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#81 superdog

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 04:35 PM

I norminate Subway!

"5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long!"

Very effective marketing, but it is so much that it is about to make me puke!
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:28 PM

I norminate Subway!

"5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long!"

Very effective marketing, but it is so much that it is about to make me puke!


It's honestly a good deal.. if you can get by the shitty bread, the tasteless meats, the fake cheese, and the generic toppings.

I made the mistake of eating there the other day, because it's so close to the office, and all I had was a 5 spot.

I still feel I got ripped off.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:38 PM

I norminate Subway!

"5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long!"

Very effective marketing, but it is so much that it is about to make me puke!


Ellen, I think you must remember the old chestnut saying "You get what you pay for"?

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:07 PM

I norminate Subway!

"5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long!"

Very effective marketing, but it is so much that it is about to make me puke!


Am I the only one who finds those commercials kinda obscene ;) ?

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:15 PM

I've been known to make pretty much any word a euphemism for something sexual and even I think they're innocuous. So it's good to know there's someone deeper in the gutter than me!
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

I've been known to make pretty much any word a euphemism for something sexual and even I think they're innocuous. So it's good to know there's someone deeper in the gutter than me!


The visuals are more blatant than the words. 75% of the time it's an attractive woman whose gleeful face is framed by her hands in the"foot long" position. I think it's pretty deliberate (or maybe my mind is in the gutter).

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:38 PM

Hmmm, do they share the women from the Extenze commercials?
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:42 PM

Hmmm, do they share the women from the Extenze commercials?


I just wish someone would shoot "Smilin' Bob"....please?
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:13 PM

The $4 pan relleno at Sabor Salvadoreno in Aloha is a great sandwich, and quite filling. I still manage to eat one sandwich and at least one pupusa, tamale, or a side of platanos whenever we make it out that way. One caution, the food doesn't travel well.

Sabor Salvadoreno 3460 SW 185th Ave Aloha, OR‎ 97006 http://www.portlandf...wtopic=8657&hl=





I am so going to try this place!! I just read about them and rearing to go this weekend. YAY!

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:26 AM

Merged the previous cheap eats threads to keep things a little cleaner for Google and to give some historical context for new cheap eats.

WW Cheap Eats 2010

In these listings you’ll find an all-encompassing guide to eating well on a budget—call it a gastronomic stimulus package. In addition to the usual list of restaurants (over 150 of them) where you can eat lunch for $10 or less and dinner for under $15, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite food carts, eight of the city’s best coffeehouses and 25 of the best things we’ve eaten for $7 or less—because $7 is what’s left of an hour’s earnings at minimum wage in Oregon after taxes, and we don’t think anyone should have to work over an hour just to pay for lunch.

The last two editions of this guide have been organized by cuisine, but I heard from many of you that the format was confusing. This year we’ve gone back to straight alphabetical listings. The reviews are indexed by cuisine and geographical area on page 4.

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We aren’t yet done with cheap eating for the year. Look for our guide to specialty markets, Devour, and reviews of two dozen new carts on April 21. Until then, happy eating!


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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:44 AM

