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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.
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.
¡Oba!: Nuevo Latino Tapas
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.
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 Sirenita: La Sirenita-Authentic Mexican Food
Though not the greatest place for ambience, La Sirenita is the best place to go for authentic Mexican food in Portland. Always fresh, and with quality ingredients considering it is dirt cheap, Sirenita is almost always packed with the Alberta Street crowd during the lunch hour.
Favorite Dish: The enchiladas are colossal beasts, covered in cheese and sour cream. The fajita platters are also great, and the tacos and burritos are superb.
Byway Cafe: Flashback to 1950's!
I will write more about this later but wanted to get the PIX online. Worth going to, we had blue corn pancakes and corned beef hash. Both were YUMMY!
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Voodoo Donuts: A Line for Donuts?
There always seems to be a line outside the door of Voodoo Donuts on 3rd Street in downtown Portland.
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Fun and/ or Fast Food: There Are Subways Everywhere
I swear I saw at least 3 Subway Sandwhich restaurants downtown. This is the one I could see from my hotel window. I did eat a sandwich there for lunch one day.
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