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The Montage: Faux Cajun Food
I almost don't want to review the Montage because I grew up in cajun country, and though the cajun food there is not bad, it just isn't done right. That having been said, I feel the need to mention this place because it is one of the only non-pub/24 hour hotcake house places to get something to eat in Portland after 1 AM (open til' 4AM Saturdays!). That, and I don't think I've ever had authentic cajun food outside of Louisiana. The Montage is a classy for a hipster restaurant located underneath a bridge. The service is intentionally (sometimes seeming contrived) crass, screaming your orders to the bar. It is heavy on the ambiance, and a good place for a date. (Hey, I've listed one!) Though loud and not very intimate.
Favorite Dish: They have a very interesting menu, even serving Alligator and frog's legs linguini! They are best with the simple stuff. The cheesecake is great.
Various - Food Carts: Great Street Food
Downtown Portland has a nice array of great street food of various types and ranging all the way up to excellent, fresh gourmet salads and more, plus hot dogs, Mexican food, etc. Much of this is in food carts parked on the edges of parking lots such as those along Alder near 10th.
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Alotto Gelato: Monthly Flavors - Try them
Alatto Gelato might be just that but the shop is small with very little seating. The best spot to sit is at the window as NW 23rd is, if anything, a great place to people watch. I imagine that during the summer a line will go out the door but in the winter you don't find the crowds flocking to have a cold treat.
One thing you should try is a monthly flavor. I think they usually have one or two that they change every month but I have not been disappointed yet. The only downfall is that is you find one you love it may not be around forever.
Favorite Dish: I don’t have a favorite dish but did enjoy the chocolate. I heard the coconut was good but haven’t tried it yet – I’ll let you know if I do.
Voodoo Doughnut & Wedding Chapel: Doughnuts at four AM
Tucked in between the strip of rock and roll clubs and bars off Burnside lies one of the few late night places to eat after the bars close. Voodoo doughnuts serves all of us late nighters who crave a quick snack at two forty five in the morning, but don't want to drive all the way out to the Hotcake House. The Roxy is always an option, but sometimes you just want to avoid the Andy Warhol crowd and get something quick and without all the drama. Voodoo has normal doughnut fare, but they top them with all kinds of great treats. Cocoa Puffs, Nyquil, Peanut butter and jelly, just about anything you can think of...OK... Trust me, it tastes alot better than it sounds....I'm guessing many stoners were put to task in creating the menu. They also serve Stumptown coffee and teas. Oh yeah, and you can get married there. The place is practically a closet, but if things get too crowded, you can go outside.
Favorite Dish: I'm trying to get them to start making fried Snickers bars. But the cocoa puff doughnut is my standby until then. The Old Dirty Bastrd and the maple bacon doughnut are also great.
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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!
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)
Newport Bay Restaurant - at...
Newport Bay Restaurant - at River Place Marina
This is a floating restaurant so you have quite a view of the marina and river activity. On a clear day you can see Mt Hood. The city skyline is right in front of you and you can follow whatever goes up and down the Willamette.
Favorite Dish: the salmon was delicious
The Kinsgton Bar and Grill: The Kinsgton
This is a sports bar on the west coast. Sports start early out there due to the time difference and makes for a great start to the day.
Favorite Dish: I had the German Breakfast. Went well with baseball at about 11am.
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Baja Fresh: Quick, yummy Mexican food
I'd never heard of this chain of Mexican fast food places, but we visited one in Chicago and really liked it, then were surprised to find one in Portland. The food is definitely more home-made tasting than, say, Taco Bell. The price are also much higher, but it's worth it. A burrito can hardly be eaten by one person on their own. They have a salsa bar so you can add what you'd like to your order, plus you have choices of how hot you want it when they make it, and whether you want pinto or black beans.
Favorite Dish: Chicken burrito with rice, beans and veggies.
Douglas Fir Restaurant & Lounge: MUST DO DINING
Great atmoshere and outstanding food! Very affordable too. The place is open 21 hours a day...limited, but still varied menu after 11pm.
Fantastic job on the decor...50's modern lodge. Warm & comfy with style. Service was friendly and professional.
Only wish we had been able to catch a band down in the lounge and made time to eat there more during our brief visit to Portland.
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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The Roxy: Loud, cheap, open late!
In a city that's a bit lacking in late-night eating spots, you'll ignore the bad 80s music and neon lights and be grateful for the Roxy anyway. A retro sandwich-and-fries-type diner, you'll probably have a good time here if you like greasy food. Sometimes there's some raunchy stuff pasted on the walls, so don't bring the kids -- or your parents.
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.
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