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Sara Dudzinky’s Six Portland Restaurant Picks

Key to the City BY erica 02/21/2011

Clyde Commons, Sara’s second place of business

What does Sara Dudzinsky do when she isn’t working? She works—as a food runner at one of Portland’s hot-restaurant mainstays, Clyde Common. “I get tunnel vision and stay in the studio all day. I work at the restaurant to get out of the house,” says the jewelry maker. Plus, her very part-time gig makes for good bonding with the boyfriend—he’s a sous chef at another local star, Park Kitchen. “We look at our approaches to our crafts in similar ways. Both of us have a product that we want to be marketable but still be new and exciting,” Sara explains. Here’s where she eats when she’s not working or working.


Le Pigeon
(738 E. Burnside St., 503-546-8796;

18 better late than never
"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
of Better Late Than Never

Meat Cheese Bread
“It’s run by a friend of mine, and he’ll make any sandwich into a salad, which is pretty awesome. They have a really great breakfast burrito, and I love the BLB, a bacon, lettuce, and beet sandwich. They use tomatoes in the summertime, but in the winter they switch to roasted beets.”
(1406 SE Stark St., 503-234-1700;

Clyde Common
“I’ve been there for 2 ½ years. They’ve changed their menu a bunch of times, and I’ve just never gotten sick of their food.”
(1014 SW Stark St., 503-228-3333;

Pok Pok
“It’s Southeast Asian and always packed—you have to wait an hour no matter what day of the week.  Go at 5p unless you’re a single and can sit at the bar.”
(3226 SE Division St., 503-232-1387;

Park Kitchen
“My boyfriend is the sous there!”
(422 NW 8th Ave., 503-223-7275;

“It’s a Swedish place that’s just open for lunch and brunch—9a to 3p. It’s adorable and really Scandinavian—clean lines and teal and yellow stools.”
(2508 SE Clinton St., 503-736-3333;


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