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Your hidden gems in SW PDX?

Living in the same general neighborhood, I look forward to the answers you receive. My own thoughts/experiences are thus: Alba Osteria offers excellent Italian dishes, very well prepared. Though not cheap, it is very fine cooking, excellent Italian wine list, and elegantly relaxed atmosphere. O'Connor's in Multnomah Village is interesting. It is not "fine dining" and many of the dishes can be clunky . . . but that said, their nightly specials (which can run to 6 or 7 items) can be quite interesting; emphasis is on spicy and somewhat heavy preparations, and some miss the mark while others can be surprisingly good. I am not much of a fan of Salvador Molly's: great place for a party or loud time, but don't look for much in the way of memorable food. There are a lot of places in Lake Oswego that have pretensions at fine dining; the only one I can recommend from personal experience is Tucci. Manzana Rotisserie is very popular, but I won't be back myself. Don't know exactly why there are so few good places in SW . . . there must be more that I just don't know about!

Anywhere to eat in Springfield, Oregon?

My wife and I recently had a good barbecue lunch at . . . I believe it was called the Howling Coyote BBQ Company (I Googled "Springfield BBQ", and I'm pretty sure by the map that was the name of the place) while on the way to Southern Oregon. It is on Gateway, just off I5. The barbecue was good . . . not Texas great, but good for the Northwest, and with an interesting variety of sauces for their meat choices. I don't know of anyplace else in Springfield that I'd recommend. I'd still drive to Eugene (not a long drive) and go to Marche at the 5th Avenue Market (1st choice) or Cafe Xenon downtown (2nd choice).