Restaurant Guide–Idaho

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Boise

Basque Market–608 W. Grove St. (Basque) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Thu & Fri.  Tapas style. Flavorful & well seasoned. Soups taste home made.  Paella is a specialty.  (Has better reviews than Epi’s). (1-22-16)

Bosnia Express Boex–4846 Emerald St. (Bosnian) 9 am to 7 pm (later on Sat-closed on Sun).  Goulash, panini, gyro. (1-22-16)

Casa Blanca–5506 W. Overland Rd. (Cuban) Open Daily.  Authentic Cuban food. (1-22-16)

Lucky Palace–8630 W. Overland (Chinese) Open daily (11 am to 10 pm).  Authentic Chinese food is available. Serves clay pot dishes. (1-22-16)

Tango’s–701 N. Orchard St. (Argentinian) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Sat evening and Sun).  Authentic Argentine empanadas–both lunch style and dessert.  Wide variety of fillings give a wide range of flavors.  Some reviewers say some of the empanadas are authentic and others are ones they have added. (1-22-16)

Coeur d’Alene

Pho Thanh–2108 N. 4th St. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Probably the best choice for inexpensive Asian food. (2-10-16)

Syringa Sushi–1401 N. 4th St. (Japanese) Closed Sun, Mon, & Sat lunch.  Sushi & Japanese (tempura, etc.). (2-10-16)

Wolf Lodge Inn–11741 E. Frontage Rd. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Steaks are “raised right.”  People say this is a special experience and worth the money ($$$ price range). (2-10-16)

Driggs

Teton Thai–18 N. Main St. (Thai) Dinner daily; lunch Mon-Fri.  Green curry is good. (2-10-16)

Eagle

Grit–360 S. Eagle Rd. (American) Open daily except Sun evening.  Freshly made food.  Chicken pot pie is recommended, but it is not always available.  Hawaiian pizza and stroganoff are also recommended.  I think it also has some Basque side dishes. (1-22-16)

Schnitzel Garden–1225 E. Winding Creek Dr. (German) Open noon to 10 pm (closed Mon).  Reviewers say it is authentic European, even to serving the dishes when they are ready (and not all at the same time).  Schnitzel is pounded properly (something not always done in U.S. restaurants). (1-22-16)

Hope

Floating Restaurant–47392 Hwy 200 (American) Open Daily.  Upscale type restaurant, but mostly it’s just good American food (ham & swiss melt, buffalo burger, buffalo shepherd’s pie).  Sunday brunch is recommended. (1-29-16)

Idaho Falls

Gandolfo’s New York Deli–1685 S. Woodruff Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun.  Good sub style sandwiches with a good variety. (2-10-16)

Ming’s Eatery–376 Shoup Ave. (Chinese).  Has a Chinese menu with authentic items, including dim sum.  Burmese noodle soup is popular. (2-10-16)

Jerome

Burnt Lemon Grill–306 S. Lincoln (New American) Closed Sun.  Since this is the heart of potato country, I was looking for a place that was noted for its potatoes.  Burnt Lemon Grill is known mostly for other things (especially the lemonade), but potatoes are good also (especially the tots and the sweet potato fries). (2-10-16)

China Garden–1100 S. Lincoln (Chinese).  Mostly American style Chinese food, but reviewers say the ham fried rice and lo mein are particularly noteworthy (and have a Chinese flavor). (2-10-16)

Kellogg

Casa de Oro–120 W. Cameron Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Has enchiladas suizas, Mexican style tacos, and mole.  A lot of the menu looks more American style, though.  Some reviewers say it’s one of the few places in town open on Sunday.  Note: located on the north side of I-90 (most restaurants are on the south side). (2-10-16)

Moose Creek Grill–12 Emerson Ln. (American) Dinner only (open Wed-Sun).  Pasta with mushrooms, gorgonzola chicken, fish tacos, and other dishes seem to outnumber the traditional American dishes (and they are quite popular with reviewers).  Huckleberry lemonade and huckleberry cake are recommended (really all the desserts are recommended).  Located off of Portland Ave. just east of Division St. (2-10-16)

