Tips For a Great Lunch Spot

Years ago Lake Oswego had very few good restaurants. Getting a bite to eat at lunch tended to mean driving into Portland. Not so today. Today Lake Oswego has many great places to grab lunch. I thought today I’d share a few that I particularly like.

Pho’ LaVang is hands down my favorite place to get pho’, and this includes better than the many restaurants that make pho’ in Portland. I first visited Pho’ LaVang when it was a tiny little restaurant in a strip mall on Pilkington Road. It was mostly take out with only a very small table for 2-3 people. The man who owned it was chatty and friendly and wonderful. He introduced me to Vietnamese cuisine and I have loved it ever since. The popularity of the food quickly allowed the restaurant to out grow its cubby-hole location until it expanded to it’s current home at 16120 Lower Boones Ferry Rd, right in the heart of Lake Grove. They serve salad rolls, stir fry dishes, salt and pepper squid, kungpao, and more. My favorite is is the vegetable pho’. The broth is slow cooked, deep and rich, with plenty of fresh vegetables and tofu.

Curry in a Hurry is on the other end of town in the Palisades Shopping Center (1235 McVey Ave). This Thai restaurant has a comfy neighborhood atmosphere that is inviting and relaxing. Pad Thai, spicy noodles, all manner of curry dishes, fried rice, yakisoba, all of the classic Thai dishes that I love. The prices are amazing. I had lunch a week or so ago for $7.50 and it included a cup of coconut milk and vegetable soup.

Pine Shed Ribs is located in the same strip mall where Pho’ LaVang got its start: 17730 Pilkington Rd. Specializing in Santa Maria Tri-tip, this classic pit barbecue is a well honed machine of deliciousness. I’m not a big meat eater, but I do love good barbecue. Along with tri-tip and ribs you’ll find chicken and sausage. They serve great sides to compliment the great meats: everything from pinquito beans to mac n cheese and corn bread. Yum!

This is just three of many options. Our little town has done a great job of fostering some wonderful restaurants. I highly recommend that you come on down and give them a try.

The Good, The Less Bad, and the Ugly

The Good

Blog 007Some of the best barbeque you’ll find in Oregon is right here in Lake Oswego. Pine Shed Ribs has been named one of the 10 best barbeque restaurants by the Oregonian (the only one so named in the Southwest Metro area), and THE BEST barbeque in PDX by Portland Monthly. Located at 17730 Pilkington Rd, this little restaurant offers up mouth watering beef and pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and great traditional sides like baked beans and coleslaw. I particularly like the outdoor seating on a nice day. My suggestion: get yourself on down there and check it out.

The Less Bad
It was reported this past week that underwater homeowners (those who owe more than their homes are worth) are down 42%. This got me curious about how that is currently reflected in the Lake Oswego housing market, and it is startling. In the last 12 months 73 homes were sold as shortsales (sold for less than the mortgage owed) and 40 were sold as bank foreclosures. In the 12 months prior to that 79 were sold as shortsales and 101 were sold as bank foreclosures. Today is substantially better with just 6 houses on the market as shortsales and 2 as bank foreclosures. Are we seeing the end of the distressed housing? I hope so, for all of our sakes.

The Ugly
Blog 009I am at war with moles in my yard! I love to work in my garden investing my time and my money. So finding the lawn pretty much plowed up by these little creatures is annoying. I refuse to poison them as a result of the great squirrel catastrophe of 2010. My current method involves Juicy Fruit gum. It seems to be working, but not 100%. If you have any suggestions, I would be grateful.

Have a great week!