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The Best of SE 82nd and Surrounds, Mapped

A stronghold for Chinese and Vietnamese eats

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To the some, the stretch of Southeast 82nd Avenue between Division and Powell can look to be nothing more than used car lots and strip malls. Traffic speeds past, bypassing a treasure trove of affordable eats and rich history. This predominantly Asian neighborhood, sometimes called the Jade District in recent years, holds some of the best Chinese and Vietnamese fare in our city.

Here are the favorites, including some must-try outliers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. So Good Taste Noodle House

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8220 SE Harrison St
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 788-6909
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So Good Taste serves Cantonese cuisine, including wonton soup, congee, noodles, and family-style bundles for up to eight diners. Meats such as roasted duck and pork are displayed in a glass case in the dining room, and they’re cut-to-order for dine-in or take-out meals. Don’t miss the wonton soup with crispy roasted pork, or the ginger and green onion steamed chicken.

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2. Teo Bun Bo Hue

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8220 SE Harrison St #230
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 208-3532
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Chicken or beef? Regular or spicy? At Teo Bun Bo Hue, there’s only a handful of options from which to choose. For traditionalists, the classic Vietnamese bun bo hue comes with all the fixings — rice noodles, congealed pork blood, pork knuckle, fatty tendon, pork sausage, and an array of fresh vegetables served on the side. For the faint-of-heart, the chicken pho offers a lighter flavor profile to enjoy with complimentary tea.

3. Pot & Spicy

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8230 SE Harrison St #345
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 788-7267
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After Chongqing Huo Guo closed in February 2017, the Universal Plaza strip mall was left with a gaping vacancy. However, Pot & Spicy opened up in November to fill the mall’s hot pot void. For a unique experience, try choosing from their 30 skewer options to boil in hot pot broth. The Taiwanese popcorn chicken and the lotus root salad appetizers are also popular staples.

4. Mojo Crepes

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8409 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 208-3195
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With playful flare, Mojo is known for their sweet crepe creations. They begin by coning a house-made crepe to hold fillings ranging from Nutella to ice cream to fresh fruit. In addition to sweet crepes, Mojo also dishes out Japanese hot dogs, such as their signature Mojo dog topped with nori, spicy mayo, fried onions, and teriyaki sauce. They offer a wide range of bubble teas and blended ice drinks if you prefer your dessert in liquid form.

5. Van Hanh

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8446 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 788-0825

This twenty-some seat homestyle restaurant takes an array of Vietnamese standards and revamps them in entirely vegan and vegetarian-friendly forms. Run by two Buddhist nuns with a nonprofit philosophy, Van Hanh creates their own faux meats to simulate meat-centric meals. If mock meats are not for you, there are still plenty of vegetable-heavy entrees, such as the Buddha Bowl and Bird’s Nest.

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6. Ha & VL

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2738 SE 82nd Ave # 102
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 772-0103
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Lauded as Portland’s best soup shop alongside sister restaurant Rose VL, Ha VL has been an anchor to the Jade District. Peter Vuong and his family serve two soups a day, six days a week in the Wing Ming Market Center. The banh mi sandwiches are also some of the best in the city, with variations such as Chinese sausage or a very tender meatball filling. There’s clear talent in the family: Peter’s mother Christina, chef/owner/matriarch of Rose VL, was nominated by the James Beard Association for Best Chef Northwest in 2017.

7. Beijing Hot Pot

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2768 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 774-2525
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Located in the same shopping center as Ha VL, Beijing Hot Pot sits at the back of the parking lot with some fairly faded signage. Don’t be fooled — this hot pot restaurant is authentic and fun. With broth wells built into the tables and a range of meats, vegetables, and dipping sauces, the table will quickly fill up with various accoutrements to allow for a highly personalized experience.

8. O'Sushi

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2838 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 777-7914
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Located in the same strip mall parking lot as FuBonn Shopping Center, O’Sushi consistently cranks out some of the better track sushi in town. As most conveyor belt sushi goes, it is quick and cheap, but O’Sushi sweetens the deal by offering happy hour all day. Plates hover in the $2 price range for a wide variety of fresh fish and hot appetizers, making it an ideal pit stop.