Ketchum

A Taste of Thai–380 1st Ave. N. (Thai) Closed Sun lunch.  Authentic Thai (I suspect it’s associated with the rest. in Twin Falls).  Also in Hailey. (1-22-16)

JC’s Peruvian–200 E. 6th St. (Peruvian) Open daily (dinner only).  Highly recommended, not only for the Peruvian flavors but also for the food itself (rotisserie chicken, etc.). (1-22-16)

La Cabanita–160 W. 5th St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Authentic Michoacan style Mexican food with authentic sauces (such as green sauce).  Also in Bellevue, ID. (1-22-16)

Pioneer Saloon–320 Main St. (American) Open daily (dinner only).  The reviews on every web site are so good I have to include this place.  Steaks and grilled salmon are the specialty, but prices are for a casual restaurant (not a special occasion place).  Also a good place for drinks. (1-22-16)

Rickshaw–460 N. Washington Ave. (Asian Fusion).  Normally I would shy away from Asian fusion restaurants, but Yelp reviews are very convincing that this is a good place.  It seems to be more Thai than any other type of food. (1-22-16)

Lewiston

Tacos Cecy–1350 Main St. (Mexican).  Mexican food that is “as authentic as it gets.” Tacos, tortas, tamales, etc. Chorizo, shredded pork, chicken are good (and tamales are especially recommended). No red or green chile, though (does not have enchiladas or more “upscale” food). (1-22-16)

Thai Taste–1410 21st St. (Thai) Closed Mon.  People say it’s good Thai (better than expected in a small city).  Worth stopping, and not just because there aren’t a lot of other choices.  Noodle dishes are best–curries have mixed reviews. (1-22-16)

Meridian

Epi’s–1115 N. Main St. (Basque) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Don’t order from menu–get a special.  Reservations are encouraged. (1-22-16)

Siam Thai–2951 E. Overland Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Excellent Thai flavor, but the most notable part was the freshness and quantity of vegetables served (meaning that I not only enjoyed the meal, but I did not go away hungry). (1-22-16)

Moscow

Iron Wok–2010 S. Main St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Authentic Sichuan style food.  Dan dan noodles and mapo tofu are recommended (dan dan is very spicy). (1-29-16)

Loco Grinz–113 N. Main St. (Hawaiian).  Good Hawaiian food.  Kalua is recommended. (1-29-16)

Maialina Pizzeria–602 S. Main St. (Pizza) Open daily until 10 pm.  Reviewers say it is authentic Napoletana style pizza.  Salads are also very good. (1-29-16)

Mountain Home

Chai-yo Thai–1500 American Legion Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (open late night).  Excellent & cheap Thai from a food truck (however, the reviews are better for Shiok). (2-10-16)

German House–2375 W. 6th S. (German) Lunch only (dinner on weekends).  This is called “German House” because it really is in a lady’s house (who does all the cooking).  The food is called authentic and flavorful, but reviewers did not seem sure of the hours and some had found the restaurant closed when they went. (2-10-16)

Shiok–13654 SW Venable St. (Singapore) Closed Mon.  Fish maw soup, steamed fish, dim sum.  Singaporean & Chinese food.  Located near entrance of Air Force Base.  Reviewers say the food is “modern” and the menu offers a large choice of items. (2-10-16)

Nampa

Island Kine Grinds–3116 Garrity Blvd. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun & Mon (other days closes at 7 pm).  Authentic Hawaiian–owner is from the islands. (1-22-16)

Little Saigon–1305 2nd St. S. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Good Vietnamese food.  Has pho and vermicelli bowls. (1-22-16)

Pocatello

Elmer’s–851 S. 5th Ave. (American) Open Daily.  Open all day, but it’s most popular at breakfast.  German pancake is recommended. (2-10-16)

Taste of India and Nepal–330 N. Main St. (Indian) Closed Sun (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm). Looks as if it’s genuinely good.  Has a thali (combination) plate and a lunch buffet. (2-10-16)

Thai Kitchen–978 Hiline Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  House special curry, red curry, and massaman curry get good ratings.  Pad see ew is also popular.  Reviewers say not everything on the menu is this good, though. (2-10-16)

