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Raw / Vegetarian

Thanks. I remember reading of a restaurant in Los Angeles (I think) which sold Chicken Sashimi although I don't think I've heard of it since. I'd like to try it sometime, but maybe not with a 7 hour flight the next day.
Liked your website too and will follow along (at a distance, I'm in the UK) on Twitter!

Feb 07, 2011
Pete S in Manhattan

Raw / Vegetarian

Thanks - I'll pass these on

Feb 07, 2011
Pete S in Manhattan

Raw / Vegetarian

Thanks, I'll look into these. Certainly meat serving places are no problem. Her partner is not vegetarian, and I will also be joining them after a day or so. We had been thinking of going to an Ethiopian restaurant as they occasionally go to one where they live (Phoenix). I went to one somewhere near Greenwich Village a few years ago, but I couldn't remember the name, or where it was

Feb 07, 2011
Pete S in Manhattan

Raw / Vegetarian

Thanks, that sounds promising especially as they will be staying very close by. I also thought of Zen Palate maybe - I went a few years ago, and while I probably made a bad choice of meal myself, it seems to be the kind of place she may be looking for.

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Zen Palate
663 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Feb 07, 2011
Pete S in Manhattan

Raw / Vegetarian

I've been asked by a friend to find some recommendations for Raw food or Vegetarian options. (She has a mainly vegetarian diet but also eats fish or chicken (not raw of course!) ). Potentially anywhere in Manhattan, open at lunch time, and reservations not usually required. Any type of cuisine would probably be acceptable.
Sorry not to be more specific but if you can suggest a few names, I'll do further research for her.
Thanks, Pete

Feb 07, 2011
Pete S in Manhattan

A few days in and around Portland - a quick review

Thanks to the PDX based chowhounds who made suggestions for what has become my annual visit - i like the place so much.

As usual, there wasn't enough time to go everywhere I would have liked, but this is what I managed.

First night, I went to Indish as it was near my hotel and had been mentioned in the recommendations. I spoke with the personable owner (originally from England), he describes the food as fairly typical Indian home cooking with a twist. It was certainly not like any Indian food I've ever had in a restaurant here in the UK, but it was very good and nicely presented. I particularly enjoyed the mango and coconut cheesecake

I went with some friends who live in Portland to Bamboo for sushi. Apart from all the good stuff concerning sustainability and so on that the restaurant prides itself on, the sushi / sashimi was amongst the best I've ever had. I had the chefs choice sashimi, the crab being especially delicious.

I had a breakfast at Broder and really enjoyed that. Good food, simple unpretentious feeling to the restaurant (and I'm really into all things Scandinavian so I was pre-disposed to enjoy it I guess). I had the apple pancakes with ham. I'm sure Broder would become a local favourite of mine if I lived in that area

One night before going to see a film, I had a dinner in Higgins bar, solid and dependable as ever with a lively atmosphere. I had to get a cup of the chilli honey hazelnuts as well, which I remembered from a previous visit (and which someone there was kind enough to email me the recipe)

Outside Portland, I ate at Wet Dog brewery in Astoria, I had the cioppino, some elements of which were slightly overcooked, but the Marionberry wheat beer was very nice

Also ate a lunch at Nicks Italian Cafe in McMinnville - i had a shellfish dish to start and a pannini. Both were very good. If the restaurant offered bread as a matter of course, that would have been a nice touch, but they don't.

Found a couple of good coffee places in McMinnville too, on the main street but sadly I can't remember their names. One of them also did roasting. I get the feeling that anyone serving less than stellar coffee in the PDX region would soon go out of business.

Back in Portland, my friends took me to lunch at Olympic Provisions as they are friends with the chef / owner (?) Elias. The lunch was great, including a plate of charcuterie, some bean soup served with crispy bacon and a dessert of chocolate chip bread and butter pudding with chocolate sauce and hazelnuts. Although service was good and professional everywhere I went, I think Olympic Provisions was the most charming. I loved the industrial warehouse setting in a former cereal mill.

We were late getting to Alberta and so ended up choosing a restaurant near the theatre. It was Bernie's Southern Bistro and it turned out to be good. I had the tea brined pork chop with mashed yams and wilted swiss chard (an excellent side dish) and a friend had the gumbo which also impressed.

Other places visited included Barista, and cocktails and appetisers at the Bankcorp tower (great views) . Of course I also had to have my annual Bacon Maple Bar from Voodoo.

Can't wait to come back again.

