Hi, this is my first post to the board. I've lived in Portland 7 years and have often felt that despite this town's many great places to eat, there aren't very many great places no one's heard about. Word travels fast. Maybe I can help it travel faster regarding two restaurants I've recently happened upon that deserve WIDE recognition. Sorry if the following sound like press releases or something; I just think these guys are making terrific food and deserve to succeed.
They've got ugly storefronts and they're in a part of town you usually only drive past: outer Forest Avenue, a half-mile or so past Woodfords Corner. I live near there. But Haggerty's, a "Brit-Indi" place opened up by Peter and Zach from Glasgow, is great, cheap, Indian take-away. Quite unlike the garden-variety Indian we're all used to. Menu's a bit small, but it's very tasty stuff. I'll still go to Tandoor on Exchange St. when I want good classic-Indian-restaurant Indian food. But definitely check out Haggerty's. Take-out/delivery only, except for a stool or two! Next door to Fishermen's Net.
Even more remarkable is Thanh Thanh 2, next to Domino's Pizza. If ever there were a wackier juxtaposition! Thanh Thanh is the REAL DEAL for Vietnamese food. I can't believe how fresh it is. The pho is incredible, and so are other noodle soups. Lots of fish and veggie options, as well as the more traditional beef-based stuff. Even if you do take-out the food somehow stays hotter and smells/tastes fresher then anything else out there. Not a lot of white folks in the place, which is usually a good sign in these matters.
Anyway, I've gone on long enough. If any of you has been to these, say so. My wife and I want to know we're not alone, and we'd love to get them more business!