Fire on the Mountain

4225 N Interstate Ave,
1708 E Burnside St,
Sun-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-11PM

Sure, some like it hot. But at this Portland wing joint, some also like it el jefe, bourbon chipotle, and raspberry habanero. All told, Fire on the Mountain boasts 12 distinct sauces in which to drown your poultry—which, by the way, is tender, juicy, and perfectly fried. Once you do choose a sauce, you’ll need to figure out just how many wings your party can eat: Six wings will run you $5.95; then again, 250 wings will run you $144.95, which means that if you’re feeding about 50 people, each wing lover will have to pay only around $3 for 5 wings. Either way, you’ll have enough pocket change left over for a couple of guilt-tamping house salads ($2.75) or a plate of gut-busting fries ($1.25-4.95). If the cramped N Interstate Avenue location leaves you claustrophobic, head to the larger location on E Burnside Street. Wherever you end up, don’t forget to sign up for their monthly e-mail alert that announces 25-cent wing days (yes, really). Now that’s hot. —KC


Pok Pok & Whiskey Soda Lounge

3226 SE Division St,
Mon-Fri 11:30AM-10PM, Sat 5-10PM


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Muu Sateh and all its accompaniments at POK POK & WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE

Not everything on the menu at this Southeast Asian hot spot qualifies as cheap, especially considering the small size of some of the dishes. But since most are meant to be shared, and at least a few are generous enough to fill one person’s belly and then some, you can certainly enjoy a rich man’s feast at poor man’s prices if you know what to order. For two people, a whole order of the kai yaang ($11), an addictive charcoal-roasted game hen stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper, and cilantro; and a big bowl of khao soi kai ($11.50), a mild but flavorful Thai curry noodle soup, are more than enough to satisfy. You’ll even have a few bucks left over for a light snack of shrimp chips or house-roasted peanuts before the entrées arrive. But, while we’re all for intimate tables for two, it may be worthwhile to bring a number of dining companions along. A group of four could order six dishes—from caramelized Vietnamese chicken wings to a mint-and-lamb curry soup—ranging in price from $8 to $11, and each diner would end up paying no more than around $15 before tip, if that. We promise no one will go home hungry or disappointed. —CD



2811 NE Glisan St,
Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-midnight, Sat 7 AM-midnight, Sun 7AM-10PM

There’s a lot of inexpensive food out there that’s served in less-than-swanky digs. But at this Cuban hangout, touches like the conga-worthy music pouring from the speakers and the red and orange walls bedecked with handicrafts feed the soul while you feed your stomach. Chow down on a simple Plato Comunista ($8.00 for lunch; $11 for dinner), a plate of rice and beans with fried yucca and a beet or cabbage salad, or a couple of empanadas filled with spiced meat or potatoes ($4 each) plus a salad of fresh avocado, sliced red onion, and a sour-orange vinaigrette ($6.75). A classic Sanwich Cubano of roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles may run you $9.75 for dinner, but it’s a filling indulgence nonetheless. In fact, just about everything is—including all those tropical-inspired cakes by the register, which go perfectly with a cup of café cubano. —CD