You can't expect to eat more than 150 meals for $10 or less (or $15 at dinner!) without getting a little messy. Since January we've eaten arancine, banh mi, crêpes, döner kebab, egg sandwiches, fries, gyros, hamburgers, ice cream, jiaozi, kolaches, lamb kebab, mac 'n' cheese, naan, omelettes, pancakes, quesadillas, ribs, salad rolls, tacos, unagi rolls, veggie burgers, waffles, xiao long bao, yakisoba and za'atar. See what I did there?

Anyway, we went to a lot of restaurants, picked our favorites and listed them in alphabetical order here. For the third year in a row, we also highlighted 25 really good things to eat that cost less than $7.

You will notice that none of Portland's countless food carts are listed anywhere in this package. "Hey," you may be saying to anyone at the bar who will listen, "hasn't this jackass ever been downtown?" I hear you. The carts are cheap eats, all right, but there are so many of them—over 600 at our last count—that we have decided to give them a guide all their own. The first edition of our Eat Mobile guide is here.

The size and diversity of Portland's restaurant economy is such that making a comprehensive guide to budget eating is nearly impossible; I imagine we missed a few places. If we omitted your favorite cheap restaurant, send me an email at and we'll check it out for next year's guide. Until then, happy eating!

—Ben Waterhouse


Craig Beebe, Ruth Brown, Stacy Brownhill, Kelly Clarke,
Liz Crain, Rachael DeWitt, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Aaron Furmanek, Rebecca Jacobson, Casey Jarman, Matthew Korfhage, AP Kryza, Michael Mannheimer, Caitlin McCarthy, Kat Merck, Aaron Mesh, Joanna Miller, Becky Ohlsen, Brian Panganiban, James Pitkin, Deeda Schroeder, Matt Singer, Beth Slovic, Ethan Smith, Henry Stern, Nikki Volpicelli, Ben Waterhouse


Ben Waterhouse


Carolyn Richardson


Kat Merck


Matt Buckingham, Peggy Perdue, Sarah Smith


Soma Honkanen,  Adam Krueger, Dylan Serkin



Cameron Browne, Christa Connelly, Allison E. Jones,
Leah Nash, Chris Ryan, Jessica Stambach