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Sushi in Portland in 2015?

Masu in downtown is very good. Nice nigiri. Not especially creative but if you're downtown it is a good option

Caja China for rent in Portland

Try James John Cafe. They have one. Don't know if they rent or not.

Jan 12, 2015
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Dinners in Portland & Willamette Valley

Little Bird is very good. Both Recipe and Jory are nice. Recipe is more rustic and intimate with excellent food born of simple, rustic fare done with great ingredients. I love it. Terrific wine program. Jory is definitely high quality resort spa style food. The hotel and grounds and restaurant are beautiful. Great wine program. It will just depend on what floats your boat. You will be happy either place.

Jan 07, 2015
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Dinners in Portland & Willamette Valley

Paley's chef recently moved on which is very likely a good thing. I would bet high on the new guy. The restaurant has been there for 20 years and I think the new incarnation will be excellent. It is a very sedate and intimate restaurant with excellent service. Imperial has found its stride and the food is terrific. It is a big (well, by Portland standards) place and the bar can get very bustly so if you want something less hectic Imperial won't (generally) fit that category. The food is very good.

Davenport it very good and in the last year has really stepped forward in my opinion. The wine list is really amazing (by Portland standards) and pretty fairly priced. Very small and cool setting. The Picnic Table is an under the radar sort of place and I have had a couple of nice meals there and it is usually quite quiet. Mucca downtown is my favorite Italian restaurant in the city and is lovely in many ways. Smallwares is really good if a bit far from downtown. Very interesting food. I will always pitch Higgins. Others have a different opinion. I've eaten there hundreds of times. More creative than it is given credit for while still being very old school. Eat in the bar. If there is a show at the Keller or the Arlene Schnitzer they can be buried beforehand and after. Olympic Provisions on either side of the river doesn't get tons of chatter but they have good food (especially meat) and very smart wine programs.

The other restaurants in Newberg/Dundee area are as follows:

Jory in the Allison Hotel. Very good spa/resort style food.
Recipe: My personal fave in Newberg. High end comfort food.
Tina's: Wine country food done nicely.
Red Hills Café: Wine Country food done nicely.
Dundee Bistro: Bistro food. Pretty good. Lunch is better IMO.
Joel Palmer House: Mushroom mania.

Jan 07, 2015
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Dinner at the Bar

Higgins. Great bar with full menu. Great service. Can't be beat downtown.

Sep 24, 2014
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Best dinner near Keller Auditorium

If you were going to go to Raven and Rose or Nel Centro one would be so much better off at Higgins which is right there as well. Sit in the bar order a bowl of one of the soups and one or two apps. You will have great food, great service and be full for not very much money all things considered. It's one of Portland's best restaurants, easily the best downtown spot and while one can go in deep as far as the price of a full meal it is also easy to negotiate your way through on the cheap-ish.

Cassidy's is a cool under the radar spot that does great later night biz. The food is better than you might expect, the drinks are full throttle and the wine list is okay. A bit of a poor man's VQ in a sense.

You could also walk down to Luc Loc for noodles and drinks. Not too, too far from the Keller. Maybe a half mile. Cheap and good if you like that food. And hipsters.

Jul 21, 2014
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A Gourmand With Cash Flow Issues

Here are a couple of reputable if a tiny bit it of date links.

http://pdx.eater.com/archives/2013/11...

http://pdx.eater.com/archives/2013/01...

Jul 13, 2014
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A Gourmand With Cash Flow Issues

Look seven threads down.

Jul 11, 2014
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Oyster Help, Please (researched)

It is hard to AVOID oysters in Portland. Crap, every place I can think of has them right now. Every place. $3/oyster is pretty standard. Seriously, it would be easier to list places that don't have them. Also, for some reason it has been a particularly good season and the oysters are delicious. More so than usual IMO.

Jun 29, 2014
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NE or SE Portland date night (plus other meal recs and beer)??

Not on Alberta but nearby and if Pok Pok works for you so will this. Smallwares. Full bar, good beers, good wines, super cool and awesome food. Sit in the back. It is a great place.

Jun 17, 2014
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Post run brunches/lunches

Depending on where you start in Forest Park (huge) you could be near the St. John's Bridge. Just over it is the James John Cafe. Under the radar with great coffee and awesome food in the most low key environ imaginable. Thinking outside the box.

Jun 17, 2014
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MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed

I would call Tasty before heading over. Waits can reach 2 hours with no rezzos. There are a treasure trove of restaurants in that downtown area many to most of which will not have the traffic issues and most better or more interesting food. IMO.

Jun 14, 2014
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Portland restaurant - Wow for atmosphere?

Just trying to give out of the box options.

Portland City Grill: 30th floor of the U.S. Bank Building. Definitely the best view from a restaurant in town.

