Thai Ginger

2020 N Portland Blvd, 283-9731

Outer North Portland needs, and deserves, more diverse dining options. Thai Ginger has finally brought such cutting-edge cuisine as Thai food to these parts, and hopefully other diverse ventures will follow. Food here is better than your average Portland Thai, and you can get Chinese broccoli here too, which is a major plus. My Pad See Eiw was way too sweet, though, but I'm willing to give them another shot. PL

Second Story Bistro

208 NW Couch, 827-5113

If you are an Eggs Benedict junkie, Second Story offers three delicious varieties of Eggs Benny, all of which are served on a toasted croissant, with potatoes. Of course, the standards are available--Canadian Bacon and Florentine--in addition to a heart-healthy filet mignon variety. The most important element to a good eggs benedict is the hollandaise, of course, and this hollandaise is top notch. It's thick, creamy, and consistent, with no diluting ingredients like sour cream or mayonnaise. Plus, they know how to poach. KD

The Pink Feather

14154 SE Division, 761-2030

Like an oasis in the bleak, strip-mall desert between Portland and Gresham, The Pink Feather is the sort of divey restaurant I crave. It looks like crap on the outside and like a friggin' palace once you step in the door: red hanging lamps, slick pleather booths, pink feather-printed carpeting, a well air-conditioned bar, and super-friendly waitstaff. The food at the Feather is good 'n' greasy, a high caliber of bar cuisine. They gots finger-lickin' chicken, onion rings, downright decent steaks (a mere $7-$13), sloppy-ass chili burgers, and superb hot and cold sandwiches. KS