9. Meianna Bakery

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2850 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 788-7968

Just past Fubonn’s grocery store doors lies this sweet Asian bakery. Their glass cases show off beautifully crafted cakes, fruit tarts, cream puffs, and more, while the periphery holds neatly packaged cookies, egg custard tarts, loaves of bread, and sweet or savory buns for easy to-go options. Bring home one of the masterful moon cakes, with flavors including red bean and lotus.

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10. Ocean City

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3016 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 771-2299
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At the center of the Jade District lies one of Portland’s largest dim sum restaurants. With over 250 seats and an all-day dim sum menu, Ocean City carts around an impressive assortment of Chinese dishes. If the pick-from-the-cart format is too intimidating, ask for a menu. The service can come off aggressive, but assertion is key.

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11. Pho Hung

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3120 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 772-0089

When it comes to pho, this outpost of mini-chain Pho Hung breaks down its menu by different types of diner. Categorized from “beginners” through to “adventurous eaters”, the aromatic broth and rice noodles at Pho Hung can be accompanied by proteins spanning from thinly sliced beef to chewy honeycomb tripe.

12. Chungdam Korean Fusion

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7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-4515
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Located in the same strip mall as WinCo, the year-old restaurant has opened a new door to Korean food in Southeast Portland. Staples such as dolsot bibimbap (rice in a hot stone bowl) and the budae jigae (army stew) are served searing hot from flame to table. While waiting for these to cool, Chungdam serves a host of complimentary banchan, or small side dishes such as kimchi, fermented cucumbers, and mung beans. Wash down the heat and spice with Korean Hite beer while taking in the K-Pop soundtrack.

13. Kenny's Noodle House

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8305 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 771-6868
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Just off 82nd Avenue on Powell, Kenny’s Noodle House has a modest exterior, yet it’s a Cantonese hot-spot that dishes out thoughtfully-prepared congee and various noodle soups. Try the wonton and beef brisket noodle soup with a side of the ever-popular savory Chinese donut, best enjoyed by dipping it into hot broth.

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14. Best Baguette

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8308 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 788-3098
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Best Baguette provides fresh fare on the busy stretch of Highway 26, blending Vietnamese and French cuisine in a counter-service sandwich shop. With options from the traditional banh mi to a ham croissant sandwich, the drive-thru window makes it a perfect stop for anyone in need of a quick bite and a coffee.

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1. So Good Taste Noodle House

8220 SE Harrison St, Portland, OR 97216
So Good Taste Noodle House
Alli Fodor

So Good Taste serves Cantonese cuisine, including wonton soup, congee, noodles, and family-style bundles for up to eight diners. Meats such as roasted duck and pork are displayed in a glass case in the dining room, and they’re cut-to-order for dine-in or take-out meals. Don’t miss the wonton soup with crispy roasted pork, or the ginger and green onion steamed chicken.

8220 SE Harrison St
Portland, OR 97216

2. Teo Bun Bo Hue

8220 SE Harrison St #230, Portland, OR 97216

Chicken or beef? Regular or spicy? At Teo Bun Bo Hue, there’s only a handful of options from which to choose. For traditionalists, the classic Vietnamese bun bo hue comes with all the fixings — rice noodles, congealed pork blood, pork knuckle, fatty tendon, pork sausage, and an array of fresh vegetables served on the side. For the faint-of-heart, the chicken pho offers a lighter flavor profile to enjoy with complimentary tea.

8220 SE Harrison St #230
Portland, OR 97216

3. Pot & Spicy

8230 SE Harrison St #345, Portland, OR 97216

After Chongqing Huo Guo closed in February 2017, the Universal Plaza strip mall was left with a gaping vacancy. However, Pot & Spicy opened up in November to fill the mall’s hot pot void. For a unique experience, try choosing from their 30 skewer options to boil in hot pot broth. The Taiwanese popcorn chicken and the lotus root salad appetizers are also popular staples.

8230 SE Harrison St #345
Portland, OR 97216

4. Mojo Crepes

8409 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266

With playful flare, Mojo is known for their sweet crepe creations. They begin by coning a house-made crepe to hold fillings ranging from Nutella to ice cream to fresh fruit. In addition to sweet crepes, Mojo also dishes out Japanese hot dogs, such as their signature Mojo dog topped with nori, spicy mayo, fried onions, and teriyaki sauce. They offer a wide range of bubble teas and blended ice drinks if you prefer your dessert in liquid form.

