Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:04 AM
Welcome to Beaverton/Aloha/Portland Lolivet! We live just inside the Portland/Multnomah County line, so I know what you mean as far as lots of lousy food out here. In Beaverton, Mingo (in the Beaverton Round) and Pho Van (in Beaverton Town Center) are the two of the best places we have found to eat out this way. Don't usually have pho at Pho Van, but their sausage hand roll, cha gio, and pork in clay pot (which is usually on the specials board) are always winners for us. In Hillsdale, Alba Osteria is a good choice too (esp for the pastas and appetizers).
Amanda is right, though, heading into Portland proper (whether it be NW Portland or crossing the river into N, NE and/or SE Portland) will increase your chances dramatically for finding good food. We do it all the time. Getting to dinner early (before 6pm) usually means not having to wait.
Best pizza I have had in town (and I am very picky about my pizza) is at Apizza Scholls on SE Hawthorne. In the last year I think I have had my three best meals at Toro Bravo (marvelously consistent in terms of great food and service), Sel Gris, and Hiroshi. Places I also really like that rarely disappoint me: Carlyle, Kenny & Zuke's (but they just opened), Masu East, Karam, Podnah's, Simpatica, Whiskey Soda Lounge/Pok Pok.
Look around the site a bit and see what folks have been saying about various places. Feel free to ask questions and if you go, report back and let us know what you think!
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