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Portland in June

Unfortunately, did not dine at Roe. It was a bit too far so I ended up going to Castagna instead, which was really good!

I plan to head back to Portland again so will definitely hit up the places that I missed the first time :)

Jul 23, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

Hi everyone! I went to Portland a few weekends ago and had a great time :) The food was delish and the people were super nice---definitely had a great time!

Had brunch at Tasty N Alder and loved the potatoes bravas. Also went to Beast and it was delicious as well. I liked the communal table, chatted with a few of the diners who were also visiting. Pine State Biscuits was really good although a lot of items were sold out by the time I got there.

My favorite dinner was definitely Le Pigeon! Got to sit at the counter and watched all the action. The foie gras profiterole...wow

Walked by Voodoo Doughnuts a few times and it was always so packed. I went to Blue Star donuts and really enjoyed it :)

Thanks again for all your input, I definitely had a fab time in Portland and can't wait to come back!

Jul 22, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

Thanks for the suggestions! Really appreciate the responses :)

Jun 08, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

ugh! i'm so sad that Ox is not open on Monday (my final night in Portland!)

What are your thoughts on dinner at Clyde Common or Olympic Provisions or anything else?

Jun 03, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

Thanks for all your suggestions cobpdx! I was able to get a reservation for Roe and can't wait! One quick question, do you prefer Ox to Andina or are they too different to compare?

Pine State Biscuits: is it really that good? and what food/snack places do you recommend there?

Thanks!

Jun 03, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

Thanks for the suggestions. Tasty and Alder/Sons looks good, as well as your other suggestions, especially the food carts!

So I have booked my flight and will be staying Sat-Tuesday morning--very excited to visit Portland :)

This is what I have booked so far:

Sunday
Brunch at Beast (noon)
Dinner at Le Pigeon

Monday
Breakfast at Tasty n Alder or Sons
Afternoon Tea at Heathman Hotel
Dinner at Andina

I arrive Saturday morning and was thinking of brunch at one of the following places: Clyde Commons, Screen Door, Imperial, or Mother's Bistro and Bar--what do you guys think?

I have room for one more dinner and was looking at Roe, Serratto, Ox, or VQ (although I think I might be able to do lunch at some of these places).

And of course, will drink lots of coffee throughout the trip and I plan to stop by Ken's Artisan Bakery and Blue Star Donuts.

Thanks for the feedback!

May 31, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

I am hoping to see the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, International Rose Test Garden, Powell's Books, Saturday Market, Pioneer Square, the Museum, and probably a few other things.

I will be dining solo and no real budget--just want to enjoy good food :) I am not a drinker and would prefer to have a reservation but am not against waiting.

Would appreciate any suggestions/feedback--thanks again!

May 29, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Portland in June

Hi Everyone!

I'm planning to visit Portland towards the end of June and wanted your opinion on a few things.

1. If I mainly want to stay in Downtown, would two days be enough or should I make it three?

2. I will probably be there Sunday-Tuesday or Sunday-Wednesday and so far, have planned brunch at Beast and dinner at Le Pigeon. I'm coming from LA and my taste is food is wide--where else do you guys recommend?

Thanks!

May 24, 2013
cali23 in Metro Portland

Scarpetta Tasting Menu

Hi Everyone,

Going to Scarpetta at the Montage Hotel for the first time this weekend. For those who have been, how much is the tasting menu and is it worth it? Or should I order ala carte?

Thanks!

May 22, 2012
cali23 in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Dinner Recs

Thanks kathryn! What about any of the other dinner places I suggested above and do you think it's a good idea to forgo Le Bernardin?

May 01, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Last Minute Dinner Recs

here are the places I plan to hit up:

Wednesday
Ess A Bagel
Nougatine
Daniel
(Hoping to get to either Maison Laduree or Milk Bar)

Thursday
Sarabeth's East (close to the Met and opens early)
Momofuku Ssam
Babbo
(If time permits, Mille-feuille for a pastry and Joe the Art of Coffee before dinner)

Friday
Balthazar
Levain Bakery
Afternoon Tea
EMP

Saturday
db Bistro Moderne or Pastis (or will Pastis be similar to Balthazar?)
Heading to Chelsea Market so will probably have lunch there--recs?

or maybe Kyo Ya?