Post Falls

Old European–1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave. (Danish) Breakfast and lunch only.  Danish aebelskivers for breakfast are the specialty.  Hungarian goulash for lunch is good.  Also has Swedish and German dishes.  Also in Pullman and Spokane, WA. (1-29-16)

White House Grill–712 N. Spokane St. (Greek/Turkish) Open Daily.  Upscale (kabobs & sea bass are specialties).  Turkish cigars (appetizers) are recommended by everyone. (1-29-16)

Rexburg

Cupbop Korean BBQ–124 W. Main St. (Korean) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Started as a popular food truck in Salt Lake City–now they have a branch here (although this is a regular rest.–not a food truck). (2-10-16)

Frontier Pies–460 W. 4th S. (American) Open Daily.  Home made chicken pot pie.  Blueberry and other pies.  Reviews are so mixed, though, that I put this on the list with some caution. (2-10-16)

Original Thai–10 E. Main St. (Thai).  Mostly very good reviews.  Several say it is the best or one of the best Thai rests. in Idaho.  Some say the stir fried dishes are better than the curries.  There seems to be more of a problem with the service than with the food (for those who leave bad reviews). (2-10-16)

Sagle

Stacey’s Country Kitchen–469000 Hwy. 95 (American).  Hamburgers, fried food.  Omelettes are good.  Very high ratings from a number of diners. (1-29-16)

Salmon

Junkyard Bistro–405 Main St. (American) Open Daily.  The only rest. in Salmon with really good reviews.  Serves American food along with some Thai and Italian.  Vietnamese pork sandwich is available on Wed. (and is very good). (2-10-16)

Sandpoint

Hydra Steakhouse–115 Lake St. (Steakhouse) Closed Mon lunch.  1970’s style steak house.  Patty melt, steaks, burgers, mud pie, specials (such as Alaskan salmon).  Not expensive. (1-29-16)

Joel’s–229 Church St. (Mexican) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sun).  Breakfast burritos and fish tacos are recommended. (1-29-16)

Pie Hut–502 Church St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun-Mon).  Pies are really good, but people like the lunch also (mostly sandwiches). (1-29-16)

Secret Thai–218 Cedar St. (Thai) Closed Sun. & Mon.  Good Thai, but people complain about the prices.  One of the highest rated rests. in Sandpoint.  Reviewers on Yelp say the curries and flavors are authentic but they did not like the vegetables used in the dishes. (1-29-16)

Thai Nigiri–209 N. 1st Ave. (Thai) Closed Wed (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Highest rated Thai on Yelp–reviewers say it is surprisingly delicious and authentic.  Also has sushi (this is probably the reason for the name “nigiri.” (1-29-16)

Twin Falls

A Taste of Thai–837 Poleline Rd. (Thai).  Very good Thai in a somewhat unexpected location–a few miles off of the Interstate but worth going here. (2-10-16)

Buffalo Cafe–218 4th Ave. W. (American) Breakfast & lunch only.  Reviews say this is the place to go for breakfast.  Basque sausage and homemade jam are some of the favorites. (2-10-16)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Idaho)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Idaho)

Zomato (Boise)

Foods in Oklahoma City You Need to Try

I do not really expect to influence people’s eating preferences or decide on my own which are the best dishes at Oklahoma City restaurants.  However, this year’s politics seem to indicate that our message may be better received if we come off as self-confident and a little audacious, so I will be this way in support of a good cause–giving readers the benefit of my highly refined taste in food to impart my vast knowledge of the best dishes that can be found anywhere in the city.

OK, even I do not believe what I just said, but nevertheless I will list some of my personal favorite items at various restaurants.  Even though many of the restaurants listed are excellent all around, these are the items I find that are the best to order.  I have already started a series of posts along the same theme, including Pollo Guero at El Birrias, Chicken Tawook at Camilya’s, and some of the city’s best Enchiladas.  However, this is my first attempt at creating a comprehensive list.

