Econo Lodge Convention Center
305 N. Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 284-5181
Fax: (503) 287-9711
This local fast food chain serves up only the freshest junk food possible. Burgers are served on Franz Bakery buns and in the summer you can order a side of lightly battered and deep fried, sweet Walla Walla onion rings (sliced extra wide, from the huge bulbs that grow in Washington). Another favorite is the Oregon Blackberry Shake, blended smooth and thick. Twenty locations are sprinkled throughout Portland. This one at the Convention Center is convenient and newly remodeled.
Next to Portland's landmark train station, Wilf's is a venerable dinner jazz venue that has featured nightly performances for over 30 years along with high-end, sustainable dining. The dining room excels in creating memorable special occasion dinners. Jazz lovers will enjoy Tuesday nights with the Ron Steen Jazz Jam, starting at 7:30p. Professionals from near and far have been known to sit in Ron's world-class sessions. You'll find intimate seating and atmosphere in the jazz bar. Choose from a wide array of top shelf liquors and appetizers during happy hour after 9p.
Torro Bravo offers a variety of traditional Spanish tapas and some tapas inspired by the ingredients found in the Pacific northwest. You can start your night munching on olives, almonds and perhaps chorizo and manchego cheese on country bread. Move on to some seared scallops and then try the lamb braised with pepper and served with dumplings. Remember that tapas are traditionally small portions, so you will be able to sample many of the restaurant's dishes. Don't forget to order a pitcher of sangria to complete your dinner.
Part East African-style market and part exotic restaurant, this is like no corner store you have ever been to. This is a virtual institution in this predominantly African-American neighborhood. The portions are huge and tasty, and there are few places in Portland where you will feel more at home. There are a few tables by the window which allows the mixed crowd of diners to enjoy the natural light. Try the vegetarian dishes served on Injera - Ethiopian flat bread. Ask the servers for recommendations and let them know how spicy you want your meal. Beer and wine are available.
Fresh ingredients, home-style cooking and a friendly ambiance define Russell Street Bar-B-Que in Northeast Portland. The menu has a good variety of sandwiches, salads, barbecue platters and desserts. Some of the stand-outs from the menu are Smoked Lean Beef Brisket, Smoked Turkey, Grilled Shrimp and Baby Back Pork Ribs. There is also a good stock of beers and cocktails to complement the juicy meat dishes. Do check the website for the party menu and more information.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar, as its name suggests, specializes in homemade Habesha-style fare. This locally-owned restaurant, in the heart of downtown, is a great place to sample authentic Ethiopian flavors. Savor cuisine staples like wot, kitfo, sambusa, firfir and injera, and wash it down with a brewing cup of traditional coffee. Occasionally, this place plays host to live music and private functions.
If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, Yama Sushi & Sake Bar would be a great restaurant to pick. The chefs at this restaurant make use of the freshest possible seafood to craft creative lunch and dinner menus that are sure to please even the most discerning of critics. Apart from sushi, you get to gorge on scrumptious preparations like curry tonkatsu, chicken teriyaki, salmon misoyaki and more. No visit is complete without trying something from the sake list, which makes your traditional Japanese meal complete.
Do not expect an upscale feel when visiting this cafe for the first time. While the interior is reminiscent of an old-time lunch counter, that is where the similarity ends. You will find fresh hot or cold meals here for very little cash outlay. The sandwiches are scrumptious. Best of all, it is quick to pick up what you want and head out the door. Eating in is always a possibility, and the dining area provides a light, bright space for gathering with co-workers.
Seres embodies the new age world of Asian cuisine. Their contemporary menu of Szechuan-American cuisine adheres to self-imposed quality factors such as gluten-free ingredients, locally sourced proteins and use of organic produce wherever possible. Whether dining in or taking out, Seres promises classic and familiar favorites of soups, fried rices, soups and noodles yet with distinct and potent flavor combinations. Serving food that good in every way makes this place quite the highlight here in Portland.
You do not have to be a morning person to enjoy breakfast here. If it is a sunny day, sit outside and breathe some fresh air while you sip coffee and wait for good eats. The food is low on grease and heavy on fresh ingredients. The kitchen has a strong philosophy of organic ingredients with most of the menu specialties featuring organic foods. The Eggs Benedict is a satisfying affair. The Bridges Potatoes, served with most items and available as a side, come as large, cooked cubes with distinct seasoning. Sandwiches and desserts are also good and catering is available. Check website for more.
The shrimp is undeniably the best thing about this quaint Chinatown restaurant. Whether you prefer it spicy or tame, at Republic Cafe it is prepared in every imaginable way, and you can indulge in it for just a small price. If you are not a shrimp lover, there are a variety of other Szechuan and Asian dishes on the extensive menu. Try a Chinese beer with your meal, or eat in the lounge. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Chinese flair and an abundance of bamboo. Private parties are welcomed in the banquet room.
The popularity of this sushi bar will surely tempt you to have at least one meal here. Sinju Restaurant is quite well known among locals and tourists. The 17th Century Japanese decor in the Tatami rooms do succeed in providing the perfect first impression. Seat yourself at the Sushi bar to avail of some special Japanese delights carefully crafted by executive Chef Mitsuya Sato. Try the Nabeyake Udon or the Chicken Breast Tempura and you won't be disappointed. The rich and smooth texture of the sushi offered here will surely be the reason for your next visit.