Good Dog/Bad Dog

708 SW Alder, 222-3410

Sometimes it seems like this town is teeming with vegetarians and vegans. I mean, I can't go five minutes without someone trying to stuff a vegan scone or cookie in my faceÉ but I do not distress. The carnivores are out there, and they're packed into Good Dog/Bad Dog. Featuring the best sausages in town, on big buns (the best kind!); get a spicy wurst or a mild sausage, and load up your wiener with tangy complimentary sauerkraut. They also serve chunky chili, potato salad, and baked beans. All of it is awesome. KS

Muu-Muu's

612 NW 21st, 223-8169

Yes, Muu-Muu's is hip and trendy. But it also has really good food. The house salad is huge, dressed with a tangy vinaigrette (I only mention this because there is such a lack of good salads in this town). The steamed broccoli with tofu, white rice, and peanut sauce is cheap, somewhat healthy, and really great. The Elmer comes with their famous mashed potatoes, chicken, and a smart, not to heavy gravy. It's a homestyle dinner for less than $8. In addition they make tangy drinks with fresh juices, fresh mint, and real ginger ale, if that's something you're into. KS

El Taco Express #2

5447 NE 42nd, 284-8446

When I frequent one of the scores of taquerias littering greater Portland, I have this sort of litmus test that I perform. I order the always-offered-but-easy-to-fuck-up chile relleno burrito or CRB. Helping me put aside my fears that I may bite into the wet dog taste of burnt egg in my CRB is El Taco Express #2. They nail it every time. For the novice: the chile relleno is a confection created by stuffing a pablano or Anaheim pepper with jack cheese. It is then dipped in an egg wash and fried just-so to create a golden brown augmentation of its previous self. Delicious! At $3.25, magnificent! Ignore the siren song of her competitors. Viva El Taco Express #2! LC