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[PDX] downtown or public-transit available?

Merle | Apr 24, 200502:32 PM

I'm going to be in downtown Portland (Broadway+Washington) for three days. No car, so places must be nearby or available on public transit. My companion won't touch seafood. I love just about any cuisine, especially the more esoteric ones that we don't have around home (non-Asian).

We tend to be cheap, though: if the entrees go above $15 we start to cringe, and $6-12 is more my "normal" range. As an example, the Papa Haydn dinner menu is about as high as I'd go, unless it's astoundingly good food.

I've spent the last few days soaking up information from here, but there's really a whole lot, and I'm not quite positive where things are -- or more importantly, if we can get there on light rail or streetcar.

Karam is definitely on my list, as is trying out the food carts. Other than that, I just have a splattering of vague ideas.

El Palmero (Peruvian/Mexican) -- near where I'm staying, but I didn't see much mention of it. Are there better places (of either cuisine)?

Higgin's - is it worth it just for the food if we weren't having beer?

Low's BBQ got great (and recent) mentions, but looks like it's waaaay out east. How long/difficult would it be to get out there? Would it be worth the transit time?

We have great Asian food where I live -- is it worth going to Sungari Pearl, or Pho Van? Or any place in Chinatown? Hot Pot City looked interesting, but not so hot for a non-seafood eater.

Cafe Voila - anyone know what their menu is for Friday? (I can't find a link to sign up to get the menu)

Is Alexis one of the better Greek options? Their menu looks good, but it's hard to tell.

Breakfast places: Mother's? Bijou Cafe? We're probably going to want places very close to the hotel, but will have three breakfast meals.


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