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.