NE Sandy Boulevard Is Portland’s Best Cheap Eats Drive–Thru

Barren shortcut no more, Sandy is home to a handful of hot new food hubs and some stalwart Portland gems.

By Kelly Clarke June 13, 2016 Published in the July 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

1 Providore Fine Foods The second coming of Euro grocer Pastaworks is Instagram pretty, packed with aisles of heirloom beans and international honeys, a raw oyster bar, and juicy takeout chicken. Add in its proximity to Han Oak and the Ocean around the corner—and that’s some serious deliciousness per square foot.

 2 The Zipper Ocean developer Kevin Cavenaugh’s other inventive microeatery complex lures with a high-design wedge of some of the city’s best falafel (Chickpeadx), fried chicken sandwiches (Basilisk), Fernet-Branca on tap (Paydirt), and legit nail wizardry (Finger Bang).

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Image: Sarah Cadwell

 3 Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry Eggy, pickled pepper–topped breakfast sandwiches in a pretty, plant-strewn bower.

 4 Rheinlander A half-century-old Teutonic wonderland of fondue, beer steins, and roaming accordion players in lederhosen. Happily, management says recent closure rumors are totally false. Edelweiss-4-life, mein herr.

 5 Rose City Food Park This oddball 17-cart pod (with parking lot!) boasts wildly spiced shrimp fritters from Guam cart PDX 671, Pause Japanese Bistro’s great ahi tuna bowls, and Magpie Bakery’s zingy key lime tarts. Read food quotes painted two stories high on the building next door while you chow.

 6 Bakeshop This is flavorful baked goods central, from craggy, sugar-dusted almond croissants to fruit handpies. Grab a treat and wander Cosmic Monkey Comics next door.

 7 Clyde’s Prime Rib Faux-castle décor, R&B, well-dressed sexagenarian gents.

 8 Pho An Sandy Vietnamese immersion courses via bowls of pitch-perfect pho.

 9 Bacchi’s Italian Deli Saucy meatball subs, Jersey pedigree, Rat Pack soundtrack. (Since this article was published, Bacchi's has sadly shuttered.)

 10 MeKha Noodles The newly expanded Chinese-Cambodian-Vietnamese haunt slays with fresh phnom penh rice noodles loaded with Chinese celery, pork crumbles, fried shallots, and prawns.

 11 Annie’s Donuts Glazed applesauce cakes, yellow booths, and sugar-high middle schoolers

*Plus eight weed shops and counting

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