Thanks

Pete

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Bernie's Southern Bistro
2904 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Nov 14, 2010
Pete S in Metro Portland

Alberta Arts District (and some other questions)

Thanks, I've been to Paley's twice and Wildwood about 5 or 6 times on previous visits - both have always been good. Looking forward to Broder. Will let you know what I think later

Oct 21, 2010
Pete S in Metro Portland

Alberta Arts District (and some other questions)

Thanks all. I'll report back afterwards. Just one question about the food cart mentioned - does it operate in the evening? - is there anywhere to shelter should it be a rainy Portland evening?
Grateful for all your help
Pete

Oct 19, 2010
Pete S in Metro Portland

Alberta Arts District (and some other questions)

Hi
I'll be making my annual trip to Portland soon (sadly, a shorter trip than I would like this year) and I have lots of ideas for places to visit or revisit. However, one evening I will be going to the Alberta Rose Theatre (to see Blue Giant). I haven't previously explored that area and so was wondering if you could point me at some good places for a pre show meal. I'm happy with most types of cuisine and, as long as it represents good value, price isn't too much of a concern. If possible somewhere where reservations wouldn't be required and where service is brisk.

While I'm in Portland, I'm hoping to revisit Laurelhurst Market which I enjoyed last time, and depending on time maybe Wildwood or Paley's Place and I'd like to try Broder (Scandinavian restaurant) - would breakfast, lunch or dinner be the best choice there?

In the UK, we are pretty spoilt for choice regarding Indian restaurants although I haven't come across so many in the US. I was wondering if anyone is putting an Indian twist on Pacific North West cuisine?

Finally, since I'll be staying near NW21st - there was a restaurant about to open when I was there last year named "Toast and Pho" - did it take off? how is it?

Thanks, as usual, for any help

Pete

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Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

Paley's Place
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Oct 15, 2010
Pete S in Metro Portland

Thanks to the PDX Chowhounds. I had another great week

I'm just back in England after just over a week in and around Portland, a few pounds heavier and here are some brief notes on my trip.

I asked for some recommendations here and people were kind enough to make some suggestions. From those recommendations I went to;

Laurelhurst Market - really liked the young, vibrant feel of the place where I had a large pork chop, brined and lightly smoked from a pig fed on hazelnuts apparently (probably by a farmer called Bob!) - it was delicious and the service was good - I ate in the bar rather than wait for a table, but it was fine.

Karla’s Smokehouse - when visiting the beautiful coast I called at this recommended place at Rockaway. I sampled a selection of smoked oysters, salmon and black cod which I ate on the deserted beach opposite (deserted apart from a number of very attentive seagulls) - I think there was a sign up saying it was closing as a walk in place at the end of the year so make the most of it - very good indeed

Pok pok - I went with some local friends who took care of the ordering so I couldn’t tell you exactly which dishes we had - there was a chicken wing dish, something involving seafood, a delicious beef dish, some mustard greens and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a Monday night and we had to wait about 25 minutes for a table which we spent in the agreeable Matchbox lounge nearby

I went to Tanuki and we went for the omakase ($50 for two) - Although I couldn’t fault any of the dishes, somehow I didn’t really enjoy most of it - I guess I don’t really appreciate that flavour of japanese cuisine. The standout dish for me was some kind of a sausage on a skewer. In such a small space, the experience was not enhanced by the loud talking bore on the next table who seemed to have an opinion on everything (and seemed to want the whole room to hear it.) - oh well, that's the chance you take.

Someone suggested I tried out the cart scene and on the Portland Walks food tour one of the places we visited was a falafel cart - I think the owner is named Saied

Other places visited or revisited

Paley’s Place - I’ve only been there twice, but Kimberley Paley’s ability to make me feel lilke an old friend was very warming and the food (George’s gathered greens, Pork Shoulder and the Chocolate souffle cake with hazelnuts and ice cream) was winning.

Had another dependable meal at Wildwood (Crab Raviolo and T bone steak) - maybe a little heavy handed with the seasoning, but everything was otherwise prepared perfectly. I sat at the counter and watched the chefs at work. I’ve probably eaten here more times than any other place in Portland and I’ve never had a bad experience with service or food

I was going to go to Sushi Mazi on Division having read about it in Portland Monthly, but when we got there it was closed so we went to Sushi Bara nearby - this was perfectly acceptable - I had the gyosa and a very spicy beef teriaki as well as a “bad sensei” roll - good service and a nice quiet atmosphere.

I also visited Ken’s Artisan Bakery,Cafe Mingo, Barista, Kornblatts, Stumptown, and, touristy or not, the bacon maple bar at Voodoo Donuts is outrageously good., Pastini (because the wait at Higgins bar was too long for the concert we were attending) was ok, nothing special but nothing terrible either, The food tour also gave us fleeting glimpses of Cacao Southpark,, Elephants Deli, Rogue distillery / brewery, Hotlips Pizza and others.