Departures: Top floor of the Nines Hotel.

Noble Rot: East Side roof top dining with a view of downtown and the sunset if you go at the right time.

Salty's: Located directly on the Columbia River. Their food is better than you might expect.

Luciere: Oh, wait. No.

Quartet: Oops. Nope again.

Chart House: View from the West Hills. Can see the mountains on clear days. Not sure of their food.

Aqua Riva: Beautiful restaurant on the river south of downtown. You will have the place to yourself.

Jun 04, 2014
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Portland restaurant - Wow for atmosphere?

Acropolis?

Restaurants and other tips

Picnic House. Sorry. Picnichousepdx.com. Newer downtown place. Sort of weird decor but very good food.

Jun 01, 2014
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Restaurants and other tips

Well covered here but here is a list to start. Check websites for menus. Everything is pretty casual fancy food or not.

Paley's Roe, Ava Jean's, Racion, Mucca, Higgins, Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Bar Avignon, Imperial, St. Jack, Pok Pok, Beast, Lincoln, Firehouse, Olympic Provisions, Ned Ludd, Davenport, The Picnic Table, Mingo, Noisette and others that maybe some other folks will add.

Wine country: Tina's, Red Hills, Dundee Bistro, Market at Red Hills, Recipe, Jory at the Allison, Ruddick/Wood, Joel Palmer House, Thistle, Nick's, Bistro Maison.

Check Willamette Valley Winery Association website for wineries, hours and links to websites.

The Ace Hotel in Portland is funky, Hotel Moderno is nice, Hotel Deluxe is sort of Hollywood retro and has the Driftwood Lounge in it which is a great old school bar. All are downtown.

May 31, 2014
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Dinner Suggestions-July

It has been a great restaurant at times. They have changed chefs a few times in the past few years and I am not certain that I have been under the new regime. In fact I am sure I have not been. The service is excellent, the wine list is generally strong and the standards have been high. I would bet on it rather than against it but I cannot say anything about what they are doing food-wise at present.

May 30, 2014
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Need help with Asian/Indian recs - limited mobility

East India Company is incredibly good and waiting would not be an issue. There are 3 or 4 stairs at the entry. Very authentic Indian food.

May 25, 2014
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MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed

1) If Canlis is in your price wheelhouse for a splurge I might stick with that. There is not anything really like it in Portland in terms of view, wine list, old school service and atmosphere. In the last couple of years they have updated the food and it think it is excellent. It will cost you though no doubt.

2) good mentions. I would add in Sen Yai for noodles. Davenport also is smaller plates and lighter touch on the richness. Tanuki for Japanese food and craziness.

3) Carts: Don't really eat at them but Khao Man Gai is a must if you are patrolling them.

4) Other then Roe and the fish and chips-y joint it is located in there aren't really "seafood" restaurants in Portland unless you include Jake's (don't) and the Ringside Fishhouse (not my thing but better than Jake's in all likelihood) but nearly all good restaurants have some measure of fish dishes. Paley's has great preperations for instance. Higgins as well. Pigeon does too. There are few fine dining places in Town that don't have some well prepared seafood item(s) on the menu or as specials.

5) Atalua is also pretty unique. Bar Avignon does incredibly seasonal stuff. Departures doesn't get enough credit for their food because of its location and scene but they have really interesting small bites.

6) Fred Carlo sausage sandwiches are awesome and there are not lines 30 people deep there.

7) There are a million threads on coffee and honestly unless you insist on going to a big chain you sort of can't lose in Portland. Maurice in downtown is nifty.

8) Every breakfast place (especially weekends and double on Sundays) comes with a heaping helping of waiting. I find it bizarre that people will stand on the sidewalk for an hour for breakfast. No wait at Imperial even though the food is terrific. James John Cafe way not in NoPo is awesome and uniquely eclectic but they can make coffee, drinks and offbeat food with the best of them.

May 13, 2014
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Dinner Suggestions-July

1) Andina is a staple in town doing interesting Peruvian food, has decent cocktails and a good wine program. It is a big restaurant by Portland standards. It can be very busy. Appeals to me much more at the less packed lunch hour. Obviously many people don't think the way I do.

2) The VQ is fun but it is not anywhere near the top tier of Portland dining spots. Late night drinks? Cocktail hour? Patio dining? A big yes to all but not a destination restaurant.

3) Love it. Half portions of very well done French/NW food.

There are a ton of creative places that are mentioned all the time here but just to run them down again here you go.

Roe, Ava Jean's, Racion, Mucca, Higgins, Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Bar Avignon, Imperial, St. Jack, Pok Pok, Beast, Lincoln, Firehouse, Olympic Provisions, Ned Ludd, Davenport, Mingo, Noisette and others that maybe some other folks will add. In general they all have websites to help you narrow down choices based on style, location and menu.

