Food options close to the Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University

Courtesy of Cris Paschild, SAA Host Committee Member and University Archivist and Head of Special Collections at Portland State University (thanks, Cris!), here's some information on food options for lunch. There will be plenty of space to eat outside as well as designated space to eat in the Student Union.

On campus

Basha's Mediterranean Cuisine

Campus food cart across from the library

Very good Middle Eastern sandwiches and plates.  Many vegetarian options.  Some halal.  Some vegan. Great baba ganoush.


Asian Noodle

Campus food cart next to the library

Quick and friendly.  Stick with the tasty soups, salad bowls, and salad rolls.  Vegetarian options


Dogs and Fries

Campus food cart next to library

Name says it all.  The California Dog has arugula, avocado and chipotle mayo. And there are chili cheese fries.  


There may be additional carts open on campus but schedules vary over the summer.


Very near campus

Green Zebra (with Bunk Sandwiches)

1704 SW Broadway 

Small grocery store with many organic, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.  Prepared foods and a deli with soup, salad bar and an outpost of Bunk Sandwiches.  Open in the morning with breakfast sandwiches, fruit, pastries and coffee.


Love Belizean

1503 SW Broadway 

Casual eat in and to go. Delicious and quick, especially the chicken with fresh greens and rice and beans.  


Tito's Burritos

1921 SW 6th Ave  

Casual eat in and to go. Giant burritos and terrific tacos ($4.50 will get you three!).  Addictive salsa. Vegetarian available


Hot Lips Pizza

1909 SW 6th Ave 

A variety of slices ready to eat on-site or to go


Additional Food Carts

There are also a number of food carts at SW 4th and College with lots of variety.  It's a very walkable distance.  Just keep in mind that most places cook to order so wait time can run long during peak hours and there's no dedicated seating.   

Closest coffee if the coffee bar in the basement of Smith Center is closed
(we will be providing basic coffee/tea/water service throughout the day at the Forum, but when you need something more)


1717 SW Park Ave 

A block and half from the library