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Salmon dashi on at Higgins

Thanks for the heads up - I missed it last year. Is it only offered this weekend? My first opportunity to go would be this Tuesday..

about 13 hours ago
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Itinerary Critique for SF Hound

Nong's Khao Man Gai at SW 10th and Alder food cart pod.

Lardo has an excellent burger. They have locations on the west side and east side.

1 day ago
cobpdx in Metro Portland

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Good point. We have actually been to NYC a few times and have done some Italian and pizza, but might do Italian again this trip or next. Pizza could be a good choice for lunch if we are not eating too heavily at dinner.

Previously:
Italian - Babbo (twice), Bettola, Manzo, and one other place on the UWS I can't remember
Pizza - John's, Lombardi's (both of which I realize might not be on the top of anyone's list currently)

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

Itinerary Critique for SF Hound

Weeknights 4:45 is probably fine. Weekends, including Friday, I'd do 4:30. You can wait in the bar next door. At OX, think about splitting a main (if you have one at all) so that you can share more smaller plates. Do the chowder. I know it is a steakhouse of sorts, but the pork chop is really good (and plenty big enough to split).

Yes, Andina would be good for lunch and deserves to be on the list.

As for Le Pigeon vs. Little Bird, they ARE different. Individual table seating at LB vs. communal tables at LP, which we don't mind, but you would also have communal dining at Beast.

If I were going to do this, I think I would do:
Beast, Le Pigeon, or Little Bird
OX
Roe (only open Thurs - Sat)

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

I'm thinking the weather might be nice enough late May to get something and take it outside to eat. If not, we will do it in November when the cafe will hopefully be open.

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Thanks. Sounds like great advice!

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

Itinerary Critique for SF Hound

Yes, if you can swing Roe (especially at the Chef's Counter), it is very, very good.

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Travelling from Portland, OR to NYC late May for another culinary adventure. We were last there in the fall of 2012 and our trip was foiled a little bit by Hurricane Sandy. The “ones that got away” were Jungsik and WD50 (reservations that were cancelled due to the storm).

We are 2 adults staying 5 nights in Midtown and just recently found out (after already planning THIS trip) that we will be back again in November for the NYC Marathon! So we are fortunate enough to have 2 trips to NYC this year, which means don’t have to hit everything on the list this trip. That said, for our 5 days (5/22-5/26) we are thinking of:

Dinners:
Atera (chef came from Castagna in PDX) – this one looks like it will have to wait until the November trip due to only having reservations the day we arrive, which does not allow for any travel snafus.
EMP (bar seating; we have done lunch and dinner in the dining room previously)
**Jungsik (reservation made)
Something else Asian (Sushi Nakazawa, Hakkasan, Kyo Ya, …) – thoughts here?
The NoMad (had lunch here on the last trip but didn’t get to try any cocktails…)
Tocqueville
Juni
Louro
Bettony

Lunches/brunches/breakfasts:
Ippudo
Minetta Tavern (probably do a lunch/brunch here for the burger)
The NoMad (if we don’t do a dinner there)
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Russ and Daughters
Peter Luger (for the burger at lunch) – are reservations needed/hard to get for lunch?
Shake Shack

Other random places we have been meaning to try:
Grand Central Oyster Bar - for oyster apps only
Halal cart - Halal Guys (53rd and 6th after sunset)

Please note if any of the dinner options would be particularly good choices for a lunch instead. We are interested in cocktails as well, but we will seek out bar advice once the dinners are set.

Previous trip report:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895849

Apr 15, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

Itinerary Critique for SF Hound

Ox is definitely worth doing, but I also really like Little Bird. Of your choices, I would do Beast, Little Bird and OX.

If it matters, Beast and Le Pigeon only have wine with dinner; Little Bird and Ox have cocktails as well.

Apr 13, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

We just returned from Maui and had 2 very nice veggie sandwiches for the plane ride home and tried their apple pies (both the regular and hand versions). Also tried one of their savory pies. The crust was very good but the filling was scant and needed more flavor. But we did really like the sweet pies and sandwiches.

What is REALLY missing from the list is Merriman's, in my opinion. For the money, I rather spend it at Merriman's than Sea House and they are basically right next store to each other.

Apr 09, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Where can I find REAL truffle oil

These are made from Oregon black or white truffles (yes, they do grow wild in Oregon), but still might do the trick. I have spoken with the owner directly and they are made from the truffles themselves, NOT with artificial/natural "flavors".

http://www.oregontruffleoil.com

Apr 06, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

Best current foie gras dishes?

Noisette has had seared foie on its tasting menu traditionally

Apr 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Visiting Portland...Andina

I bet you could request seating downstairs (not many tables down there), which is MUCH quieter.

