When staying in a large city like Portland, Oregon, the costs can seem overwhelming. Even if you're just passing through, you may need to grab something to eat. Don't let the fancy big-city atmosphere fool you into spending a fortune on lunch or a romantic dinner. There are plenty of budget-friendly eats out there to discover if you look a bit closer. We've mined up the top six restaurants we could find that give you the best value for your money and a lower check at the end of the night. Read on to find out which ones to go to.
Situated right between Downtown Portland and Old Chinatown on the corner of SW 3rd Avenue and SW Pine Street. The Bijou Cafe is both budget-friendly and has what some consider to be one of the best brunch menus in the whole city. They also do a dinner menu later in the day and use local produce and meats whenever and wherever possible. Check out their wine list at dinner for local gems and French favorites at dinner time. Go for an omelet or the fried chicken and cornmeal pancakes for a great breakfast deal.
The Waffle Window
If you're looking for something food-truck-like and more focused, Portland has many budget-friendly options. Few are better than The Waffle Window found on SE Hawthorne Boulevard in the Richmond neighborhood. The neat thing about this venue is that they don't just serve sugary treats but have a killer savory menu and seasonal specials based on what local produce suppliers can come up with. The Waffle Window also has a second location on Alberta Street.
There are tons of Vegan eateries in Portland, and if you want local, fresh and budget-friendly, it can be attained. Look to Blossoming Lotus for one of the most cost-effective and value-laden vegetarian menu in town. People with all sorts of dietary restrictions love the selection of gluten and soy-free options and there are tasty dishes available that even non-vegans go nuts over. They serve food from brunch until late into the evening too so you can come in at happy hour for a cheese plate and drinks or after a movie for a bowl of soup.
Life of Pie Pizza
Nothing in the world tastes as rustic and mouthwatering as wood-fired pizza. Portland must have hundreds of pizzerias, but the wood-burning ovens are always calling at Life of Pie Pizza. Not only do their pizzas come hand-tossed, expertly topped with local ingredients and fired off in that very oven, but they also come at affordable prices just like the commercial take-out operations you're probably used to. Each pizza has an upscale feel too, so don't expect anything like meat-lovers' or a classic Hawaiian. Where else in this city are you going to find goat cheese and roasted leeks for under $15?