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Restaurant Guide 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
There's a conveyor-belt sushi place around the corner from WW that serves perfectly decent fish for cheap in a casual, diner-like environment. Restaurant Murata is not that place. With traditionally clad servers, tatami-mat rooms and wide swaths of terra incognita on the menu, Murata is more like a    More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
Subcontinental standbys such as chicken tikka masala ($9.95) are tender and flavorful here, and the tandoori mixed grill ($15.95 for the full-meal-deal thali option), which includes the fabulous tandoori halibut, can easily feed two. But the real grub bargains are the masala dosas ($5-$5.50), huge l   More
 
Friday, March 3, 2006 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
We can all just get along. In Vita's roomy plywood booths for eight (or a dozen wiry indie-rockers), vegetarians fork up gingery Thai corn cakes ($3.95-$6.95) or carve off hunks of the "steak" and eggs ($6.95-chicken-fried tempeh, but it still does the trick on a bleary Sunday morn) hip-to-hip with    More
 
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
The usual suspects-hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj-are tasty and generous, but what puts Alexandrya's veggie mezza platter ($6.75) over the top is the just-right falafel, crunchy on the outside and steamy-soft on the inside. This easily overlooked slip on Portland State's eastern edge makes its mark   More
 
Thursday, February 16, 2006 Ian Gillingham

Restaurant Guide 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
Chef Bo Kline's Thai mini-empire has six pins in the Portland and Seattle metro maps so far, and it's not hard to tell why. Now that middling Thai restaurants are as commonplace here as that mermaid-fronted java chain, the careful cuisine at Typhoon! reminds diners what those dishes should taste lik   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
The large dining space in this plain Chinatown spot is packed with tables to accommodate huge Chinese dinner banquets, but you may have the place to yourself if you visit on a weekday. The heaping lunch specials ($5.25) range along the familiar chow mein-Mongolian beef continuum and thankfully ease    More
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
A recent renovation has nudged the venerable ProRow toward the "clean, well-lighted place" column, and offerings such as a Gorgonzola-laden beet salad ($5.50, $8 topped with jerk chicken) invite a clientele beyond the surrounding warehouses. But the servers are still friendly, the beer list still ex   More
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
New York-style pizzas in an Alberta-style pizzeria. That means thin crust, huge slices and tangy sauce, but also inventive combos that lean toward the vegetarian; it means counter service and often a line out the door, but it also means friendly staff and a casual space lit by artsy, whimsical lamps   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Cali’s new management has streamlined the sprawling menu, but the focus remains on bahn mi, the odd and wonderful culinary offspring of the colonial shotgun marriage that was French Indochina. The house special Cali sandwich packs a French roll with pâté, Vietnamese-style pork and   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ian Gillingham

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The “Cafe and Saloon” bit is a tipoff: The Industrial successfully straddles its Northwest neighborhood’s dual identities, luring both upscale lunchtimers from south of Vaughn and proletarian Miller Timers from the warehouse district to the north. (“SoVa” and “NoV   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ian Gillingham
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