2010 A-M Listings

An Xuyen
Arleta Library Bakery Cafe
Atomic Pizza
Bakery Bar
Beijing Hot Pot
Bella Faccia Pizzeria
Best Baguette
Best Baguette (Beaverton)
Best Taste
Bete-Lukas
Binh Minh Bakery & Deli
Binh Minh Sandwiches
Black Sheep Bakery Northeast
Black Sheep Bakery Southeast
Blossoming Lotus
Blue Pig Cafe
Bun Bo Hue
Bunk Sandwiches
Cadillac Cafe
Casa de Tamales
Cha Cha Cha NW
Cha! Cha! Cha! Broadway
Cha! Cha! Cha! Fremont
Cha! Cha! Cha! Hawthorne
Cha'ba Thai
Chilango's
Christopher's Gourmet Grill
Coffeehouse Five
Coffeehouse Northwest
Cool Moon Ice Cream
Country Korean Restaurant
Dalo's Kitchen
Dang's Thai Kitchen
Detour Cafe
Doner Kebab
Dove Vivi
Du's Grill
E'njoni Cafe
Eastmoreland Market & Kitchen
El Burrito Loco
El Inka
Escape From New York Pizza
Extracto
Fire on the Mountain (North)
Fire on the Mountain East
Foster Burger
Foti's Greek Deli
Fuller's coffee shop
Genies
Gladstone Coffee & Pizza
Good Taste Noodle House Southeast
Grant's Philly Cheesesteak
Great Hall Restaurant
Gretchen's Kitchen
Grilled Cheese Grill
Ha & VL Sandwich & Soup
Habibi
Half&Half
Hama Sushi
Hammy's Pizza
Happy Sparrow Cafe
Hash
Heart Coffee and Roasting
Helser's
Hot Pot City
Hush Hush
Industrial Cafe and Saloon
J&M Cafe
Jade Teahouse
Jang Choong Dong Wang Jok Bal (JCD)
John Street Cafe
Juniors Cafe
Justa Pasta
Kabob House
Kenny and Zuke's SandwichWorks
Kenny's Noodle House
King Burrito
La Bonita
La Calaca Comelona
La Guanaquita
La Sirenita
Laughing Planet Cafe Belmont
Laughing Planet Cafe Ecotrust
Laughing Planet Cafe Gabriel Park
Laughing Planet Cafe Mississippi
Laughing Planet Cafe NW 21st Ave.
Laughing Planet Cafe Woodstock
Le Happy
Little Red Bike Cafe
Lucky Strike
Matchbox Lounge
Meat Cheese Bread
Mee-Sen
Melt
Mezza Middle Eastern
Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage
Miho Izakaya
Mio Sushi
Mio Sushi 2
Mio Sushi 3
Miss Delta
Mojo Crepes
My Brother's Crawfish
My Canh
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:45 AM

2010 N-Z Listings

Nak Won Korean Restaurant
Nancy's Kitchen
Ngoc Han Bun Bo Hue
Nicholas Restaurant
Nick's Famous Coney Island
Nicola's Pizza and Pasta
Oblique
Ocean City
Ohana Hawaiian Cafe
Ohana Hawaiian Cafe (Milwaukie)
Original Halibut's
Pad Thai Kitchen
Papa G's Vegan Organic Deli
Pause Kitchen and Bar
Petisco
Phathaya Thai
Pho An
Pho Hung
Pho Jasmine
Pho Oregon
Pho PDX
Pho Van Beaverton
Pho Van East
Pho Van Hawthorne
Pix Patisserie
Pix Patisserie-North
Pizza-A-Go-Go
Po'Shines Cafe De La Soul
Pork on Fire
żPor Que No? Hawthorne
żPor Que No? Mississippi
Powell Seafood Restaurant
Prescott Cafe
Press Club
Puerto Marquez
Red and Black Cafe
Roses Ice Cream
Sabor Salvadoreńo
Sagittarius
ShenZhen
Slabtown Ribs and Barbecue
Slappy Cakes
Smoky Mountain BBQ
Spella Caffe
Spring Restaurant
Stanich's
Stepping Stone Cafe
Sub Rosa
Super Torta
Suzette
Tandoor Indian Kitchen
Taqueria la Estacion
Taqueria Los Gorditos
Taste Unique
Tawon House Thai Bistro
Thai Noon
The Coconut Cafe
The Observatory
The Original Pancake House
The Red Coach Restaurant
The Waffle Window
The Waypost
Tuk Tuk Thai
Utopia Cafe
Vita Cafe
Wai Kong
Wayne's Chicago Red Hots
Whiskey Soda Lounge
Ya Hala
Yoko's
Zach's Shack
Zell's
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:15 AM

First the bad. There are some places I'd really like to see dropped from this list.

* La Sirenita is one I've been working on hard to get removed for years.
* Laughing Planet is just not good. I can sort of understand Cha x 3 making the list. And I can sort of understand why Laughing Planet is there. But it just seems to be a case of throwing a mediocre bone to vegans and brown-ricers.
* I like La Calaca, but there's very little that's cheap on their menu and their tacos are about the worst thing on their menu.
* Mio Sushi: there are just too many other better cheap sushi places that don't make the list, such as Tani's Kitchen, Ichidai, and Ikenohana.
* Pho Jasmine can only be there because it's the only Vietnamese in that entire quadrant of the city.

There are also some confusions created by how the list is formed. eg, they seem to have skipped over the best BBQ joints and inserted some of the second tier places. I assume that's because the top tier BBQ joints will make their main restaurant guide. But I think most people will see this and assume that 1) these places are cheaper than other BBQ joints, and 2) they're better than other BBQ joints. Neither of those is probably true. I really hope a place like Taste of Jakarta was skipped over because it will make the other guide.

