Please see my previous post, "[PDX] Visiting Chowhound queries, Part One: The Neighborhoods" for a proper introductory paragraph. Thank you.
My partner and I make efforts here at home to eat locally and to seek out local produce and foods. Clearly this is a familiar concept to you Portlanders; I've seen a passion for and knowledge of local foods on this board, as well other wonders such as the Plate and Pitchfork field suppers and the myriad CSAs in the area, some of which are, to my astonishment, even within city limits.
During our visit to Portland in early April, we'd love to sample the flavors and cuisines the region has to offer. Unfortunately, our budget does not allow us to visit a place such as Higgins (though we have enjoyed it very much in the past).
Our interest, then, is in restaurants that qualify as "cheap" and also specialize in, or at least offer a variety of, local produce and products. These could be vegetarian, or otherwise. We're not vegetarians, but we do love reverentially-prepared vegetables; we also appreciate regionally-grown, humanely-raised, grass-fed meats.
By "cheap" I mean under $10 per person for lunch, under $20 per person for supper (not including wine). We are relatively small in appetite, so we split a lot of things, and therefore some corners can be cut to make a meal qualify as "cheap" if a place in particular deserves our attention.
Thanks very much for your consideration. We will report back on our experiences.