a healthier, more eco-friendly alternative to the big guys. All the foodstuffs are local grown or produced, for example. I stopped in for a cheeseburger on my drive out of town. I'm not sure if lived up to the hype, but Burgerville is very much part of that Oregon spirit which I admire.
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Dairy Queen: Phil's Favourite
Naturally I've heard of McDonalds and Burger King, but Dairy Queen was a new one for me. Not that I ever eat in McDonald's - I never go there. The only Burger King I've ever been in was in Spain, just for quickness. However... It was exceptionally hot during my visit to Portland, and it's been many years since I've enjoyed a milk shake. I was introduced to DQ by Phil, as it is his favourite (there's that F word again!) fast food restaurant.
Occasionally some of the staff left one wondering how the place made a profit, but between the three of them, they did manage to produce nice shakes!
Favorite Dish: I have to admit that the milk shakes were first class! Real fruit, that you couldn't suck up through the straw, haha. Not like the wishy-washy stuff you get in England! And very reasonably priced too.
Quiznos Sub: Somewhere Quick to Eat?
Just a smallish fast food place, where you can eat inside, or, as we did, outside. It was very warm!
Subs come in three sizes - Small, Regular, or Large. The vary in price from about $3.99 for the small classic Italian, to $8 for the large Black Angus Steak.
I only went the once, but enjoyed my meal, and would go back again. There are Quiznos in other areas too.
The Original Steak and Pancake House.: Open late! Pancakes and more!
It's late and you've been out all night, dancing, partying, went to a concert so you need some fuel. Instead of going to a chain pancake house, head to the original! The Original Steak and Pancake house.
The prices are low, or comprable to chain restaurants (Shari's, Lyons, Denny's). It's small and no frills because you're there for the food.
The place is clean but as I said, no frills: cafeteria style forks, knives, glasses and plates.
Favorite Dish: The hotcakes rule but I like french toast. We went just last night after a concet at the Aladin Theater (which is right around the corner.) French toast with a side of the BEST hash browns (not too greasey and you can salt your own.) My husband had eggs with churizo and a side of hash browns as well. It came to $13.70. This place has been featured on the Food Network on the "Best Of" series. (foodtv.com)
No Fish! Go Fish!: Carts and a Restaurant
NoFish!GoFish! It started with little carts around downtown Portland, and that's where I eat even though a restaurant has opened up on SE Hawthorne. I work downtown so I just walk up to the cart and order. It was love at first sip!
Soups at the cart I go to are vegetarian, There are special soups available around the holidays.
Favorite Dish: The soup is always spectacular and the little fish-shaped cornbread sandwiches are good too, my most favorite I believe is the CREAM CHEESE & PEPPERONCINI sandwiches and the Onion & Ale soup. Yum!
WINE DOWN: Relaxing Summer Evening
This is a great little restaurant in the Hollywood/Laurelhurst district of NE Portland. This cute little wine bar offers a great local atmosphere with inside and outside seating (great for the summer months). Outside seating is limited to about 5 tables and be prepared for locals to walk by while enjoying the ambiance. They offer a fairly extensive wine list of both domestic/local & imported wines, a variety of pastas, samplers and fruit & cheese plates.
Favorite Dish: Since this was my first time at this haven, I indulged myself in the Chicken Diablo. It's chicken in a mildly spicy white cream sauce, mixed with jalapenos and peperocinis (not as hot as one might think). My friend sampled the Pene pasta with salmon in a cream sauce and said it was delightful! Also, try the Barbara D' Asti Merlot to add to this nice relaxing evening~
Total fare for 2 entrees, 2 bottles of wine plus 2 additional glasses was $55 plus grat.~
La Calaca Comelona: Best Mexican food in town, just no burritos
How can you not like a place named "The Hungry Skeleton"? Especially in a city lacking many (if any) good Mexican restaurants. This is the lone standout.
This is not Tex-Mex- so no burritos here.
I grew up in a town blessed with a large Hispanic population, thus was spoiled. Portland had been a vast wasteland until I discovered this place. The decor is very cool.
Favorite Dish: Key word- fresh. Everything here is fresh and very good.. I love the carne asada, but am often tempted by the amazing combo meals they offer. My fiancee loves the cactus filled quesadillas, but they offer so many good ones. You'll love it.
Elephants Delicatessen: Top downtown deli
The Elephants Delicatessen is an eclectic deli, bakery, market, amazing place to stop in. A favorite when we're downtown in the morning and want to pack for a picnic or just grab a bite before hitting the shops.
Friendly staff that serve local favorites and have some tastey imports from all over the world.
No other deli in town even hold a candle to this place.
Favorite Dish: I love their vegitarian sandwhich - something about tomatos and fresh mozzarella...so good. But their baked treats are really good, perfect with a cup of coffee before hitting downtown.
Soups and salads are also very good here.
Original Pancake House: Pancakes bigger than a small child
Just south of town on 99W is the original Original Pancake House. I think there are 50 nation wide, but the guy who started it all in his own homw was in Portland. You can see it here, just 5 minutes south of downtown.
This is breakfast food. No lunch, no dinner and only open partial days. Always a line, never a reservation. And you can see some very, very large people eating here.
No low fat cottage cheese dishes here!
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the apple pancake. They put in 11 eggs into this dish and have to bake it, just that big. In fact most the food here is huge.
You can truly get any type of pancake you want. Dutch babies, flap jacks, dollar pancakes, fruit, bacon, potato, chocolate chip...the list goes on. And yes, they are all very different from each other. The omlettes are huge and so are the side dishes.
Not for the faint of appetite or those watching there calaries.
Probably the best breakfast I've ever had.
somewhat cheap, quick food: Stuff near PSU
Near Portland State University there are a variety of cheap places to eat, right on campus there are outdoor food stalls that serve middle eastern and mexican food.
On 6th avenue and Broadway, next to campus there is a Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, American pizza place, cafe with teriyaki, etc. Along with the normal chains, McD, etc.
Street Vendors: Cuisine Guide to the South Park Blocks
On any given weekday you can find a half-dozen street vendors set up along the South Park Blocks, hoping to feed the thousands of students from surrounding Portland State University. They all smell REALLY good on an empty stomach. There's also a farmer's market here on weekends during the warmer months, I think, and another one on Wednesdays in the North Park Blocks.
If you're looking for pizza places near campus, let me suggest a couple. Hot Lips on 6th Ave is always a good pick -- their pizzas are full of yummy locally-grown meats and vegetables and service is excellent. Just a little bit more expensive and less socially-conscious is Pizzacato Gourmet Pizza; they usually have some interesting exotic flavors and the breadsticks are delicious.
Finally, if you like teriyaki and rice bowls, there are a couple decent places around... I just can't remember their names right now.
Taco Del Mar: Well, if you're REALLY hungry...
Taco Del Mar is a Seattle/Portland chain that's basically like Subway, except burritos instead of healthy sandwiches and a fish with a Zapata mustache for a mascot instead of Jered. You stand in front of the counter and tell them all the ingredients you want, and they heap it all together in one huge burrito.
Favorite Dish: Wait until you're starving from a meager breakfast and a long day, then shell out $5.25 for the Super Burrito. That's all I ever get there. They have tacos and stuff too, but they aren't nearly as impressive.
Kornblatt's Delicatessen: Dining NYC, Part II
For me, it wouldn't really matter whether the food here was good or ***ty because the fact is, Kornblatt's is the only place I know of except my Aunt Muriel's to get East Coast Yiddish cooking here in Portland. Knishes. Kugel. Latkes. Matzo ball soup. Pastrami Reuben. That's all I have to say.
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