Review: Hot Pot City


Completely updated/rewritten 11/2012 Welcome to cold season in Portland. Hot Pot City is a constant for many of us, especially in the chilly, gray winter months in Portland. It's warm, it's soothing, it's steamy – perfect medicine for the colds and stuffed sinuses that our climate seems to … [Read more...]

Review: Kinara Thai Bistro

Kinara Thai

It seems like there are hundreds of Thai restaurants in Portland, with little to differentiate them. Pasty noodles, dried out meat, and curry paste from a jar seem to be the norm. When I stumble across one that is actually good, I am always surprised. Kinara Thai Bistro, next to the Lincoln High athletic field in the … [Read more...]

Review: Mai Thai Restaurant

Bruce Bauer from has a look at a Thai restaurant I hadn't heard of before. I dropped by with some friends, and had a large selection of dishes. Based on my meal, I think this is a pretty accurate impression. Food Dude] I have seen the future of Thai food happiness in Portland, and by lucky … [Read more...]

Review: Pok Pok

Pok Pok Portland

(Major update July 2012) With many people distracted by the deluge of new restaurants opening in Portland, I think it is important not to forget other notable destinations. For that reason, I find myself at Pok Pok on a regular basis. To understand what Andy Ricker is trying to achieve at the restaurant, it helps … [Read more...]

Review: Pok Pok – Another View

If you have never heard Lou Reed sing "Heroin" ("Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life") on Velvet Undergound's first album, "Velvet Underground and Nico," you should have a listen. In protopunk style, Reed nails the junkie insanity of anticipating his fix then rushing through his run and falling back to earth … [Read more...]

Review: Pok Pok – To Go Food


Refreshed 4.11  Note that this review is for the to-go shack and not for the Pok Pok dining room reviewed here, or Whiskey Soda Lounge across the street. You'll find the menu and food here is very similar at the new Pok Pok Noi on Prescot at NE 15th. It was a chilly night, and I felt like the fox that had gotten … [Read more...]