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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
7.7
8.5
$40
A no-frills neighborhood holdout that’s steadily improving

Echo is one of those places that flies a bit beneath the radar, turning out decent food that doesn’t seek to make headlines, or challenge anyone’s palate. It doesn’t underachieve so much as undershoot, which is evident even in the simple, cool space. In fact, this building once housed a brothel, around the turn of the last century. Large windows spill light into the room, and a patio is kind of back-alley cool, sheltered on one side by ragged bamboo… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
5.0
$20
Light up with Szechuan peppers and chili oil in this out-of-the-way little gem

Of all the Chinese regional cuisines, Szechuan is the one you are most likely to be ushered away from, even by the people who run the restaurant. Ask for a menu, and you’ll be handed some broken-English list of take-out standards. Ask for the “real” menu, and you will have to pass a brief interview about what you’re looking for, if you know what you’re getting into, and whether you’re qualified to get into it. It’s understandable, since the staff… [More]