Cheap Eats in Portland

SAA Hosting Committee Blog – Cheap Eats


Contributed by: LauraDenise White, Consulting Archivist for the Digital Manuscripts Collection at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon


We understand you’re probably trying to stay on a budget while still getting as much of out of your trip to Portland, Oregon this summer for the SAA alike/different 2017 conference.


Here’re some hot tips on places to gather sustenance while watching your pocketbook. The following locations are for those staying close to the Convention Center (visit our prior post titled “The Perks of Staying at the Hilton Downtown” for cheap eateries near the downtown Hilton):


Xurroland ( Sometimes you just want a sweet sweet snack! Located at 2218 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, this little joint has all the sugar rush you could ever hope for! Watch out, though, as they’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Laughing Planet

Laughing Planet ( Moving away from sweet snacks, and plunging straight into the healthiest of the healthy meals, we couldn’t recommend this place more! Whether you prefer bowls or a burrito-style dinner, they pack a punch of flavors from around the globe into every dish. Great for on-the-go eating or just a quick sit-and-scarf meal. Located at 1720 SW 4th Ave.

Por Que No

Por Que No ( Just down N Mississippi, closer to the Convention Center by a couple blocks, this closely knit place is one of our absolute favorites! Super great prices both on their regular and their happy hour menus. Did we mention they also have brunch? Located at 3524 N Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR 97227.

Radar PDX

Radar ( A bit of a hike if you decide to walk from the Convention Center, but just a 10 minute ride on the #4 bus from the Rose Quarter Transit Center Eastboard stop. This pub is known for its creative tapas and wonderfully eclectic happy hour, located at N Mississippi Ave between N Failing St. and N Shaver St.

Miss Delta

Miss Delta ( Just across the street from Radar’s is this amazing gem with its savory southern-style dishes and tons of seafood options! Recommend visiting them for their 4-6pm happy hour for the biggest bang for your buck.

Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha! ( If you’re set on Mexican food, we hope you try either the Farmer’s Bowl or the Sopecitos at this establishment, located at 2635 NE Broadway, Portland, OR. And if you’re looking for local and sustainable, the owner reports that they “serve only the freshest and healthiest ingredients from purveyors and farmers who share our commitment to environmentally and socially sustainable practices.” And they deliver!!

 Frank's Noodle House

Frank’s Noodle House ( Located at 822 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, which is two blocks from the other side of the Lloyd Center mall (the one right out your hotel doorstep if you’re staying at the Double Tree Hilton by the Convention Center. Homemade Asian fare in a house…doesn’t get much more Portland than that. Lots of veggie options!


Umi Sushi (zomato hosted menu) Located at 914 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, which is just down the street from Frank’s Noodle House. Hard to beat prices for sushi this good.

McMenamins Pub

McMenamins Broadway Pub ( Located at 1504 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, about a 15 minute walk with a park on the way no less) from the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. Founded in the Portland area, the McMenamins’ restaurants and hotels are renowned for their habit of taking their customers back in time to the late 1800’s.


The following are also close to the Convention Center, just incase you’re not in as adventurous of a mood, which we can understand…sort of:


Denny’s at 425 NE Hassalo St, Portland, OR 97232


Red Robin at 1139 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232


Burgerville at 1135 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232


Subway at 1211 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232


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