Thanks so much for all your input, esp you kathryn--love your detailed points :)

May 01, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Last Minute Dinner Recs

hi Everyone!

I'm set to fly to NYC tonight (coming from Los Angeles!) and have one final question on dining!

I've decided to keep my reservations for Daniel, Babbo, and EMP, but will probably do something other than Le Bernardin for my last night (Saturday) in the city.

What do you guys think of the following places (and of course, any other recs are appreciated!):

Empellon Cocina
Rogue Tomate
Annisa
Breslin
53rd St. and Halal Court
Marea (too similar to Babbo?)
Kajitsu
Kyotofu (planning on Momofuku Ssam for lunch during trip, would this be too similar?)
Union Square Cafe

I'll probably be dining solo so for places that are harder to get reservations, I would try the bar/lounge area.

Thanks!

May 01, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Per Se Lounge or Le Bernardin Tasting?

Hi everyone! I wasn't able to get a reservation for Per Se but realized that I could try for a walk in at their lounge. I managed to get a reservation for Le Bernardin, but wanted to know your opinions on whether or not I should do dinner ala carte at Per Se instead?

Thanks for your input!

Apr 28, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Dinner Recs

Le Bernardin or The Modern? Or is Le Bernardin the logical answer? I've read up on both and Le Bernardin doesn't seem to be a favorite whereas The Modern has gotten really good reviews!

If I'm already doing Babbo, would dinner at Marea be too much Italian?

Thanks!

Apr 17, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Breakfast and/or Lunch near NY Hall of Science Museum

Hey everyone!

I'll be at Hall of Science for about half a day early May and wanted to know where would be a good place for either breakfast or lunch (open to all types of cuisines!)

Thanks!

Apr 16, 2012
cali23 in Outer Boroughs

Cafe Boulud or DB Bistro Moderne?

nothing out of the ordinary, just want good food :) i am slightly obsessed with croque madame/monsieur and would probably want to order that.

Apr 16, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Cafe Boulud or DB Bistro Moderne?

Hi Everyone,

Will be doing to one of these places for Saturday brunch in a couple of weeks, do you guys prefer one over the other?

Thanks!

Apr 16, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Visiting NYC--please assist with dining choices!

thanks for the feedback!

For now:

Day 2: Breakfast: Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II or The Breslin
Day 3: Breakfast: You guys think Cafe D'Alsace or Pastis? I am obsessed with Croque Madam and both seem to get great reviews for it.

I have brunch reservations for DB Bistro Moderne for Day 4, but was thinking maybe Balthazar or Untitled instead...thoughts?

Also, what places offer the best pastry/bread baskets for breakfast?

I am also planning to get sweets from Levain Bakery and Maison Lauduree, any other must eats? Doughnut Plant really that good?

Thanks!

Apr 13, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Visiting NYC--please assist with dining choices!

I looked at the lunch menus for Nougatine and JG and actually preferred the choices at Nougatine better.

Apr 13, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan

Visiting NYC--please assist with dining choices!

Hi CHers! I know there are lots of posts about where to dine but was hoping you all could help me with my list. I haven't been back to NYC in many years and am really excited about all the places to eat at :) Any feed back is welcome and much appreciated!

Day 1
Breakfast: Ess-A Bagel or something quick in Rockefeller Center
Lunch: Nougatine (reservation made)
Dinner: Daniel (reservation made)

Day 2
Breakfast: Sarabeth's Central Park South or Alice's Tea Cup Chapter 2 (what do you guys think)
Lunch: Momofuku Ssam Bar
Dinner: Babbo (reservation made)

Day 3
Breakfast: Cafeteria (will be heading to Science Museum: 47-01 111th Street Corona, NY 11368 so open to any breakfast place really)
Lunch: OPEN
Dinner: Eleven Madison Park (reservation made)

Day 4
Breakfast/Brunch: db Bistro Moderne (has anyone tried their CROQUE A TROIS? I really like croque madam and have read some great reviews on it here! But if you guys have any other recs, please let me know!)
Afternoon Tea: Palm Court at Plaza Hotel
Dinner: Le Bernardin (reservations made, wait-listed for Per Se)

Thanks!

Apr 12, 2012
cali23 in Manhattan