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fresh okra?

I spotted fresh okra a couple of weeks ago at Uwajimaya. Also try FuBonn.

Mar 25, 2011
GDub in Metro Portland

Sunday evening happy hour?

Cassidy's is a good option. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, check out the Heathman (huge bistro menu) or Ten-01 (the truffle fries are some of the best I've had).

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Ten 01
1001 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209

The Heathman Restaurant
1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Nov 18, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

best pad thai anyone?

I ATE the pad thai and I did not look good or smell nice afterward. No joke.

May 09, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Looking for fresh Soft-Shelled Crabs

The only place I've seen them out here is Fubonn...The "live" part was debateable. Let us know if you have any luck.

May 02, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Need Portland Recs for Manly Birthday Dinner this Sat Nite

There are a few good options near your hotel.

Higgins - The "Whole Pig" plate should make up for any mention of nettles.
Ringside Steakhouse - For an old school steakhouse experience. (And before they remodel!)
Jake's Grill - Yes, I know I will receive a lot of flack from the Portland Hounds on this because of it's tourist trap reputation but for a solidly cooked piece of fish without the frills, Jake's has never let me down.

Enjoy!

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Ringside Steakhouse
2165 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97210

Apr 30, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Hey Portland....What's the deal with Voodoo doughnuts????

Thanks for the tip, Leonardo! Just lamenting the lack of good doughnuts here the other day. Will definitely check it out.

Apr 22, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

best pad thai anyone?

Honestly, I refuse to eat at any of the Thai restaurants here anymore after I contracted food poisoning from 2 different restaurants within 6 months of each other...I make it at home now.

Mar 29, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Good food/drink destinations for foodies on a budget in Portland

Good call on Gilt, sexysheep. For a "keeping it real" atmosphere but some of the best pub chow downtown, Cassidy's is killing it. During Happy Hour (which is I believe 4-6pm and 10pm-2am), the items on the bar menu are $5.75. The Chicken-Fried Pork Belly is insane!

Mar 27, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Best brunch, cupcakes and lunch spots in Portland?

For Shrimp Po'Boys, try Acadia on Fremont. They are huge! More than enough to share. Everything I've tried there is fantastic.

Mar 22, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Downtown area brewery tours & tastings / and "splurge-worthy" dinner rec?

This is a great way to do a brewery tour. http://www.brewbus.com/ . If that is a bit more than you wanted to commit to, Widmer Brothers is a stop on the Yellow MAX line http://www.widmer.com/scheduled_tour.... Bridgeport Brewing is located off of the streetcar line.

Splurge-worthy restaurants in Portland will be surprisingly affordable by SF standards. My personal favorite is Paley's Place however Le Pigeon (Portland's version of Incanto) Clyde Commons, and Beast will probably offer a more unique experience.

Have a wonderful time!

Mar 09, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

3/20-3/27 in Portland on a Foodie Road Trip.. What should we do?

Oregon Culinary Institute offers classes during your stay.
http://www.oregonculinaryinstitute.co...

Mar 02, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

One night in Portland, before and after Blazers game.

Before the game, just a bit further north off of MLK Blvd., consider Toro Bravo or belly. They don't normally get a pre-game rush and you can enjoy your meal.

Feb 26, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Dinner/Drinks around Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Definitely 2nd Chatsworth's suggestions. You may also want to check out Nel Centro for Happy Hour.

Feb 24, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Dinner/Drinks around Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

When you refer to your crowd as "hard to impress", do they prefer fine dining establishments like Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, Brennan's or hot spots like Patois, Cochon, Stella! ?

Feb 23, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

ps real Best French Croissants?

Allegra Drum Crafters and Nuvrei would be a good start.

Feb 19, 2010
GDub in Metro Portland

Need ideas for a retirement party in Portland

It may sound completely out of range for your budget but I would recommend a call to The Heathman. They have small private dining rooms on the 2nd floor and especially in January (a slow month for banquets) they could probably do something nice for you.

Dec 02, 2009
GDub in Metro Portland

Chestnut flour in Portland

Check out Sheridan Fruit Co. on Grand. I could've sworn I saw it there a couple of weeks ago.

Oct 30, 2009
GDub in Metro Portland

PDX: Who is Hot, NOW? beast, pigeon, gris, paley?

Paley's menu looks amazing and the execution is always flawless.

Apr 11, 2009
GDub in Pacific Northwest

Cleveland: asian market?

Welcome to Cleveland!

If you are closer to the Eastside, I highly recommend CAM Asia Supermarket, 21200 Miles Rd., N.Randall OH
(216) 518-1600

Sep 07, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Dining in Ft. Wayne

Aug 21, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

And I thought I was the only one afflicted with this crazy compulsion!! We'll have to get together there so that I can vicariously curry favor and you can add a number or two to the BYO contigency. : )

Aug 21, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Indy CH's know their chow...

