Abol Café

923L NE Broadway, 281-7961

I'm a vegetarian. Also, I'm broke. This generally means I'm SOL when it comes to dining anywhere but a NoPo taqueria. Not anymore! I've discovered the joy of the Abol Café's $6 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. It's simple, tasty, wholesome food consisting of lentils, cabbage, collards, and a montage of other delicacies augmented with worldly spices and accompanied by plenty of Injera, the spongy Ethiopian flatbread. Wash it down with an Ethiopian beer and it'll be difficult for you to imagine how you could derive any greater satisfaction from lunch. LC

Milo's City Cafe

1325 NE Broadway, 288-6456

Milo's lives up to its name with an extremely hip urban interior consisting of high ceilings and a splendid view of its beautiful kitchen. And the food ain't half bad either. Milo's does a reasonably priced dinner, but is far better known for its delicious brunches, which include items like eggs benedict with filet mignon, crab cakes, an assortment of fresh-squeezed juices, and all sorts of tasty omelets. The service at Milo's is incredibly prompt and friendly considering how huge it is, and the atmosphere is as pleasant as it gets. JWS

Bush Garden

900 SW Morrison, 226-7181

Kimono-clad waitresses are knowledgeable and attentive, and eager to explain some of the more obscure menu choices. Meanwhile, the shredded mountain potato over raw tuna, broiled taro balls with plum sauce, and deep-fried oysters from the appetizer menu were all well executed, particularly the tender oysters, which had a pungent oyster flavor. The enormous Beef Teriyaki (broiled steak served on a sizzling platter with a side of teriyaki sauce) combination dinner came with miso soup, a wonderfully tart cucumber salad, and sides of both chicken yakitori and shrimp and vegetable tempura. The chef's choice sushi platter contained some real gems. A huge raw clam (at least I think it was a clam) topped with sea urchin was luscious. It had a creamy taste and texture, which is a quality that Bush Garden seems to strive for in many of its sushi creations. PL