These, then, are dishes I have found to be among the best of the best, and that others may want to try:

Steaks

  • All natural Oklahoma beef — Ranch Steakhouse (OKC)

A number of restaurants have excellent steaks but this is my favorite

Hamburgers

  • Hamburger with Johnnie’s Sauce — Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler (OKC and The Village) Veggie burger is an excellent substitute
  • Onion Burger— Johnnie’s Grill (El Reno)

There are a number of choices in the metro for hamburgers, and for me eating a hamburger is a splurge, but I like these two when I do (but the veggie burger at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler is something I eat more frequently)

Barbecue

  • Ribs — Van’s (Shawnee)
  • Ribs — Swadley’s (Bethany)
  • Pulled Pork — Billy Sims (OKC)
  • Chicken — Billy Sims (OKC)

Meat Dishes

  • Molasses Chicken — Cheever’s (OKC)
  • Grilled Chicken — Green & Grilled (OKC)

Most of my favorite meats are listed in barbecue and ethnic restaurants

Fried Chicken

  • Fried Chicken — Cajun King (Warr Acres)
  • Fried Chicken — Olde Orchard (Bethany)
  • Fried Chicken — Ann’s Chicken Fry (OKC) Only available on weekends
  • Fried Chicken — Eischen’s (Okarche) Maybe the best chicken, but it is not really in the Oklahoma City metro area

Sandwiches

  • Turkey Reuben — Ingrid’s (OKC)
  • Cuban — Cafe 7 (OKC)
  • Turkey and Guacamole — Cafe 7 (OKC)

Salads

  • Pear Salad — Boulevard Steakhouse (Edmond)
  • Apple Spinach Salad — Green & Grilled (OKC)
  • 24 Ingredient Salad — Castle Falls (OKC) Castle Falls is open on weekends and is by reservation only.  I am not sure of the status of this salad, and whether it is still being served.

Desserts

  • Tiramisu — La Baguette (OKC)
  • Black Forest — Ingrid’s (OKC)

This list could be much longer but these are two of the best

Mexican (Enchiladas)

  • Enchiladas de Rajas — Casa Perico (OKC)
  • Enchiladas Verdes — Abel’s (Warr Acres)
  • Tomatillo Enchiladas — Poblano Grill (OKC) Not on the menu but can be special ordered
  • Enchiladas Verdes — San Marcos (OKC)

Mexican (Tacos)

  • Tacos Calvillo — Abel’s (Warr Acres)
  • Tacos al Pastor — Abel’s (Warr Acres)
  • Tacos (various) — Taqueria La Original (OKC)

Mexican (Other)

  • Pollo Guero — El Birrias (OKC)
  • Pozole — Birrieria Diaz (Bethany)
  • Flautas — Chalo’s Tacos (Bethany)
  • Tamales — Chalo’s Tacos (Bethany)
  • Gorditas — Abel’s (Warr Acres)

Latin American

  • Pollo Saltado — Zarate’s (Edmond)
  • Passaro Preto — Cafe do Brasil (OKC)

Italian

  • Spaghetti with Cacciatore Sauce — Papa Dio’s (The Village) This can be ordered as a main dish or as a side dish with any dinner which comes with spaghetti
  • Eggplant Parmesan — Vito’s (OKC)
  • Chicken Parmigiana — Tommy’s (OKC)

Pizza

  • Lombardy Pizza — Flip’s (OKC)
  • Margherita — Humble Pie (Edmond)

French

  • Chicken and Mushroom Crepes — La Baguette (OKC)
  • Chicken Confit — La Baguette (OKC)

German

  • Wienerschnitzel — Old Germany (Choctaw)
  • Chicken Jager Schnitzel — Old Germany (Choctaw)
  • Hahnchenbrust — Royal Bavaria (Moore)
  • Haehnchen Chicken — Castle Falls (OKC) Open on weekends by reservation only

The three chicken dishes are very similar and all are good–I’m not sure which is best

Middle Eastern

  • Tagines — Cous Cous Cafe (OKC)
  • Ghormeh Sabzi — Travel By Taste (Warr Acres)
  • Chicken Tawook — Camilya’s (OKC)
  • Eggplant Casserole — Nunu’s (OKC) Thursday only–served every 2nd Thursday–the Green Bean Casserole rotated with it is also one of my favorite dishes
  • Ribs — Jamil’s (OKC) Middle Eastern style ribs served as an appetizer with dinner, or you can order it as a dinner

