(bug? what bug? that's a feature!)
I read, a year or so ago, that Portland is third in the US, behind San
Francisco and Seattle, in the number of restaurants per capita.
Ten or fifteen years ago, Portland was a dining wasteland.
Now, things are just the opposite -- *lots* of unique and interesting
places to eat. Here are a few... not all "gourmet's choice", but
Portland traditions or unique.
Oregon restaurants are divided into smoking and non-smoking sections.
There's no sales tax.
Because Portland's bus system (Tri-Met) is efficient and on-time, and because
a lot of people won't have cars, I've included the bus numbers and the bus
stop to stand at (buses run to six different areas of town; there's one stop
for each area). Tri-Met's phone number is 233-3511.
*** FOOD ***
Rose's (315 NW 23rd, bus #53-salmon): The biggest sandwiches, pastries, and
cakes you've ever seen. A real experience.
Buttertoe's (3244 SE Belmont -- bus #21-beaver): A restored Victorian in a
part of town where you wouldn't expect this kind of restaurant.
Friendly, mellow, intimate but not dark, reasonable prices... unique
sandwiches and salads, coffee with a hint of nutmeg.
Fong Chong (301 NW 4th Ave. -- take any bus that runs up 6th Ave.): Unusual,
excellent Chinese foods in a boring atmosphere. *Very* crowded at
lunchtime (dim sum); get there early. My fiancee is an Asian cooking
devotee from San Francisco, and she swears by this place.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar (208 SW Ankeny -- any bus that runs up 6th Ave.): Has
been in town so long that you can't call it anything else but a
tradition. Excellent seafood in a "nautical" atmosphere --
wood-paneled walls covered with old sailing gear and photos.
Jarra's Ethiopian (617 SE Morrison, bus #21-beaver): If you're not used to
spicy foods, bring your fire extinguisher... very tasty food, though.
If you haven't eaten Ethiopian, you should try it. They expanded
their serving area not long ago... a good sign.
The Original Pancake House (8600 SW Barbur Blvd., bus #44-rose):
This place doesn't need to advertise. Best breakfasts in town,
for sure. Get there *early* -- even if you don't, the long wait
is worth it. Everything is exquisite, not just the pancakes.
Uncle Chen (529 SW 3rd -- any bus up 6th Ave.)
Lots of Chinese restaurants in Portland; this is one of the
best. Fairly expensive but worth it; food is incredibly good.
Ask if you can be seated in the back room; interesting decor
in a high-ceiling room.
Big Red's (5515 SW Canyon Ct., Sylvan -- buses #57-deer or #59-deer):
Anywhere that has plastic cactus and armadillos, well.......
This place is so strange and outrageous that you like it right away;
maybe it's the electric Texas decor; maybe it's the huge plates
of nachos and cheap drink specials.
Rheinlander -- (5035 NE Sandy, bus #14-raindrops): Sunday brunch (if
you're here that long) is *deadly* -- German and other continental
food, run by a very successful restauranteur. Another Portland
tradition, with letters and certificates on the wall from the
mayor, governor, etc. etc.
*** DESSERTS/EVENINGS ***
Rimsky-Korsakoffee House (707 SE 12th, bus #21-beaver): Live classical music
in an old home. Frequented by musicians, radicals, fun-loving
intellectuals, etc. The desserts aren't the best in town, but they're
good, and the atmosphere is lively. Everything there is a play on
something else (including the place's name). Won a prize, a few years
back, in the "Chocolate Death" dessert category of some contest.
Papa Haydn (701 NW 23rd -- bus #53-salmon; also 5829 SE Milwaukie Blvd.):
Less fun but better desserts than The R-K House above. Location
on 23rd St. is full of yuppies, but the food helps you forget.
Can get crowded.
Roberto's (Galleria, 921 SW Morrison -- any bus down 6th Ave.; also near 600
NW 23rd, bus #53-salmon): Very good ice cream, with cones made there
in the store. Try their Chocolate Truffle. Location at the Galleria
is usually much less crowded.
By the way, Portland's bus system is free within the downtown area (except
during rush hours, I think)... the "bus mall" is on 5th and 6th streets.
Buses run up and down the mall; most buses run the length of the mall.
Trips to other places in this list are 75 cents; a few might be $1.00.
See you in June.
--Jerry Peek, UNIX Training Instructor, Tektronix, Inc.
US Mail: MS 76-036, P.O. Box 500, Beaverton, OR 97077
Ok, I'll take on the task. This list was compiled for the 1984
Westercon, also held at the Marriott, plus some out of the
Willamette Week Restaurant Guide, plus some of my favorites. I'll
list the restaurants from nearest to farthest (to/from the Marriott).
