Greetings from up (or is it down?) the Left Coast, Portland Hounds. I come to you on a mission of mercy. My SO has become a Hound by Association, enjoying the fruits of my Chow-research on trips. Alas, this time he is going alone, on a brief business jaunt to your city. I have read back half a year or so on your board and come up with some ideas about places to send him. Have pity on the poor boy and help ensure he eats well at his two lonely meals -- a lunch and a dinner, both on Tuesday, Aug 17.
He’ll be arriving at PDX from Vancouver BC late morning and will have a rental car. He won’t have a ton of time for either meal so nowhere that has massive lines SVP, and probably no more than a ½ hour drive (I expect he’ll be staying downtown). He isn’t interested in high end which is prolly just as well as it looks like mid range or food carts are the way to go here from what I’ve read so far.
His favourite food at the moment is anything Vietnamese, north, south or central, and he loves Thai which is sadly in short supply here. He’d probably pass on Chinese as he will be a solo diner and we do have rather a lot of it in these parts : -). He’s continuing on to LA on Wednesday so will likely hit up some Mexican in SoCal. He’s a true omnivore, way less picky than I am. The only things I can think of he doesn’t like much are dill pickles and stone fruit.
He also really enjoys his java (Vancouver favourite is 49th Parallel), so any other coffee input would be appreciated.
And JillO, where is “Joe’s in Sandy on the way to the mountain”? You said on May 2 that Joe’s has the best ever apple fritters and that is one fried dough my SO would drive out of his way for :-).
TIA for your time and thoughts.
Dinner ideas so far:
Pok Pok for northern Thai interpretations (boar collar per Tom from Raleigh) and shrubs (could also be lunch)
Helser's: because we saw it on that PBS breakfast show and thought it looked like the kind of place we would enjoy. And they do signature Scotch eggs, a fave of ex-pat Limey SO.
Mee Sen: for Bangkok style cuisine, maybe take advantage of Tuesday’s all day happy hour offerings, and maybe a few grasshoppers
Bunk: for pork belly Cuban (lunch only)
Olympic Provisions: sandwiches, charcuterie (lunch or dinner)
Bun Bo Hue on SE 82nd: for Vietnamese non-pho
Taste of Jakarta: for ayam goreng, beef rending or jackfruit curries
Bora Bora: Sinaloan street food/chicken (lunch and dinner)
FOOD CARTS (better for lunch or dinner??):
Mississippi Marketplace pod, which has the attraction of being able to eat your street food in the Prost pub and order a sitdown beer to go with it – not clear on which carts serve what yet, though I believe JillO likes Garden State, Big Egg and Sugar Cube (the latter is dessert Nettie said).
Downtown has the Tabor Schnitzelwich at 5th and Stark which sounds like a potential winner for the SO, recco’d by several Hounds here. It is also where Nong and her khao man gai reside, correct (SW 10th and Alder – lunch only and sells out early)? That has been recommended by a local Hound who was recently in Pdx and of course is mentioned many times on your board. Can anyone describe this dish a bit more specifically? Is the chicken poached in the Hainan style?
Coffee ideas: Barista, Ristretto, Extracto, Coffeehouse Northwest, Sterling, Spella, and in a pinch Stumptown (thanks, Nettie)