Huber’s Cafe on Line 15

Huber’s Cafe 411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

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The fact that Huber’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland is reason enough to pay a visit, but it’s definitely not the only thing they have going for them. As much of a sucker as I am for any place that transports you to another era with the architecture, decor, and ambiance like 135-year-old Huber’s easily does, I am pleased that they can also satisfy my hankerings for tasty eats and libations. They’re known for their traditional turkey dinners, however their steak is also delicious. And a trip to Huber’s wouldn’t seem complete without ordering their world-famous Spanish Coffee, featuring an elaborate, tableside preparation. At Huber’s, this drink consists of Bacardi 151 rum, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg on top (and don’t forget the fire and 5-foot streams of liquor arching perfectly into the glass!).  They have a streetside cafe, including outdoor seating, however I much prefer the bar, accessible by walking through the front dining room. Or, impress your friends with the “secret” entrance: just use the doors to the right of the cafe entrance to enter the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building and you’ll find the bar at the end of the hallway on the left. 4 Stars on Yelp. $$

Nearest line 15 bus stops:

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Article by Stephanie Paris

St. Honoré Bakery on Line 15

St. Honoré Bakery 2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210

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It’s no surprise that the French bakery St Honoré produces extraordinary breads and pastries baked fresh daily in their clay firebrick bread oven. But they also produce some of the best soups in town, although you won’t find large pots simmering on a cooking stove. Believe it or not, their made-from-scratch soups are created by using their one and only bread oven. First, they slow-roast, or braise, vegetables and meats in the oven, typically for 2 to 3 hours. This process not only makes the ingredients tender but brings out their natural sweetness and flavors, giving soups richer and more complex notes. Other ingredients are then carefully mixed together and cooked in the oven, slowly. The end result is an offering of soups that contain true depth and honest richness. 4 Stars on Yelp. $$

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Article by Stephanie Paris and Adam Sawyer

Meriwether’s Restaurant on Line 15

Meriwether’s Restaurant & Skyline Farm 2601 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210

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For those of us that live in Portland, we hear terms like local, seasonal, organic, and farm-to-table so often that if at least 2 of these qualifiers are not present in a restaurant’s claim to fame, they hardly seem worth our time. With so many exceptional dining options in Portland, you’ve really got to stand out to get noticed. And Meriwether’s is doing just that. They have taken farm-to-table to a new level by being one of just a handful of restaurants in the country that are truly farm-to-table, meaning they grow their own food on their own 5-acre vegetable farm, just up the road in nearby Forest Park. When they combine their own farm’s peak-of-the-season harvest with the bounty from other local farmers, fishers, and ranchers of the Pacific Northwest, what results is an ideal cornucopia from which to craft a spectacular menu. The symbiotic relationship between farmer, chef, and epicure may have just reached its peak. 4 Stars on Yelp. $$$

Nearest Line 15 bus stops:

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Restaurants on the Route: Bus Line 4 – Division/Fessenden

The TriMet line 4-Division/Fessenden route is a long one. It connects and travels through Gresham, SE Portland, Portland City Center, Old Town/Chinatown, Union Station, the Rose Quarter, NE Portland and St. Johns. As you can imagine, there are a great number of restaurants worth exploring along this route. As I find ones I love, this page will be updated with the addition of newfound hot spots. As of now, these are my top 5 restaurants on the Line 4 route.

1. Butterfly Belly 6036 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

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4.5 Stars on Yelp. $

“As butterflies selectively collect nectar and pollens from all over, Butterfly Belly’s selection of many popular dishes from all over Asia strides to please our guests with warm and colorful ambiance, uncompromising hospitality, fresh, healthy, and most importantly tasty food.” ~Butterfly Belly

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2. Tangier 221 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204

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5 Stars on Yelp. $$

“A warm and welcoming family restaurant conveniently located in downtown Portland near the water front, noted for serving the finest msot traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean available. Our casually elegant atmosphere and exquisite cuisine will enhance any dining or celebration experience.” ~Tangier

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3. Samurai Blue 3807 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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4.5 Stars on Yelp. $$

“A tantalizing variety of hot and cold dishes, sushi and sake.” ~Samurai Blue

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4. Sidecar 11 3955 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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4 Stars on Yelp. $$

“Sidecar 11 is perfect for celebrations, joining friends with food and beverage in a small bar setting. The food menu emphasizes simple creation small plates and the bar creates unique and classic style cocktails with a dedication to the art of mixing drinks.” ~Sidecar 11

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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5. Signal Station Pizza 8302 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

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4 Stars on Yelp. $

“We pride ourselves on serving a delicious pizzas at a fair price. Our goals are to provide both a quality product and and friendly service. Our menu offers artisan pizzas, calzones, sub sandwiches and salads. We also serve sodas, beer by the bottle and on-tap,  and a fine selection wines by the glass or bottle.” ~Signal Station Pizza

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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Article by Stephanie Paris

Signal Station Pizza on Line 4

Signal Station Pizza 8302 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

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Signal Station Pizza in St. Johns is a family-owned restaurant housed in a converted, historic Signal Gas station. The retro building itself makes it worth a trip there, but the pizza is among the best in Portland. They use all natural ingredients, make fresh dough and homemade sauces daily, and use whole-milk mozzarella and locally sourced produce whenever possible. One of my favorite pizzas is the St. Johns Combo: Traditional tomato sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, green peppers, fresh mushrooms, and black olives. Not in the mood for pizza? They also make killer salads, subs, and calzones. Hungry yet? 4 Stars on Yelp. $

