Posted 04 February 2002 - 04:28 PM
Thanks to all.
Posted 04 February 2002 - 06:35 PM
See another thread for a taqueria on Burnside that Jim Dixon and I like.
Is the Hot Cake House on Powell still there? It's a totally greasy dive that got me through high school.
Posted 05 February 2002 - 09:13 AM
Just around the corner from the Thai place is The 24 Hour Church of Elvis (the weirdest place on Earth, just off Burnside I think). There's also a little brewpub in between the Elvis Church and the Thai joint that I spent about 5 hours at on my last visit to Portland. Great brew, great people, great noshing.
Sorry I don't have names or addresses. Hopefully, you're familiar enough with Portland to know where I'm talking about.
The rest of my Portland experience mostly has been weird restaurants in the Hawthorne District and upscale eating at Caprial's, El Gaucho, etc.
Posted 05 February 2002 - 11:32 AM
Sorry, but I think the Church of Elvis is history. The local daily had a piece on it closing forever just last week.
I can't remember if I posted about diners here or on Chowhound, but there are no diners, at least in the sense that east coast refugees think of them, in Portland. Or anywhere else around here. We used to have a close approximation that we called a coffee shop or cafe, but with the advent of Starbucks and other coffee places, that name has become blurred. But the type of palce where you can get everything from a hot turkey dinner to breakfast all day is getting harder to find.
Waddles (I-5 north, Jantzen Beach exit just before you cross into Washington) comes close. Here's another great little spot that I wrote up for last year's WW cheap eats guide. Call first, because I don't get out to east county very often and can't say for sure if it's still open...but it was very good.
Mama's Corner Cafe
You almost need a shoehorn to get into the place, but the food served up at this sliver of a cafe makes the tight squeeze worthwhile. There are a few tables and one booth in the back, the only place for a group of four, but the best seats are at the counter. Perched on a stool you can watch chef and patriarch Pavel Shavlovsky cracking eggs, pouring pancake batter, and frying potatoes while the rest of the family takes orders and delivers plates. The menu includes all of the breakfast standards at below market prices, but check the board for specials like the buckwheat pancakes for only Ū.50. If youíre really hungry, get the Russian-style pork chops, a pair of boneless slices from the loin dipped in egg and seasoned flour, then grilled and served with a dollop of sour cream. Served with two eggs, homefries, and two thick slices of homemade bread for only ŭ.95, itís one of the best deals for breakfast in town.
4035 SE Stark, 503-257-2753, breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday
Posted 05 February 2002 - 11:41 AM
Is that link to Chowhound an eGullet first?
Posted 05 February 2002 - 12:08 PM
Posted 05 February 2002 - 12:22 PM
There's a Chang's on my street in Seattle, and I've been a couple times, but it's either not as good or my memory is inflated. The lines seem longer, too.
Posted 05 February 2002 - 04:38 PM
Another spot worth a mention, if only because I rarely get to type the words, is Hung Far Low. It's an old time 2nd floor walk up Chinese restaurant in our tiny version of Chinatown. I can't say much about the food since I haven't eaten there for years (but the last time I did it was spring, and I asked if they had any fresh asparagus and was served a big platter in black bean sauce). Hung Far Low (yes, that's really the name, and they have a great neon sign) is also widely known for cheap drinks.
Posted 05 February 2002 - 05:28 PM
Posted 06 February 2002 - 01:26 PM
I was referring to the original in downtown Portland (3rd and Burnside). The rest of these are in the 'burbs (except for the Jantzen Beach location, which is in a particularly horrible mall).
I try to pretend that these sprawling, strip-mall-filled, SUV-infested, California-like suburbs just don't exist, and I avoid going to any of them at all cost (Beaverton, home of Intel and Nike, is really hideous....when out of town planners and other new city types rave about how great our land use planning and other livable city attributes are, I know they were kept out of Beaverton).
So to julierico, who started this, I say this: Don't go out there! Especially not for for a dive, and probably not for any reason that's not life-threatening.
Posted 06 February 2002 - 01:33 PM
Posted 07 February 2002 - 11:54 AM
Posted 07 February 2002 - 01:04 PM
Quote: from Fat Guy on 1:54 pm on Feb. 7, 2002
We don't have anybody around here who does Mongolian barbecue the right way, which is all-you-can-eat. Here we have to pay by the ounce, which I absolutely refuse to do. Any Mongolian knows you don't pay for barbecue by the ounce.
Steven, I think that "by the ounce" thing is a NYC innovation. Several places I've been to in NJ charge "by the bowl", and I've been to others along the east coast which are all-you-can-eat.
Does this Chang's place have the absolutely wonderful warm sesame rolls I've had at a (rare) few Mongolian places? The idea is to fill the insides of the sucker with the goodies after they are cooked up, and it a FAR more satisfying way to consume Mongolian than in a bowl or flat on a plate.
Posted 07 February 2002 - 01:09 PM
Now I have the image of Chang's being overrun by an actual Mongol horde driven to a warlike frenzy after being charged by the ounce for their barbecue.
Posted 07 February 2002 - 01:11 PM
By the ounce or by the bowl is all the same to me. It's totally un-Mongolian. It would never fly in Ulan Batur. They'd laugh you right out of your yurt and bounce that half sized bed off your head.
I found a place in Stamford, CT, once that had all-you-can-eat. I wonder if it's still around. Do you know names and addresses of others (or that one)?
Posted 07 February 2002 - 04:28 PM
KHAN'S MONGOLIAN GARDEN
135 BEDFORD ST STAMFORD CT (203) 975-0209
You can call and see if they still exist at that number.
Hey, did anyone else watch that terrible reality show Lost? We watched the first ep before leaving for Asia. The premise was that they drop the contestants in some remote corner of the globe and give them like 贄 and they have to get back to New York. The first order of business was to figure out where they'd been dropped.
Well, the contestants were dropped in rural Mongolia. And all of them figured this out pretty quickly except for this one team that was totally convinced that they were in Czechoslovakia. It must have been the by-the-ounce barbecue pricing that led them astray.
Out of my yurt,
Posted 07 February 2002 - 05:08 PM
This week in the Willamette weekly they listed a bunch of interesting inexpensive dive sort of places. I will look into that one area that was near the Elvis place. I have seen it and it sure looks like an interesting dive.
Hey how do I get this thing to quit notifying my about responses to my post. I made the mistake of asking e-gullet to do this with my post and now I have 20 e-mails every time I look up mu e-mail.
Peace and Love Julie Rico
Posted 08 February 2002 - 12:45 AM
Posted 08 February 2002 - 03:05 PM
You can also search all of the WW reviews online at the food finder.
Just today I ate my first Cheap Eats 2002 review meal (J&M Cafe, good basic breakfast, will go back for lunch). The issue (a guide to low-cost restaurants) will be in the paper sometime in March, I think. It's a good resource, but it requires an army of free-lancers and staff writers and the level of the writers' food experience and preference varies dramatically.
Posted 11 February 2002 - 10:50 AM
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