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post #376 of 391
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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.

 

Awesome, thanks man, I'll check these places out.

 

Just remembered, I had ramen at Shigezo and thought it was pretty good.

post #377 of 391

^ I've only been to Shigezo's SE outpost, Yataimura Maru, but wasn't thrilled... I haven't been to Yuzu in Beaverton, but it could be worth a try.

post #378 of 391
shigezo isnt too bad, its a easy fix and not biwa. Mirakutei is my goto.
Theres a couple soups at Paa Dee that are a good change of pace from ramen. Sweet/sourish broths, maybe Tom yum based? Good noodles, and lots of pork belly and roast porks. If you add an egg, its a good experience.
post #379 of 391
Good ramen info. Agreed all around IME. I work across the street from Boke Bowl, so I eat there a lot. I'm a fan, but it's also not trying to be "authentic." And their fried chicken is superior.

I've eaten at Mirakutei three times, twice it was good, but not great, and once it was terrible. Not sure what went wrong. I've only been to Boxer once (about 3 weeks ago) and it was excellent. Closest to any of the ramen I used to get in NY I've had in PDX. (Though I've not been to Biwa in a long, long time).

I'll check out some of the other mentions here.

Re: Lardo/Bunk/etc. I feel like sandwiches in PDX are pretty solid, but tend towards overdone--either too much going on and/or too big, or just too damn rich. I'm all for salty, meaty sandos, but some of the stuff on offer around town is just gross.

+1000 to the Grassa props earlier. That place is a real lunch asset.
post #380 of 391
Thanks you all. I'm excited about Carte Blanche. How's the Bollywood Theater? Btw, does anyone have connects for a tour of Nike or Kinfolk? I know, I'm asking a lot smile.gif
post #381 of 391

^ Carte Blanche is so great, I'm glad the concept is exciting to you! I've been enjoying Bollywood, particularly the chicken kati roll, pork vindaloo, and saag paneer. But I like them so much that they've kept me from eating through most of the rest of the menu...

 

One addition to my list of quality sandwich places that I forgot to mention: Roman Candle.

 

PaaDee is great. I almost always get Guay Tiew Kua Gai, but the sai grog e-san sausage, larb hed, and pork belly with green beans are all excellent. Has anybody been to Lang Baan yet? I really want to go.

 

If you like Thai soups, Tarad (my favorite is B: Guoy Teaw Hoi Ka) is good, too.

 

Mirakutei is strangely inconsistent. Maybe it's worth giving Boxer another chance...

 

Can I just reiterate, though, that HA&VL is an ecstatic experience (even for people who don't normally like soup)?


Edited by mymil - 3/17/14 at 5:24pm
post #382 of 391
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One addition to my list of quality sandwich places that I forgot to mention: Roman Candle.

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Can I just reiterate, though, that HA&VL is an ecstatic experience (even for people who don't normally like soup)?

Double these both. The sandwiches--and breakfast offerings--at Roman Candle are really fantastic and while it sometimes gets busy, it's nothing like the shitshow that is brunch in this town. My mom's visiting and I wanted to check out Broder Nord, but the timing of her flight etc. put us there a little later than ideal. It was nutso and since I had my son w/ me, we bailed. Drove to Roman Candle, parked in the lot, waited precisely 2 minutes in line, then ate a wonderfully satisfying meal. My son wasn't sold on the granola combo--too many textures for this 4-yr old. But I really love the offerings there.

And yes: go to HA&VL. It's awesome. The ambience, or lack there of, is either charming or a drag depending on your POV, but the soup makes up for it. I haven't made it out for their pho yet...really want to.
post #383 of 391
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Thanks you all. I'm excited about Carte Blanche. How's the Bollywood Theater? Btw, does anyone have connects for a tour of Nike or Kinfolk? I know, I'm asking a lot smile.gif

 

Idk about nike, you could try contacting them or try buying an employee pass off of someone.

 

Kinfolk is pretty easy to get into. just stop on by or you can contact them earlier to meet with nathan. Ive been there a couple times and both times I just kinda dropped by.

post #384 of 391
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Idk about nike, you could try contacting them or try buying an employee pass off of someone.

Kinfolk is pretty easy to get into. just stop on by or you can contact them earlier to meet with nathan. Ive been there a couple times and both times I just kinda dropped by.

thanks for the Kinfolk info. I'll do that. I just tried to hit up my uncle (employee) about Nike and he declined. Guess I'm not getting in.
post #385 of 391
Thanks everyone for the recs!!! Wife and I had a great time on the baby moon. Bollywood, Carte Blanche and Beast are superior. Agree with you guys on Pok pok, I can just do the wings, papaya salad and coconut rice. Worked in Pine State since the wait for Tasty and Sons was ridiculous. All of PDX came out this past sunny Sunday.

I'm always in town visiting family. Keeping me posted on new recs.
post #386 of 391
Finally ate Nongs last night from the storefront. Good stuff. Pork was really good, even if a bit of a gutbuster. I could see eating the chicken 1x a week.
After watching the new Parts Unknown, I want some bollywood in my life. Does it get super busy? Whats a good time to go?

Any love for La Taq? Went once, and really enjoyed. Brisket anything.
post #387 of 391

Glad you enjoyed, deejay! Carte Blanche changes their menu ever three-ish weeks, so they'll have something new the next time you're here.

 

A new recommendation for dinner: Roman Candle. Since they've added some more vegetables and salads on top of their pizza offerings (and they've had burrata on their dinner menu for a while), it's like a baby Ava Gene's! But you don't need a reservation. I went the other night and had a fernet and soda, a slice of nduja pizza (it was the special and how could you not), and the beets/nettles/sesame breadcrumbs/cheese. A perfect dinner.

 

Also: Lang Baan. I finally went, and it's fantastic! The tasting menu included Thai dishes rarely encountered in Thai restaurants in the US as well as really unostentatious applications of some modernist techniques (e.g. watermelon-infused sticky rice crisp [dehydrated, then fried], sous vide egg). Very worth it.

 

Bollywood on Division gets busy around 6:30, but it's so big that I've never seen it horrendous. So go whenever.

post #388 of 391
I felt a sense of Deja Vu looking at those fantastic dhabas. Mostly due to the similar vibe given by the lit Coca-Cola signs proclaiming the name of the restaurant and the dirty dinning rooms that reminded me of the fried chicken, soul food and fish fry joints of my childhood. I miss authentic places like that.
post #389 of 391
For those of you in Portland (Oregon) tonight, there is a Union Way block party with free beer and discounts at all the merchants.
At Self Edge we're offering 15% off everything from 4pm to 8pm tonight, in-store only.


post #390 of 391
To our friends in Portland, stop by the workshop (240 N Broadway) Friday and Saturday for the annual Tanner Goods sample sale.

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