Thanks! Guy at Imogene and Willie mentioned a couple of spots but it was too late...
Got there about 945 on saturday, some bikers there and a dude sleeping in the bowl. Got there about 815 sunday, had it to ourselves until 9 or a little later.
Their chicken and waffles is good, but the last three or four times I went, nothing else was. Depending on the fruit syrup, I personally enjoy Simpatica's chicken and waffles more than Screen Door's, even though it isn't as gargantuan.
Beast and Ox both rule.
I think Lardo is so extremely overrated. I've eaten through a large percent of their menu, and I find it above average but not exceptional for Portland.
If you're here Thursday-Sunday, I'd hit Carte Blanche for lunch instead of Lardo. It rules so hard. (The owner actually used to work in Pok Pok's kitchen.)
Other highly recommended lunches (if you can be talked out of eating at Pok Pok, which I think is good but not as good as it used to be—I'd rather eat Thai food at Chiang Mai or PaaDee): HA&VL, Little Bird, Accanto
I really don't know, either. People like fatty meaty sandwiches that don't challenge their palette (see also: Bunk), I guess. Don't get it, when there are so many better sandwich places in town (e.g. Shut Up and Eat, Meat Cheese Bread, Devil's Dill, Tails and Trotters, Roman Candle, An Xuyen and other banh mi joints...), not to mention places that have great sandwiches on their menu (e.g. Carte Blanche, mentioned above—my favorite!, Gonzo (I'm counting pita), Bollywood Theater (I'm also counting paratha, apparently))... Rick Gencarelli's pasta place, Grassa, rules, though.
Weekday happy hours with outdoor seating in SE: EastBurn? The Standard (technically in NE I guess)?
It blows my mind that the dress code for every professional environment I've been in locally is jeans and a sweatshirt.
Or if you're on the east side, male jeggings.
My midwest parents didn't even finish their Lardo sandwiches. My mom flat out didn't like hers. I enjoyed whatever I had, but it wasn't anything special.
If anyone lives in the burbs (read: Beaverton), I really enjoy Shoten sushi by Walker/158th; my gf even approves.
What would you guys say is the best place in Portland to get:
Portland ramen scene is so weak! It kills me. Boxer Ramen was awesome for two weeks after it opened, but they keep changing their recipes and it keeps going downhill. So disappointing. Mirakutei's ramen is sometimes pretty good (but not fantastic). Biwa is mediocre and overrated. Boke Bowl is... fine, if you add soy sauce to the broth (but their brussels sprout salad and fried chicken are both excellent). I mourn the closing of Wafu, whose ramen at their peak was very good.
If you like pho, you'll love HA&VL (they only serve pho once a week, but their soups are AMAZING). I especially like the peppery pork ball.