Off-Campus Dining

Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,395
Tuition
$44,460
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are no chain or fast food places nearby.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't a ton of options immediately in the neighborhood, but what is there is good and it isn't hard to venture out farther to more spots. Portland is a foodie city!

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of food carts all over Portland provide good, cheap food. There are a few decent places within close walking distance, but taking a short bus ride will give you greater options.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good Restaurants, Fairly Close – A 15 min walk away is Woodstock Blvd., which has a couple Thai restaurants and a nice selection of cafes and such. About 15 min away by bus (take the 75 to St. Johns) is Hawthorne Blvd., which has an abundant selection of restaurants and cafes. Both are good areas to grab a bite.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: In Woodstock and the area surrounding Reed, there are 3 food carts as well as a decent amount of other restaurants. Eastmoreland Kitchen is great for sandwiches, Tom Yum Thai and Nudi are good for Thai and Asian fusion, Toast and Delta are pretty good for brunch and dinner. There are two coffeeshops, neither of which are open late enough (and of course Reed's own Paradox cafes). There's a Lebanese place and a few other options further down Woodstock. Most places are reasonably priced.

Sellwood (which is about 1.5 miles away) has a lot more restaurants and food carts and thus a wider selection, and then Portland in general is foodie-central. Chains are nearly non-existent here. Local restaurants serving delicious and innovative dishes, local breweries, and local coffee roasters abound.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 201st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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Unlike Reed's on-campus dining, the food options around Portland present a plethora of options. While many students enjoy walking a short distance from campus to enjoy either decent Asian cuisine or fine Southern fare, many relish the opportunity to escape the Reed bubble and venture into downtown Portland. Additionally, while appreciating the food in the greater Portland area, Reed students rarely agree on a single restaurant to visit while off campus because of the diverse nature of both the restaurants around Portland and the tastes of Reedies. The dining options around Reed offer a complete array of delicious selections from all ethnic backgrounds. Although no Reed student can agree on any one restaurant that overwhelmingly catches their fancy, most Reedies frequent a short list of restaurants whose food tastes splendid and whose ambience is both friendly and relaxing.

