We all know that there are lots of Vietnamese restaurants out there in Portland. But this one was truly fantastic with a local flare that only Oregonians know.
Today we went to The Zipper, an 8000 square foot building that houses several micro- restaurants on NE 27th and Sandy Blvd. The Zipper sits on a triangular lot so when we first walked up to it thought it was tiny, but as I walked around the building to check out the restaurants I realized that it was huge! Along with a coffee shop and a nail salon, there are four micro-restaurants housed in the zipper with a common eating area in the center.
My mom and I went to a Vietnamese restaurant called Rùa. The menu is simple and filled with favorites such as Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich). I ordered the Vietnamese noodle soup with steak, otherwise known as pho, for $10. My pho was savory and delicious. My mom got the rice noodle bowl with chicken for $8. Filled with organic lettuce, noodles and a light fish sauce dressing, it was delicious and fresh like it came straight from the garden.
After we slowly ate our meals in the common eating area, we stopped at Seven Virtues Coffee Roasters where I got a hot chocolate with homemade caramel sauce. I drank it as we walked the 12 minutes (we timed it!) back to our house. It was so good and creamy and perfect for a fall day in Portland!
820 NE 27th Ave
Carrot Rating: 4 out of 5 (short one carrot because I wish it had more steak!)
5 Words to Describe this Food Trip: delicious, fresh, savory, great, not a waste of time
Sounds Made While Eating: crunch, smack, slurp