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Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Not to be confused with the smarmy-awesome Original Hotcake House, this Southwest Portland breakfast institution (the original location of the nationwide chain) stuffs locals with the same giant, airy Dutch babies ($10.50), tall stacks of pancakes ($8.75) and thick sausages that it did back in the 1   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
The venerable Tuk Tuk serves high-quality versions of Thai-American comfort standards, in giant-sized portions. A big, to-go tub of spicy red panang curry, packed with green beans and chicken chunks, will set you back $8. Or hunker down in the brightly colored dining room for a fiery, chewy tangle o   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Step away from the beguiling bakery case—filled with moist cakes, crumbly scones and Earl Grey shortbread cookies—and focus your attention on the stellar brunch menu at the new Kerns neighborhood outpost of this sweet cafe (the Water Street shop recently closed and will soon become Bunk    More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This Clinton-area Italian house has been quietly churning out solid, tasty plates of pasta and hot, bubbly pizza ($12-$18) and pouring glasses of inexpensive vino for its neighbors since 2005. Owner Mary Ann Archambault welcomes everybody with a smile and a big serving of penne topped with a super-f   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Tucked into the pyramidal building on Northeast Sandy Boulevard that last housed Pho Oregon, Pho An is a fluorescent-lit oasis of homey Vietnamese chow—complete with warbling Asian standards in synth strings on the speakers and every kind of pig and beef part imaginable bobbing in the restaura   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Perched on a stool, listening to the line cooks merrily shout along to Run-D.M.C. while you detach your jaw in order to shovel in another forkful of the Reggie Deluxe (Pine State’s bacon, fried chicken, gravy, biscuit, cheddar and—sweet Jesus—fried egg stack, $8). Does morning get    More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Call it “banh mi for beginners.” The big, tasty sandwiches at this Vietnamese drive-thru sub shop and bakery on Southeast Powell Boulevard lack the vinegary punch and funkier meat flavors of our favorite banh-mi shops, but a house-baked loaf filled with tender grilled pork or fatty Saigo   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Call it “banh mi for beginners.” The big, tasty sandwiches at this Vietnamese drive-thru sub shop and bakery on Southeast Powell Boulevard lack the vinegary punch and funkier meat flavors of our favorite banh-mi shops, but a house-baked loaf filled with tender grilled pork or fatty Saigo   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Want big portions of spicy Indian fare at cheap prices? Get in line at lunchtime at this downtown dining room, where a hungry queue of worker bees shuffle ever closer to Tandoor’s fragrant buffet bins of creamy spinach curry; light, bright tikka masala; and fresh garlic-cilantro naan ($5 to go   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
The hot-pepper-bath chicken ($10) is a rite of passage for newbies at this shoebox-sized Szechuan joint: A shallow bowl is filled to the brim with dried red peppers and tender chicken bits, wildly spiced with mouth-numbing Szechuan pepper, that bloom in the belly like firecrackers. Don’t stop    More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE
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