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Roe - worth every penny

Thanks for the review. I am also a fan. Are they now open on Wednesday nights, as well? Also, did you happen to notice what the menu options were (a la carte, 4 course, chef's tasting, etc)?

Jul 24, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Frozen cocktails -- pairing alcohol with fruit.

Hmmm, I don't do this type of thing much, but…

Mango and pineapple - Rum

Watermelon and cantaloupe - Tequila

Jul 04, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Portland restaurant recommendations

All kidding aside, your post is a little vague which makes it hard to make any recommendations. Also, it is usually appreciated if there are some signs that you have read other visitors' posts to show you have put in a little effort into the research process.

Our recommendations will be better if you can tell us where you are coming from, whether you are open to all cuisines, price range, areas of town, etc.

Jul 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland
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One day in Portland, want seafood

Can't argue with the above suggestions. I love Tanuki as well, but if I were going to have ONE dinner in PDX, I'm not sure that would be it. But I wouldn't do sushi either, unless I couldn't get it at him.

OX is great (and has some good seafood dishes). Roe is also special IMO, as I have already mentioned. Have to throw Kachka into the mix now, too. It is Russian, completely different, and very, very good. I would pick one of these 3 if I had only 1 night.

Jul 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Bar Area at Sitka & Spruce?

We missed out on reservations. Can anyone tell me if there is an actual bar area at Sitka & Spruce and whether it would be feasible for 2 people to try to show up on the early side and sit at the bar to eat? Full menu available at the bar?

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2014
cobpdx in Greater Seattle

portland to sunriver resort

1. Assuming you are flying into PDX and renting a car, the Concordia New Seasons might fit the bill. It's ia local chain (New Seasons) and well-stocked.

2. I would not hook up with hwy 26 in PDX. Instead, go out 84 East to the Wood Village (NE 238th) exit, otherwise you will hit a thousand traffic lights. I will leave it to folks on the east side to make a breakfast recommendation.

3. Best check the Pacific Northwest Board for Bend recs.

Have fun!

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

One day in Portland, want seafood

Nice points, JillO.

I guess the problem is we don't know what is meant by "moderate" in this case. Many from the east coast would consider some of the more expensive restaurants in Portland to be moderate.

In my opinion, Roe is excellent and somewhat unique, but it also depends what one wants for seafood. If one wants a filet of, say, halibut or salmon, then Roe is not it. Same for if they are looking for sushi. But I am not the only one who thinks Roe is worth it.

For more "traditional" seafood fare, Paley's, Higgins, and many other restaurants have seafood items on their menus. I would not target Ringside Fishhouse or Jakes.

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

One day in Portland, want seafood

I don't think there is a single place that requires a jacket for dinner here, so you are good.

If your day in PDX is flexible, try for Roe (only open Thurs, Fri, Sat nights).

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining over July 4 weekend

Also Pepe Le Moko and Multnomah Whiskey Library for cocktails

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining over July 4 weekend

Portland doesn't have a lot of high end...

I have not checked to see what is open/closed:
Atuala (VERY close to your hotel and VERY good)
Paley's Place
Andina (Peruvian)
Apizza Scholls (great pizza-make reservations)
Imperial (same owner as Paley's)
Little Bird (French Bistro, great cocktails, related to Le Pigeon)

Cocktails:
Kask
St. Jack (you could do dinner here, too)
Clyde Common

Jun 30, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dining on Maui

Kathryn mentioned Fish Market Maui near the top of her post...(she knows EVERYTHING). :-)

In my opinion Merriman's is far better than Sea House all the way around.

Sea House for breakfast or maybe HH, but drinks are also way better at Merriman's.

Have fun!

Jun 18, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Tasty n' Alder wait times

Oh, you should be fine on a weekday!

Jun 18, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Homemade Bloody Mary

I understand your point, I suppose, but many people (and maybe even some bars), might consider V8 an acceptable base upon which to add horseradish, worcesteshire, etc. to make a bloody mary. Out of curiosity, I researched the ingredients in V8:

V8® 100% Vegetable Juice contains the juices of tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach.