African

  • Vegetable Plate — Queen of Sheba (OKC)

Chinese

  • Roast Pork Tofu Hot Pot — Fung’s Kitchen (OKC) added 2-25-16
  • Szechuan Eggplant — Chow’s (OKC)
  • Fresh Fish with Ginger and Onions — Chow’s (OKC)
  • Roasted Pork and Tofu Casserole — Grand House (OKC)
  • Fu-jjian Tofu — Grand House (OKC)
  • Spare Ribs and Bittermelon — Fung’s Kitchen (OKC)
  • Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce — Szechuan Bistro (OKC) added 2-25-16

Chinese (Lunch Specials)

  • Green Beans with Minced Pork — Chow’s (OKC)
  • Fish with Black Bean Sauce — Grand Village (OKC)
  • Shredded Pork in Garlic Sauce — Szechuan Bistro (OKC) added 2-25-16

Vietnamese

  • Vietnamese Pork Chop — Golden Phoenix (OKC)
  • Chicken and Lemongrass Vermicelli Bowl — Kim Wah (The Village) This is also available at Lido, which uses the same recipe
  • Chicken Vermicelli Bowl (Bun) — Pho Ca Dao (OKC) More authentic and technically better than the same dish at Lido and Kim Wah, but did not have lemongrass

Vietnamese (Pho)

  • Pho — Pho Cuong (OKC)
  • Beef Noodle Soup — Pho Kim Long (OKC)

Thai

  • Pad Prik Khing — Charm Thai (Warr Acres)
  • Green Curry — Tana Thai (The Village)

Japanese

  • Salmon Teriyaki — Tokyo  (OKC) Available on the Happy Lunch or Tokyo Box
  • Tempura Udon — Tokyo (OKC)
  • Chicken Katsu — Tokyo (OKC)

Korean

  • Spicy Potato Stew — Fusion Cafe (Norman)
  • Kimchi Chee Kae — B-Won (Del City)

Indian

  • Cauliflower Kashmiri — Taj (OKC) Not on the menu but can be special ordered
  • Channa Masala — Ajanta (OKC)

See my Oklahoma Reviews for more information about these restaurants.

Restaurant Guide–Portland

Restaurant Guide Main Index


Oregon


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Beaverton

Casa Lola–16305 SW Barrows Rd. (Mexican) Open daily until 9:30 pm.  Authentic Mexico City cuisine freshly made with flavorful ingredients.  (4-2-17)

Taste of Sichuan–16261 NW Cornell Rd. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  One of the most authentic, and certainly one of the best Chinese restaurants in Portland (according to reviewers). Steamed dumplings are especially popular. (12-14-17)

Portland

Andina–1314 NW Glisan St. (Peruvian) Open Daily.  Based on reviews and photos I have seen, this seems to have a much deeper range of food choices than the typical Peruvian restaurant (but it is also in a higher price range). Serves items on small plates. I think it would be worth it for what seems to be a very unique experience. (4-2-17)

Behind the Museum Cafe–1229 SW 10th Ave. (Japanese) Open daily 8 am to 8 pm (7 pm on Sun).  Excellent food–mostly Japanese but it’s more innovative Japanese fusion than traditional Japanese. (4-2-17)

Beijing Hot Pot–2768 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue (dinner only Wed-Fri & Mon.  Hot pot is the specialty. Noodle dishes and dumplings are popular. Has specialty dishes that are not found in many other restaurants. (12-14-17)

Broder–2508 SE Clinton St. (Scandinavian) Open daily 8 am to 3 pm.  Popular for breakfast (has aebleskivers). Has another location at 8800 SW Oleson Rd. (which some say is less crowded and easier to get in). (4-2-17)

Fubonn–2850 SE 82nd Ave. (Malaysian) Open daily until 8:00 pm.  Asian supermarket which is the location of several restaurants and food stalls (Vietnamese, Korean, and other cuisines).  It seems to be most notable for the Malaysian food, though. (4-2-17)

