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An April 2008 trip to Portland by wanderer 2005

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Quote: Portland is my kind of place...even if it rains all the time.

Big River Grill

Restaurant | "Wonderful Meal!"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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After you cross over into Washington from Oregon, via the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway, be sure to visit the Big River Grill, in Stevenson Washington.Nestled on a quaint street, the Big River Grill has a fresh menu that includes of course, sturgeon and many other fresh items.The quirky interior boasts funny license plates from all over the country, comfy booths, and a small bar.I heard the sturgeon spread is crazy good, so we ordered it. It’s consistency is like a cream cheese dip, sort of pate-ish. At any rate, it’s WONDERFUL! It’s served with a loaf of warm French bread, carrots, capers, pepperocini, red onion and olives. This was the highlight of the meal....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2009

Big River Grill
192 South West Second Street
Stevenson, Washington 98648
(509) 427-4888

La Calaca Comelona

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Restaurant | "Definetely Not Taco Bell..."

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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I have lived in New Mexico for 20 years and 15 in Arizona, so I’m a bit of a Mexican food snob. THIS place is wonderful! Not your ‘typical’ tacos and burritos, but authentic food from Mexico.Homemade salsas and tortillas, unique cocktails and complex and interesting ingredients make for a taste explosion!Patricia Cabrera is the owner/chef here and she imports many of her spices from Central and Southern Mexico. There is also a lot of her artwork, as well as others, all over the building.Like I said, not your ‘typical’ tacos and burritos, this place offers dishes such as, Cochinita Pibil, which is a Yucatecan pork dish cooked in banana leaves and achiote sauce, garnishe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

La Calaca Comelona
1408 SE 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 239-9675

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse

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Restaurant | "Great Brunch!"

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse Photo, Portland, Oregon
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I had the most delightful brunch at this little place on Stark that serves brunch and dinner, only.The place is run by married couple and best friends, Adam and Jackie, who were tired of working for the ‘man’, so they took matters into their own hands and created a wonderful little place.The open-air kitchen is what really brings this place to life. Gotta love watching the cooks run around, preparing your meal.We arrived on a Sunday morning and there was a short wait. We opted to sit at the bar because there was no wait. I watched as the bartender made these wonderful looking Bloody Mary’s. She dipped the edge of the glass into this mixture that she said w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2010

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse
7927 SE Stark St.
Portland, Oregon
(503) 408-1414

Queen of Sheba

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Restaurant | "I Know Why This Is the Best Ethiopian in Portland.."

Queen of Sheba Photo, Portland, Oregon
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If you want to try something completely different, then Ethiopian is a taste explosion, unlike any other.Visited Queen of Sheba as a last minute choice. Boy am I glad we chose it, instead of pizza!This is a low-key, small place that’s family run and delicious. It takes up a 2 dining room space and they also have imported Ethiopian products that you can purchase and take home.There were just the 2 of us, so a big platter of food was way too much, but QOS offers entrees that come with salad and bread, but you can add up to veggie 2 sides, for $3.00 each. This was prefect for our situation, so we ordered the Ye Beg Tips, which is lamb sautéed in a hot berbere sauce,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2010

Queen of Sheba
2413 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 287-6302

Vincente's Gourmet Pizza

Restaurant | "Pizza Pizza!"

Vincente's Gourmet Pizza Photo, Portland, Oregon
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We dropped into this place because it looked quaint and the pizza smelled SO good.We each had a slice, which was HUGE. One cheese only and one with pepperoni and pineapple. The pizza was delish and like I said, the piece was huge. And for $3.50 a slice, it can’t be beat! The crust was a wonderful combination of chewy and crispy.The surprise was the salad we shared. We decided on the medium Lamponi Spinaci.What decended on our table was nothing short of flavor and yuminess.Baby spinach, red onion, dried cranberries, gorgonzola and walnuts, with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. WOW! I think the gorgonzola really makes this dish great.This slice and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2010

Vincente's Gourmet Pizza
1935 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 236-5223

Red Slate Wines

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Attraction | "Wonderful Wine Tasting in a Great Environment"

Red Slate Wines Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Red Slate is not a restaurant, a winery or a wine bar. It’s a learning environment. David Speer offers wine tastings open to the public and also hosts private tastings for groups. He is a certified sommelier and is one the nicest, least wine-snobby people you will ever meet. And he knows A LOT about wine………..We visited on a Spanish wines night. He included a menu of the wines we were tasting, as well as a map of Spain that he pointed out what region the grapes came from and explained each wine and its grape. It was a wonderful experience. He was very cordial and will answer any question you have, so you don’t have to feel shy about asking.While there is no ki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2010

Red Slate Wines
107 Se Washington St. #133
Portland, Oregon
(503) 232-3867

Powell's City of Books

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Attraction | "Hugeness!"