If you are truly a Bloody Mary purist, the V8 (and the recipe I suggested) would not be acceptable. If, however, V8 is OK, then this is a perfectly reasonable alternative. It was hard to know how far "off the reservation" the OP wanted to go with his post, but once I saw Aquavit as a spirit alternative I figured all bets were off ;-)

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

NE or SE Portland date night (plus other meal recs and beer)??

Date night options (not much is stuffy in PDX):

Beast (beer, wine only, communal seating)
Expatriate (lighter bar food menu, could be your drink spot in combination with Beast, DOC, or Nonna)
DOC (more upscale Italian dining)
Nonna (the more casual Italian option)
Levant (modern Middle Eastern fare with excellent cocktails)

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Post run brunches/lunches

Saturday I would go for the Farmer's Market at Portland State (PSU). It is outside, so it doesn't really matter how gross you are. There are Lauretta Jeans and Pine States for more popular options, also bagels, soups, crepes, pizza, breakfast burritos, coffee, etc.

Other options:
Laughing Planet (many runners go there after their run)
Dick's Kitchen (burgers, but other healthier options as well)
Prasad (health food yoga studio combo)
Isabel
Portland Penny Diner

Have fun!

Jun 17, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Homemade Bloody Mary

I'm curious as to why you think it doesn't "look like a Bloody Mary?"

The OP asked for a Bloody Mary mix and this is a very good one.

He also asked for opinions on using different kinds of spirits. Obviously, BY DEFINITION, a Bloody Mary is made with vodka. But martinis are also supposed to be made with gin and people use vodka all the time (and I am not wanting to open this tired conversation again, just using it as an example). People have their reasons for wanting to try something a little different now and again.

Jun 16, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Big family trip to Lahaina, Maui

Second Merriman's for your dinner for 2. Can not beat the atmosphere and the food is excellent. Try to go around sunset. I agree with kathryn that it would be a great splurge dinner for the whole family if you could swing it. We recently did it with 8 (6 adults and 2 kids) and everyone loved it. The issue is the budget.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Big family trip to Lahaina, Maui

A little further north is The Fish Market, which has great fish tacos/burritos, etc. which may appeal to the whole family for lunch and also sells fresh fish. Excellent.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Hawaii

Homemade Bloody Mary

I have used this recipe to rave reviews:

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/the-...

Make sure you use golden beets, not red ones, or you will have a bloody mess on your hands. And I would go with gin.

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Spirits

Recs skewing to the casual for small, sights-oriented group

Pizza:

Apizza Scholls
Ken's Artisan Pizza
Nostrana
Oven & Shaker

For a sit-down, "time to refill the gas tank" type meal as a group you could consider Deschutes Brewery, which will appeal to the Washingtonian contingent and will be OK for the foodies. Most restaurants around here have something for the gluten intolerant.

There is also Urban Farmer, which is a steakhouse but with a farm-to-table foodie spin. The sides are more inventive than classic steakhouses and they have a burger (which may only be on the bar menu, though, you might have to check if that is important).

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed

I think your itinerary looks pretty good. If Tasty n Alder is too long of a wait there are several other options nearby, as oregonjim points out, and are also within walking distance of your hotel:

Urban Farmer or Departure
Grassa (pasta)
Gruner
Lardo (sandwiches)

Have a good trip!

Jun 15, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

best fine dining in New York?

I read your post about your fine dining experience at Vintage Cave in Hawaii:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977614

Based on your comments that you did not like the dress code requirement and are a "very heavy fatty meat eater", are you sure you want to go to more tasting menu-type restaurants? A lot of them tend to be pretty light on the amount of meat you get (ie small portions) and most, but not all, have some sort of dress code. Maybe your tastes are changing, but you could be having another similar experience at per se, EMP, etc.

Jun 13, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

Reporting on our 9th eatfest in Portland

At St. Jack's, that is.

Jun 09, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Reporting on our 9th eatfest in Portland

Thanks for the detailed report, as always! I'm with you, I didn't dig the burger because of the mustard sauce either. But I *have* had great cocktails there...

Jun 09, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland
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PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

My trip report is posted here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/978047

Jun 05, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan

NYC Trip Report

First, thanks to all who contributed to my request for assistance with this trip – much appreciated, as always.

We arrived on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend in the late afternoon. Some of our plans were set (with reservations, etc.), and some were vague. There was an overall goal to get to some of the bars we had not managed to get to on previous trips (thanks to kathryn for much helpful info here). In general, due to lack of stomach and liver capacity, we were not able to do as much as I would have liked.