I'd rather see them bite the bullet and focus just on better, truly cheap spots, even if far-flung and even if they over-saturate in some areas, like 82nd avenue, Vietnamese, or Mexican.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:32 AM

Okay, now the good. It's a pretty damn good list overall. There are a few places you'd get a crappy meal, but those all seem to be to placate certain audiences, whether regional on ideological.

There are several places I've wanted to go that I haven't been yet on the list: JCD, Spring, Wai Kong, Wayne's, Taste Unique, and Doner Kebab.

And there are a lot of places that deserve more love but don't get it and are some of my favorite restaurants in town: El Inka, La Guanaquita, Puerto Marquez, Ngoc Han Bun Bo Hue (and most of the other Viet places that are east of 39th), Nakwon, Lucky Strike, and so on. The only downside to this is that I suspect these places won't be in the main guide while most of these, plus other places like Ocean City, really should be. Dump some of those mediocre fancy pants restaurants and put some cheaper places with better food in there.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:56 AM

They also did a list of their 20 favorite carts. Tough to limit by so much, but it's a pretty good list:

http://www.wweek.com...ial/3618/13765/

The Big Egg
Bombay Chaat House
Flavour Spot
Koi Fusion
La Jarochita
Leroy’s BBQ
Moxie RX
Nong’s Khao Man Gai
Nuevo Mexico
Number One Bento
Parkers Waffles & Coffee
Potato Champion
Savor Soup House
Sawasdee Thai
Tabor
The Fried Onion
The Frying Scotsman
The Sugar Cube
Whiffie’s Fried Pies
Ziba’s Pitas
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:03 AM

And finally, a fun list of tasty things that are $7 or less:

http://www.wweek.com...ial/3618/13764/

1. $7.00 Chicken pâté: The Observatory
2. $7.00 Gai hor bai toey: Red Onion
3. $6.95 Curry rice: Bonnie's Burger
4. $6.50 Bryan’s bowl: Por Que No
5. $6.50 Peek kai tod: Mee Sen
6. $6.50 Battered cod fish and chips: Frying Scotsman
7. $6.00 Soondubu chigae: Tanuki
8. $5.95 Six buffalo wings: Fire on the Mountain
9. $5.50 Pastrami Special Quesadilla: Super Torta
10. $5.00 Chili dog: The Fried Onion
11. $5.00 Super Burrito: La Sirenita
12. $5.00 Sweet-potato haupia pie: Ohana
13. $4.95 Burger: Carafe
14. $4.75 Breakfast burrito: Meat Cheese Bread
15. $4.50 Man-cakes (full stack): Stepping Stone Cafe
16. $4.50 Half dozen doughnuts: Delicious Donuts
17. $4.00 Prosciutto butter sandwich: Coffeehouse NW
18. $4.00 The Three B’s: The Waffle Window
19. $3.50 Grilled pork banh mi: Pho Sam
20. $3.00 Chicken leg and thigh: El Inka
21. $2.50 Chili cheese fries: El Burrito Loco
22. $2.50 Shu mai: Best Taste
23. $2.00 Pupusa: La Guanaquita
24. $1.25 El Loco taco: El Burrito Loco
25. $1.00 Two caramels: Northwest Sweets
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:10 AM

As always, I'm happy to hear Portlandfooders' opinions re: those restaurants that should be included in next year's guide. I've already got a half-dozen on the list.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

Funny thing about the Soondubu Chigae...

I had to pull it off the menu because non drinkers kept getting it, drinking nothing but water, refusing to order the recommended rice accompaniment. Then sending it back expecting it to be taken off their bill because it was "too salty & too spicy".

Feh!
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:39 PM

Funny thing about the Soondubu Chigae...

I had to pull it off the menu because non drinkers kept getting it, drinking nothing but water, refusing to order the recommended rice accompaniment. Then sending it back expecting it to be taken off their bill because it was "too salty & too spicy".

Feh!


The Soondubu Chigae got me through the winter! One of my favorites (but I like salt and spice) and something I still crave on a weekly basis. I've had other versions elsewhere in town, but none compare to the Tanuki version.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:40 PM

Waterhouse talks to Eater about the issue. He names Best Taste, a little shop across from BBH Minh and Wong's King, as his favorite new place. He says he's surprised Kurt Huffman goes to Montage. (Shouldn't we be surprised that anyone goes to Montage at this point in Portland's culinary history?)
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