Quality Inn Downtown Convention Center
431 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 233-7933
Fax: (360) 282-6133
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.
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.
This little corner of the Holladay Market cooks healthy, fast Asian dishes. Even better, delivery is available, perfect for when you do not have the time for a nice sit-down meal or when you are working through lunch or dinner. At Wok N Roll, the broad menu boasts everything from teriyaki to kung pao to barbecue. Seating is available in the market. Space definitely is not an issue, but it is not the type of place to have an important business meal.
Street-side service awaits at this Northeast Portland cafe. The building has housed a few restaurants in recent years, but this place seems to have found a home here. Inside, you will find 15 or so small tables and large windows. For breakfast, the chef's Whim Waffles of the Morning with fresh fruit make a great start. For lunch, try the light and tasty vegetarian sandwich with avocados. Entrees such as the chicken saute picatta are larger and sure to satisfy. There is also a decent selection of local draft beers and wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A friendly little joint on Broadway street, be prepared to meet up with an eclectic mix of localities who love to hangout at Milo's City Cafe.
Grand Central serves up a great loaf of bread, but the gourmet deli food is the real draw here. You will not find a variety of cold cuts, but you will find lots of salads, veggies and dips to complement the fresh bread. You can even order beer and wine. Save room for dessert; the trendy eatery also bakes up wonderful sweet treats. The bakery has a deli-style dining area with a self-service watering jug. Large glass windows provide a good view of the adjacent Irvington Market.
In the basement of a converted Old Portland-style home, this sub shop makes some of the best hoagies in the city. Interesting ideas like a chicken teriyaki sub are manifested behind the counter, and you will not be disappointed if you give one of these creations a try. Submarine sandwiches come in four lengths: half, 14-inch, the two-footer and the six-footer. Ice cream is also dished up here, and it is the perfect way to complete your lunch. Seating is scarce, so order a sandwich to go and head up to Irving Park for a shaded midday retreat.
Pizza Schmizza is the latest from these guys and is bound to please. With lots of techno/disco-type lighting and service with smiles, this place is all about fun. Oh, the pizza is not bad either. Try such mouth-watering varieties as the chinook with pacific salmon. Or you can throw caution to the wind and indulge in the gator pizza, complete with alligator and other toppings. If you prefer, you can still get pepperoni and all of the old standards.
This looks like just a sushi bar, but the place cooks it up like a restaurant. It may be the only place you will want to eat Japanese food in Portland. A part of a small local chain of Japanese food restaurant, this decor at this location is minimalist in nature; small spaces and simple, contemporary dining tables. The menu features a little bit of everything Japanese, and servings are generous. The Pork Katsu, a breaded and fried steak, is served with rice, Miso and salad. There's also a lot of options in Nigiri Sushi and Sushi Rolls to choose from. Walk in here to savor the authentic flavors from Japanese cuisine.
Taking the concept of vegan food and dining to the next level, the award-winning Blossoming Lotus has made such an impact on Portland's dining scene, that making the lifestyle shift for Portlanders has become a much easier and even an enticing affair. The nationally acclaimed restaurant firmly believes in the virtues of healthy cooking and offers an all-organic menu of world fusion specialties. The menu spans global specialties and has influences from every region from Europe to Asia. There's also a selection of raw food preparations. Dietary requirements are exceptionally well catered to. The restaurant offers a well-stocked bar with organic beers, wines as well as a selection of cocktails. Food has received critical acclaim and has changed many perceptions about good tasting vegan food. The restaurant has also released a series of books on vegan cooking and lifestyle that have become an instant hit. Food is available to go and the catering service is perennially popular. Check website for more.
This cool Mexican cafe and bar is popular affair with locals. The food is tasty, the beer choices are numerous and it is the only full bar in the area. An enchilada/tamale combo plate with rice and beans is plenty of food. Thirsty patrons will appreciate the selection of beers in the bottle and on tap. Drink specials offer serious discounts. There is a garden-like atmosphere inside and tables on the sidewalk outside. You are likely to see a regular crowd at happy hour.
Sizzle Pie is a great little place with a strange little culture. Then again, it's Portland, so "strange" is relative and appreciated. The pizza is astounding: thin crust New York Style with plenty of heat, fresh cheese, and even vegan pizzas that taste like real pizza. The staff and the decor are energetic and eccentric. The beer available is quite diverse as well: strong lagers for the hearty drinkers and fruity sweet ales that will still get the job done. If hanging with a group of people, stop by this pizza shack to feed many on a few dollars.
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.