THURSDAY

Betony – We arrived without reservations, hoping to be able to dine at the bar. After a very short wait, we were accommodated. I liked the décor and the barstools were very comfortable. We each ordered a cocktail (the names of which I did not record) and then shared a total of 6 dishes. We couldn’t decide between the two liver apps, so we ended up going with both the Foie Gras Bonbons and the Chicken Liver Mousse. Both were very good, although the amount of chicken liver mousse that came on the wontons was really quite absurdly minute (and I am not one who normally complains about quantity for price). Each dish came with four pieces (four bonbons vs four wontons) but the amount of mousse on the each wonton compared to the amount of foie with the bonbons seemed a bit out of proportion. Yes, I realize they are different dishes, and yes, the wonton appetizer was reasonably well balanced and quite tasty. It’s just that it was only $2 less than the bonbons, yet had almost no liver on it. The foie bonbons were meant to be dipped in the chopped cashews and black pepper and were very good. We then had the grain salad and tagliatelle with ham hock and hens egg. We enjoyed the grain salad, which had a rather surprising amount of lemon juice based dressing (meaning the lemon flavor was VERY pronounced, not that the salad was over-dressed). The pasta was very good, with the egg yolk on top and meant to be broken and stirred into the dish upon arrival to the table. It was reminiscent of a pasta carbonara type dish. We next had the roasted chicken with peas and carrots and skate with green curry. Both portions were ample and we enjoyed them. For the skate dish, we liked the curry, but both agreed there could have been more of the sauce on the dish. The chicken was done very well and the accompaniments were also very good. We were full by the time we were done so we did not do dessert. The bill arrived and I discovered that our 2 cocktails were not listed. When I pointed that out to our bartender/server, he informed us that he had “comped” them. Totally unnecessary, but a nice treat every now and again. Overall, a nice dinner, but nothing really wowed us.

The NoMad – After dinner we walked to the NoMad to see if we could have a drink in the bar. We managed to get right in to the Library Bar, where we enjoyed a total of 3 drinks and some gougeres. The cocktails were the Let It Loose, Satan’s Circus, and Americano. The Let It Loose was right up my alley – well-balanced and tasty. My partner likes spicy drinks every now and then, hence the Satan’s Circus, which was also very good. I didn’t want the evening to end, so I ordered the extra drink (Americano), which I new would be a lighter option, and soaked the booze up with some of the gougeres, which were a great bar snack.

FRIDAY

Shopsin’s – This has been on he list for a while and we finally made it (thanks to jeff_pdx for recommending it). We had entertained ourselves with the documentary at home earlier in the week, which increased our excitement for the experience. We were seated right away and given water and offered coffee, but were told that they could only take 4 tickets at a time so we would have to wait to order. No big deal. We spent time looking around and glancing at the menu, even though we knew what we wanted. Kenny was in the kitchen when we first got there and there was a brief shouting match while we were waiting at our table. Eventually we ordered the Mac & Cheese Pancakes, Original Sliders, and Donuts with chocolate glaze. Everything came relatively quickly and was reasonably good. The pancakes with the spicy sauce and maple syrup were probably the most enjoyable. The service was friendly and no customers got yelled at or kicked out while we were there.

9/11 Museum and Café – Not a dining destination, but they DO have a coffee shop upstairs…I just wanted to mention to anyone thinking of doing this that it may take longer than you think. We were in there for 2.5 hours and it was both not enough time and too much time. It was overwhelming and this is from the context of having no personal connection to the events of that day. Plan accordingly and try to plan for doing this earlier in the day when I think the crowds will be lighter. We had planned to try to get to the Dead Rabbit after, but did not have the time to do so.

Maialino – Probably my favorite dinner of the trip. We started with the Insalata with spring greens, peas, favas, and pecorino. Very nice, highly seasonal, and delicious. Next were two pastas, a spring special with morels, peas, pea tendrils and the bucatini all’amatriciano. Both were excellent. The crunchy bits of guanciale in the bucatini dish were especially tasty. For the main we went with the special maialino served over rosemary roasted potatoes with a side of spinach. The crispy skin over the succulent pork was divine. We ate everything and were quite full. No dessert for us. Just coffee followed by a walk to the Flatiron Lounge for a drink.