Powell's City of Books Photo, Portland, Oregon
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If you’re in downtown Portland and have a couple hours to spare, you have to visit this behemoth of a bookstore. This location of Powell’s refers to it as, City Of Books. And I’ll tell you why.This massive store has 3 levels and there is every kind of book you can imagine in this place! They sell both new and used books, so you always have a choice if you want to pay $30 for a new book, or as little as $5 for a used one. Choice is a wonderful thing!It’s the largest bookstore in the world.Here are some statistics: • 68,000 square feet packed with books. • They buy 3,000 used books over the counter every day. • Approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2010

Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 228-4651

Huong's Vietnamese Food Cart

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Restaurant | "Yummy Pho! From a Food Cart..."

Huong's Vietnamese Food Cart Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Ventured downtown to have some inexpensive and yummy pho. Huongs has it right! Located on SW 10th, between Alder and Washington, this little cart has food that is bursting with flavor!For $6 you can get a big bowl of either chicken, beef or veggie pho and all the fixins’.The bowl is huge and is enough for 2 people if you both get bahn mi as well, or have some for leftovers, later.The soup comes with chili paste (hot), a savory sauce, bean sprouts, fresh jalapenos, fresh basil and a lime slice. All of which you can add to taste. I recommend adding all the hot sauce and forgoing the savory one, but that’s just me!If you’ve never had pho before, it’s a broth filled...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2010

Huong's Vietnamese Food Cart
SW 10th Street Between Alder And Washington
Portland, Oregon
503-277-3421

Apizza Scholls

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Restaurant | "Pizza Pizza..."

Apizza Scholls Photo, Portland, Oregon
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I love Tony Bourdain, so when we were in Portland, we had to visit Apizza Scholls. It’s on a quite street with a bakery next door (which is yummy, too!)There is always a line to get in when they open at 5pm because they only stay open until they run out of the handmade dough. So if you wanna eat here…you better get here early!We arrived a little after 4pm, and there were already a few people in line. So we joined them and waited. I wish I could remember the name of the bakery, because I had to pee while I was waiting in line, and the bakery said the restroom is only for customers, so I bought a couple lemon bars…they were yummy……..Anyhoo…When the doors open...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2009

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon
503-233-1286

Beaterville Cafe

Restaurant | "Great Local Breakfast Place!"

Beaterville Cafe Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Beaterville Café is a local, neighborhood joint that offers vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options.Established in 1994, this place is the home of the Beater Car Club.The great thing about the menu here, is you can substitute tofu for eggs at no charge!I don’t know if you’ve ever had garlic in your eggs, but it is fantastic! Fresh pressed garlic added to an omelette or a scramble, is a real taste treat.On this visit, we sat at a booth in the back room where the walls are covered in hub caps from various vehicles.We chose a café mocha topped with whipped cream to wake us up. I had the Thunderbird scramble that had chunks of turkey, bacon, fresh spinach, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2009

Beaterville Cafe
2201 North Killingsworth St.
Portland, Oregon 97217
(503) 735-4652

Mother's Bistro & Bar

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Restaurant | "Mother's Bistro and Bar"

Mother's Bistro & Bar Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Mother's is a wonderful place to dine, anytime of the day. The concept is mom's home cooking. They make everything from scratch and it tastes like it!The place looks like your grandmothers' formal dining room with chandeliers, small tables and curtains draped over the windows. Very quaint.We arrived on a busy Sunday morning and there was a line to get in, but it was well worth the wait! We were seated at a table in a small, mirrored dining room right beyond the hostess stand. The room really felt like I was at my mom’s house.The coffee is served French press style, which is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Hubby ordered the Greek frittata that was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2008

Mother's Bistro & Bar
212 SW Stark St.
Portland 97204
(503) 464-1122

Voodoo Doughnut

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Restaurant

Voodoo Doughnut Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Voodoo Doughnut is an institution, here in Portland. Open 24hrs a day, 7days a week, you can get your yummy doughnut fix here. Calling all connoisseurs!These guys have it right. They have some crazy concoctions that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what it could possibly taste like.Doughnuts topped with Rice Krispies, Froot Loops, Oreo cookies, Butterfinger, anything you can imagine.Try their signature Voodoo Doughnut, shaped like a voodoo doll.If you’re brave you can go for the Grape Ape which is a raised doughnut with vanilla frosting and grape powder. Or how about The Memphis Mafia which has chocolate chips, banana and a peanut butter glaze. Sounds...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 241-4704

Columbia River Gorge Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The waterfalls and trails on this drive are fantastic! Multnomah Falls is AMAZING and Horsetail Falls is a wonder. The Columbia River Gorge is the only sea-level passage to cross the Cascade Mountains and offers rafting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and river cruises. There are outdoor restroom facilities at most of the stops along the way as well as picnic grounds and bbq grills.Take a day and drive the gorge. There is so much to see. You’ll have to stop at a few waterfalls, the most amazing is Multnomah, which is 620 feet high and has a bridge that crosses smack dab in the middle of it! The hike to the bridge is easy, but if you want to hike to the top of the falls, it’s a mile...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Columbia River Gorge
travel east on highway 84
Portland, Oregon