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    Salty's on the Columbia: Great river views

    by Agraichen Written Aug 19, 2014

    Salty's may be a bit of a chain, but wow, what a feed they put on. Ok, so $44.00 for Brunch may sound expensive and it is, BUT you get all you can eat for that price so go with a very large appitite.

    Their idea of "brunch" starts with custom omelets if you want, or you can dive right in to the fresh shrimp or bottomless buckets of fresh crab. Then go back for the lesser things like pancakes, or waffles, or dive into roast turkey, roast beef; but save room for desert as it gets really decadent.

    Favorite Dish: Everything... Start with desert and work back to the fresh crab.

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    Harlow Cuisine: Eclectic Salads

    by Agraichen Written Aug 8, 2014

    The menu at Harlow is anything be standard, don't expect to order a Caesar or plain Iceberg side salad. But, if you're a salad "foodie" you'll love the place. They use fresh ingredients and (IMO) "interesting" concoctions but they taste pretty good. The Urban Bowl with Jalapeno Cheese was a bit hot but the Harlow Salad was very tasty.

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    Leaky Roof: Excellent Guinness Pour

    by Agraichen Written Aug 8, 2014

    Located in the SW quadrant of Portland about a half mile from the river and down town the Leaky Roof is a welcome find. Modeled after European Pubs it's Irish style menu hits the spot (at least for me).

    The small bar and tight inside seating provides a "neighborhood" atmosphere. The menu has a number of items that are distinctly Irish plus a few that are "international" to cater to most everyone.

    Favorite Dish: The burgers are pretty good, but the Irish Stew and the Shepherds Pie are my favorites. I'm told the Salmon and the Cherry Duck which were specials on one occasion we dined was excellent.

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    Por Que No Taqueria: Authentic Mexican

    by Agraichen Updated Jul 31, 2014

    Like many of Portland's "great finds" this location (there are two - see below) has a small entry where customers line up to order their food, then they hunt to find an open seat at a table. The SE Hawthorne location is larger than it looks from the street. There's a number of back rooms that are accessed through a back door past the kitchen.

    Every spare space is used with either a table or decoration. Walls have lots of Mexican art and "trinkets" hanging.

    There is one of the wait staff cruising the line waiting to order food, to take drink orders. That way your drinks come out before your food does. The chips and salsas are great. I live in Mexico part time and I'd put Por Que No on Par with the best I've had.

    There is also a second location at 3524 No Mississippi Ave but I've not tried that one (yet).

    Favorite Dish: All the dishes our party ordered were excellent (we sampled each other). The fish, vegetarian, chicken and beef dishes were all great. I had carne asada to compare with one of the better locations I frequent in Mexico and this one was just as good.

    The only "complaint" or better worded improvement I'd recommend would be to have larger tortillas. That could raise the prices a bit but the prices are so low that it would be worth it.

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    Salt and Straw: Ice Cream for the Senses

    by Roadquill Written Jan 31, 2014

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    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.

    The Menu The line just to get in...
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    cafe Nell: Lite or Full Dining

    by Roadquill Written Jan 18, 2014

    The "cafe" part is rather a misnomer. Too nice in my book for just a cafe. There is a small bar/lounge area as you enter, and a rather small restaurant. Nicely appointed. Eclectic mix on the menu, including the wine list. I had local oysters on the half shell, and a soup, nicely prepared. The cioppino (in two sizes) was delicious as was the brussels sprouts salad (more of a warm grilled vegetable plate than a salad) We ate at one end of the lounge (the place was packed on a Friday night), on comfortable couches and small tables. The prosecco was perfect with dinner. The service was friendly and we felt very welcome.

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    Shut Up and Eat: LARGE portions

    by Agraichen Written Sep 6, 2013

    Shut Up and Eat is a relatively new restaurant in the SE area of Portland. Located at the corner of Gladston and Caesar Chavez it has something for most everyone. Warning, the sandwiches are large and delicious.

    Favorite Dish: Meatball sandwich is my favorite but the home made potato chips can be a meal themselves. Everything I've had here is wonderful.

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    PIE Spot: Dessert for Dinner

    by kehale Written Feb 28, 2013

    This place is exactly what you would expect ALL ABOUT PIE! Whether it's sweet or savoury, they have all kinds of delicious choices. They started out as a Food Cart in Portland, and after seeing them on "Eat Street" on The Food Network, I knew we had to visit them when we made our trip there. Since our trip in November 2012, they have moved into a building and it looks beautiful. I can't wait to go back and sample more of their delicious baked goods!