Guero–200 NE 28th Ave. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Popular food truck that has now become a restaurant. Serves excellent, authentic tortas. Has a few plate dinners as well (which get good reviews). (4-2-17)

Higgins–1239 SW Broadway (Northwest) Open daily except lunch on Sat & Sun.  Maybe the best place in town for Northwest cuisine since Wildwood closed in Feb. 2014. Duck confit is good. Expect to spend quite a bit here (but you get a better deal during Portland Dining Month). (4-2-17)

HK Cafe–4410 SE 82nd Ave. (Chinese) Open daily until 11:00 pm (Yelp says midnight).  Dim sum restaurant with very good and reasonably priced food. (12-14-17)

Kachka–720 SE Grand Ave. (Russian) Dinner only (open daily).  Reviewers say it is excellent quality. This is somewhat of an upscale, special occasion restaurant. Has a happy hour menu from 4 to 6 pm. (4-2-17)

Kuya’s Cuisine–8917 SE Stark St. (Filipino) Only open Thu 3 pm to 8 pm and Fri-Sun 1 pm to 8 pm.  “Real” Filipino food. Located in the Filipino community center (walk down the hall until you find the restaurant). Food is not altered for American tastes–some of it may be strong for people who are not used to it. The upside is that it will show you how real Filipino food tastes. (4-2-17)

Mekong Bistro–8200 NE Siskiyou St. (Cambodian) Open daily except Mon lunch.  Authentic Cambodian food that reviewers think is excellent.  Noodle soups are the specialty. Even though the number of Cambodian restaurants is growing across the US, this one has more menu choices than you are likely to find in other places. (4-2-17)

Pho Van–1919 SE 82nd Ave. (Vietnamese) Open daily until 9:00 pm.  Recommended by Portland Tip Sheet. Has a large menu and good flavors (also in Beaverton). Some people say the pho is average but other menu items are very good. (4-2-17)

Pok Pok–3226 SE Division St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Authentic–rec. by Portland Tip Sheet. Serves sticky rice (so it must be northern style). (4-2-17)

Swiss Hibiscus–4950 NE 14th Ave. (Swiss) Dinner Tue-Sat; lunch on Wed only.  When Rheinlander closed and reviewers say Gustav’s changed, many of them now say this is the best German style food in town (it probably has been since 2010 when it opened, but people are just now discovering it). There are some other good German restaurants in town, though (and some think Gustav’s is good). (4-2-17)

Tabor–433 SW Stark St. (Czech) Lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  Food truck with Czech food. (4-2-17)

Tangier–221 SW Pine St. (Moroccan) Open daily until 9:00 pm.  Moroccan tagines, but also has a number of other good choices (mainly Lebanese). (4-2-17)

Tin Shed–1438 NE Alberta St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.  The PBS “Breakfast Special” program featured this as one of the memorable breakfast restaurants in America. Here you will find unusual (and very good tasting) recipes as well as vegetarian, gluten free, or any type of food that fits your diet. Lunch and dinner look as if they are interesting as well. (4-2-17)

Wong’s King Seafood–8733 SE Division St. (Chinese) Open daily until 10 pm.  Cantonese & dim sum–highest recommended Chinese on Portland Tip Sheet. Some say that the menu items, though, are expensive and geared toward banquet eating (not everyday Chinese food)–HK Cafe down the street is cheaper. Has dim sum daily until 3 pm. (12-14-17)

Portland Food Carts are taken to a new level in Portland that is not found in other cities, and offer more good choices than I can list here. There is a discussion of them on the Portland Food Group web site (linked at the bottom of the page) as well as other web sites such as this one:

Eater: Portland, OR

Wilsonville

Dar Essalam–29585 SW Park Pl. (Moroccan) Lunch Mon-Thu; dinner Mon-Sat.  The choices here go well beyond what I have seen in other Moroccan restaurants, and reviewers say it is excellent. Tajine is $20 as of 2017, so it’s a little expensive (but this seems to be a destination restaurant at only moderately expensive prices). (4-2-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Portland)

City-Data “Favorite Chinese food in Greater Portland”

Extra MSG: (former web site which included the “Portland Tip Sheet”)

PBS Breakfast Special

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Portland)

Zomato (Portland)