Flatiron Lounge – We were able to get right in and, after perusing the menu, I opted for the daily flight, which turned out to be a mistake. I went with it because it was bourbon-based, but as soon as I heard what the flight consisted of I should have chosen differently. This is mainly because 2 of the 3 drinks were shaken drinks because of the addition of citrus and that is just not my favorite type of cocktail. The 3rd was a drink I am already familiar with (Boulevardier) and which I like, but was less chilled than I would have preferred by the time I got to it. In retrospect, it would have been better to explain my preferences to the bartender and have something made for me. Loved the space and the atmosphere, though.

SATURDAY

Ma Peche – Since this was a Saturday, they had their brunch menu available, which suited us fine and comes with a Bloody Mary Cart! Normally we would not start that early with drinks and initially planned to split one, but they both sounded so enticing we ended up getting one of each and sharing them. They had a Red version with bourbon and sake and a Green version with gin, tequila, and some sort of liqueur. Both were excellent. For food we split the habanero chicken and waffles, ceasar wedge, and broccoli (which was forgettable). Loved the chicken and waffles and definitely could have eaten more of that. I would like to try it on a non-brunch day, as well.

Lady M Bakery – We stopped in while walking around and had some coffee and shared an apple galette and chocolate éclair. Both were very tasty.

Alder – For dinner we landed at Alder and had a couple of half-cocktails (I love that idea), the pu-pu platter (a combination of some of their smaller plates), burrata with smoked salmon, rye pasta, and hanger steak with mu shu vegetables. Regarding the menu in general, there is a surprising lack of salad/vegetable options. The dishes they offered with the pu-pu platter were the “pigs in a blanket”, scotch quail eggs, foie gras, pancetta crostini, and shrimp on shrimps. We really enjoyed this dish, as it allowed us to taste a bunch of different things. It was basically 2 pieces of each of the 5 dishes. They were all very good. The burrata with smoked salmon was our next favorite dish. The rye pasta with shaved pastrami was also good (I liked the concept), but the hangar steak dish was a little under-seasoned for me.

Pouring Ribbons – A short walk away was another cocktail establishment I had yet to try. I went with the Bad Habit while my partner had the Forgetful Jones. We also had some of the beef jerky bar snack, which was so good we ordered a second serving. The cocktails were well-made and I liked the descriptions below that tell you where they are along a spectrum from Refreshing to Spiritous and from Comforting to Adventurous. We were not seated at the bar but our young server seemed very knowledgeable about the cocktails. I ended up also getting their “twist” on a martini with grapefruit bitters and a grapefruit twist.

SUNDAY

Russ & Daughters Café – This (R&D) had been on the list for a few trips now, and we were happy to see that the Café was now open. We waited for about 45 minutes for a table (they took our name and cell number while we walked around the neighborhood). Upon being seated we settled on a chocolate egg crème, hot smoke/cold smoke, shtetl, and Pastrami Russ. Each dish was very good. The hot smoke/cold smoke was a smoked salmon-type dip that came with housemade waffle potato chips which was a total dietary splurge for us, but well worth it (it may have been our favorite dish of the 3). The shtetl I had read about on a previous CH post and lived up to its reputation.

Momufuku Ssam Bar – Another place that had been on the list for a while. We went early and were seated immediately after being warned that they had reservations for that table in about an hour and making sure we were OK with a quick-ish dinner. We were, so in we went. We each had a cocktail (Seven Spice Sour and Kinkan Colorado) and we enjoyed them very much. My partner got the Seven Spice Sour and if I had it to do over again, I probably would have had that one instead, but I still was very happy. Dinner consisted of the smoked liver mouse (which was tasty, but a bit odd for us as it was not served with any sort of bread or crackers), diver scallop tataki, grilled asparagus, and the spicy pork sausage with rice cakes. For the liver dish, we could have ordered a side of bread, I suppose, but we ate it as intended and it was fine. The scallops and asparagus dishes were very good and the pork sausage was good, but the ratio of pork sausage to rice cakes was very heavily skewed toward the rice cakes. Flavor and spice was spot on, but needed more pork.