You'll probably need a map to find all but the nearest. I haven't
tried many of these places, so I won't vouch for quality, quantity, or
DON'T TRUST THIS LIST! Look up the phone number and call before you
venture out to parts unknown. I take no responsibility for the
accuracy of any part of this list.
All these are within walking distance, but some are for energetic
Bri's Sandwich Shop, 1 SW Columbia. Open for Br. & Lu. Closed
Weekends. The book sez cheap.
Tivoli Garden, 111 SW Columbia. Open Lu, Din. Very Spendy.
Rian's Breadbasket, 100 SW Market. Br, Lu & Din, Closed Weekends,
Veggie selections. cheap - spendy
Veritable Quandry, 1220 SW 1st. Lu, Din. Veggie selections, bar
Saga Corporate Food Service, 1220 SW 3rd. Cafeteria in basemnt of
Federal Bldg. Br & Lu, Veg. Closed weekends, cheap (very).
Sandwich Experience, 1136 SW 3rd. Lu, Din ('til 7pm), closed
weekends, veg. cheap.
Fast Eddie's for Ribs, 1800 SW 1st. Lu, Din, book sez veggie,
Jasmine Tree, 401 SW Harrison. Lu, Din, veg, chinese/polynesian,
closed Sunday, mod - spendy.
Talley Ho. 1414 SW 6th. Br, Lu, Din. Spendy
Sam's Hof Brau, 1850 SW 6th, Pretty good steam table, Lu, Din,
Cheerful Tortoise, 1939 SW 6th, Mexican, pub, Lu, Din, veg. Cheap.
Denny's, 330 SW Lincoln. 24 hrs 'Nuf said (cash only here and other area
Denny's. Fooey on 'em).
The Main Place, 101 SW Main. Lunch, veg, moderate-spendy (turns
into bar at night).
De La Cruz, 410 SW Main (in the Portlabd Bldg). Br, Lu, Veg, Closed
Cricket Cage, 420 SW Taylor. Br, Lu, veg, closed weekends, moderate.
Harrington's Bar & Grill, SW 6th & Main. Lu, Din, Reservations,
Spendy. Book sez "noisy & smokey."
Metro on Broadway, Broadway (700 block) & Taylor (across the street
from Hilton). People-watching capital of Portland. 6 food shops with
center seating area. Br, Lu, Din, veg, Closed Sunday, cheap - moderate.
good coffee & desserts.
IHOP. 722 SW Yamhill. Again, 'nuf said.
Hamburger Mary's. 840 SW Park. Lu, Din, veg, open late. Sandwiches and
Burgers, late-night breakfast (sez my source). cheap -- moderate
Hunan, 515 SW Broadway (in Morgan's Alley). Setzuan. nummy. Lu,
Din, veg, moderate. Best Northern Chinese in downtown.
Liu Chi, 818 SW Broadway (near Hilton). Also Setzuan. Lu, Din, Veg,
moderate. Some 'll argue with me on previous endorsement.
Vietnam's Pearl, 1037 SW Morrison (right in the middle of the
construction!). Lu, Din. veg (?) cheap -- moderate. Vietnamese
(as if you hadn't guessed).
Pier 101, 921 SW Morrison (in the Galleria). Seafood. Dinner.
Also in Galleria (between 9th & 10th and Morrison & Alder):
Chiang's Yangtze (Lu, Din, moderate, northern chinese)
Souvlaki Stop (Lu, early Din, cheap, gyros/souvlaki. good lunch special)
Coffee Ritz (Lu, early Din, cheap, salads, sand. coffee)
Roberto's ( good ice cream, fresh made cones)
Barney Bagle & Suzy Creamcheese (sandwich shop. Lu, early Din. cheap)
Dave's Deli, 1110 SW 3rd. Lunch. cheap--moderate.
Siamese Princess. SW 13th & Washington (or thereabouts). Thai.
newly opened (call directory assistance for phone number). Dinner
after 5:00. Lunch? moderate. nummy.
Jake's Famous Crawfish, 401 SW 12th. Seafood. Dinner, Lu? moderate
-- spendy. My source sez go for the fresh seafood on the
Alexis, 215 W Burnside. Lu, Din, veg, Excellent Greek. Moderate.
Abou Karim, 221 SW Pine. Lebanese. Lu, Din, Veg. moderate. nummy.
Elephant & Castle, 201 SW Washington. Good fish&chips, Lu, Din,
cheap. good beer selection.
Yamhill Market, 110 SW Yamhill. Many things to choose from, go
upstairs for food kiosks. Lu, early Din, cheap.
Tuxedo Charley's, 50 SW 2nd (New Market Theater). Dinnner, Lu?,
moderate. Kinda fern, but nice.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar, 208 SE Ankeny. Like it sez, seafood.
