Where To Eat In Portland, Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

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Come hungry and prepare to stand.

Portland has to be one of the friendliest cities I’ve ever been to and the food scene is as diverse as the world we live in. Just take a walk down the Alder St Food Carts area and you’ll see at least 10 different ethnic food choices from British fish & chips to Polish perogies to the ubiquitous Falafel stand. The food diversity in Portland is spectacular. I’ve stayed in touch with Lora from Third Wave Coffee Tours and invited her out to lunch one day and told her to pick the restaurant as long. Her choice was a new one for me and as luck would have it was Vietnamese cuisine, yummy. 30 Days In Portland checks out a “locals” favourite place to eat, Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen.

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen Portland

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Luc Lac is located at 835 SW 2nd Ave between Yamhill and Taylor Streets. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but as we all know sometimes you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover… Once inside the front door I’m blown away, Luc Lac is packed and even more there is a wait list.

inside Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

Luc Lac is packed

They have a great system that’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. First off you order your meal at the counter, this means if you are eating with someone you both have to be there. Once you’ve placed your order you wait, when a table is ready they will seat you. Which leads you to the third step, EAT. The good news while waiting to be seated is that if you order a drink you get that first so you can drink while you wait Smile That’s what Lora did.

easy as 1, 2, 3 at Luc Lac

Luc Lac menu

Lora waiting for our table

We were seated pretty quickly actually and shortly after that our appetizer arrived, are you ready? Our appie is Cream Cheese filled Wontons with sweet & sour sauce, OMG they just melt in your mouth, nom nom nom. Next up our mains arrive. Lora ordered the Tofu Coconut Curry and I had the Grilled Pork Banh Mi.

Cream Cheese filled Wontons with sweet & sour sauce

Tofu Coconut Curry

Grilled Pork Banh Mi

An absolute feast for the taste buds this place is amazing and if I lived in Portland it would definitely become one of my regular places to eat at. Another reason to eat at Luc Lac is the staff, great service and I must say they are all hot! Sorry no pics to prove that point you’ll just have to trust me Smile

a feast for the taste buds at Luc Lac

Next time you are in Portland put this on your bucket list of places to eat at. You won’t be disappointed and I guarantee when people ask you where to eat in Portland you will suggest Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen as well. Bon appetit or as they say in Vietnamese Ăn ngon nhé. Thanks to Lora for suggesting Luc Lac and for joining me for lunch, it’s fun to make new friends in the cities I get to visit.

Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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