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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
7.2
6.5
$25
Once upon a time in Portland...

It’s the oldest story in the book: small Vietnamese restaurant gets “discovered” by local media…small Vietnamese restaurant expands to other branches…now-not-so-small Vietnamese restaurant chain solidifies reputation in media as go-to place in its culinary category…

…Now-verging-on-quite-large ethnic restaurant chain continues to expand, diluting quality…chain launches line of glossy supermarket-style condiments and sauces with big photo of smiling chef on label…one of those condiments is actually fish sauce, but it’s humorously renamed “house special dipping sauce”…

…Chain opens bumbling upscale branch aimed at… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.7
5.0
$15
A hidden gem whose authentic stews and noodle dishes are as transportive as the strange digs

Formerly known as Umma’s, Spring Restaurant is the Holy Grail of gastroventurists, that ultimate hidden gem concealed inside an Asian supermarket. This Korean dive is in a humble alcove at the top of Pal-do market, staffed by fairly crabby folks who might prefer watching their TV show to making your dining experience all you dreamed of. If you catch them on a good day, though, they might hover over you, showing you how to mix and match certain sauces and… [More]