eats chennai dosa

Wash down CHENNAI MASALA’s paper roast dosa, filled with curried potatoes and onions, with a sweet mango lassi.


Chennai Masala

2088 NW Stucki Ave, Hillsboro
Tue-Sun 11:30AM-2PM, 5:30-9:30PM

To partake of a truly great meal at this South Indian eatery, diners may have to step outside of their comfort zones. And we don’t mean just their geographic comfort zones (the restaurant is located about a 30-minute drive west of downtown). To sample the very best dishes at Chennai Masala, we suggest forgoing the standard dishes that you’ll find in just about every Indian restaurant in Portland proper—like chicken tikka masala or samosas (though they are quite good here)—and opting instead for a couple of dosas ($9-15). Slightly sour, crispy, one-and-a-half-foot-wide crêpes, the dosas are filled with any number of savory delights, from curried chickpeas (chole dosa) to seasoned potatoes and onions (masala dosa). Meant to be eaten with your hands, one dosa can feed two people. But if you’re really hungry, opt for the family dosa ($15). Technically it’s meant to feed three, but if it’s just the two of you, you might as well see if you can stretch your stomachs’ comfort zones, too. —CD


Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen

1038 SW Stark St, 503-222-3354
Mon-Thu 7AM-midnight, Fri 7AM-3AM, Sat 8AM-3AM, Sun 8AM-10PM

Before a trip to Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, it’s wise to practice a couple of jaw-relaxing yoga exercises, since the downtown Jewish eatery—famous for its house-cured pastrami—assembles towering sandwiches designed for someone with an open mouth the size of a reticulated python’s. While it’s fair to gripe about the inclusion of $12 sandwiches in a guide to cheap eats, suffice it to say that one of these massive meat bombs makes for two heart-palpitating meals. But in order for a carnivorous couple to get their fix for under $25—and wash it all down with a Sioux City Sarsaparilla ($2.75)—a little cooperation is in order. We recommend a generously slabbed pastrami sandwich ($11.25) and the Big Salad ($10.50)—a bounty of crisp veggies, egg slices, and bagel chips, bolstered with your choice of pastrami, chicken, or lox. Employ the wisdom of Solomon when divvying up this heavenly spread. And remember to stretch first. —JC