Another view of Oregon – Eugene & Portland

Originally written on 8/27/15

Had the pleasure of revisiting Eugene and Portland in Oregon again with my man (who was here for work) after my very first visit to this state earlier this year in May. Alas this trip was not for vacation/sightseeing so the only venues mentioned below are scrumptious places in which to dine, not necessarily splendid sights to see. Coming back to this state in the “heat” of the summer (obviously nothing compared to the deadly heat & humidity pervasive in NYC, from which I luckily escaped from) I got to try a couple of new places:

Mami's Mexican Grill - Large order of Carne Asada Fries, good for 2-3 adults
Mami’s Mexican Grill – Large order of Carne Asada Fries, good for 2-3 adults

Mami’s Mexican Grill (3802 W 11th Ave Eugene, OR 97402)

Our ravenous appetites didn’t allow for either the tamale or the Green Burrito to be featured in the above pic (note: I highly recommend both) however the Carne Asada Fries were the real winner. Topped with meat, cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro amongst other ingredients, it is an indulgent meal. This is one of the cleaner/healthier Mexican restaurants I have been to. It gets two thumbs up from me for its variety of healthy choices along with deliciously naughty yet indulgent treats such as the above.

My stop to Portland this time around was not nearly quite as sweet as my first visit where I stopped by not one but two wonderful donut venues – Voodoo Doughnuts (my man loves their Dirt doughnut, I love their vegan doughnuts) and Blue Star Donuts (amazing Mexican chocolate donut). This trip was less saccharine but instead, entailed a ride on Portland’s tram, and the discovery of a delectable noodle house as well as a froyo joint.

A view of Downtown Portland and the Willamette River
A view of Downtown Portland and the Willamette River

Before embarking on dinner however, I learned of a tram that connects OHSU Waterfront to OHSU Marquam Hill. It was a brief couple minutes however as I always love the views from a city, this was a splendid opportunity to take advantage of on a sunny summer day.

Neon lights outside Frank's Noodle House - view from the front porch
Neon lights outside Frank’s Noodle House – view from the front porch
Mildly spicy stir-fried noodles with chicken
Mildly spicy stir-fried noodles with chicken
Frank's Noodle House's version of bulgogi, complete with onions & cabbage and served on a sizzling black hot plate
Frank’s Noodle House’s version of bulgogi, complete with onions & cabbage and served on a sizzling black hot plate

Frank’s Noodle House (822 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232)

Dumplings for appetizers, chicken stir-fried noodles and bulgogi more than adequately fulfilled the hungry appetites both my boyfriend and I had prior to seating ourselves outdoors in the cozy restaurant’s patio. While the entrées do not come with a complimentary bowl of rice as is customary in Asian restaurants I’ve frequented on the East coast, I found Frank’s Noodle House to be a perfectly sufficient option to revisit when next I’m staying across the river in Portland.

But of course what day is complete without dessert? My man was sweet enough to look up a froyo place nearby and surprised me by taking me on a late-night trip to Eb & Bean (1425 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232) – local, organic froyo with a plethora of toppings from which to choose. The nearly half-hour wait (as the store was only run by two individuals multitasking both the serving of froyo & work at the cash register) gave my man and I plenty of time to mull through the choice of flavors and topping combinations. Alas, we settled on chocolate (my man only consumes chocolate for dessert) and Muscovado sweet cream along with cookie dough toppings and cacao nibs. It would’ve been nicer to break up the chocolatey sweetness with some fresh fruit but then again perhaps the Raspberry Crème Fraîche froyo would’ve done the job.

Voilà the plethora of options available for selection at Eb & Bean
Voilà the plethora of options available for selection at Eb & Bean
Chocolate & Muscovado Sweet Cream frozen yogurt topped with cookie dough and cacao nibs with Jacobsen salt
Chocolate & Muscovado Sweet Cream frozen yogurt topped with cookie dough and cacao nibs with Jacobsen salt

Before leaving Portland the next day, we couldn’t help but one final indulgence for lunch at Cha Cha Cha (3135 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97239). With copious indoor & outdoor seating and variety of teas & alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available, we satisfied our appetites with a delicious mushroom & spinach quesadilla and a burrito. Loved everything about this restaurant from the service to the quality and freshness of the ingredients – it is a must-visit.

Pico de gallo & guac were PERFECTION with the quesadilla
Pico de gallo & guac were PERFECTION with the quesadilla

Read of the day: How to Get the Best Restaurant Recommendations

Seafood, Vietnamese and Ethiopian cuisines are apparently what Seattle restaurants do best. Will definitely take advantage of some of the restaurants mentioned by Naomi in her latest article.

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