Healthy Bread Store
At Dave's Killer Bread's nondescript little shop in a Milwaukie industrial park (5209 SE International Way, Milwaukie, 335-8077, daveskillerbread.com) you'll find day-old, frozen and imperfect loaves of Dave's Killer Bread that usually retail between $5.50 and $6 at prices hovering between and $2.65 and $3. Even less if you buy a dozen or more. Throw the bounty in the freezer as soon as you get home and take loaves out as needed; you'll find they stay fresh just as long as the ones you pay full price for. KAT MERCK.
Sure, it's a chain (albeit with individually owned franchises), but where else in the city can you buy a decent bottle of wine and a wheel of brand-name brie for under $5, total? "Gross-out," as it's affectionately called by its legion of devotees, is a budget-shopping institution with three city locations and an ever-expanding stock of organic and specialty items (think coconut oil, chia seeds and gluten-free flours) for a quarter of what you'd pay at Whole Foods. Just make sure to stock up when you find something you like—the inventory changes constantly. Portland-area locations include-: Hollywood, 4420 NE Hancock St., 282-5248; St. Johns, 7741 N Lombard St., 688-5565; Brentwood-Darlington, 7120 SE Flavel St., 445-0425. groceryoutlet.com. KAT MERCK.
Large cheese pie from Rovente's
3240 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7777, roventepizzeria.com.
In an age of $5 Hot-N-Ready combos and $12 Cowboys from Papa Murphy's, it's tough for any local pizzeria to compete with budget offerings from national chains. And yet, somehow, Rovente's does it. The deal is very specific: an extra-large 18-inch cheese pizza for $12.99. Carry-out only, and if you want pepperoni, the pie jumps to $20. But that cheese pizza is a huge New York-style pie with dough so taut and thin you can see shadows through it. It's very tasty, and your best bet for getting a local pizza that can serve three for under $13. MARTIN CIZMAR.
Steak at Blush
5145 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 236-8559, blushgentlemensclub.com.
While a gauntlet of entertainers that often outnumbers patrons 2-to-1 does the night work on stage, the bartender is pulling triple duty by intermittently dancing numbers onstage, pouring Budweisers and tending to 16-ounce hunks of wildly underpriced sirloins ($6.95 with fries) on the broiler in back. Though Blush is often passed over in favor of nearby Acropolis, the economics of this neon-pink nook of naughtiness—there's never a cover and the cut of steak is about twice the size—makes it the clear-cut winner of McLoughlin Boulevard's battle for strip-steak supremacy. PETE COTTELL.
A bucket of doughnuts
Donuts are a luxury food, but you should never pay more than you need to. For a mere sawbuck ($10), you can pull a solid two-gallon bucket of day-old doughnuts- at Voodoo—provided the shop hasn't reserved them for a school or charity. But otherwise? Something like five to 10 pounds of pure doughnut, with the necessary caveat that 90 percent of them are stuck together in a weird clump and all of them are a little stale. Just show up at the Sandy Boulevard Voodoo Doughnut (1501 NE Davis St., 235-2666, voodoodoughnut.com) to claim your day-old prize. But there are no guarantees. Sometimes there are no buckets. Insider sources say the best times to try are 6 am, 2 pm and 9 pm. Try your luck. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
Yes, you know that furniture has liquidators, but food does, too. If it doesn't creep you out, Everyday Deals (17310 SE Division St., 762-4970) serves up the food that Safeway won't. Dented cans? No problem. Past date but still up to health department codes? Entirely within the business model. Bread a little hard? Organic cauliflower off-white? Hurry up and eat it. This is where you get your $2 packs of bacon, your 75 percent-off cans of beans, your $2 per pound pork loin. It's like gleaning the fields in the Middle Ages, but with fluorescent lights. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.