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Article written by Adam Sawyer and Stephanie Paris

Sidecar 11 on Line 4

Sidecar 11 3955 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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If you’re not paying close attention, it’s easy to walk right past one of the best bars in North Portland. The space occupied by Sidecar 11 is no wider than the entrance to a prohibition-era speakeasy. Like their drinks, however, the space is deep, sophisticated, and well thought out. Some favorite menu items of mine include the incredibly well flavored and presented Garlic Steak Skewers and Marinated Chicken Skewers. The steak skewers are baked medium with green bell pepper and served with spicy peanut sauce & green onions. The chicken skewers are baked with red bell pepper and served with sweet chili dressing & black sesame seeds. Whether you come for their delicious and inexpensive happy hour food menu, or their top notch cocktails, Sidecar 11 is definitely worth a visit.  4 Stars on Yelp. $$

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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Article by Stephanie Paris and Adam Sawyer

Samurai Blue on Line 4

Samurai Blue 3807 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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Serving contemporary Japanese cuisine, Samurai Blue has garnered a reputation for having some of the best sushi in Portland. The dining area at Samurai Blue is subtle and clean. It’s a comfortable space that’s as suitable for casual lunches as it is for date night. As any good sushi restaurant should, they impressed me with the extreme freshness of the fish, which was nicely highlighted in their delightful ceviche. But I think my favorite item on the menu is one of their signature makimono rolls called Chance of Rain, featuring salmon, cream cheese, avocado, sundried tomato, and basil. It’s flash fried and served with the most amazing balsamic teriyaki sauce. And on rainy days, it’s half price! 4.5 Stars on Yelp. $$

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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Tangier on Line 4

Tangier 221 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204

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As soon as I discovered Tangier, it became a regular lunch spot for me on the days that I work downtown. They serve authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean food, and it’s some of the best you’ll find in Portland. With perfectly blended spices, each dish I’ve tried is flavorful and balanced. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the items I order most frequently are the special flavored rice, chicken kabobs, green salad, and tagine of lamb. And as much as I try to limit my bread intake, their flatbread with hummus is hard to resist. It’s just too good. In addition to great food, the service is simple and friendly at this family owned and operated restaurant. I always leave satisfied, not only with the food and service, but with the cost of my meal.  5 Stars on Yelp. $$

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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Butterfly Belly on Line 4

Butterfly Belly 6036 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

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For some of you, finding the best pho restaurants in your area is like knowing your closest exits on an airplane – essential for survival. Butterfly Belly might just be your escape to Asian belly bliss. The menu describes their pho rice noodle soup as “truly a labor of love,” taking an entire day’s process. It is served with a side of bean sprouts, basil, jalapenos, lime, and garnished with cilantro, yellow onions and scallions, and it is very tasty indeed. Even as good as it is, the owner states that their pho is always evolving and improving, and they listen intently to their customers’ preferences and feedback. The pho may be Butterfly Belly’s claim to fame, but they also offer a diverse selection of delectable dishes from all over Asia. And don’t skip the appetizers. They’ve got some of the best spring rolls in town. 4.5 Stars on Yelp. $

Nearest Line 4 bus stops:

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Article by Stephanie Paris

Restaurants on the Route: easily accessible, palate-worthy dining options

I’ve lived in a handful of different neighborhoods during my 30+ years in Portland, and one of my favorite things to do is discover restaurants that are so good that they keep me coming back for more. The challenge of commuting solely by bus is the difficulty in finding a good restaurant that is reachable by just a single bus from your starting location.

Years ago I moved into a neighborhood that I had never lived in before. There was not much within walking distance from me, and I slowly developed a Scrooge-like attitude as I pouted about not having any worthwhile restaurants to go to when I wanted to eat out. For close to two years I remained cynical, and spent 45 minutes or more on buses to journey back to the restaurants I knew and loved in my old neighborhood. Then, one hunger-filled day, all of that changed. I happened to see for the first time a sushi place called Sushi & Maki in a strip mall near my house. I’m sure I had unconsciously seen it dozens of times before, but my brain must not have acknowledged it. Because really, do good sushi restaurants exist in a strip mall on 82nd ave?

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I decided to give it a chance, first on yelp of course, and to my surprise, it had a solid 4-star rating and a ton of reviews! I ate there immediately, and sure enough, it was outstanding: good service, a nice ambiance, and most importantly great food.

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That day left me wanting more. I knew there had to be more great restaurants like this one that were conveniently located just a short bus ride from my front door. Over the next few months, with the help of yelp and the TriMet trip planner, I discovered a good amount of quality restaurants for brunch, lunch, and dinner that were all on one of the two bus routes that passed by my house. My goal for this series on Portland By Bus is to feature palate-worthy dining options on each of TriMet’s bus, MAX, and Portland Streetcar routes. I hope to feature a new route each week until all are completed. If you are eager to see what your neighborhood has to offer, add a comment here requesting which bus route closest to your house or hotel you would like me to feature next. In the meantime, it looks like I’ll be eating out a lot!

Images in post courtesy of idine.com.