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Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Given Portland’s wood-fired pizza renaissance that’s seen the pie elevated to hallowed culinary status, it can be hard for a pizzeria to distinguish itself. So Bella Faccia has established itself as a beloved neighborhood slicery as much with its patio, perfect for summer pitchers; its c   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Generally, the quality of a taqueria’s food is inversely proportional to the quality of the taqueria itself. That is, the dingier and more dilapidated the restaurant, the better the grub. But don’t let the pleasant lighting, orange IKEA chairs and general cleanliness of Cha! Cha! Cha! fo   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
One of North Portland’s myriad hole-in-the-wall taco joints, King Burrito earns its name. From its dingy palace on North Lombard Street, it reigns by virtue of vibrant flavors and dirt-cheap prices. The signature King Burrito ($4.25), stuffed with saucy steak picado and a pair of chiles rellen   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Nicola’s is a temple of unintentional Eye-talian kitsch: wall murals of Venetian street scenes; a ceiling sponge-painted in sky blue; red-white-and-green everything. And the food reflects this stereotyped, Americanized yet endearing vision of Italy, with outlandish portions of cheese, tomatoes   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
A block west of the spiffier (and pricier) competition of La Bonita, La Sirenita presides, proudly unkempt, with perhaps the city’s best burrito. Bow to the “Super B. Relleno Burrito” ($5). This hulking two-mealer is not for the faint of heart, but oh, is it good. Pick a meat to be   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Yir-row? Jai-row? Gir-row? Overcome your fear of culturally insensitive mispronunciation and just point to the menu and nod. Upgrade from the standard gyro ($5.20) by adding feta and french fries to the pita-wrapped lamb and tzatziki ($6.75). This is the Olympic burrito, Zeus’ sandwich, Greece   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
For citizens of the “Great Satan,” it’s a bad time to book an Iranian vacation, what with mass protests, Israel’s itchy trigger finger and President Ahmadinejad’s vague threats. Luckily, authentic Iranian cuisine resides much closer and in a slightly less hostile enviro   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Generally, the quality of a taqueria’s food is inversely proportional to the quality of the taqueria itself. That is, the dingier and more dilapidated the restaurant, the better the grub. But don’t let the pleasant lighting, orange IKEA chairs and general cleanliness of Cha! Cha! Cha! fo   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Let’s just say it: Michael is an asshole. This Chicago-style sandwich joint is plastered with right-wing news clippings and nitpicking signs. The latest, tacked to the door, reads “No Muddy Shoes,” which if strictly adhered to during Portland’s nine-month rainy season would p   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Hidden in an odd little cul-de-sac one block north of pan-Asian megamart Fubonn, this DIY soup joint is worth hunting for. Each table in Beijing Hot Pot’s red-and-gold interior is equipped with its own gas-heated, two-chambered cauldron. Fill it with the broth of your choice—“spicy   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ethan Smith
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