Thanks for the other asian suggestion near by. I think that it's close enough to work.
Is there still an Azteca in the mall or next to the mall? Personally, both Azteca and Chez Jose don't cut the Chevy's test, ie, neither are as good as a decent national chain.
Chino-Saigon is decent for what it does, primarily Vietnamese but also Chinese and Thai. Ironically, it's owned by a Mexican but has Vietnamese cooks.
Not too far from Lloyd Center in the Hollywood district is My Canh. I think they're better than Chino-Saigon and can be quite good with their Vietnamese items. It's a short walk from the Max in Hollywood and they also have a small amount of parking.
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Thanks for the reply! I'll check Chino Siagon and have a res. at Tacqueria Nueve. Was just hoping for one a bit closer to Broadway.
IIRC folks are fans of Chino-Saigon on 15ish? and Broadway; I haven't been myself. You're within spitting distance of Tacqueria Nueve.
Thanks to all who gave me suggestions earlier, I now have 8 of the 12 places I've needed to book for this League convention. Just trying to round things out a bit now. Nan
In Gresham, another place to check out is Bryant Station. It is on Main Avenue near the MAX tracks. I have only had lunch there once, I had razor clams. The food was really good.
There is also an Italian restaurant along Main in Gresham....why oh why can't I remember the name of the place. Argh! I have never eaten there, so I cannot speak to the menu. Ah ha! Just found it...Bocelli's.
Thanks! I'll check that out. Nan
I was thinking Pho Van, therefore I second vrunkas idea! A good location for you perhaps on SE 82nd. Great big space terrific food too.
I opened my big mouth at a meeting and now I'm in charge of something I don't know much about. In the next week I need to contact 12 restaurants to see if they can reserve a table of 10 for dinner on Fri May 18th for a League of Women Voters convention dine-around. They want me to find 3 clusters of 4 restaurants in a areas on the east side. One cluster in Gresham and 2 in Portland. My concern is of course, to find ones with good recomendations from folks. Can anyone make any recomendations please? I appreciate you time and knowledge.
Thank you for your suggestion, I don't feel quite so paniced about this job as I did when I posted. Nice folks!
I agree with other posters that a "cluster" on 28th is a good bet. In addition to the restaurants already mentioned here, you could also try Il Piatto, Wine Down and possibly La Buca (don't know that they'd take a reservation, but it's worth a try).It's not the best Indian food, but there's also India Grill on Burnside -- all these restaurants are within easy walking distance of each other. Screen Door is not too far down the street. Noble Rot and Tabla, by the way, have private rooms. And, as much as I love Pambiche, don't even try. There's no way they'd reserve a table for 10 on a Friday!
Along Broadway, there's Milo's, McMenamins (I know, I know, but they'd have the space), about a million Thai restaurants (Sweet Basil, Chai Yo, etc.) and a slightly lower number of sushi joints (Koji, Meiji En).
If you wanted to go out to outer Southeast, you could do a "cluster" of Wong's King, Malay Satay Hut, Pho Hung and Pho Van.
Thanks a bunch for your suggestions, you're so right about all the choices along Broadway and since we'll be shuttling parking won't be an issue. I appreciate your help.
And how close together do they need to be? Walking distance from each other or driving? I'm thinking Fife, Alameda Brewhouse and Alameda Cafe on Fremont. I don't know if the last one would take a reservations for 10. There's also Blue Olive there but I don't remember hearing anything good or bad about it. I'm also think of looking up Hawthorne or Alberta maybe. Tabla has a nice back room that would accomodate 10 people but the other places in the area are kind of small. Navarre, Noble Rot, Pambiche, Taqueria Nueve are nearby. I read somewhere that Boccelli's in Gresham is good but haven't tried it yet. Gresham is a tough one. We always find ourselves heading more towards Lloyd Center or Alberta when looking for food choices. I need to explore Gresham a bit more.
Thanks so much for the suggestions Pamela, I will check them out. I had driven up Fremont and saw those places but didn't know if any of them where good. I love Pambiche's.
Any sort of price limits? I assume the food needs to be relatively generic -- no Malay Satay Huts or the like, right? Is there a minimum level of niceness? eg, would a pizza place be okay?
I was told that entrees should go no higher than $15 or so dollars, and probably have some choices below that. These are League women from all over Oregon and I'm told and Indian resteraunt from one of the last ones was not something people wanted to try. The idea of the clusters of 4 near each other is for transportation reasons and the East side thing is becauise they are having thier convention at Edgefield. The main thing is the places need to be able to seat 10 at a table and take seperate checks. My hope by coming to those of you in the know is that they'll get good food too. I'm not sure about the pizza but I'll take a suggestion and ask the local prez about it. I'm thinking maybe no but I'm knew to this organization and have no idea what they've done before. Thanks so much for being willing to help. Nan
Thanks for the Gresham recommendations! I bet your mom's house beats them alll.
Gresham places worth eating at:
Szechuan Open Kitchen.
The Black Rabbit at Edgefield.
My mom's house, but she charges more than you're likely to want to pay.
In Portland I'd say to check out Tabla on NE 28th and Basta's on NW 21st. As far as Gresham...I can't think of anything off the top of my head except for restaurant chains. If you go that route, you might at least pick something local like Newport Bay. I might be forgetting something outstanding out that way, but I can't think of anything right this minute. There is a fairly new BBQ place called Jazzy's on SE 182nd and Powell someone told me was good. I don't know what their capacity or their food is like, myself, though.
Thanks Amanda! I'll check them out. N