As you might appreciate, trying to fit everything in between visits to the coast, the gorge and Mt St Helens + concerts and general sightseeing and shopping proved a challenge and there are still many places I would like to try next time.. Fortunately I didn’t experience any of the agressive panhandling downtown that I had been quite concerned about. That’s not to say I didn’t see any number of homeless and / or drunk,/ drugged out / crazy people living on the street but found a polite “no, sorrry” was sufficient to stop any requests. It’s something the city needs to address though if it wants to promote Portland as a tourist destination (and I know there are different reasons for people being there and different solutions required to deal with each group)

As we were walking down NW21st towards Wildwood we walked past Toast and Pho which hadn’t quite opened. The owner was performing some kind of ritual to bless the place involving rice and joss sticks and invited us in to take a look around. I think he would have fed us too had we not already made plans that night. Anyway - it looked like a nice space and I’ll watch for the reviews which will surely appear here.

So thanks for all the suggestions, sorry I didn’t get to all of them, but I will be back again next year for more without doubt.

Oct 21, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Portland and around

Thanks for the advice - I think Pok Pok and Laurelhurst Market are certainties for my visit. I looked at the Laurelhurst Market menu on line and it looked very appealing to me.

I'll report back on my experiences after my trip (mid October)

Sep 21, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Portland and around

Thanks Leonardo. I will definitely be visiting the Sat Farmers Market again - amazing compared to the ones around here. That smokehouse sounds good and should be on or near the route I plan to take. Thanks for the suggestions, all duly noted. So many choices, so little time

Sep 20, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Portland and around

Thanks - Tanuki is definitely a possibility as it is near where I will be staying. I had thought of BIWA due to its proximity to the Doug Fir where I will be going at least once during the week. Thanks for the suggesttions,

Sep 20, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Portland and around

Thanks JillO - Laurelhurst Market looks particularly appealing and it must be pretty close to Music Millennium, another place I had marked for a revisit. I'll add these places to my list and report back after my trip

Sep 19, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Portland and around

I'll be making another visit to PDX in October, and while I have, I think, a reasonable idea of the places I want to visit (or revisit) in Portland, I could still do with a bit of help with the following.

I'd like to try Pok Pok but have no idea what to order. Any dinner suggestions would be welcome.

I've always enjoyed Wildwood on previous visits. Is it still good? (hoping to revisit Paley's and BIWA too)

Has anything new opened in the last 12 months that you'd recommend - NW cuisine, not fancy or a "scene" just good food, good value with friendly service

Finally - I'll be making a few trips by car - Mount Hood / Columbia River Gorge and the coast (probably to Cannon Beach and then down the coast past Tillamook) - Any places worth stopping at for a meal or coffee and a snack along the way

Thanks

Pete (UK)

Sep 19, 2009
Pete S in Metro Portland

Any recommendations for Gothenburg, Sweden

Just looking for good quality regular fare, not top-end Michelin type dining on this occasion. I've read about a place called Smaka, which seems to have a good menu - any other suggestions?. I'll be solo dining some of the time

Also any food markets or stores worth a browse around (I know about, and have previously visited, the "Fish Church")

I'll be there for a few days next week (27th - 31st Aug 09)

Thanks

Aug 19, 2009
Pete S in International Archive

great breakfast places??? $$ or $$$$$ (gotta try them all!!)

Three places I've found from recommendations here (and thanks for those BTW) are Penelope (Lex and 28th) Friend Of A Farmer (Irving Place) and Good Enough To East (Amsterdam and 83rd) - I would describe them as moderately priced and, from my experience as a visitor from the UK, all friendly and excellent places to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or brunch

Mar 21, 2009
Pete S in Manhattan

Good inexpensive eating chocolate?

Have you tried Green and Blacks organic?. A UK brand but I'm sure i've seen it on sale in the US. They make several different bars or what we call "plain" chocolate (but which I think you would call Semi Sweet or Bitter Sweet in the US - they do a 70 and 85 cocoa solids (and a 72 blend for cooking) - They also have milk and white chocolate varieties and various flavoured ones too. - it's mid-priced in the UK (about 3 to 4 dollars a bar) and I think they are excellent.

Mar 21, 2009
Pete S in General Topics

any places similar to Penelope's?

Thanks - I've heard they have long lines at the weekend - I'll probably try and pop in at some odd hour during the week.
Is Friend of The Farmer the place next to the Japanese Choshi? (another place I liked - although it seemed different last visit (about a year ago) ) I remember seeing long lines there too one Sunday lunchtime last time

Feb 11, 2009
Pete S in Manhattan

any places similar to Penelope's?

