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PDX Back to Portland - Old Haunts and New Thrills

Olli K | Feb 25, 200609:45 AM     3

I spent a couple years in Portland before moving back to the east coast last spring. I'll be flying out in March to spend a couple weeks in town with friends. I'm a student, mostly ovo-lacto veg (with exceptions), and a serious baker. I'm trying to come up with a restaurant schedule for myself, and need some inspiration.

Here are my must-hits:
sahagun - ohmigod i need a mocha--i can't believe i left before elizabeth opened the shop!

ken's artisan and pearl bakery (and hopefully criollo, st honore, etc) any other recs - new places within the past year - for european artisan-style artisan bread?

bewon - best korean ever, imho.

scholl's - even living on the east coast, i miss these guys.

stumptown coffee - every morning i wake up craving a cup of french-pressed hairbender blend - does this make me a loser, a snob, both?

half and half - PIE!!! (i'll probably hang out at pix, too...)

and here are some question marks:
vietnamese - I call myself a vegetarian, but I make an exception for good pho. where? I'm a fan of pho van, both in pearl and on 82nd. looking for pho that's light but flavorful, lots of herbs -should I try somewhere new or stick with pho van?

thai - i want good, not-too-upscale thai food (in the student price range) - but somewhere not too divey or too sterile. are there any standouts? vegetarian options are a plus, but I can deal with fish sauce

middle eastern/lebanese - prefer karam over nicholas, but would like to try somehwere new... is there anywhere that beats karam for good veggie meals -baba, falafel, etc? good pita is important too!

breakfast/brunch: possibilities: utopia or (something else on belmont?), daily cafe, simpatica (done this before). veg and vegan options are important - especially in search of good waffles, pancakes, french toast, housemade granola, fresh fruit/juices - I'm not the eggs-and-potato type

somewhere nice for a somewhat special dinner: i'm debating: wildwood, clarklewis, gotham, paley's, ken's place? I need somewhere with satisfying veg dishes, not too hoity-toity (i know, it's portland, nothing's seriously snooty), where they'll treat college kids like real people. i'm leaning toward clarklewis or wildwood...

That was long, i know - but i know there are opinionated people out there who'll chime in. thanks in advance!

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