Mar 26, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland
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Visiting Portland for a few days...

It is in a quaint old converted house. Nice, cozy interior with tables in "front" and in "back" (behind the bar area).

Mar 26, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland
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Visiting Portland, dinner at Pok Pok

Thanks for reporting!

Mar 24, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Solo dining/bar tasting menus

You might check whether you can do the full tasting menu at Picholine at the bar...locals on the Board here will probably know...

Mar 14, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

Nice choice. They probably won't try to serve you green beer there!

Mar 14, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Restaurant Recs for Portland Visit

From your list:

Romantic and intimate = Roe (reserve ASAP for the full tasting at the counter...make sure you call; don't just rely on Open Table). This is a great option

Group = Beast is a good option. OX would also be great with a group. I personally would not recommend sushi if you are also doing Roe.

Mar 14, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

It perhaps doesn't get any trendier than Multnomah Whiskey Library. Go very early and put your name in and be prepared for a wait. Might work out better for an after dinner drink (put your name in, go to dinner, come back). They do have food that looks decent, although I have not eaten there.

Mar 12, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

The new St. Jack would fit the bill.

Mar 12, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

Haven't been to Genoa for a while. Just for clarification, do they have a good cocktail program there?

Mar 12, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Waiting at OX?

If you want to get in at 5, show up at 4:30 and put your name in. You will be able to wait at the Whey Bar and have a drink while you wait.

Mar 12, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

You might like eating at the bar at Thistle in McMinnville or at Jory (also the bar) at The Allison Hotel in Newberg.

Mar 09, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

The real Portland

And, alas, the Fairless Zone is no more (as of Sept, 2012)...

Mar 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

The real Portland

We actually didn't have a great experience when we went. Might need to give it another shot.

Mar 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Portland/Willamette Valley

I like Jory, too. But if you are looking to maybe do something different in the Willamette Valley, I would probably choose (based on the criteria above):

Thistle - excellent cocktails, quiet, good service, and good wine list. More casual atmosphere and oregonjim describes the food perfectly. The only annoying thing is that the menu is only posted on a blackboard in one part of the restaurant (so I tend to photograph it when I walk in so I can look at it at the table).

Joel Palmer - if you like mushrooms, they are the featured ingredient. They even have a candy cap mushroom martini. The menu was updated a bit when father turned the reigns over to son about 6 years ago. This is fine dining with a good wine list as well.

oregonjim's list is good. I have not been to them all. I did go to The Painted Lady finally last summer and we did enjoy it. This fine dining (in a converted house, which is a common theme in the wine country - see also Joel Palmer House, Tina's, Red Hills, Bistro Maison). I don't remember if they have cocktails, but the wine list, service, and food were all solid.

For Portland, there are many things to choose from, so I don't know that you necessarily will want to repeat.

Finer dining:
Castagna
Noisette

Other options:
Atuala (tapas)
Little Bird
OX
Ava Gene's

Mar 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Three nights in Portland, mid-March 2014

If Pine State is at the market again this year, that is a great way to see the Farmers Market and knock out one of your meals at the same time. The line goes fast.

Feb 26, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

The real Portland

Brunch at Clyde Common or Tasty N Alder in the vicinity if your hotel. The 10th & Alder food cart pod (an entire city block +) is steps away.

Feb 26, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Other PDX food boards?

Sorry, I don't think I can help much because we sat at the bar and each had a butter leaf salad and the burger (formerly known as the secret burger, but now out there in the open on the bar menu). Burger does not beat out Lardo, Serrato, or Imperial.

The cocktails were great! Clear ice, which I love, and these cute little carafes that they put your extra (the part that doesn't fit in the glass - I don't order two at a time!) martini, manhattan, etc in and set in ice so it stays chilled without diluting it.

Feb 26, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Three nights in Portland, mid-March 2014

I think you will be happy with Pok Pok and Little Bird.

For the rest of your questions…

<In Seattle we've had a fantastic meals at the Book Bindery, Sitka and Spruce, and Cascina Spinasse. Perhaps there's something along these lines in Portland?>

Go to OX

<Aside from dinners, we'd like to hit up a few food carts (mostly for lunch). When we were last in Portland, we had a couple of fantastic pizzas at Pyro Pizza>

Check the Board for food cart recommendations. Nong's Khao Man Gai is good, but there are many others

< is it worth trying to brave a lineup at Voodoo Donuts, or are we good (or better?) with Blue Star?>

Blue Star for quality, no question. Don't wait until too late in the day; they close when they sell out. Voodoo for the spectacle. If you go mid-day the lines generally are not bad.

<Finally, another likely stop will be Pine State Biscuits.>

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the result!

Enjoy!

Feb 25, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland