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Beaker & Flask
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$19 (feeds 1)

Beaker & Flask

727 SE Washington St, 503-235-8180, beakerandflask.com

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Grilled pork cheeks $10
Chanterelle mushrooms $9
Total (feeds 1) $19

At this East Side eatery, bartending virtuoso Kevin Ludwig leaves standard bar food in the rearview mirror. Try the grilled pork cheeks with braised peppers, pickled octopus, and aioli, and the chanterelle mushrooms with parsley, garlic, and smoked bone marrow.

Sanchez Taqueria

13050 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, 503-684-2838, sancheztaqueria.com
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Huaraches al pastor $8
Chicken torta $5.50
Tamale $1.50
Two tacos $3.90
Total (feeds 3) $18.90

A perfect stopover on the way to the pinot patches, this taqueria serves up a corn griddle-cake called a huarache that’s the size of a running shoe and is topped with everything you love about Mexican American fare—carne asada, pico de gallo, sour cream, and shredded lettuce. Add a pair of exemplary chicken tacos and an open-face torta sandwich piled with carnitas to complete the feast.

Jin Wah Restaurant

4021 SW 117th Ave, Suite E,
Beaverton, 503-641-2852
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Pepper-salted squid $10.50
Lap xuong fried rice $9.50
Tea Free
Total (feeds 2) $20

Local lovers of Chinese cuisine are likely already versed in Jin Wah’s lightly fried pepper-salted squid tossed with taut onions and jalapeño peppers. But adding a pile of lap xuong fried rice flecked with green onion, scrambled egg, and Chinese sausage makes for the ultimate rainy-day comfort food.

Hà VL

2738 SE 82nd Ave, 503-772-0103
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Daily soup special $7.50
(Wednesday’s pork meatballs are especially good.)
Chinese sausage sandwich $3
Vietnam Deluxe sandwich $3
Two iced coffees with condensed milk $5.50
Total (feeds 2) $19

In a dank strip mall with three excellent Chinese restaurants as neighbors, Há VL perfectly pairs daily soup specials like pork meatballs, rice noodles, and fresh veggies swimming in pork broth with its peerless banh mi sandwiches.