by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT, Whitney Platt (right) and Nickolaus Typaldos sip red wine while waiting for dinner at Le Pigeon.


Ken's Place

A lowbrow diner décor disguises a high-end dining experience. Tuesdays, experience the divine LOW BBQ.

Call for weekly schedule, $9.25-$19.75

1852 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-236-9520

* Lauro Kitchen

Mediterranean neighborhood cooking that's worth the wait.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. $10-$19

3377 S.E. Division St., 503-239-7000

Lemon Leaf Thai

A sunny little eatery with better- and spicier-than-average Thai.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6.95-$13

2706 S.E. Powell Blvd., 503-239-0000

* Noble Rot

Fine wine, great food and relaxed friendly ambience.

5 p.m. to midnight Monday-Saturday. $5-$16

2724 S.E. Ankeny St., 503-233-1999

* Nostrana

The wood-fired pizza oven produces the remarkable plate-size pies with crusts as thin as a whisper. It's hard to wrench yourself away from pizza, but if you don't, you'll miss out. The Nostrana salad of radicchio in a Caesar dressing is a serious contender for the prize of best salad in Portland.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8-$60

1401 S.E. Morrison St., 503-234-2427

* Nuestra Cocina

Chilies never tasted so good - great margaritas, too.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $9-$16

2135 S.E. Division St., 503-232-2135

Petite Provence

A large boulangerie and patisserie delivers an incongruous bit of elegance to mid-Southeast Division Street. The perfect croissants are so light they nearly float. The breakfasts are both hearty and gourmet and for lunch, there are daily quiches and tarts, sandwiches, and big salads.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (breakfast served until 2 p.m.; lunch until 2:30 p.m.), $5.75-$11.25

4834 S.E. Division St., 503-233-1121

Le Pigeon

Chef Gabriel Rucker (formerly sous-chef at Gotham Building Tavern) is invariably behind the open kitchen, welcoming customers with a friendly, good-natured cheer. Visitors will be just as pleased with the terrific, frequently changing food.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $9-$19

738 E. Burnside St., 503-546-8796


Reasons to visit this airy, Lebanese restaurant include: reasonable prices and a menu of nicely done Middle Eastern classics interspersed with more exotic options. Good for vegetarians and takeout, too.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $6.25-$10.50

1318 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-235-1254

* Salvador Molly's

Great grub for scallywags and buccaneers of all ages.

4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

3350 S.E. Morrison St., 503-234-0896


Friendly, casual neighborhood joint with a small menu of pizzas, pastas and salads.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $8-$14.

2602 S.E. Clinton St., 503-233-1955

Restaurants with an * were featured in Entree 2006, the Portland Tribune's restaurant guide. Longer reviews are available at

Prices refer to dinner entrees.

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