Have you noticed how many of my Portland posts so far have featured food? Yes, we are obsessed with food. Maybe that's why I love it here.
I lived in Japan's (and some say the world's greatest) food city, Osaka. When I returned to Portland in 1989 after traveling in India, I craved curry (and I still do). At the time, Portland had ONE Indian restaurant (Plainfield's Mayur--which closed last year after 35 years), and it was too expensive for my young working person's budget. I went there once for a business dinner, but I thought it was overpriced.
In the 1990s, Swagat finally saved us from our curry longings, and then Indian restaurants started popping up all over town. Now Yelp lists 43 Indian restaurants or food carts in the Portland metropolitan area! We even have Indian food in our mall food courts.
|Tandoor's Saffron Indian Kitchen|
My favorite Indian food cart (two are within 1 block of my office) is Tandoor's Saffron Indian Kitchen. In preparation for this post, I decided it was time to try this cart again. Today for lunch I had chicken tikka masala and coconut squash curry--yum! The quantities are not as large as the other Indian food cart, but I prefer the flavors.
I have yet to try Bollywood Theater or some of the other newer Indian places...time to venture out more!
|Nong at Nong's Khao Man Gai|
And beyond Indian...Portland has a cornucopia of ethnic restaurants beyond the typical French, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Japanese (all of which we do very well!). For example:
- East African
- Middle Eastern
As I mentioned in "F is for forests and foodies," Travel & Leisure Magazine named Portland #6 on its "America's Best Cities for Foodies." Our selection of ethnic food contributes to that ranking. Read Bon Appetit's picks for "Where to Eat and Drink Global in Portland, Oregon."
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: Just minutes away!