Food & Drink

From ramen to pho, these are Portland’s 10 best noodle spots

Published On 09/03/2014 Published On 09/03/2014
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1. Chen's Good Taste Restaurant 18 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

With its concealed facade, you might just miss Chen's, but that would be a huge mistake, because inside, you’ll find sweet-smelling BBQ duck and other meats, plus their famous, delicate dumplings, which are stuffed with (surprise) even more meat.

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2. Sen Yai 3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

The Pok Pok empire continues to grow with this old-school noodle joint on Division St, where you can snag traditional Thai breakfast eats like porky Jok porridge and Sen Lek Naam Kai soup with poached eggs. They also serve up lunch and dinner (with cocktails) in case their 8a opening time is too aggressive.

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3. Boxer Ramen 1025 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

This place is all about creating a dish, executing it well, and selling it for a decent price in a good environment. Nestled at the front end of Union Way plaza, this place has been the best place to get ramen in Downtown since its opening, and a great place to stop for post-shopping lunch.

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4. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen 835 SW 2nd, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

Luc Lac sports an interior reflecting French influences and an expanded menu of recipes from a grandma nice enough to treat you to greens with Hennessy-seared cubes of tenderloin (Damn, you ballin’, nana!), and tomato fried rice or tamarind-lemongrass-broth-steamed mussels, aka Mike Katz if you steal his t-shirt.

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5. Biwa 215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Biwa is a Japanese restaurant serving up yakitori, ramen, and the occasional burger in SE Portland.

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6. Bun Bo Hue 7002 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

This place is not for the faint of heart. Their namesake dish is an intensely spicy broth filled with gelatinous and often boney pork bits and crimson cubes of coagulated blood. Seriously, if you think too much about what you’re eating, you’ll never want pho again.

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7. Ha VL 2738 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Ha & VL has quietly usurped Portland’s soup mantle. Now their daily specials often sell out and hungry people grumble about having to settle for their almost equally delicious banh mis. So if you’re going in around lunchtime, make sure to call ahead.

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8. Frank's Noodle House 822 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

This family-run noodle house's quick and friendly service and phenomenal homemade noodles. Go for the stir-fried noodles, we’re partial to the squid.

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9. PaaDee 6 SE 28th, Portland, OR 97214

PaaDee's mission is to provide Thai comfort food to the masses, specifically Portland's masses, and the menu contains some of the restaurant's founders' favorite dishes from childhood.

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10. Pho Hùng 4717 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206 (Se Portland)

Everyone has a favorite pho spot, and it should be this one. Not only does the broth come out with the perfect flavor and aroma, but it also comes out at the appropriate temperature every single time. You can’t beat that.

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