From the Ethiopian cuisine of Jarra's to the all-night breakfasts of the Hotcake House, the restaurants that Reedies prefer usually fall into three categories: They have copious amounts of food for a reasonable price, offer an excellent window into another culture through a dining experience, or simply offer a delicious escape from the ever-tedious experience of on-campus or in-apartment dining. Furthermore, since most of the best off-campus dining options are within a short bus ride of Reed and won't shrivel your wallet into an unidentifiable lump of leather, Reed's off-campus dining situation is ideal and provides a diverse assortment of choices that allow any Reedie the chance to eat ethnically-varied, good food without wasting an entire evening on transportation, or an entire wallet's contents on the price of a single meal.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Original Hotcake House
  • The Roxy Diner
Best Asian
  • Mandarin House
  • Tom-Yum Thai Cuisine
Best Breakfast
Original Hotcake House
Best Coffee
Stumptown
Best Dessert
  • Papa Haydn
  • Voodoo Doughnut
Best Healthy
  • Laughing Planet
  • Saburo's Sushi House
Best Late-Night
Original Hotcake House
Best Mexican
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • La Bamba
Best Pizza
Pizzicato
Best Wings
Fire on the Mountain
Best Place to Take a Date
Le Happy
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Jake's Famous Crawfish
Other Places to Check Out
  • 3 Doors Down Café
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Higgins
  • Laughing Planet
  • Los Gorditos
  • Nicholas Restaurant
  • Pho Hung
  • Staccato Gelato
  • Stumptown
  • Voodoo Doughnut
  • Woodstock Wine & Deli
Did You Know?
It's always better to go out if you can, since Portland offers a diverse selection of food opportunities. Additionally, Reed professors often take their students out to restaurants at the end of a semester to celebrate the completion of an academic half-year. At those times, some professors are known to participate in karaoke and other fun activities with students, so think up some crazy ideas and tell your professors.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Fred Meyer
3805 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 872-3300
www.fredmeyer.com
Daily 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Safeway Food and Drug
4515 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(503) 788-7600
www.safeway.com
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
(503) 777-1601
traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alexis
Food: Greek
215 W. Burnside at Second Ave.
(503) 224-8577
www.alexisfoods.com/old
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Alexis has live music and belly dancing for the diner to enjoy while eating.
Cha Cha Cha
Food: Mexican
3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 236-1100
chachachapdx.com
Price: $8–$15
Chèz Machin
Food: Crepes, French
3553 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 736-9381
www.chezmachincreperie.com
Price: $8–$20
Cool Features: Can be both a romantic setting for an intimate dinner or a great place to take friends
Delta Café and Bar
Food: Southern, soul food
4607 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(503) 771-3101
www.deltacafepdx.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The Delta has been a Reed favorite for years; they have live music, as well.
Hoda's
Food: Middle Eastern
3401 SE Belmont St.
(503) 236-8325
www.hodas.com
Price: $6–$15
Cool Features: The best Middle Eastern place nearby
India Grill
Food: Indian
2924 E. Burnside St.
(503) 236-1790
www.india-grill.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: The place to go for a romantic setting with Indian cuisine. Also, they offer outdoor dining with weather permitting.
India Oven
Food: Indian
3450 SE Belmont St.
(503) 872-9687
www.indiaovenportland.com/
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: They have a long history with Reed; many Reedies take dates here.
Jake's Famous Crawfish
Food: Seafood, steakhouse
401 SW 12th Ave.
(503) 226-1419
www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Locations/portland-oregon/portland-oregon/sw12thave.aspx
Price: $20–$40
Cool Features: The best steak and seafood in Portland—great oysters and ambience. Also, there is a good bar.
Jarra's
Food: Ethiopian
1435 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 230-8990
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: They have a long history with Reed. The owner loves to give history lessons about Ethiopia while waiting on you.
La Bamba
Food: Mexican
4908 SE Powell Blvd.
(503) 445-6341
www.labambarestaurantes.com
Price: $8–$15
La Buca
Food: Italian
40 NE 28th Ave.
(503) 238-1058
www.labucaitaliancafe.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: A place to casually dine, even if it's still fine Italian cuisine
Le Happy
Food: Crepes
1011 NW 16th Ave.
(503) 226-1258
www.lehappy.com
Price: $5–$10
Mandarin House
Food: Chinese
120 SW Ankeny
(503) 228-1820
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: A great lunch and dinner buffet. Bring many people and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and service.
Original Hotcake House
Food: Breakfast, steaks
1002 SE Powell Blvd.
(503) 236-7402
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: A 24-hour breakfast place that Reedies have enjoyed for ages—the restaurant where many Reedies take their first-year friends.
Papa Haydn
Food: American, dessert
5829 SE Milwaukie Ave.
(503) 232-9440
www.papahaydn.com
Price: $15–$26
Cool Features: Absolutely amazing desserts and outside dining
The Pied Cow
Food: Coffee, snacks
3244 SE Belmont St.
(503) 230-4866
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: They have a great garden area with a fountain. The ambiance of the Pied Cow is the best amongst any coffeehouse near Reed. Also, there are hookahs for your smoking pleasure.
Pizzicato
Food: Pizza
10719 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
(503) 574-3115
www.pizzicatopizza.com/locations/beaverton/
Price: $10–$20
The Roxy Diner
Food: American, coffee
1121 SW Stark St.
(503) 223-9160
www.theroxydiner.com
Price: $6–$10
Cool Features: The Roxy is a traditional, diner-style restaurant located in downtown Portland.
Saburo's Sushi House
Food: Japanese, sushi
1667 SE Bybee St.
(503) 236-4237
www.saburos.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Saburo's has the best local sushi; Reedies love it.
Swagat's
Food: Indian
2074 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 227-4300
www.swagat.com
Price: $10
Cool Features: They have a special dinner that includes a wide variety of Indian cuisine, including a soup and dessert option.
Tom-Yum Thai Cuisine
Food: Asian
4309 SE Woodstock Blvd.
(503) 788-0990
Price: $5–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 11 responses

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Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 14% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 86% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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