If you only have one night in town, this North Portland Thai barbecue spot is worth the (inevitable) wait. They don’t take reservations, but just make a night of it by having a drink in the bar area first, or by heading to The Box down the street for a cocktail in the meantime. The menu is full of hybrid dishes, like burnt-end brisket curry and baby-back ribs with Thai pickles, and “vacation drinks,” which you’ll realize are just tiki drinks once you see the ceramic blowfish they come in and mini-umbrellas.
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