Tried two places near where our new house is (Foster-Powell, called so because it is where Foster crosses Powell). One is Pho Hung, a review of it by a fellow chowhound - Jim Dixon - appears in Willamette Week (wweek.com). He's right - it's really tasty and cheap.
Literally, right next to Pho Hung, on SE Powell at about 47th/48th street, is Thai Hut. (Yeah, I know, Hut? Like a place I knew called Pizza Barn - who wants to eat in a barn?) From the outside, it does look like a hut of a place. Inside it is small (about 9 tables) but it is bright and clean and cozy.
These folks opened in the spring and they want to make you happy with their food. It is important to them. Go and make them happy and yourself, too, in the process.
My partner really loves curry dishes (I don't) and she says that what she has tried there for lunch was really, really good. Last night I went with her and we had:
fried tofu - just cubes fried, comes with tasty but sweet dipping sauces
pad thai (had to try it out) - it was very good, not too sweet, not too spicy and my request for NO CILANTRO/CORIANDER was heeded - THEY WILL MAKE IT ANY WAY YOU WANT (and they speak relatively good English) so that if you want it the way they would cook it for their momma, just ask and you will receive it that way.
BBQ Thai Chicken - very yummy, moist, well spiced and crunchy skin 1/2 small chicken (warning: VERY sweet dipping sauce)
The sticky rice (does not come with - regular white rice comes with most dishes, they will not substitute it either) was sticky and tasty. And the jasmine tea was a nice compliment to the meal.
We were stuffed and had a lunch portion for leftovers. They brought us some free cookies for dessert which was nice. The food was soooo good. The woman who waited on us said that next time we should come back and try the papaya salad along with the BBQ chicken and sticky rice- "This is what we eat at home" she said.
We will. In fact we will work our way down the menu. Go. Eat. Be happy.
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