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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
This is one of the little food carts on the street in downtown. It has excellent salads and soups, all prepared extremely well with excellent, fresh ingredients. Moreover, it's cheap and fast because it's a food cart.
This is a great place specializing in providing great, well-made food quickly with an emphasis on local products and at reasonable prices. It is a deli and also has informal in-house eating. It is especially great for lunch and breakfast but stays open 'till about 7:30 in the evening. One can quickly grab excellent food, salads, fritattas, chilis, soups, sandwiches, etc., along with other deli-type things.
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.
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.
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 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.
Outside the building is a yellow orche color. Go to the doors to go inside, up a few stairs and turn to the right to enter the lounge area. Inside you'll find high ceilings of exposed wood, warm colors painted on the walls and floor. I was in just last night and there was outdoor sidewalk seating available. We love to eat outdoors when possible and the weather was perfect and had there been room I think I would have preferred to be outside. The air conditioning made things a bit too cold inside and because it's one of those places that has that slightly industrial look and feel to it, there's a lot of concrete which makes it very loud.
I've only been in for Happy Hour, when the price is just right for me. Tapas $3 to $4. Cosmopolitans, Lemon Drops, Martinis, Manhattans, and Margaritas are $3. The only Happy Hour beer they had was Coors light, which is kind of a sin in this brew town. They'll get you on the price of the craft beers, which I think are $4.25 for a pint.
Happy Hour is 4.30-6.30 and all day Sunday. The menu also says there is another Happy Hour 9:30 to close but I didn't see that information on their web site. No Happy Hour though on First Thursday, when everyone and their grandma is out to check out the galleries and art.
Just remember though, I've never been here for lunch or dinner, only Happy Hour and that's what my price selection reflects.
Favorite Dish: I had an unusual Caesar salad with manchengo cheese which they turn into their own creation by adding roasted corn. Tasty and only $3. I would have liked it more though if there had been a bit less dressing on it.
I also had the coconut shrimp which were good but there was too much sweet chili sauce on them...drowned out the shrimp flavor. $4
I really liked my mango margarita, which was delicious and $3. It came in a pint glass and on the rocks--all their margaritas come on the rocks, so I was told by our server. The only weird part was when I got my second margarita I noticed that the slice of lime was in fact HALF a lime. Was this a mistake or were they trying to get out of giving me more drink? Half of any citrus fruit that's supposed to be garnish seems a bit overkill.
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.~