    Favorite Dish: The Lemon Vanilla Bean is by far my favourite. It is the perfect bite size lemon meringue tasting pie you could ever want.

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    Hair of the Hound: Watch the organic lettuce

    by Agraichen Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Located just off I84 in a predominantly warehouse district the Hair of the Hound brew pub produces some eclectically named, but tasty beers. It's open for lunch and "dinner" but closes at 8:00 PM most week nights and 10:00 PM on Fri and Sat.

    Favorite Dish: The beers are fresh and appear to be well made. The menu is relatively limited. I choose a turkey and smoked provolone sandwich. Upon first bite it was quite tasty however while eating some of the potato chips that came with it, I noticed the lettuce moving. The "organic" lettuce had come complete with a catapillar.

    Not certain I'll be back any too soon as I didn't even get an appology, just an excuse that they only served organic lettuce. At least they comped the sandwich as I didn't eat any more.

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    Tapalaya: Tapas in the New Orleans style

    by Roadquill Written Aug 21, 2012

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    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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    Equinox: Excellent food, low key

    by Roadquill Written Aug 18, 2012

    Casual patio dining, friendly service and an interesting , well prepared menu. Three of us enjoyed the red snapper prepared with a savory and bacon topping. I opted with the chick pea crepe, filled with chicken and greens with a light cheese sauce. Very tasty. The wine list was limited, but reasonably priced. The California McMannis voignier went well with our meal.

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    Food Trucks!: Food Truck Galore!

    by staindesign Written Mar 15, 2012

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    This is a very cool area of downtown. There is a whole full square block lined with food trucks and about a half a block more across from the square. You can find practically anything, Korean BBQ, Thai noodles, Japanese sushi, Cuban, Southern BBQ, Etheopian, Tacos, German Sasages, Ice cream, Fresh Donuts, etc.

    Favorite Dish: I tried the Cuban truck. The Cuban sandwich with Tostones was amazing. I wanted those fresh made donuts, but I was too full. :-)

    One side of the downtown food cart block
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    St Johns Pub: St John

    by Roadquill Written Jan 20, 2012

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    The St. Johns Pub in the St. Johns neighborhood is operated by the Mcmenamins Group, which operates a number of pubs and bars in Portland. They take some interesting, historical property and make it place to go and enjoy an evening with friends. In this case the Pub was orginally contructed by the National Cash Register Company (NCR) back for the Worlds Fair in 1905. After the Fair, the building with its distinctive cuppola was moved by barge and then horse drawn to St. Johns were it served mostly as a religious facility.

    Favorite Dish: Good solid pub grub.... my Canuck Salad was good, the beer tasty.

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    Jory Restaurant: Jory in nearby Newberg

    by Roadquill Updated Oct 5, 2011

    We enjoyed a very nice meal at the Jory Restaurant in nearby Newberg, Oregon. The restaurant is in the Allison Spa and Restaurant complex and probably a 20 minute drive from Portland. In addition to an excellent meal, good wine and company, there was a light jazz band playing.

    Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the chartucerie plate of local produced meats..

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    My Thai Bisto: Thai in the Middle of Hawthorne District

    by glabah Written Sep 23, 2011

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    The restaurant has a definite upscale feel to it when you enter, but it isn't as exotically priced as it might feel - at least not the food.

    There is a lunch counter / bar towards the south side of the restaurant, but it is quite small.

    There are a few outdoor tables, but many of them face busy Hawthorne Blvd, and those are not necessarily the most pleasant places to be.

    As with many of the Thai restaurants in Portland, there are eccentric Thai-style decorations scattered about the restaurant.

    Take-out is offered.

    Lunch specials are on offer until 3 pm.

    This restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.

    Favorite Dish: The food here tends to be a bit more expensive for the quantity provided compared to Tom Yum on SE Woodstock, or Vege-Thai just down the street a few blocks. That said, the food here is reasonably good for the price.

    The Thai Iced Tea is good, and in an impressive tall glass.

    None of the other dishes really strike me as being extremely special over any of the others, but I do usually have the Pad Thai dinner when I have eaten here.

    Attractive Interior of My Thai Bistro
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