This downtown hot spot—a large open room with inverted white umbrellas covering the ceiling—is loud and fun. You line up to place your order, you’re given a numbered marker, and then you wait to be called to a table. Drinks will be brought to you but you’re responsible for bringing napkins, utensils, and water to your table. The food arrives soon after you’re seated. Pho is a favorite dish here: the five-spice beef broth and rice noodles comes with beef, chicken, or tofu and veggies—and sides of cilantro, jalapeños, and lime—for a slurpy, satisfying meal. Also tip-top: the combination vermicelli rice bowl with skewers of pork and chicken. Vegetarians have many choices, including a peanut curry with tofu. On Fridays and Saturdays, Luc Lac stays open until 4am and becomes a kind of club-with-food scene. Warning: Luc Lac doesn’t accept reservations, so come early or come late but don’t come during rush hour (6–8pm) or you may wait up to half an hour for a table. That’s the price of popularity. Low prices and good food is the reason for that popularity
Portland OR› Restaurant
Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen
835 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Daily 11am–midnight; Fri–Sat until 4am Phone 503/222-0047 Prices Main courses $9–$12 Cuisine Type Vietnamese Web site Luc Lac Kitchen
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