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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.
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.
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.
Salvador Molly's: Pirate Cooking - best place in town!
Salvador Molly's is by far our favorite place in town for dinner. Cuba, Carribbean, African, Spanish and Hawiian food all in one! Casual dinning, fun atmosphere, great food. Nothing like I've ever been to before.
The decor ranges from carribean fun, beach toys to an Velvis wall (Velvet Elvis).
Staff are great, they make us feel like friends when we come in. The main menu has nothing but wonderful foods, but the real gems are the specials.
I can't say enough wonderful things about this place.
FYI, expect to toss your peanut shells on the floor and drink a couple mochitos (sp?).
Favorite Dish: Favorites - Famous Kalua Mojo Pork, Tamarindo BBQ Ribs, Palm Ceasar Salad, the onion rings (beware HUGE), lime chicken soup, any of the bread puddings, and anything that is the special of the week.
Be adventurous, it is great!
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.
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.
Mother's Bistro & Bar: Comfort food from Mom
Mother's is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner while downtown. Considered comfort food, so you'll see a french toast, mac and cheese etc.
Special thing about it, every month they have a "Mom" of the month guest menu from area (or outside) chefs.
Great service here.
Favorite Dish: My favorites include the french toast covered in corn flakes, which is beyond words.
The French press coffee is great as is the standard bacon and eggs.
Dinner, I fall for the meatloaf or chicken and dumplings. You can't really go wrong.
Tillamook Ice Creamery: Best ice cream
Tillimook is a small coastal town that is known for their dairy products. High quality and taste. They expanded to a handful of ice creameries around the Portland area.
Most have an attached diner, but no matter how good the cheese it, doesn't cover the bad burger beneath it.
You go here for the ice cream.
Favorite Dish: So many flavors, so good. My favorite is the plain vanilla bean or chocolate, but they have some specialty flavors like peanut butter fudge and german chocolate that are truly outstanding.
Better than any ice cream at B.R. or Coldstone.
Rice Junkies: It's healthy! It's fast! It's BENTO!
This is a fast eatery that serves a good, cheap, run of the mill Bento and other assorted dishes. You can get if for here or to go and most major credit cards are accepted. I can never finish the rice but I love the chicken. People look at me like a freak when I am here as I love to pour on the Sirachi hot sauce. It's not the best bento in Portland but it is convenient for the downtown folks.
Favorite Dish: The plain Chicken bento makes a good quick lunch.
The Virginia Cafe: for a bite after shopping go to.....
This is a great place to meet with a group for lunch, dinner, and drinks. They have a full menu and prompt service. The booths make for a cozy atmosphere that is not in the least romantic. For the last two times I've visited Portland since leaving I've muttered the words to my best friend who lives here - "Meet me at the Virginia." It's the first place I always want to go after the airport. Reservations are not accepted.
Favorite Dish: The Fish and Chips are great as well as the BLT. Hmmm, both being good greasy foods I just may have to say that this is the best spot for me to start a night of bar hopping or clubbing.
Tapalaya: Tapas in the New Orleans style
Just of the trendy corner area of E. Burnside and 28th Street is Tapalaya, a place where you can eat all the mudbugs you want, and then a bunch of other tasty morsels served tapas, small plate style. There is live music on selected evenings. Chicken liver brouchettes, crab deviled eggs, pulled pork sandwiches, fried oysters...for wine had an Oregon Tempranillo, but it was not flavorful enough to stand with those powerful and spicey foods.
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The Original Hotcake and Steak House: Mmm... mushroom burgers...
Open twenty-four hours and easy to get to on any of the buses that cross the Ross Island Bridge, the Hotcake House is a classic favorite for good, filling food at 3 a.m. or whenever you got the munchies. Everyone here's pretty friendly, although you'll have to deal with a lot of us punk kids singing along to the jukebox and stuff. When it's busy you'll have to wait a long time just to get some scrambled eggs or blueberry pancakes, and that's real hard since you can see and smell everything that's being cooked. If your chorizo's a little bland, just smother it with some more ketchup and tabasco.
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.
Salt and Straw: Ice Cream for the Senses
At 10 PM in the evening, and it is just above freezing, and there is a line of ice cream fanatics waiting for more than 30 minutes just to get a taste of ice cream flavors like "Pear and Blue Cheese" or "Honey Lavender" or "Cinnamon Snickerdoodle". I must admit I was glad I waited. The various tastes of wild concoctions in ice cream is a must do. The staff is great also. As you approach the ordering area your personal tasting assistant lets you taste a spoonful of pretty much the entire spread if you want. Order your main course, and off to a table to enjoy.
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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.)
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