Pause doesn't get a lot of press, but they make one of the most substantial and well-grilled cheeseburgers in town. My girlfriend and I split this, a hefty Reuben, and the pile of thick, hand-cut fries that amasses between them. If you try this food, you will say thank you. Maybe not to me, but to whoever is standing in the vicinity. -CHRIS ONSTAD
Crema is a highbrow, renovated-warehouse-like coffee shop and bakery, with huge garage door windows and long lines of salivating customers. The long lines may have something to do with the fact that they craft some of the finest baked goods in the area along with homemade soups and sandwiches. If you're looking for an exquisite coffee drink or loose leaf tea and an artisan baked good (scone! try the scones!), then Crema is your spot. As with anything good in town, it can get (gasp!) crowded on the weekends.
Okay, I know it's practically in Gresham but maybe the trip is worth it for what many consider the best sushi and tempura in town.
Housed in a building painted in colorful Cuban style, Pambiche is good, fun, and justifiably popular. This Cuban/Latin NE hotspot does a lot with its menu, from tostones and empanadas to roast pork and prawns and a few items for the non-meat eater. They may not have liquor, but they get quite creative with their tropical drinks (including the refreshing Palm Beach Cooler, with white wine and mint), which pair nicely with the spicy cuisine. Save room for a little after dinner sweetness, because their desserts are not to be missed.
Colorful decor lends itself to the equally colorful menu of adventurous items. Along with the traditional Chinese fare, you could be adventurous try some spicy chicken feet or roasted pig or one of many, many other selections from the voluminous menu. And then, of course, there's the Dim Sum. Basically, chances are, you won't leave hungry.