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Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Filipino hosts pride themselves in getting as much food into their guests as possible. Tambayan’s extensive menu is cheap enough to accomplish this easily. Start with crispy, cigarillo-size Shanghai lumpia ($2.50) and move on to the good-any-time-of-day Filipino breakfast of longsilog ($5.45):   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This fine example of a Japanese izakaya focuses on the drinks and the dishes that best accompany them. This includes a dizzying collection of small plates, ranging from the sublimely simple, such as a piece of grilled black cod ($8.95) with an almost foie gras-like consistency, to the bizarre—   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Proud To Be An American

50 Plates’ new take on USA eats.


Food Reviews & Stories
The sleek, stacked stone dessert cases that greet you as you walk into 50 Plates signal you’ve entered concept-restaurant territory. Sitting behind glass and lit from behind, the cakes look more ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Simple, exquisitely prepared French bistro fare is the hallmark of Pascal Sauton’s cozy establishment, parked in a garage across the street from the Keller Auditorium. A diverse menu accommodates diners with a wide variety of agendas and budgets, from the early-evening show-goers wanting to gr   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The restaurant arm of Simpatica Catering is sub rosa dining at its best. Access to its Friday and Saturday sit-down, fixed-menu dinners can only be granted via reservation, and only if you respond in a timely fashion to the weekly emails. They take a more egalitarian approach with the Sunday brunch:   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The surreal Streets of Tanasbourne may be a bit of a trek from Portland, but the dosas at Chennai Masala are worth it. The long, crispy crepes, carted out by the friendly staff at this no-frills South Indian eatery, are stuffed with numerous fillings, many based on a tasty onion-potato curry and ser   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Concept restaurants are viewed with a certain amount of justifiable suspicion—often too much effort is made in service of the concept and the food is just an afterthought. Despite some uninspired sandwich offerings, the menu of tweaked comfort food at 50 Plates—a sleek, earth-toned new v   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Tanuki stays true to the izakaya pub-grub tradition with a fine selection of sake and sake-based cocktails in a laid-back, casual atmosphere—but don’t think for a second they’ve forgotten about the food. Izakya staples such as kushiyaki—literally stuff on sticks—are a f   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
When you visit Good Taste Noodle House, bring a friend. They are not shy about portions at this anonymously decorated cafe off Southeast 82nd Avenue, and you’re sure to need backup to finish a Super Bowl order of won ton noodle soup, brimming with plump dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp a   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
Restaurants attached to suburban grocery stores are rarely considered dining destinations. While it can be argued that Hakatamon, a Japanese eatery physically connected to Asian mega-market Uwajimya, might get a pass for being contextually appropriate, that would be dismissive of the work they do th   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 BRIAN PANGANIBAN
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