Restaurants with the Best Value in Portland

Where to Find Cheap, Delicious Eats in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon has grown into a foodie destination over the last few years with every type of food available throughout the city. Despite it's growing popularity as a food destination, Portland has maintained extremely reasonable prices. With so much available trying to narrow down restaurants with words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because there are endless choices. For 10Best, the range is broad and we've included something for everyone's tastes, including a wide variety of cuisines. Our lists includes Mexican, Cuban, Indian, American, Southern, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. Our list has you covered for any meal, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. We include impossibly cheap eateries with some of the most creative menus like Pine State Biscuits. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Portland, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Luc Lac where one portion can feed two people and Cha Cha Cha where everything on the menu is cheap and tasty. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal. We also included several local favorites like Chaba Thai and Lardo. All the restaurants we included are family friendly. 


Boxer Ramen is a gourmet ramen shop that families will love, because everyone knows kids love ramen noodles. You can not go wrong with their Tonkotsu , a traditional pork broth, savory and rich. pork belly, soft-poached egg and scallions. The portions here are huge and your $12 bowl of Ramen could easily feed more than one kid, maybe even more than two kids.There are only 4 options for entrees on their menu, but this keeps things simple and quick. When dining with kids you want great food, but you need it to be an efficient experience and Boxer Ramen does both of these perfectly.

Recommended for Best Value because: Boxer Ramen serves large portions at affordable prices in downtown Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: The spicy ramen is super spicy, so watch out!

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An extremely popular, one of a kind sandwich shop in the Hawthorne district. Lardo's originally started out as a food cart and has grown to two permanent locations in Portland on in the Hawthorne district and one in Downtown Portland on Washington Street. The sandwiches are enormous. Most of the sandwiches offered here are Italian creations like the rapini and grilled mortadella. Their most popular sandwich is the pork belly, egg and cheese. Lardo also offer salads and fries, including their famous dirty fries made with pork and herbs. Lardo's drinks are cheap too. All beers here are just $5 a pint.

Recommended for Best Value because: Lardo has unique one of a kind sandwiches that everyone is sure to love.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and sample some Dirty Fries.

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Old Town

Pambiche is a popular Cuban restaurant serving authentic Cuban cuisine. Although their food is wonderful they are best known for their desserts. Pambiche's desserts are crafted by an in-house pastry chef, are sinful but unavoidable. Their postres (desserts) selections include traditional Cuban desserts and some of their own creations. Pambiche uses quality ingredients from Bob's Red Mill, Wessels Family Raw honey, and Vencedora pure Mexican vanilla. Here you can enjoy Panetela Borracha a Cuban sponge cake, Pudin a Cuban bread pudding, or Tres Leches cake. They even have gluten free desserts. Be sure to try their special Cafe Cubano blend of coffee made by Stumptown Coffee Roasters just for Pambiche.

Recommended for Best Value because: Pambiche's food is excellent and filling, and the prices are stellar.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the Plato Cubano and the Tres Leches cake.

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Northeast Portland
Chaba Thai

Cha ba Thai is a great Thai restaurant near Sandy and Fremont that serves authentic Thai dishes at reasonable lunch and dinner prices. Many Portlanders consider this to be the best Thai food in Portland. They can make any of the dishes as spicy as you like. Their curries and pad thai are a lunch favorite. They offer a wide variety of Thai food including grilled beef salad, crab fried rice, corn fritters, eggplant stir fry, Tom Yum soup, and sausage salad rolls. They also serve Thai tea and Thai coffee. They are open for lunch and dinner everyday, except on Sundays when they only serve dinner. Chaba Thai has another location on Alberta Street.

Recommended for Best Value because: Chaba Thai makes some of the best Thai food in Portland and their prices are low.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the pork pad kee Mao.

