Fast Casual PDX

mint brownie and honey sesame macaron from Two Tarts

While wandering around NW 23rd (“trendy-third”), we stumbled upon Two Tarts Bakery. After a meh sushi lunch, I wanted something to cleanse my palate. I chose the mint brownie and honey sesame macaron. These two items would have probably ran me at least $5-6 in LA but cost only $1.80 in PDX. What? Shut up, how come these are so cheap? Are they any good? Oh yeah, the brownie wasn’t too sweet and I liked the touch of mint. And the honey sesame macaron was totally legit.

Two Tarts

2309 NW Kearney
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 312-9522

crab rolls from Pho Hung

When we first got into PDX, it was raining so hard, we immediately wanted pho or some other sort of soupy noodles. I was pleasantly surprised by my combination bowl at Pho Hung. Everything was very fresh. I hadn’t had crab rolls before and when these came out, I was reminded more of Thai food. These weren’t greasy at all but I probably didn’t need an appetizer after struggling to finish my bowl of pho.

Pho Hung

4717 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 775-3170

blueberry, raspberry, lemon panna cotta waffle

apple waffle

Two years ago when I visited the Waffle Window for the first time, I had a savory waffle. I wish I did the same last week but went with the rainy day waffle which had blueberry compote, a raspberry coulis and a lemon panna cotta and decorated with pieces of persimmon. Besides that, there was lots of whipped cream. As a person not very fond of sweet breakfasts, this was way too much. It left my waffle soggy and I ended up eating just the waffle after I pushed off all that stuff. Carina found her apple waffle overwhelming as well.

Waffle Window

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 239-4756

Cubano from BUNK Sandwiches

Thanksgiving sandwich from BUNK

I had heard so much about BUNK Sandwiches that I eventually found myself wandering over there. We got there too early for lunch and happily sat around drinking tea and hot chocolate until we could order the lunch sandwiches. The breakfast sandwiches are served all day. I was wavering between the Cubano (which came with pork belly and ham) or the pulled pork (you can see I’m a fan of pork).  I eventually decided on the Cubano. It was good but I could see why people don’t think they’re worth quite as much as they charge. Our sandwiches were tasty but not massive. I found myself thinking about Mendocino Farms in LA or Mike & Patty’s in Boston which I like more.

BUNK Sandwiches

621 Southeast Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-9515

Vegetarian combo from Taste of India

Trio of tacos from Bullkogi

We couldn’t leave PDX without going to a couple of food trucks. We found our way to a pod at 5th and Stark. I walked the block and decided to order the vegetarian combo from Taste of India and some Korean food. Carina was waiting in the car so I basically ordered and picked up everything in less than 20 minutes. I really wanted to try the kimchi quesadilla from Bullkogi (aka Korean Twist) but they didn’t have it that day. A big pot of Korean soup sounded divine but would be difficult to eat while driving so I went with the chicken, pork and beef Korean tacos.

Indian food is the one food I can probably be a vegetarian and not miss the meat. This combo was great.  As for the tacos, I wish they had heated up the tortillas but the taste wasn’t bad. I liked the pork the best and Carina preferred the beef.

Taste of India and Bullkogi (aka Korean Twist)

SW 5th and Oak/Stark Parking Lot

Portland, OR 97201