Booker & Dax – It was so close, how could we not? We wandered over and got 2 seats at the bar. I love a cocktail menu that breaks the drinks into shaken and stirred, as it immediately gets me to the drinks that I tend to prefer (I believe the NoMad has a similar breakdown). Anyway, I had the In The Pines and my partner had the Dr. J; we shared the shiitake buns. We both enjoyed our drinks but there was an amusing/annoying situation that developed a couple of seats down the bar that caused us to have to move on prematurely. It was an older (50s ish) couple on a first (or at least very early on) date. He had to have the Dr. J when he heard about it because he was also “Dr. J”…OK, but then he accused the bartender of serving him a weak drink. Then he ordered something else and she (the bartender) appropriately attempted to get more information from him about what he likes in a drink. Finally they settled on something and then he wanted her to perform some sort of show or provide entertainment (what is this, the movie Cocktail? That was the 80’s, buddy). Anyway, it was actually quite painful and I’m not sure how the bartender kept it together. And if I had been the date…

Death & Co – We moved on to another establishment and managed to get to seats at the crowded bar. It was an extensive menu but I didn’t really see anything I was interested in, so I spoke with the bartender about my preferences (bitter, boozy, stirred) and he came up with something for me. My partner had the Jekyll and Hyde and mine was called the Bounce Test, but I don’t remember now what was in it. I did enjoy it and I would have loved to spend more time there, but could not manage any more drinking for the evening. Next time.

MONDAY

Sarge’s Deli – Went for the pastrami sandwich, which we shared because it is about 4 inches tall. I guess everything comes with cole slaw and pickles because they arrived at the table right after we ordered. If we had known, we would not have ordered the chopped salad, which was large enough for a family of 4. It was a VERY good pastrami sandwich. Better than Katz? Who knows, we were last there 18 months ago. It is certainly no worse and I would be happy to have it again.

Two Little Red Hens – My partner wanted NY cheesecake so we walked from Central Park over to this little bakery. In addition to the cheesecake, which was very good, we had a mini Brooklyn Blackout cupcake (I could have eaten about 10 of these). Yum. Worth the hike.

Molly Pitcher’s Ale House – We had walked a lot and it was a warm day, so an ice cold beer at a sidewalk table was calling my name and we walked across the street to this establishment. Did not have any food, the beer was nice and cold, and they were kind to an old woman with a cane who sat at the table clearly not intending to order anything but who needed a place to sit in the shade to rest for a bit. A good deed needs like that deserves to be recognized.

Jungsik – This was one of the restaurants we missed out on last time because of Hurricane Sandy. This ended up being our only tasting-menu type dinner of the trip and we saved it for last. Unfortunately, I did not photograph the menu, as I sort of expected they might provide that and the end of the meal. They didn’t, and I forgot to ask. We ended up going with the 9-course (I think) tasting menu. Each dish was very good but the details are sketchy. From photos, I recall that we had oysters, scallop, rice cake/egg/mushroom, octopus, snapper, kobe beef in broth, lamb chop, and 2 desserts. We were full, but not overly so by the end of the meal. Service was excellent, of course.

Ward III – What a great little spot. I had a mescal negroni and something specifically made for me with Rittenhouse Rye, Averna, Luxardo Maraschino. Both were good, and coincidentally, the bartender serving us was a recent transplant from the pacific northwest (Seattle and Portland), and we enjoyed his thoughts about the cocktail scene in Portland and his transition to NYC.

Until next time, NYC…

Jun 05, 2014
cobpdx in Manhattan
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Dinner Suggestions-July

I love Beast. It has communal tables and a fixed menu, though, which is fine for some and not for others.

I would switch out Andina or Paley's for Beast if that is an option. Alternatively, Beast does Sunday brunch, if you are in town that long.

Jun 04, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Restaurants and other tips

Great list from oregonjim. I would add OX in PDX.

And spend one dinner at Jory in your hotel. They do a great job and it is really convenient!

May 31, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Dinner Suggestions-July

I think you will be happy with Castagna and your other choices. We have been to Castagna twice in the last year and a half or so and enjoyed it both times.

May 31, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland

Need dinner ideas

I'm sure you will enjoy Screen Door. It is fun and the food is good. And the Heathman will do a good job as well.

I'm glad you got a couple of choices in!

May 18, 2014
cobpdx in Metro Portland