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Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Wrapping your brain around a Japanese-style crêpe becomes a lot easier once you put one or two of them away. This little cafe specializes in the dessert versions, rolling vanilla-scented pancakes—they make them right in front of you—around ice cream, fruit, whipped cream, Pocky and   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This tiny shop is cranking out some of the best traditional Italian fare in town. The focus is on refrigerated take-home items like lasagna and meat cannelloni ($15 for a medium tray, $20 for a large), but the shop does sport a tiny dining area for those who want to chow down on the day’s chal   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Big Fish

Bamboo proves you can have your principles and eat them, too.


Food Reviews & Stories
One would think a cuisine as old and steeped in tradition as sushi would have a difficult time adjusting to the realities of the modern world. However, with many species of marine life overfished to t ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Old-School

An analog oven in a digital world.


Food Reviews & Stories
Ned Ludd, the mythical inspiration for the Luddites, was made famous for his opposition to the automation of industry, which threatened the livelihood of skilled artisans of the 19th century. Nothing ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Easy Street


Bar Reviews
“What’s that PODS container doing there?” I exclaimed in horror to my wife as we drove past Caldera Public House (6031 SE Stark St., 233-8242) a few months ago. In this toxic economy ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

The Observatory

A Montavilla spot with time—and taste—on its side.


Food Reviews & Stories
If, while sipping one of the signature cocktails at the Observatory, you notice yourself feeling somewhat more pious than you did when you walked in, you are more than likely sitting on one of the pew ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s entirely too easy to contemplate subsisting on nothing but banh mi, since the Vietnamese crusty baguette sandwiches are so satisfying yet so stunningly cheap. Binh Minh’s versions fulfill both those requirements handily; $2.50 will get you a baguette stuffed with pickled daikon and    More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
If you’re not looking for a warm, friendly atmosphere, good-sized portions, reasonable prices and awesome hash browns, skip Jam and go pick a fight at a truck stop somewhere. If such things appeal to you and the idea of lemon-ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote ($7.50) fits your definition   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Handmade tortillas make everything better. This taco truck has ’em, and doesn’t skimp on the quality of what goes inside. Most items don’t top $4, so you could easily take a trip through the list of meats for the burritos and tacos (including a tangy, mildly spicy barbacoa beef) an   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Technically speaking, only the cysteine amino acids in the egg of a Reggie Deluxe sandwich ($8) will actually help relieve your hangover. That little factoid doesn’t stop people from enjoying the rest of the gravy-laden, fried-chicken, bacon-and-cheese-on-a-biscuit nirvana that cuts through th   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN
 

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