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Moving to Portland: need food recs

snufkin | May 30, 200804:28 PM

Hey there,

I am going on a road trip with my best friend and my brother in two weeks with my ultimate destination being Portland! I have been in Moab, Utah for two months (Lord...I mean Portland, deliver me!) and need food recs. I have never been and would like a few killer recommendations for three weary, broke travelers. I guess this is a question in two parts: 1) Can you recommend some places for three people who have never been to Portland, one of whom will be returning to Montreal in a week? and 2) Can you recommend restaurants/resources for two people who are moving to Portland with no knowledge of the city? We are all relatively broke, college-age (well, just past), and enjoy "ethnic" eats. I particularly am a fan of Vietnamese, Laotian and Nonya cuisine, and would love to get my hands on some banh mi and bun. I am also going through some major, major Indian withdrawal and need to fall off the wagon...with a bang. I am also willing to splurge once or twice if the place warrants it, and think atmosphere, Portland-ness(?) and a great (and fair) wine list are all important considerations here. I am from the east coast originally and am moving to the west coast to experience the sea food, produce and love of good food. Am I being idealistic? Also, since I've written a book already I may as well throw it out there: I am a cook looking to break into/learn about baking and pastry and am looking for a baking/pastry job. I need a place that really cares about its product, with a nice atmosphere. Any suggestions? I am sorry for the chatty tone here, currently listening to John Prine if that's an explanation...

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