8409 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266

5. Van Hanh

8446 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266

This twenty-some seat homestyle restaurant takes an array of Vietnamese standards and revamps them in entirely vegan and vegetarian-friendly forms. Run by two Buddhist nuns with a nonprofit philosophy, Van Hanh creates their own faux meats to simulate meat-centric meals. If mock meats are not for you, there are still plenty of vegetable-heavy entrees, such as the Buddha Bowl and Bird’s Nest.

8446 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266

6. Ha & VL

2738 SE 82nd Ave # 102, Portland, OR 97266

Lauded as Portland’s best soup shop alongside sister restaurant Rose VL, Ha VL has been an anchor to the Jade District. Peter Vuong and his family serve two soups a day, six days a week in the Wing Ming Market Center. The banh mi sandwiches are also some of the best in the city, with variations such as Chinese sausage or a very tender meatball filling. There’s clear talent in the family: Peter’s mother Christina, chef/owner/matriarch of Rose VL, was nominated by the James Beard Association for Best Chef Northwest in 2017.

2738 SE 82nd Ave # 102
Portland, OR 97266

7. Beijing Hot Pot

2768 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Located in the same shopping center as Ha VL, Beijing Hot Pot sits at the back of the parking lot with some fairly faded signage. Don’t be fooled — this hot pot restaurant is authentic and fun. With broth wells built into the tables and a range of meats, vegetables, and dipping sauces, the table will quickly fill up with various accoutrements to allow for a highly personalized experience.

2768 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

8. O'Sushi

2838 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Located in the same strip mall parking lot as FuBonn Shopping Center, O’Sushi consistently cranks out some of the better track sushi in town. As most conveyor belt sushi goes, it is quick and cheap, but O’Sushi sweetens the deal by offering happy hour all day. Plates hover in the $2 price range for a wide variety of fresh fish and hot appetizers, making it an ideal pit stop.

2838 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

9. Meianna Bakery

2850 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Just past Fubonn’s grocery store doors lies this sweet Asian bakery. Their glass cases show off beautifully crafted cakes, fruit tarts, cream puffs, and more, while the periphery holds neatly packaged cookies, egg custard tarts, loaves of bread, and sweet or savory buns for easy to-go options. Bring home one of the masterful moon cakes, with flavors including red bean and lotus.

2850 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

10. Ocean City

3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Shrimp dumplings
Ocean City

At the center of the Jade District lies one of Portland’s largest dim sum restaurants. With over 250 seats and an all-day dim sum menu, Ocean City carts around an impressive assortment of Chinese dishes. If the pick-from-the-cart format is too intimidating, ask for a menu. The service can come off aggressive, but assertion is key.

3016 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

11. Pho Hung

3120 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

When it comes to pho, this outpost of mini-chain Pho Hung breaks down its menu by different types of diner. Categorized from “beginners” through to “adventurous eaters”, the aromatic broth and rice noodles at Pho Hung can be accompanied by proteins spanning from thinly sliced beef to chewy honeycomb tripe.

3120 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

12. Chungdam Korean Fusion

7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1, Portland, OR 97206

Located in the same strip mall as WinCo, the year-old restaurant has opened a new door to Korean food in Southeast Portland. Staples such as dolsot bibimbap (rice in a hot stone bowl) and the budae jigae (army stew) are served searing hot from flame to table. While waiting for these to cool, Chungdam serves a host of complimentary banchan, or small side dishes such as kimchi, fermented cucumbers, and mung beans. Wash down the heat and spice with Korean Hite beer while taking in the K-Pop soundtrack.

7901 SE Powell Blvd. Suite# A1
Portland, OR 97206

13. Kenny's Noodle House

8305 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97266

Just off 82nd Avenue on Powell, Kenny’s Noodle House has a modest exterior, yet it’s a Cantonese hot-spot that dishes out thoughtfully-prepared congee and various noodle soups. Try the wonton and beef brisket noodle soup with a side of the ever-popular savory Chinese donut, best enjoyed by dipping it into hot broth.

8305 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266

14. Best Baguette

8308 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97266

Best Baguette provides fresh fare on the busy stretch of Highway 26, blending Vietnamese and French cuisine in a counter-service sandwich shop. With options from the traditional banh mi to a ham croissant sandwich, the drive-thru window makes it a perfect stop for anyone in need of a quick bite and a coffee.

8308 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266

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