Just returned from a conference in Indianapolis and wanted to thank the CH’s for all of their recommendations and good advice. Here’s a quick rundown of a few restos we visited.

Tallent - Bloomington
The quality and execution is as good as everyone says…however…I was a bit disappointed by our server. She was very young, had to check with the kitchen about a standard preparation, and had a very limited knowledge about the wine list. And yes, the banquettes are too low for the tables.

St. Elmo’s
Let me just preface this review with, “I know, I know. I should have listened.” But the location and desire for a historical carnivorous experience that didn’t require driving got the better of me and I succumbed to the siren song of St. Elmo’s. The shrimp cocktail is indeed excessively overpriced at app. $3 a shrimp and the sinus searing cocktail sauce would be better suited in a Thai dish or chicken wings. We ordered the 32oz. porterhouse to share and had to request it sliced. In every other temple of beef that I’ve visited, slicing an enormous steak is not only assumed but done tableside. The steak arrived cold, little to no carmelization on the exterior and was so tough that the serrated knife was having a rough time negotiating through the filet portion and gristle. Yes, gristle and an ample amount at that. Our server was very polished and very fast. So fast that we got the impression he had a pressing social engagement or wanted to turn his table quickly at 9:00 on a Sunday evening. The upside? The Bordeaux selections are reasonably priced and extensive.

Canterbury Hotel
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to secure a room here for our stay but did manage to visit the restaurant for lunch. The scallop risotto was superb, the lobster bisque sublime, and the wedge salad was well presented and impossibly fresh, so fresh that upon cutting into the lettuce it made a comically loud “crunch’ in the very quiet dining room. I only wish I had come here for dinner instead of the steak place next door.

Bourbon Street Distillery
Quite possibly, the best fried pork tenderloin sandwich that I’ve eaten. The breading was perfectly done and not greasy but adhered perfectly to the tenderized, butter soft pork. Thanks Davydd, the guru of the Indy pork tenderloin sandwich.

And after you’re done eating, hop on one of the horse-drawn carriages and learn about this charming city’s past.

Cheers from Cleveland!
GDub

Aug 21, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Indiana trip report

What a coincidence! (Well, perhaps not much of one considering the number of CH's that go to Tallent.)
Mr. Dub and I are in Indy for a conference have 8:00pm reservations on the 17th.

Aug 16, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Best cheap eats in cleveland

Sounds like a great deal!!
Thanks for the info!

Jul 29, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Cleveland Area - Coffee Beans???

Stumptown....The best! I buy it reguarly online.
In Cleveland, I purchase whole beans at City Roast and haven't tried Phoenix.

Jul 26, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Best cheap eats in cleveland

I looked for an HH mention on Lolita's menu too and didn't see one...I guess I'll have to go check it out personally! ; )

Jul 26, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

I visited Empress Taytu in April and I must say that I was completely underwhelmed. With reservations, (granted it was a Saturday night) it took 45 minutes to be seated and not under one of the quonset hut tables either. (Apparently, these are the coveted seats). We ordered the tasting platter which took another 45 minutes to be delivered and for a cuisine that takes a lot of cues from Morrocan spices, everything was bland and a bit greasy. The servers were confused and kept delivering other patrons food to our table and the 4 top behind us finally left after attempting to place their order for a good 30 minutes. A bad night? Definitely. But even based solely on the food quality, I would not recommend it to anyone.

Jul 26, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Best cheap eats in cleveland

Try the Happy Hour method. There are a number of great restaurants in the downtown/Ohio City/Tremont area where you can get pricey chow ( or reasonably priced in the case of FFB and the Pig) for substantially less during the magic happy hour(s).

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Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Fat Fish Blue
21 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115

Fahrenheit
2417 Professor Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Blind Pig
1228 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Jul 26, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Lima, Ohio Eats

D. Dave,
Lima is home to the burger institution called Kewpee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kewpee
Rumored to be the prototype for Wendy's, they serve tasty square burgers and rich, thick shakes, just like the other Wendy's item known as the Frosty.

Jul 23, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive

Foodie moving to Cleveland- Advice?

Welcome to Cleveland!

For Vietnamese, my hands down favorite is Superior Pho. http://www.pluggedincleveland.com/res...
I make it a point to seek out bahn mi shops in cities I visit and this is one of the best I've ever had. The cabbage salads (pork, chicken) are always right on and the pho has just the right amount of heat and spice. Just don't go expecting atmosphere or a wine list!

For Thai, my favorite is Thai Gourmet in Stow. Depending on where you settle, it can be a bit of a hike but the curries are worth it.

Authentic chinese fare can be had at Bo Loong (dim sum) but for a contemporary twist and always consistent fare try Hunan by the Falls. http://hunanbythefalls.com

Pizza? I'm going to risk the wrath of my fellow Clevelanders but since moving here from NYC years ago, I have not found any that I would recommend if you're looking for a thin crust, NY-style pie.

Jul 18, 2007
GDub in General Midwest Archive