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Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha serves fresh delicious, high quality, authentic Mexican food. They do this at low prices in a fun, casual environment at 9 different locations around the Portland metro. The most expensive item on their menu is still under eleven dollars. Their enormous burritos are only $6.50 making it one of the most affordable dining options in Portland. They offer massive burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tamales, soups, fajitas, and salads all made with organic local ingredients. Some popular dishes here are the chili verde burrito, spicy Tinga tacos, and Cha Mole enchiladas. Cha Cha Cha offers a wide selection of tequilas, margaritas and other cocktails.

Recommended for Best Value because: The only thing better then Cha Cha Cha's low prices is how delicious the food is.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the Machaca or Pastor burrito.

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Southeast Portland

Teote Areperia is a Latin American street food experience celebrating gluten-free arepas (a flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour) in a beautiful restaurant with a killer patio. The patio has a fire pit, benches, a bar and a great vibe. Their menu has an exciting cross-cultural flavors, with a focus on Venezuelan cuisine. They serve an gluten free and allergen free meal in an open environment that champions a sustainable lifestyle. They also serve some truly tasty Latin cocktails. Happy Hour is from 3-6pm and 9-11pm. Great food and the cool atmosphere is quickly making this new restaurant a local favorite.

Recommended for Best Value because: The food at Teote is creative, delicious, and cheap.

Meagan's expert tip: Try one of their family style meals for a nice variety of some of the best menu.

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Meet Reggie, your new best friend: a life-changing breakfast sandwich made with perfectly fried chicken, crisp bacon, melted cheese and rich sausage gravy, held together by a perfect buttermilk biscuit. Or, take it up a notch (yes, it's possible) with the Reggie Deluxe, topped with a fried egg. In addition to soul-satisfying sandwiches crafted with fresh, local ingredients on famous homemade biscuits, this friendly eatery also offers scrumptious sides like collard greens, coleslaw, blackeye peas, and fried green tomatoes. They also serve Stumptown coffee, sweet tea, freshly squeezed orange juice and fantastic sweets like pecan pie and butternut squash bread.

Recommended for Best Value because: Pine State Biscuit dishes up Southern goodness at cheap prices.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the Reggie or Reggie Deluxe.

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Southeast Portland

Bollywood Theater has been serving up authentic Indian food at their Division location for 3 years. On any given day they are dishing up 2000 - 3000 plates of Indian food, which is impressive considering everything is made in house. Chef Troy prides himself on creating each dish in house, they even make their own paneer cheese. Bollywood uses 18 different masalas, 5 of which they buy directly from India and the other 13 they make themselves. Their 9 ingredient chai is handcut and always fresh. Dishes ranch from a flavorful Bhel Puri to their large Kati Rolls to excellent curries.

Recommended for Best Value because: Bollywood Theater offers many dishes for $10 or less like their large Kati Rolls.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the flavorful Bhel Puri.

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Luc Lac is an outstanding Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Portland. The only thing more outrageous than their low prices is how delicious the food is. The chicken curry is jammed pack with veggies, the honey chicken is a large portion with rice and spring roll, and their secret family recipe pho comes in heaping portions. On top of great food they have incredible cocktails, beer, and wine. Luc Lac is open for lunch during the weekdays and open for dinner everyday. They stay open until midnight on weekdays and 4 am on weekends making this a go to place for late night dining.

Recommended for Best Value because: Luc Lac has incredible food at low prices in large portions.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the combination so you can try several things at once.

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North Portland

Life of Pie Pizza features a 6,900 pound wood fired pizza oven hand made by a 3rd generation oven maker Stefano Ferrara in Napoli, Italy. Each pizza pie is 11" with house made mozzarella. Everyday there is a different special pizza available! They also offer the option to make your own pizza. Other options include appetizers, spaghetti, and salads. Happy hour is available almost all day from 11 A.M. To 6 P.M. During happy hour you can get a margherita pizza for $5 and a glass of wine or beer for $4. Life of Pie has a second location on NW 23rd Street.

Recommended for Best Value because: Life of Pie's $5 Margherita pizza is one of the best cheap eats in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: They offer a $5 Margherita pizza everyday from 11 - 6.

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