Palate Pleaser: Theo’s: Classic American Dining

Sometimes you just want comfort food. And a friendly, casual environment. Theo’s in Old Town Chinatown just might become your new Cheers. The convenient location right on the green and yellow MAX line and tasty, hearty menu might satisfy a craving you didn’t even realize you had.

Start with breakfast: Theo’s fully loaded house breakfast with eggs, meat, potatoes, toast and even coffee for just $5.00 is one of the best deals in town. There are also breakfast sandwiches starting at $2.95. Theo’s wafflewiches (you know you love sausage, eggs and maple syrup!) are amazing any time of day.


For later in the day (or, possibly, much later in the day – more on that later) Theo’s creative array of concoctions between two slices of bread will do the trick. Get ready – you will need to choose between a burger (beef? chicken? veggie patty? Wild Alaskan Salmon?), philly cheese steak sandwich (there are nine kinds!), panini, dip (pastrami or French), or ¼ pound kosher dog. Share a Bucket O’ Fries with your friends, and try any or all of Theo’s delicious house-made dipping sauces: rosemary, dunkadelic, firecracker, cilantro mayo, honey mustard basil, and ranch (warning: this may spoil you for fries and dipping sauce anywhere else!). Feeling dainty? Try one of Theo’s salads – chicken caesar, cobb, house or caprese. Feeling the opposite? Challenge yourself with Theo’s extra hungry menu!


Stuck at the office? Call Delivered Dish or Portland Pedal Power to bring Theo’s to you.Pair a trip to Theo’s with Ground Kontrol retro arcade around the corner. Or a trip through the First Thursday Art Walk (admission to the Contemporary Craft Museum in the nearby park blocks is free each First Thursday 11am – 8pm). Or a meditative moment at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Heading to Union Station to catch a train? Fuel up at Theo’s beforehand. Last but not least, Theo’s late night menu make it the spot to recharge during an evening of revelry in Old Town Chinatown’s entertainment district. What happens in Old Town Chinatown stays in Old Town Chinatown – you might have been enjoying a concert at The Roseland, or a drag show at Darcelle XV, or tying one on at any of the bars in the area. Recuperate at Theo’s, then head to Voodoo Doughnut for a treat.

Theo’s extended hours, mouth-watering menu and cozy ambiance make it a neighborhood favorite. Careful – you might become a regular

Theo’s  is located at 121 NW 5th Avenue. Call 503-226-2828 to place to-go orders.