I'll be attending a meeting at the Oregon Convention Center for a week, staying in the Alberta Arts District (w/bike). I'm looking for recommendations in the Alberta district, downtown near(ish) the Convention Center, or en route.
There seems to be lots of discussion on these boards about can't-miss Portland places like Le Pigeon, OX, and Beast - but I fear those are by and large both too heavy for me and out of my price range. Instead, I'm looking for can't-miss places that have great food and are quintessentially Portland (perhaps w/flavors/ambiances not available in the SF Bay Area?) but are perhaps a little lighter - both on stomach and wallet. Places that have caught my eye are many food carts (of course), Grain and Gristle, Salt & Straw, and Grassa, but I've have had a little trouble finding a lot of good options.
- Any recommendations of not-to-be missed food carts in these general areas, other than the Khao Man Gai?
- Recommendations of other uncommonly Portland-y restaurants with lighter food, an informal vibe, and mains under $20 or so in this general area?
- Anything in this category outside of the downtown/Alberta circuit that is so good as to not be missed? (I will have that bike.)
- If I'm going to splurge once or twice, any recommendations? For what it's worth, the ones that caught my eye were Ned Ludd, Toro Bravo, and Andina).
Thank you, thank you!