Cheap Eats in Portland
Collected by Jay Rymeski, AFAR Local Expert
Eating on the cheap in Portland is as easy as getting around on a bicycle. Exercise caution, though—both can become habit forming.
36 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Right beside Voodoo Doughnuts, this modern, sleek restaurant has some really kick-ass pizza. We had the Margharita. It was simple but so right. The crust was perfect—thin but not too thin (this is also how I like my men). The cheese was gooey and,...
1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
1100 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This was my second-favorite food cart dish, and you'll know why by the lineup. Like Nong's it's just one dish. Their site says its a medley of brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, sour cream, Tillamook cheddar,...
524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
There is an abundance of good Mexican food in Portland, much of it coming out of food carts scattered across the city. It's simple, cheap, and a bit one-dimensional. The next level separates the black from the refried, and Verde stands above those...
1003 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
There's a reason Nong's has been getting a lot of publicity. Her one dish of chicken and rice is so simple, so fresh, and so delicious—wrapped in butcher paper and served with soup and an addictive sauce that you'll be able to get in a bottle. She...
113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Located in the Alder Carts area of Portland, Grilled Cheese Grill rocks a really good grilled cheese sandwich! It pulls deep from your childhood with clever names like Kindergartner and Preschooler that appeal to your sense of nostalgia. Then they...
517 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
It's patio party season here in PDX, and this little bar and bistro in NW is a perfect spot for an enjoyable evening. You'd never know there was a secret wonderland out behind this storefront. The bar itself is quite pleasant and acts as more than...
704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Dick's culinary journey in PDX is an exacting evolution. After his venture with the successful Laughing Planet, he took his passion for healthy, locally sourced food into the Kitchen to deliver an instant classic. Hip, innovative, fresh. It's all...
1889 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Portland's food cart scene is obscene. There are so many "pods"—small to large groups of carts at a single location—it's impossible to keep track of what's located where. That's the kind of obscenity any community would love to have out in the...
909 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
The Laughing Planet is one of those quintessential PDX drop-ins if you want to make your visit to rainsville relevant. The LP is the creation of Dick Satnick, current culinary visionary at Dick's Kitchen. He grew the biz into seven outlets in the...
508 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
While wandering around downtown Portland looking for a place to eat dinner, a police officer stopped to ask my friend and me if we needed help finding something (how nice!). We asked for his recommendations of vegetarian friendly restaurants and...
2712 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
The little sister to the Blue Olive Restaurant over in NW, this neighborhood haunt is just right for the Alberta Street vibe. Small, accessible, and serving up cheap, healthy Mediterranean food is a surefire hit in NoPo. From feta and olives to...
5901 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Buried in the back corner of the Johns Landing neighborhood, the Corbett Fish House caters to a seafood crowd with a longing for the Great Lakes. The restaurant is in the historic Corbett Building and is filled with the charm of a dinner you'd...
2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
It's nice to know I don't need to get on a plane back to India to enjoy a plate of decent dal in PDX. The Bollywood serves the "people's food" of India, simple, fresh and undeniably delightful. Most Americans think Indian food is all tandoori...
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