Dinner, Lu? moderate (I think).
Crepe Faire, 133 SW 2nd. Br, Lu. and Din., veg. moderate.
You'll want to drive or bus to these:
The Original Pancake House, 8600 SW Barbur Blvd. The real thing.
Absolutely the original. Breakfast, and you'll want to get there
before 7:00am to beat the rush (They open *early*). If
you're an early riser and never know what to do 'til things start at
9:00, this is for you. Call first, as the owners are likely to pick
up and go on vacation at the drop of a fishing pole.
Papa Hayden's, 2 locations. 701 NW 23rd, or 5829 SE Milwaukie.
Buttercream heaven. Lunch and dinner. open 'til 11pm
Crowded (it's worth the wait). moderate. Best Desserts in town.
(save room for the autumn meringue and the boccone dolce).
Rose's, 315 NW 23st. sit-down Deli, monster sandwiches and
desserts. Lu, Din. veg, open 'til 11pm. cheap - moderate, half a
Jarra's Ethiopian Restaurant. 617 SE Morrison. Lu, Din, veg.
Killer hot stuff. Go in small groups (tables for four at most).
Jonah's, 7425 SW Barbur. Dinner. Moderate. good seafood, good
DeNicola's, 3520 SE Powell. Good pizza, great minestrone. Dinner,
closed Monday, cheap -- moderate.
Bread & Ink Cafe, 3610 SE Hawthorne. Nice, small, good desserts and
coffee. A bit pricey for what you get. Dinner, closed Mondays.
Casa De Rios, 4343 SE Hawthorne. Mexican hole-in-the-wall. Pretty
good (beats the chain restaurants). Crowded. Lu, Din, veg. cheap
Rimsky-Korsakoffeehouse, 707 SE 12th. Dessert & coffeee/tea/etc only.
Open latish. Great cultured atmosphere. Sign in place sez, "Thank us for not
letting you smoke". Good for conversation.
This list doesn't claim to be exhaustive. I know there's a couple
of MacD's around, too. I just included some of the better/more
interesting/more famous places in the downtown and near-in Portland
area There're also plenty of places in Beaverton to the Southwest, and
further out in other parts of town.
I also know of a few good places to drink beer, but you'll have to
take me along...;-)
Yours in the enjoyment of good food,
Right - that's why I see so many "I hate Tri-Met" bumper stickers on
cars in the Portland area.
You must understand that Tek is so spread out that there is no way
to get people together to get out a food list. Anyway, nobody included:
BIJOU CAFE (123 SW 3rd, sort of arround the corner from the Metro). Fairly
reasonable for lunch or dinner. Several psuedo-Mexican dishes.
David C. Stewart uucp: tektronix!davest
Small Systems Support Group csnet: davest@TEKTRONIX
Tektronix, Inc. phone: (503) 627-5418
For all you folks heading to Portland in June for USENIX:
Rock Creek Tavern - A huge burger and just as much fries. Located
about 20 miles outside Portland (go out US 26 to Rock Creek)
L' Auberge - A truly great burger, Sundays only (NW 26th & Vaughan)
Hamburger Mary's - Same as the one here in the City [SF] (bet you didn't
know it's a chain :->) (SW Park & Taylor)
Foothill Broiler - Your basic burger, but good (Uptown Shopping Center,
NW 23rd & Burnside)
J. Wong ucbvax!mtxinu!rtech!wong
You start a conversation, you can't even finish it.
You're talking alot, but you're not saying anything.
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed.
Say something once, why say it again. - David Byrne
> Rock Creek Tavern - A huge burger and just as much fries. Located
> about 20 miles outside Portland (go out US 26 to Rock Creek)
Uh, might he be confusing Rock Creek Tavern with Helvetia Tavern???
If so, just go one exit(or is it two) further on US 26 to Helvetia Road. These
burgers (Helvetia) are HUGE and MESSY, but VERY GOOD!!!!! BTW, Rock Creek Road
(I assume that'w what he means) cannot be reached from US 26. Take Cornelius
Pass exit off of US 26, go left at end of exit(north) to first stop sign. Keep
going straight after first stop sign, and at the next road that you can turn
left at, turn left(can't remember if there is a road sign there or not). Rock
Creek Tavern is about 1/2 mile on the right hand side of the road after the
previous left turn.
> Foothill Broiler - Your basic burger, but good (Uptown Shopping Center,
> NW 23rd & Burnside)
Definitely go here if you like burgers. Best burgers in town(in my
opinion). Check out their fresh fruit shakes and fries. WARNING: MAY BE VERY
FATTENING AND FILLING, but definitely worth it.