Food fans in big cities like New York and Chicago know that a less-expensive way to enjoy big-ticket restaurants is at lunch. Our list includes three of Portlands top restaurants, where the prix-fixe lunch is a deal.
11 Free St., Portland | 207-956-7350 | sur-lie.com | $$$$
One of the city’s hottest new restaurants offers a prix-fixe lunch Monday – Friday starting at 11 a.m. For $15, you get soup, salad (and not just any old salad – one of the choices is arugula and toasted walnuts with apricot vinaigrette — one of seven entrees, including a local beef burger and fried oyster po’boy, and a dessert to-go. Sur Lie’s regular menu of inventive small plates is also available.
22 Monument Sq., Portland | 207-773-4340 | davidsrestaurant.com | $$$$
Chef David Turin’s prix-fixe lunch buffet is a perennial favorite for people who work downtown. Offered Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the selections include soup, a variety of salads and antipasti, sandwiches and David’s famous thin-crust pizza — attractively displayed next to the open kitchen. The menu changes daily, but just like the rest of David’s contemporary American menu, everything is fresh and inviting. $12 per person.
468 Fore St., Portland | 207-871-9170 | miyakerestaurants.com/miyake | $$$$
Chef Masa Miyake’s flagship restaurant is well beyond Portland, but the dining experience here does not come cheap. A more budget friendly way to enjoy the chef’s superb Japanese food is at lunch, when the James Beard Award nominee offers a bento box for $18. It includes miso soup and six different small tastes, from sashimi to meat and vegetables. Sit at the sushi bar to watch the chef at work.
511 Congress St., Portland | 207-747-5322 | No website | $$$
Conveniently located downtown, Golden Lotus offers a choice of 10 lunches for $9.25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. What makes these a bit different from standard Chinese restaurant lunches is the variety: The selection includes Kung Po chicken with 2 siu mai and white rice, spicy beef lo mein with 2 dumplings and kale chow fun with a spring roll. Window tables in the large comfortable dining room are prime people-watching spots.
The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up