ETW: Andina (Peru)

At some point, we found ourselves wandering around the Pearl District around lunchtime, and happened upon Andina. No regrets.

This is part of our Eat The World challenge. Check out the whole thing.

The ceviche was excellent, the potatoes were amazing (especially with the three dipping sauces), and the lucuma ice cream was a great way to finish out.

 

ETW: Langbaan (Thailand)

In addition to being PoMo’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014 (and consequently a Thing), Langbaan is also fantastically authentic Thai food.

This is part of our Eat The World challenge. Check out the whole thing.

The restaurant is tucked into the room behind Paa Dee, which is great Thai food on its own, but it’s a completely separate experience. We’ve been twice, and the menu has been completely different each time.

We cannot recommend this enough, but make your reservation early, they sell out fast.

#2: Dine at Portland Monthly’s Restaurant of the Year – Lang Baan

Lang Baan has been on our to-eat-at list for a loooong time. I mean, it was named Restaurant of the Year in 2014! Reservations are very hard to come by, and we had mostly given up.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat the World challenge.

But then Becky got a text message from a friend, who had a friend who couldn’t make her reservation. It took her about 3 seconds to recover from shock and say we’d take it. So it is thanks to that friend-of-a-friend and Becky’s dad (who graciously agreed to last-minute childcare) that we were able to make this happen.

This is some of the best thai food you’ll ever eat this side of Thailand (if you can get a reservation). There were 12 courses, and unfortunately for you, dear reader, we completely forgot that we were supposed to take photos. We were so engaged in putting these amazing things in our mouths that we forgot about the entire rest of the world for a while.

We should also mention that Langbaan is kind of hidden. You actually go in the front door of another restaurant, then the host guides you back behind the bar, down a hall, pulls a meat grinder to open a bookcase door, and there is where you will eat. All of this sounds silly, but it contributes to a really unique experience, which is what we’re all about.

Super highly recommended. It’s spendy, and you have to plan ahead, but totally worth it.

#2: Dine at Portland Monthly's Restaurant of the Year – Lang Baan

Lang Baan has been on our to-eat-at list for a loooong time. I mean, it was named Restaurant of the Year in 2014! Reservations are very hard to come by, and we had mostly given up.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat the World challenge.

But then Becky got a text message from a friend, who had a friend who couldn’t make her reservation. It took her about 3 seconds to recover from shock and say we’d take it. So it is thanks to that friend-of-a-friend and Becky’s dad (who graciously agreed to last-minute childcare) that we were able to make this happen.

This is some of the best thai food you’ll ever eat this side of Thailand (if you can get a reservation). There were 12 courses, and unfortunately for you, dear reader, we completely forgot that we were supposed to take photos. We were so engaged in putting these amazing things in our mouths that we forgot about the entire rest of the world for a while.

We should also mention that Langbaan is kind of hidden. You actually go in the front door of another restaurant, then the host guides you back behind the bar, down a hall, pulls a meat grinder to open a bookcase door, and there is where you will eat. All of this sounds silly, but it contributes to a really unique experience, which is what we’re all about.

Super highly recommended. It’s spendy, and you have to plan ahead, but totally worth it.

EtW: Luc Lac (Vietnamese)

Vietnam must be a truly wonderful place, judging by its food. Luc Lac has been around for a while, and it’s been on Becky’s list for almost as long.

This is part of our Eat The World challenge. Check out the whole thing.

This place isn’t like most other restaurants, though: first you wait in line to get in. Then you place your order at the counter. Then you wait for a table. Then you sit down. Then your food arrives. It’s different and somewhat disorienting, but it works.

We happened to go during happy hour, which was perfect – we covered the table with small plates, and our party of seven couldn’t have been happier with the result. The cocktails are great, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is unique.

#20: Eat at Der Rheinlander (before it closes for good)

Der Rheinlander is a Portland institution. After more than 50 years in business, they’re closing their doors in early 2017. Becky gasped when she found out I had never been, and vowed to make sure I experienced it while I could.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2016 challenge; here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat the World challenge; the full list for that is here.

What we look for in a place that’s going on our eat-the-world page is authenticity and quality. Having actually been to the Rheinland, we knew what to look for – tall, light German beers, pretzels, and sausage. The Rheinlander delivered in spades. I drank my German pilsner out of a boot, and the dining hall is decorated to make you feel like you’re eating outside in a village square.

The food was well done also. We had two gripes: the fondue (which is a Swiss invention) and the Sound of Music soundtrack played by wandering accordion players (the Von Trapps were Austrian, but the accordions fit perfectly). We weren’t super fond of some of the sausages, but not because they were badly done, they just weren’t for us.

If you have the chance, make a stop here while you still can. It’s worth it.

#27: Eat at an Old Guard Portland Restaurant

We were pretty hungry after walking through the Japanese Garden, and there was a fantastic old restaurant not too far away. How can we turn down such an opportunity?

This is part of our 100 Things in 2016 challenge; here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat the World challenge; the full list for that is here.

Tara Thai has been open for 30 years now, and it’s easy to see why. The atmosphere is really comfortable, and their food is truly good. The staff there was very friendly, telling Lucy stories of their childhood, directing us to the sticky rice, and offering tips on the best combinations to put together into a single bite.

We loved it. If we lived in the neighborhood, we’d probably be here weekly.

 

#27: Eat at an Old Guard Portland Restuarant

We were pretty hungry after walking through the Japanese Garden, and there was a fantastic old restaurant not too far away. How can we turn down such an opportunity?

This is part of our 100 Things in 2016 challenge; here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat the World challenge; the full list for that is here.

Tara Thai has been open for 30 years now, and it’s easy to see why. The atmosphere is really comfortable, and their food is truly good. The staff there was very friendly, telling Lucy stories of their childhood, directing us to the sticky rice, and offering tips on the best combinations to put together into a single bite.

We loved it. If we lived in the neighborhood, we’d probably be here weekly.

 

#53: Eat at a Portland Pop-Up (Mae)

Every year we put a few restaurants on our list, and every year we are delighted by what we discover. But this particular pop-up restaurant is truly something special.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2016 challenge. Here’s the full list. It’s also part of our Eat The World challenge; check out the whole thing.

Mae is a loving tribute to southern food, to grandma’s house. Every dish oozes with care, charm, and home. Everything is served family style at big tables, so it’s likely you’ll make some friends. June breezes wafting through the open garage door. Perfectly brewed sweet (but not cloying) tea. Fried chicken.

We definitely got the feeling that it deserved a permanent home, rather than the back room of the Old Salt Marketplace. And it turns out we were right: we just noticed Mae being featured in Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2016! Seriously, if you’re reading this, you will love this place. Snap up some tickets if you ever get the chance, you won’t regret it. This is truly exceptional food.

EtW: Martanne's (Mexico)

In the deep southwest, along old Route 66, is a town called Flagstaff. And in this town is a place that is so perfectly from that time and place that it doesn’t quite seem real.

This is part of our Eat The World challenge. Check out the whole thing.

I’m talking about Martanne’s. They’re famous for their chilaquiles (Christmas style), but with a staggering 4½ stars on Yelp for everything else, you can’t really go wrong. The food is delicious, ideally suited for a road trip. If you’re ever in this area, definitely do yourself a favor and eat a meal or three here.