Review: Todai Sushi and Seafood Buffet CLOSED

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Todai Sushi and Seafood Buffet
(Inside Pioneer Place)
340 SW Morrison Street, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97204
503-294-0007
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It’s not everyday I get to enjoy endless sushi, salads, noodles, teriyaki chicken, multiple desserts and more all in one place! So I was extremely excited to try Todai—I actually skipped dinner the night before just so I could get my fill at the massive buffet.

Yes, Todai is an oasis of seafood delights. All over the bright and clean dining area, patrons roam, their oversized plates piled with tasty treats. One person might have piles and piles of sushi, while another might be enjoying a bowl of udon and yet another could be snacking on shrimp.

Ahhhh…. It was a feast for my sushi-and-seafood-loving eyes from the very moment I stepped inside. Continue reading Review: Todai Sushi and Seafood Buffet CLOSED

Review: Thai Peacock

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Thai Peacock
219 SW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR
503-228-2310
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[rating:5]

If you like Thai food and you haven’t been to Thai Peacock you are really missing out. Located down the block from Jackpot Records on SW Ninth, it’s an easy walk from most downtown workplaces—and it’s worth that walk! It’s like I died and went to peanut sauce heaven (so if you are allergic to the legume, I’ll forgive you for skipping the place).

The intimate dining room is perfect for small groups or even a lunch date, but they also offer take-out if you are on the go. Thai Peacock’s menu is extensive and they offer all of my favorite Thai dishes and many more that I hope to try in the future. Continue reading Review: Thai Peacock

Review: The Burrito House

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The Burrito House
1220 N. Hayden Meadows Drive
Portland, OR
503-283-3439
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One of my favorite things about eating at a Mexican restaurant is the free chips and salsa. Who doesn’t love free chips and salsa, right? Well, jump in the car and get yourself to North Portland’s Burrito House for an additional pre-meal treat: warm fry bread served with honey!

That’s right, chips, fresh salsa AND fry bread. Who needs to eat lunch after a spread like that? Continue reading Review: The Burrito House

Review: Giant Drive-In

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Giant Drive-In
15840 Boones Ferry Road
Lake Oswego, OR
503-636-0255
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Burger lovers rejoice!

Giant Drive-In has been a Lake Oswego staple for decades, and it’s easy to see why this little burger joint has been able to last so long: They’ve got great burgers. Sure, you can go in for just a standard burger with the typical fixings, but the real find at Giant is their claim to fame, their specialty burgers.

Best known for The Filler (which the owner jokingly referred to as the “college student special”), it comes packed with the works, but other mouth-watering options include Blue Cheese, Teriyaki, Hawaiian, Jalapeno, Ranch burgers and many more. If you are a first-time Giant visitor don’t fret over all the options, just look for the specialty burger descriptions listed above the cash register. Each burger is served on a delicious toasted bun and with fresh toppings. Continue reading Review: Giant Drive-In

Review: Big Red’s Western Cafe

Big Red’s Western Café (Sylvan Hill location)
5515 SW Canyon Court
Portland, OR
503-297-5568
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Oh my. Well, here’s a real disappointment. Big Red Western Café looks like a chain restaurant from the outside, feels like a sports bar from the inside and the food was, well, pretty terrible.

Situated atop Sylvan Hill, the location could not be better, except you almost need GPS to get to the place after you exit Highway 26. It’s right next to the John L. Scott office that used to be my childhood weekend breakfast favorite, Coco’s.

When we stopped by Big Red for lunch it was almost empty, yet the numerous servers were slow and not very friendly or helpful. It took more than 10 minutes just to get water and get our drink order in. Continue reading Review: Big Red’s Western Cafe