The best parts about Market of Choice are: it is down the street from me and it is also open until 11.
Overall it is a pretty good health food store with good produce and healthy veggie items.
The worst part is the prices, though the last time I went, it seemed a bit more reasonable than usual. I know most health food stores charge more, but Market Of Choice seems to be even higher than is usual.
They also have some convenience store items such as razors and toothbrushes.
PROS: Open late
Nakwon is a fairly small Korean place that has been around for 12 years. There was an article in the Oregonian recently recommending the restaurant, and mentioned the Korean player on the Portland Trailblazers said it was the best Korean food in the Portland area. They had to turn away many people that night.
I asked the guy if they had any vegetarian meals, and he said that they could make many things vegetarian. I ordered a soondubu and it was quite good. The bahn-chan dishes were pretty tasty too.
Best of all, if you are a libertarian, the party headquarters is just down the stret!
PROS: Good food, spicy, vegetarian friendly
CONS: Small place - you may have to wait for a table and for service
Update: the more I come here, the better I like Miller Paint! I had a chance to use the Zero VOC paint and it was great - there was some odor but it wasn't overpowering like with normal paint. Painting was a pleasure.
The staff here is great. I've been working with Angeline and she's been very helpful and friendly. The color matcher here was also masterful. Shades of white are notoriously hard to match, but they iterated until it was matched exactly.
Miller Paint Company is one of two companies in the NW (along with Rodda paint) that make Zero VOC (Volatile organic compounds) paint! Their Acro line has this feature.
This means you can breathe easier when you paint indoors. I think their outdoor paint is not zero VOC but is very low VOC.
Prices are a bit high but worth it. The staff is very friendly!
PROS: Zero VOC paint
CONS: a bit expensive but not too bad
A lot of people love this place and I'm one of them. Great Vegetarian and Vegan Thai food here. It is a small casual restaurant and prices are reasonable. The food is very tasty, and the service is good.
CONS: Some of the fake meats have whey in them
I'm a vegetarian but this place (which is famous for steaks) treated me very well. Service was excellent and my partner enjoyed her steak very much. I thought my salad and onion soup were very good.
I was surprised to learn that you can smoke inside in Oregon - unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry and the non-smoking section was full.
The ambiance is a bit formal - the lighting is dim and the wood is dark - but I was fine with my short pants and flip flops.
PROS: Excellent service
CONS: Smoking inside
Yahala seems to be in a bit of an "oasis" of niceness in a questionable part of town - the atmosphere around the restaurant is pretty good.
The restaurant itself has nice ambiance and decor, a good place for a casual meal as well as something more formal.
The food is great! They serve omnivores and herbivores alike, and are very specific on their menu as to what is vegetarian or vegan. They have a large vegetarian and vegan selection.
We ended up ordering a bunch of "mezza" or appetizers. I'd highly recommend the vegetarian kibbeh, and the falafels are quite good. Their bread is very tasty, too. I'd avoid the fatayer, though - it was a bit sour for my tastes.
PROS: Great food, atmosphere, service
CONS: Sour fatayer
I don't know if I'm talking about the same Fred Meyer that Danielle is, but this place seemed quite massive to me. First of all, there is a giant grocery store, but wait, there's more. Walk a mile or so further, and there is another section that seems the equivalent of Target (okay, admittedly without clothes). You can buy things like giant vacuum cleaners, tools, and flat-panel TVs here. Almost everything you need to live is in this place.
The first thing you'll notice is that this place is dark at night. Barely enough light to see.
The ambiance is peaceful with world music playing in the background and decorative plants.
The food is amazing - I had an Indian dish with cabbage, peas, and lentils, and it was delicious. The mango shake I had was good too.
The prices are reasonable given that they use organic ingredients.
The service was a bit slow considering I was one of 6 people there that night.
PROS: Great food, ambiance, next to Food Fight grocery
CONS: Slightly show service
This place is great - it is a small store with a large selection of vegan goods. They seem to specialize in items you can't find at your normal health food store, such as soy whipped cream, vegan bon-bons, and a large selection of fake meats and jerkys.
They also have many items which allow you to assert your vegan style, including some anti-Bush items, and a bumper sticker that says, "Wings are for flying, not for frying."
Last but not least, they have a nice selection of vegan cookbooks in the back.
The proprietor was very friendly - I really felt at home here.
They also have a nice website at www.foodfightgrocery.com, with a great vegan guide to Portland.
PROS: If you are a vegan, this is the place to go
CONS: Prices are higher as expected in a small shop
I love this place. Just enter the parking lot and stop at the stop sign, and someone will come out and drive your car into the garage (which somewhat resembles a short car wash). There is a waiting area with coffee and 70 cent soft drinks. Soon after you are done with your drink, they will be done with your car. There is no filling out forms or anything, just drop off your car, wait 10 minutes, and pay.
They really only have one level of service for $25 - change oil and filter and top off fluids and fill tires.
PROS: No forms to fill out, fast, friendly service
CONS: Small shop - I could see it getting overwhelmed by a lot of customers