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Mio Sushi

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3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd


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Date of visit: October 9, 2009

Cost for two (with tip) $36.10

Sometimes at the end of a long, hard week, you just have to treat yourself to a really bitchin’ lunch. For me, sushi is the ultimate extravagance because I am 100% incapable of doing anything less than completely over ordering. In fact the only real difference between sushi lunch and such dinner is I am much less likely to opt for a saki bomb mid day, so I guess that makes it a bit more affordable.

Mio has been a favorite sushi place in Portland for awhile now, and actually has several locations around the metro area. One of the major appeals of Mio is the dining rooms are decent sized, so even during the dinner rush, you can usually get seated quickly. This is not to say it’s not a busy place, and on our visit the dining room was nearly full and the servers were buzzing around and multi tasking like crazy.

Though we were no offered any specific lunch menu, there are several affordable bento boxes on the menu which would probably be perfect for lunch. However, as I’ve already mentioned, I don’t go small when it comes to sushi, so we ordered cucumber salad, miso soup and two rolls each. Another thing I love about Mio is the number and variety of rolls they offer. I always go with at least one “crispy” roll, rolled and then tempura battered and fried, this time it was the Crunch Roll, with spicy tuna with avocado. The best part is the sweet sauce drizzled over top of it. I also got a yellow tail roll with avacado. The fish is always fresh and “spicy” isn’t too spicy, which I like. As for the vegetarian, there are several veggie rolls with more variety than many places which simply offer the standard cucumber, avocado choices. Today he got the Super Vegi roll and the Sweet Vegi roll and both were delicious as expected.

Since it’s a chain, Mio definitely has a bit of chain feel, with weird little drink and dessert cards on the table, and if it’s an authentic Japanese experience you are after, it’s not it. But if delicious and realatively affordable sushi is what you want, Mio certainly delivers.

Veggie options: Better than most

Speed: Fresh not fast

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad



So everyday around 11:45 I realize I am starving and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for lunch. I try really hard not to get into a rut or going to the same few places everyday, since Portland is a veritable restaurant wonderland and I often finding myself googling where I should go. Sometimes I will type in “awesome lunch specials” or “best Portland lunch” and usually it recommends places on the other side of the bridge, which I really have to want to try to go to. Anyway, I end up at new places often, and it’s always interesting to see the difference in the lunch menu. Sometimes its just a few less thing than dinner, sometimes less expensive (sometimes not.) And of course since I share my office with a damn tree hugger, vegetarian options are always a concern. So in addition to writing about extreme things, I’ve now added a lunch category to my blog and I will proceed to post my reviews of everywhere we try.

To get started I am going to make a short list of pre approved places, which is really for my own personal benifit (sometimes it’s just too hard to think or be creative so I can always just check back here.)  So my favorites are:

 Thai Thai. Wins not only because of it’s close proximity (right up the street on 14th and SE Stark) but for its soup and $6.50 lunch special. I like the spicy noodles. The tofu is a little bit dry though, I usually opt for chicken.

Indian Chaat House. Even though this one is on the other side of the bridge (12th and SW Yamhill) the lunch special is worth it. More food than you can eat in one sitting, changes every day, and it’s only $5.50. Now I always complain that it justed to be $4.25, but that’s still cheap. Oh yeah, and it’s completely Jared-approved.

Pepinos. This is probably my favorite mexican joint, on 39th and Hawthorne. You can get a burrito or tacos with chips for under $6, they serve beer for those rough days, and it’s pretty quick. Veggiewise they have a lot of unique options, and there is a salsa bar.

Vegetarian House. So I like meat, like really, a lot. But the lunch buffet at Vegetarian House again makes it worth the trip across the bridge (it’s on 5th and W Burnside.) This one is $6.50, but for all you can eat and includes tea. They also play weird Chinese TV, so you sort of feel like you are getting cultured.

 Mio Sushi. There are a bunch of these, but I usually go to the one on 42nd and Halsey. They have a pretty decent lunch special menue (ranges from $6-$9), though I often just splurge and get rolls. The crunch roll is pretty much the best thing ever and as it turns out, sushi isn’t that expensive if you don’t get booze.