Some time ago I was given a recommendation here for Penelope's and it has become a favourite spot for breakfast or brunch whenever I visit New York. I'm back in the city next week and was wondering if there are other places with that relaxed country kitchen in the city kind of feel. I was thinking of trying Good Enough To Eat on the Upper West Side at some point. Any others? - since I'll be on holiday and not time constrained any Manhattan location could be considered.. Thanks

Feb 11, 2009
Pete S in Manhattan

Portland Food Walking Tour

Yes, it was very enjoyable - guide was well informed about Portland and about food in general. Met a nice crowd of people from all over with similar interests (even talked to one of them about Chowhound!!!) - as the poster above says, see the recent Foodie Activities in Portland post for further details.

Oct 22, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Foodie activities in/near Portland?

Thanks, I'll be sure to take the afternoon tour next time I visit. I also enjoyed another of your tours walking around downtown (not food related) on an earlier visit..

Oct 21, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Foodie activities in/near Portland?

As a recent visitor, I definitely agree with posts about visiting the Farmers Market. I went to the Saturday one at South Park blocks - it was great to wander around, sometimes chatting to some of the friendly stall holders and sampling a few things (apples, vinegar, smoked fish etc) - I ended up taking lots of photos of things I never see back here in the UK .
Another activity you might be interested in is the food tour offered by Portland Walking Tours, They do two each Friday and Saturday and I believe the morning and afternoon tours are different. I took the Friday morning tour which was very enjoyable. We had a guide who was very knowledgeable both about food and about Portland. The four hours passed very quickly and during that time we sampled chocolate, soup, beer, pizza, tea, bread, gelato and coffee visiting a brewery, bakery and other food spots mainly, but not exclusively, in the Pearl district.

details here

http://www.portlandwalkingtours.com/t...

Oct 18, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Solo eating/drinking Portland

I went to Cafe Mingo on NW 21st - I was staying not far from there on SW King St. I've seen articles about the PokPok owner and his quest for authenticity. I must try his places next time (probably next summer with a bit of luck).

Oct 14, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Solo eating/drinking Portland

Thanks - one of them (Castanga) was a recommendation from a local friend, Cafe Mingo I just found by accident last year and went back, the others were recommendations from here (although I had been to Wildwood before). Last year I also went to Paley's Place, which I still think is one of the best experiences I've had at any restaurant. I'm hoping to be back (maybe with some friends in tow next time) next year and I still want to get to Pok Pok and many others.and I'll save your recommendations for then You are just so lucky to live in a city which has so many great non-chain restaurants and I just love that people are so food-aware there - it's not unusual to hear grown men discussing recipes and food in the street!!!!!

Oct 14, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Solo eating/drinking Portland

I recently made my 5th visit to Portland (I'm hooked on the area) and had great solo dining experiences at Le Pigeon, Wildwood and Cafe Mingo - in all cases sitting at the bar / chefs counter and getting a cookery lesson into the bargain. I found the chefs and other diners to be friendly (but not intrusive) and the food was great at all three
Also went to Cafe Castanga, and Biwa (with friends) and also had good dining experiences at those places too.
I visited the Saturday farmers market too which just made me wish I lived nearer and had access to such great produce.
Have a great time
Pete (UK)

Oct 13, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

chef's counter - Le Pigeon

I'm keen to try Le Pigeon when I visit in a week or so's time. I'll be solo dining and don't mind eating early so I wondered if I went soon after opening time (5pm) on a weekday , is there likely to be much of a wait?. Do they have a pager / mobile phone system (although I don't have a mobile that works in the US) or is there a bar / waiting area.
Also - do Clarklewis have anything similar to a chef's counter?
thanks Pete

Sep 24, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

What will be "in season" in Oct? (Sea / Pdx)

Rather than ask for restaurant recommendations (for which I can search the board, and I also have some ideas from previous visits) I thought that I'd try a different question, given that the North West is a fertile area for the regional / seasonal approach.

So what is likely to be good in October, any great local specialities that will be starting to appear on menus or any great local ingredients coming into season?. If you like, suggest where I might find excellent examples of these.

As an example, last time I visited Portland, it was earlier in the summertime last year, and hazelnuts were everywhere, and I got to sample huckleberries too.

Thanks, Pete (UK)

Aug 22, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Seattle and Portland Food Tours

I'll be visiting Seattle and Portland (two of my favourite cities) in early Oct. I've already booked the Portland walking food tour as I thought it would be a fun thing to do on my final day. I've noticed that a number of these tours are now being offered in Seattle also and I wondered what local Chowhounds think about them. Are they worthwhile or would I be as well to seek out interesting food locations by myself?. I've been to the Portland Farmers Market and Pike Place Market before as well as many interesting speciality stores and great restaurants in both cities (and look forward to revisiting many of them). I like the idea of spending a few hours with others discussing some local food treats so I'm sure I'll enjoy the one I've already booked.
I'm grateful for any views you might have
Thanks
Pete (UK)

Aug 20, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest

Seattle and Portland Food Tours

duplicate post - sorry please remove

Aug 20, 2008
Pete S in Pacific Northwest