This family-run business is close to PSU and has great food. It is open 11 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. They take Visa/MC/Check/Cash.
All of the employees are friendly and really helpful. The food is reasonably priced and always tastes great. Plus service is quick. They have great items for meat-eaters and vegetarians. Plus, you can buy some stock grocery items here to make Mediterranean meals at home.
I highly recommend the falafel sandwich ($4) and the lentil soup ($1.75/$2.75) for a full meal. Take it over to Lovejoy park during the summer (2 blocks east of the Alexandrya's).
Since becoming an almost vegetarian (I still eat seafood), I have avoided sandwich places like the plague. I still get cravings for a turkey sub with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes on sourdough bread . . .
But, I actually overcame my fear of relapse at Big Town Hero. They had a pretty good selection of meat free sandwiches and the staff was very nice. I think that I may be able to brave this place again, with luck.
This is an ok Mexican restaurant, with a friendly staff and good location (a converted house). However, the food didn't really impress me, although the horchata was good.
Bonus: the prices here are incredibly low! If you only have $5 or less to spend on lunch - this is the place to fill up.
I haven't been in here, but my boyfriend has and he thinks it is awful. He has had the following experience 3 times: He orders one of two soups, pays, and is waiting for said soup. The person at the cash register realizes that they are out of the said soup, so he must get the other kind. The first time this happens is understandable but after that it seems like the staff is incompetent.
The only plus is that they are cheap.
So I have been on a Fish-n-chips quest for the last three years - It seems like this week I am striking gold.
I must admit that I was a little afraid of trying anything from the Cheerful Tortoise, it is, after all, a sports bar. I am so glad that my boyfriend tested it out for me and recommended that we try it. The fish & chips and clam chowder were really, surprisingly good. We ate outside, which I would recommend for non-smokers, and it was a very good, filling lunch.
Ok, so I know that it is owned by Starbucks, but Coffee People has the best banana milkshakes ever. The reason? They use home-made ice cream from an independent ice cream joint in Eugene, Prince Pucklers. They also have a seasonal pumpkin ice cream that will make you drool while you wait in line - I am not joking.
While there aren't very many cookies here - this is probably the only salad bar that I will ever want to eat at. Good selection of hot and cold foods - as well as always-fresh-looking lettuce. Pay by the pound, so don't be fooled by the large to-go boxes - you can fit a lot inside. They also have sandwiches and soup.
The downside - not a lot of vegetarian friendly choices besides salad and there are no signs notifying you of the ingredients of a menu choice.
This is a good place to get pizza that is healthier than usual and usually made with organic, local ingredients. I love the ideals that Hot Lips stands for (alright, I love it more than their pizza). I guess the best way to support the causes that you believe in, is to spend your money wisely.
Warning: It can get packed at lunch. But if you arrive a little before or after noon, you should be ok. They also deliver.
This is inside the Parkside Office building.
While I haven't eaten here myself, several of my co-workers have. There is a deli on one side and a convenience store on the other. The ATM, supposedly doesn't charge a transaction fee.
The food at the deli always seems a bit on the "shady" side. One co-worker had a shrimp salad and the shrimp smelled very strongly and she ended up throwing it away. I don't really trust this place, but others like it. Just be warned.
Basically: It is only good if it's your only option.
When the Lovejoy fountain is on, it is really beautiful so don't bother coming here during the winter. This is a hard-scape park that is usually pretty empty, but with PSU's new engineering building up so close, this may be a busy place in warm weather.
Check out Portland Parks website for more information about this and the Pettygrove park. Named after Portland's founding fathers, there is some interesting history surrounding both men and the urban redevelopment that resulted in their parks.
The hills with meandering paths that make up this park remind me a lot of the burial mounds in Ireland. So maybe it isn't much of a surprise that this park makes me very contemplative. While I don't much care for modern, abstract art, the Dreamer statue really fits in here.
During the summer this is really a lovely place for a quiet picnic.
I love going to farmer's markets and we are so lucky to have such a great one here in Portland. The one on Saturday at Portland State University is so big, with such a great selection of flowers, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and delicious cheeses, it is impossible to resist.
early if you are a serious shopper and you want the best quality,
late if you want to get some deals,
during the day if you want to people watch.
This is a great resource for anyone living or working in this area. The bookstore does have the usual course books (basement), but it also has a good selection of art supplies (basement), general reading for adults (main floor and upstairs) and children (upstairs), as well as computer items (upstairs), and gifts (main floor).
If you are in search of a quick gift, magazine, or greeting card from 8-5, stop in here.
Warning: You may want to check the website to see when classes start - the weeks proceeding and following the start of term can be extremely busy. Do not attempt to enter unless under dire need.
Murata is a great little restaurant with a great, fresh sushi bar and tatami rooms. It only got 4-stars because it is a bit overpriced and the portions are on the small side.
This is the type of Japanese restaurant that you should take important people - just make sure that you are wearing nice socks if you are sitting in the tatami rooms. No shoes allowed!
This place has frozen yogurt - um, very cool with the chocolate and vanilla swirl. Plus they have a good selection of other fun ice cream goodies, aka the choco-taco, Klondike bars, and the one and only Snickers ice cream bar.
This is a very clean, friendly convenience store with tables to sit at while you are eating one of their salads (accompanied, of course, by an ice cream).
I am very glad that there is another Mexican option in the University area, since the choices were pretty slim. Even though Taco Del Mar is a chain, I still really like them.
The best thing ever is the half size ($1 less than the regular size) shrimp burrito, $4.29 with chips and salsa $1.59.
Use the punch cards and visit on Monday for an extra punch - go on 6 Monday's and you get a free burrito on your 7th visit - very good!
This is a great addition to the PSU food carts. Something unique and available for breakfast and lunch.
While it is great that they have menu choices and a build-your-own feature, I was a little disappointed by the actual waffle. I think I like mine a bit more Belgian, less American - but they were still very good.
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