May 11, 2014
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30th Birthday Idea- Tasting Menu on the cheap?

You could go to Paley's and do a create your own tasting menu out of the salads and half portion item menus (basically everything on their menu can be had in a half portion providing that it can be logistically accomplished) which probably get you 4 to 5 courses depending on your selections. Racion is an excellent suggestion.

May 05, 2014
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Vancouver BC Hound back for more in May

Pazzo is a decent Italian restaurant in a good hotel. I occasionally grab a drink at the bar and some times even the bar pasta of the day which is usually tasty. Mucca is an excellent stand alone restaurant that intertwines northwest ingredients with Italian cuisine. Some may balk that it is not necessarily either purely Roman, Tuscan or Piemonte in style but whatever. The food is excellent, service very good and it can range from quiet and intimate to jovial and loud depending on the night. They also do lunch on the weekdays I believe.

I have not been to the new St. Jack location. The last one was good and the food could be very good but the hinky limitations of the building, particularly the kitchen space, led to various degrees of unevenness. St. Jack and Cocette are definitely French in nature. I would describe Bar Avignon as northwest wine bistro with some French influences but you would see those less on crab boil night or fried chicken night for instance.

Apr 30, 2014
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Vancouver BC Hound back for more in May

Pazzo is not underrated. It is appropriately rated. Mucca is terrific. That would be another Italian place along with AJs but in a different vein so if that works for you then you're fine. Paley's is elegant and the food is delicious and as well nearly every dish comes in full or half portions. They take rezzos.

I would consider Produce Row for happy hour unless the Blazers are playing a home game. At least poke your head into Pepe Le Moke if you are downtown and want a drink I a tiny little bar. Bar Avignon has a strong chef and is vastly underrated as a restaurant. They take rezzos. Great atmosphere, excellently prepared food, good booze and wine selection. I've recommended Higgins a million times here either as bar, fine dining dinner, a combo of both or lunch here but will do so again. Ataula is terrific. I would look online to see if you think it will float your boat. If outside dining/drinking weather presents itself check out Rae's Lakeview Lounge (lake view not included) for drinks and bar snacks. Big patio and fun spot. Olympic Provisions in the NW also does a terrific lunch and has a good wine program. You can eat light or very cured meat heavy there.

There are a million other suggestions on threads here. Tried to sort of think outside the box within the parameters you brought up. A million ways to slice the Portland pie up and have it work.

Apr 29, 2014
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Andina vs. Imperial by Paley

I would do Andina for lunch. I don't know what it is. Maybe busy-ness of the kitchen. I always feel like the lunches are terrific and the dinners just good. Same dishes in many cases. YMMV. Imperial is terrific so whichever meal you choose you bill do well.

Apr 28, 2014
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May I please have a few pointers for upcoming trip to Portland??

Without doing a Google search I believe you are not too far from Widmer if you are in the Overlook Park area. It is a decent newly remodeled pub. You can only get Widmer beers but they have decent stuff and a decent burger. Depends on if you are looking for a high convenience factor. If so this might fit the bill. Sunshine Tavern will have more taps and likely better food. It will also have hundreds of kids. YMMV with that scene. Higgins does have a great burger and a huge tap and bottle selection.

Apr 22, 2014
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Salmon dashi on at Higgins

It is just until they run out of the broth he makes. Probably Sunday is it. A little spicier version this year. Quality of the fish was amazing.

Apr 19, 2014
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Salmon dashi on at Higgins

Easily my favorite preparation of salmon in the city. Light poached filet in a homemade dashi broth presumably with snap peas or some such. Only shows up twice a year for a handful of days. Starts Friday. That is likely dinner everyday this weekend. Looking forward to it immensely.

Apr 17, 2014
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East Coaster heading to PDX

Not even a big beer guy anymore but a big second on Cascade sours. Hair of the Dog has incredibly decadent beers that if you have not tried you really should.

Hard to say on food as NYC has pretty much everything but you might consider Biwa, Tanuki, Smallwares, Olympic Provisions, Ned Ludd, Pigeon, Racion and Ataula as high quality, interesting places with a Portland stamp to them.

Apr 11, 2014
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trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

I don't think the OP is looking for that sort of trendy.

Mar 11, 2014
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trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

Trendy, upscale vibe isn't necessarily what Portland crushes. I would agree on Ox and Ava Gene's and Castagna, less so on Genoa (established but not trendy at least in my recentish experience) and Lincoln. Departure fits the description. Perhaps the new St. Jack although admittedly I have not been to the new locale yet. Trendy is tough here.

Mar 10, 2014
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