Located in a garden level walk down in the Pine Street Studios building, Biwa is a simple, high-quality Japanese restaurant, emphasizing everyday Japanese cuisine. Ramen and udon noodles are made in-house, and there's also a large selection of skewered vegetables and meats (including unusual cuts like pork belly and pork cheek). Much of the menu is available vegan or vegetarian.
The place where all the cool kids go, Dot's is a one-of-a-kind Portland icon of sorts. It's overpoweringly dark, but once your eyes adjust, you can enjoy velvet paintings of doe-eyed children, anti-drug posters from other countries, and more from their rotating collection of kitschy art. Dot's serves some fantastic junk food and a fine variety of classic cocktails and sodas (Lime Rickey anyone?). Jalepeño cheese fries, the Gentle Ben (the vegetarian version of the Ruben), the generously portioned Caravan Platter (falafel, hummus, olives, tomatoes, feta, pita), and a frosty PBR for me, please!
Casual, nautical-themed(surprise!) seafood joint in the Portsmouth neighborhood. Offering fresh, homemade seafood dishes including dinners, sandwiches, salads and a mean clam chowder for fish lovers. If you prefer a burger, gardenburger or chicken, it's not a problem. Top it off with a homemade cobbler or cheesecake then fall off into a food coma.
Than Thao is pretty much your basic Asian diner with cheesy decor but don't let that turn you off. They serve some decent Vietnamese and Thai with a little Chinese and even Indian thrown in. It's usually fairly crowded but worry not, service is often lightning-fast.