Reassure me on this point, Portland hounds. I'm planning to come up there from the Bay Area July 4 weekend. I'd like to do it without a car if that's reasonably possible. I'm planning to stay at the Heathman, so I'll be centrally located and am happy to go to places downtown, but I'll want to get out of downtown too. I'm not looking for fine dining but good, moderately priced food--good bakeries, good breakfasts, good sandwiches, good beer, places with true Portland character (as you guys define that). Since I'll be on foot it would be nice if the good food were in pleasant, interesting neighborhods, but if it's not, it's not.
I'm happy to ride MAX, the streetcar, and buses reasonable distances--maybe 20 minutes or so. It seems like Broadway, Hawthorne, 23rd Ave. ought to be within reach, maybe some other places too. I've looked at Tri-Met's website, which is encouraging, but I'm interested in people's experience with it.