Cedo's Felafel and Gyros, 3901 NE MLK Blvd., Pdx. 503-719-7344. Their felafel is perfect.
Dwaraka, Indian, 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. 503-230-1120. Not on the west side and yet has great Indian food! How can that be? http://www.dwarakapdx.com/
Gyro House, 530 SW 205th Ave., Beaverton, OR. 503-690-1700. Best gyros in the Portland area. Baba ghanouj to die for. Great prices. Save money on groceries, eat all your meals here. http://thegyrohouse.com/
Kabob House, 11795 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Pdx. 503-672-9229. Persian. They do have the kabobs that you'd find at many Middle Eastern restaurants, though maybe not done so well. But they also have many uniquely Persian touches that make this one of our favorite cuisines. This is the best by far of the Persian restaurants we've found in the area. It doesn't hurt that it's next to a Moonstruck Chocolate Co., with truly heavenly chocolate drinks. http://beavertontownsquare.com/kabob.htm
Mekong Bistro, 8200 NE Siskiyou St., Pdx, 503-265-8972. Cambodian. They do have food from other nationalities on their menu, but we have stuck to the Cambodian dishes because they are hard to find and done superbly. http://mekongbistro.com/
Mike's Drive-In, 905 7th St., Oregon City. 503-656-5588. Standard diner fare with some really nice surprises- superior quality, much more variety than you'd expect, crave-worthy shakes, and deep-fried mushrooms! http://www.mikesdrivein.com/
Mirage, 880 NE 25th Ave (near Albertson's), Hillsboro. 503-603-9399. Lebanese. Portland has many wonderful Lebanese restaurants, so you should never have to live with average Middle Eastern cuisine. Mirage is one of the very best. (Our other favorite is Ya Halla, on the east side). http://www.miragemediterraneangrill.com/Main.html
Restaurant Uzbekistan, 18488 E. Burnside St., Portland, 503-328-6057. Familiar ingredients made into delish new dishes! Give it a try, you'll like it! Definitely do call ahead; they have a strange tenancy to be closed when you think they'll be open. http://uzbekgrill.com/
Swiss Hibiscus, 4950 NE 14th Ave., Pdx. (at Alberta). 503-477-9224. Divine Swiss food that will make you yodel! The food is very upscale and the prices are not. The cafe is co-owned by a lovely woman with Swiss and Hawaiian parents, and although the food is decidedly Swiss, the cafe is decorated with photos she's taken in both places. http://www.martinsswissdressing.com/cafe.html
Two Brothers Cafe, 829 SE 39th Ave., Pdx. 503-232-3424. Bosnian. What is Bosnian cuisine, you ask? You won't find many unfamiliar ingredients here, but you will find them combined in surprisingly delicious new ways. We often crave their chevapi (beef sausages) and their fluffy made-to-order flatbread. They are also very close to Laurelhurst Park! https://www.facebook.com/twobrothersportland
Ya Halla, 8005 SE Stark St., Pdx. 503-256-4484. Lebanese. This lovely Montavilla spot is where we've over and over celebrated birthdays and brought out of town guests. Their take on Lebanese cuisine is superb, and their atmosphere is lovely. Montavilla is a nice walkable neighborhood, and next door is International Food Supply, their extensive Middle Eastern grocery. http://www.yahalarestaurant.com/
When we are in Lincoln City, we love to visit Nepali Kitchen, 1816 NE Highway 101. 541-884-3067, for Nepali food of course! We always seem to be there for lunch and find the owner doing everything himself, so it can take a while to get your food. But it is very, very worth the wait.
There are actually fairly high standards for the restaurants in Newport, but one of our favorite spots is Ocean Bleu at Gino's, 808 SW Bay Blvd, 541-265-2424 for beautiful seafood in an unpretentious atmosphere. http://www.oceanbleuseafoods.com/index.php Another is the Noodle Cafe, 837 SW Bay Blvd. 541-574-6668. I must admit I was skeptical of a Pan-Asian restaurant, because many of the cuisines of Asia don't have that much in common. I was very pleasantly surprised to find they pull it off with pizzazz! http://www.noodlecafenewport.com/