For house-baked Middle Eastern flatbreads and excellent Lebanese street food, go to Nicholas Restaurant (318 SE Grand Ave., 503/235-5123, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–9 p.m. Sun., $9–13, no credit cards), which must have the most unprepossessing exterior in the Portland restaurant firmament. A bright red-and-yellow storefront on a busy thoroughfare, Nicholas nonetheless has lines out the door for its excellent Lebanese cooking. Nicholas does not serve alcohol.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel