New Scandinavian Restaurant Near Airport
Located in a sleekly designed modern space in an odd section of Northeast Portland, I recently had the pleasure of taking lunch at this already popular family friendly establishment. I sampled a light and fresh open faced shrimp and egg salad sandwich on rye bread, some delicate gravlax salmon with greens and cucumbers, a side cup of vegetable soup, and shared a big plate of meatballs with cream gravy and lingonberry sauce, all for under $12.00. Yeah, you guessed it: the Ikea store cafeteria out by the airport is now open for business. It’s a guilty pleasure certainly, but I have to say, the cafeteria is bright, airy, and has a great view of planes taking off and landing at PDX. Would I drive out there for dinner? Probably not, but it sure beats the hot dogs and nachos with cheese at the Home Depot just down the road.
More fancy frozen yogurt is one the way… there’s a space on NW23rd near 23rd Ave Books with a sign in the window.
this froyo trend has been going on about as long as the cupcake craze, just hadn’t hit portland yet. see pinkberry of LA, etc. speaking of cupcakes, tried cupcake jones in the pearl today – their baby gianduja, which is about the size of your thumb. it was decent, but for $1.50, too much $. i would much rather blow my money on 3 of the delicious two tart cookies at the market. CC was serving delicious platters of padron peppers on Friday night – so good. restaurant choice for NE Russell – Icelandia, that’s about half-way between Spain (Toro Bravo) and Virginia (Russell St. BBQ).
Roses Ice Cream where Fife is now? Great stuff, but when was there Chan’s Palace Chinese Food at 42nd and Alberta? What is there currently? Not the thai place is it?
Cuisine Bonne Femme says
There is a now closed restaurant in on 42nd north of Alberta named Chan’s Place. No Sh*t. Address is 5011. I drove by it yesterday and Joanna went back and got the scoop (er, so to speak). It is on the west side of the street.
Also, I’ve been driving down that street for 12 years and just noticed it last night, so don’t feel too bad if you didn’t notice it either. That’s probably why Chan’s went out of business. No one noticed them! Hope the ice cream place does better.
I’m excited about Roses reopening. Gooey chocolate ice cream is something I’ve been missing.
regarding swedish food, the cafe next door to savoy on clinton has re-opened as ‘broder’, and is very scandinavian in focus.. haven’t tried it, but looks like a winner.. ikea is fun, but their meatballs leave much to be desired.
i think apotheke has helped spawn some of this interest in nordic stuff, or was at least ann early part of the growth.. caleb served meatballs and jam for a little while, and they were fantastic, but alas, didn’t stay on the menu.
Food Dude says
When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a Scandinavian restaurant in Los Angeles, called um, Scandia. Located on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, It was considered gourmet food, and therefore a destination for my family. I can remember the tuxedo clad waiters with silver trays full of exotic foods, and counting all the movie stars as we’d sit and eat. You had to wear a loaner jacket if you didn’t remember to bring one with you. Quite the scene. Be nice to have a good Scandinavian restaurant here – it’s so much more than meatballs.
When I was a kid, we would go to the Tick Tok (SP?)
I remember the clocks, the train, the soft food,
wanting our waitress to take my seat, let me carry that tray, please.
On casual nights, the fried chicken place at Knott’s Berry Farm.
And where is your piece on the Helms Bakery Trucks?
Why, in my day, grumble, gripe, a girding of loins….
Ohhhh- the Helms Man! How well I remember the yellow truck, the big wooden drawer, pulled out to reveal glazed donuts, maple bars, and other assorted goodies. And I can still hear the sound of the whistle that announced arrival on our street. That’s where most of my babysitting money went! Dude, we need that story!