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Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This travel-themed diner is a welcome respite from the plastic sheen of the Pearl. Rest your elbows on its throwback soda counter or peruse the eclectic collection of salt and pepper shakers (relics from the days when this spot was called Shakers) while you wait on Mount Rushmore Hash ($7.75): a mon   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
The Caddy seems immune to the gentrification that’s swept though Portland’s bacon and eggs. No scrambled tempeh or prosciutto Benedict here, just excessive portions of fried goodies oozing with melted cheese and erring on the tacky side (a recent special was a pizza-style omelette comple   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This Formica-topped slice of yesteryear handles breakfast standbys and milkshakes with equal aplomb. The only seating is at the U-shaped counter, so your waitress is always on hand with a warm-up for your coffee. You also can’t sit face-to-face with your companions, which can be vexing with gr   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Just inside Chinatown’s ornate gate, roast ducks hang in the window of this neon-lit eatery. They are both delicious and the sole decoration in the room. But don’t get hung up on decor, or the lack thereof—the food is cheap, authentic and damn good. The duck arrives in great hunks    More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
At this refined diner on Northeast Alberta Street, patrons are loyal, crumpets are tender and eggs are rolled in bratwurst and deep-fried (Scotch egg, $2). The loyalty—and curling weekend lines—are inspired by deftly executed dishes like garlicky, egg-brushed potato pancakes ($6.75) and    More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
The original outpost of the Pho Van empire (which boasts two other locations, a signature line of sauces and a higher-priced Pearl District sister shop) occupies a grim corner of Southeast 82nd Avenue, Portland’s main artery of all things Asian-—live lingerie modeling and used Trans Ams    More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Once you’re done cringing at the astrological name, you’ll find a trim little restaurant and bar serving refined takes on American comfort food. The classic BLT is filled out with a pair of extra letters—A for avocado and Z for grilled zucchini—becoming the BLATZ ($7.50), whi   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Planted on a nondescript downtown corner, Cafe Voila tweaks the old-fashioned lunch counter ideal with gourmet ingredients and elegant rotating entrees. For a quick bite, peruse the deli case for simple salads and sandwiches, like turkey and Brie with rosemary mayo ($5.75) or the smoked trout and ap   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
The new Staccato in Sellwood has expanded beyond Italian ice cream to dollar donuts, sandwiches, soup, waffles (on weekends) and even beer and wine. Try the “For the Love of Pork,” sandwich—nutty whole-grain bread with house-roasted pork loin and rhubarb chutney ($5.50). The best d   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Ethan Smith

No Funny Business

Eight years after he was banned from Harvey’s Comedy Club, Lonnie Bruhn is fucking back.


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Eight years ago, after a decade of grinding open-mics and tough crowds, Lonnie Bruhn finally earned top billing at Harvey’s, Portland’s only comedy club. The Sellwood native was slated to ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Ethan Smith
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