A few blocks north of SE Division Street on 82nd Avenue is one of Portland ’s top purveyors of excellent Vietnamese food. Pho Van (1919 SE 82nd Ave., 503/788-5244, 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $8–18) offers a broad selection of the namesake soup plus the popular family-style Seven Courses of Beef feast and myriad other Southeast Asian specialties.
More convenient to downtown is the new Pho Van Hawthorne (3404 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503/230-1474, 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $8–18), an offshoot of the original.