Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings and Jimmy John's are the norm in Portland's Lloyd District--but they don't have to be. Whether you're business lunching or looking for a bite on your break at Grant High School, frequent the following local, independent restaurants to support the local economy. I hope you like Asian food.
Each dish at Chai Yo, from the Tom Yum Noodles Soup to the Thai egg rolls, exhibits an unparalleled dedication to fresh ingredients with a simple, yet bold taste. Take note, however, that the mild-medium-hot options are skewed toward heat and order one heat level lower than normal.
In the summertime Petisco spills out into the cobblestone patio, celebrating paella nights in the open air with ivy and subtle lights overhead. Any other time of the year head inside for a French feel, with cafe tables and carafes of Bordeaux.
Asian and "Asian-fusion" restaurants abound in the Rose City culinary scene, but Frank's takes it all back to basics. Noodles are tossed with the only sauce available: house special sauce. Korean BBQ and Fried Rice exist on the menu but these items are eclipsed by the handmade, chewy noodles rolled and pulled right in the back of the kitchen Go for lunch and enjoy free soup, Kimchi and Daikon.
Situated in the bottom level of an apartment building, this easy-to-miss Japanese sushi and ramen house has an impressive lunch special and even better happy hour. Try the daikon sushi or any noodle dish with a healthy dose of fish broth.
Long lauded by local office workers and Grant high schoolers, Taste Tickler serves loaded classic subs (Philadelphia Cheesesteak, Colossal Combo) on the freshest, chewiest bread in town.
Sake lovers should head here for the largest selection of the popular fermented rice spirt this side of 82nd Ave. Also, few are aware of the excellent sushi available during lunch hours. Head to the rear of the store, to the fish case.
One a recent trip some customers who were exiting Blossoming Lotus commented, "Now back to reality,"--a lovely and apt summation. Through the doors of this cafe lies cheerful waiters and a vegan, gluten-free and raw food menu take into account conscientious lifestyles without sacrificing flavor. Leave full and satisfied. And they now offer a happy hour.