At Hapa Grill, chefs blend Hawaiian, Korean, and Asian-fusion flavors into a diverse Pacific-themed menu that plays with vibrant flavors from citrus fruits and nuts. They crust mahi-mahi with macadamias, braise pork pot roast in a ginger-soy sauce, and deep-fry chicken before tossing it in a poignant pineapple sauce. Kalua-pork sandwiches stack upon Hawaiian sweet-bread foundations, whereas the Hawaiian loco moco—constructed of rice, eggs, macaroni salad, and gravy—takes on five variations featuring everything from Spam to hamburger patties. After they've tucked into barbecue-chicken rice bowls, diners can follow up with homemade red velvet cupcakes from Frankly Delicious, which leave tongues as satisfied as a kid in a treehouse made of trampolines.
Oasis Lebanese Cuisine does more than re-create the flavors of its namesake nation. Its chefs and servers strive to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a Lebanese eatery, bringing a small piece of the country's culture to Hillsboro in the process. Surrounded by dangling lanterns, bolts of deep blue fabric, and saffron-yellow walls, diners can enjoy the traditional Middle Eastern comfort foods that emerge from the kitchen, accompanied by sides of freshly baked flatbread, silken hummus, or smoky baba ghanouj. These dishes take their inspiration from a number of familiar staples, including everything from crispy falafel sandwiches to lamb, chicken, or beef?which are marinated, skewered, and then grilled to perfection above a pile of smoldering Michael Jordan rookie cards.
Thai Noodle Etc. brings the flavors found on the streets and in the homes of Thailand to American shores, producing a menu of soups, stir-fry dishes, noodle bowls, and salads that blend sour, sweet, and savory ingredients. Shiny metal bowls of tom yum soup and bright red, green, and yellow curries pique the gustatory senses with their bold colors and rich, spicy scents. These dishes circulate a dining room that blends a charming rustic element with modern, urban flair, much like a miniature cattle ranch on the roof of a skyscraper. Walls of earthy reds and weathered wood accents frame flatscreen TVs and meticulously arranged plates of chicken satay and crispy tofu with plum sauce.
In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."
It might take 10?20 minutes for your entree to arrive at Gyro 2 Go, but that's only because its kitchen staff makes everything fresh, from falafels to shwarma. Since the cooks work in an open kitchen, you can keep an eye on your food every step of the way.
Watch them pile romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes, onions, and seasoned beef and lamb atop one of the eatery's namesake gyros, topped off with a generous drizzle of housemade tzatziki (in standard or spicy).
Beaverton isn't the only place to find Karam Lebanese Deli and Catering's made-from-scratch Lebanese cuisine. Though customers can stop into the deli for a kafta sandwich or lamb shawarma any time, they can also order packages for catering, such as a boxed lunch of kabobs or a tray of stuffed peppers. The hormone- and preservative- free business also has its own bakery, which serves up sweets at weddings and other parties.