Going Cheap With Fast-Food Sushi at Marinepolis in Portland, OR
While sashimi snobs may never venture into Marinepolis—a Pacific Northwest sushi chain—the restaurant succeeds at what it does. At the Pearl District location in Portland, you stumble upon a winding conveyor belt full of plastic-covered, color-coded plates of sushi. Seats are arranged along a bar and face the center—with plates whizzing by every second—so with the stretch of an arm, you can grab numerous pickings for cheap and eventually make a high stack of dishes by the end of your meal. The key to success is to not expect the freshest fish by any means—this no-frills restaurant is for the half-hour lunch break or the eat-as-much-as-you-can-for-less-than-$20 meal, and is close to the boutiques and bars of this trendy downtown neighborhood. With its mix of hipsters, tourists, college students, lone patrons reading books, and eaters on a budget, Marinepolis is strangely hip in its own way.