Friendly and welcoming H50 Bistro & Bar
(50 S.W. Morrison St.
, 503-484-1415), inside the sleek Hotel Fifty
overlooking downtown Portland's waterfront (and Gay Pride grounds), is an excellent option for an inexpensive full meal, or simply noshing with cocktails or wine. This is still something of a hidden secret among Portlanders, but increasingly the reputation of chef Nick Yanas for beautifully prepared, freshly innovated small plates is getting out. Also consider that none of the 30-plus items on the menu cost more than $9. The H50 dinner and lunch menus are broken down into smaller bites reflecting a great breadth of global influences, from Mediterranean to Southwestern to Pacific Rim (such as the tiny, artfully plated "cones" of tuna sashimi pictured here).