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Pok Pok and Food Carts

My favorite food cart is the Steak Frites cart in the pod at SE 28th and Ankeny.

It's a great deal, and the pod overall has some other great options including a beer and wine truck.

There's also a great Italian cart there as well, though the wait can be long depending on when you go.

Feb 05, 2015
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Best current foie gras dishes?

Do not miss out on the foie gras profiteroles from Le Pigeon. I know you said you prefer only the seared form, but this is one of the best individual plates. I always make a point of ordering them when I eat there.

Jan 08, 2015
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Your favorite nightlife spots for a drink

Go to the Oak Long Bar at the Fairmont Copley. Could also try the bar at Salty Pig, but that's more of a restaurant.

Oct 03, 2014
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May I please have a few pointers for upcoming trip to Portland??

I used to stop here on my walk to school at Gregory Heights way back in the 90's. This post totally brought me back. Glad to know it's still around. It was definitely from another era even back then.

Jun 04, 2014
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Ned Ludd, Woodsman, or Davenport?

Planning a visit to Portland to see parents next month. I normally go to Le Pigeon when I visit, but I am trying to branch out. I have a reservation at Ava Gene's, but the following night I am trying to decide where to eat with some friends.

Among the three Ned Ludd, Woodsman, or Davenport does one stand above the rest? Also does Davenport do reservations? I couldn't tell from the website.

Any opinions are much appreciated.

Feb 20, 2014
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

New Years Trip to SF Review - Underwhelmed by Tartine

A group of friends recently enjoyed a wonderful five days in San Francisco. Coming from the Northeast the wonderful weather was greatly appreciated. Below are some of the spots.

Before arriving in San Francisco we spent a night in Carmel and dined at Aubergine. We did the regular tasting menu with wine and added an incredible cheese plate which was more than worth the additional charge. The wines all paired beautifully, but we were surprised that they were all European. Not really a complaint, but given the location we expected to try some quality California wines. Overall it was a nice special occasion restaurant though there were some misses, particularly the chocolate dessert with wheat berries.

Our first night in San Francisco we had an impromptu dinner at Maven with local friends. Considering it was a group of seven with no reservations on a Saturday they were very accommodating. Food was decent thought nothing came to mind as outstanding. Fantastic drinks.

Sunday we met some friends for dim sum in Chinatown. I don't recall the name, but almost everything was fantastic. Especially the garlic noodles with shrimp.

That night we had reservations at Nopa. Given the hype surrounding this place I was surprised by how casual it was. We shared five small plates that were all excellent. Our group of five each ordered an entree which was a mistake. None of us were particularly blown away by our main dishes. I had a pasta with sausage in some sort of broth that was pretty bland. Would happily dine there again, but would stick to the small plates.

The next day we headed to the Mission for burritos. Given the hype surrounding San Francisco burritos on this board and the comparisons that come up whenever burritos are discussed in any other city my expectations were high. On a suggestion from a friend we went to El Farolito. I am happy to say the food did not disappoint. The al pastor was full of flavor and the ingredients and assembly were better than anything I've had on the East Coast. A perfect gut bomb after a night out.

After lunch we tried to stop by Tartine after numerous people mentioned their bread pudding and croissants. The line of course was insane so we continued on our way. A couple days later we had some time and went in the morning. The line was much shorter. Everything in the case looked gorgeous though it was a bit too early to be loading up on dessert. We purchased a croissant, a cup of the bread pudding, and a shitake mushroom croque monsieur.

The croissant was quite large, and I enjoyed the flakiness of the shell, but it did not blow me away as I was expecting. The croque monsieur looked fantastic and there was some good flavor, but for some reason they decided to keep the mushroom stems on. I think this may have been for appearance, but the stems were so tough we ended up having to spit them out which made eating it rather difficult. Finally, the bread pudding had some good texture, but was extremely lacking in any flavor. Maybe it would be better warmed or with some sort of sauce, but I really don't understand what all the fawning over this was about. It wasn't even worth finishing. I know Tartine gets a lot of love from a variety of sources, but after this one experience I'm not sure why. It seems like they may be more concerned with the aesthetics of the cafe and the food rather than the actual taste.

We also had a meal at Terzo which was able to fit a group of us in last minute one night. We had a wonderful server, and stuck to the various small plates.

3 days in Portland...first-timers...suggestions?

Do you have anything more specific? There are a lot of posts like this on the board that can help you out. If you are looking for a market walk up to the PSU Farmer's Market on Saturday.

Don't worry about not having dress clothes. Almost everywhere is casual. There really aren't formal places in Portland.

My personal favorite is Le Pigeon.

Sep 11, 2012
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Family dinner for 6 including one vegetarian - please help with my list


Sorry I took so long to report back. The dinner with my family close to Christmas at DOC was really fantastic. They had never been to DOC and we were all impressed with the food, service, and unique setting of the restaurant. Not everything hit perfectly but that is to be expected when having so many dishes. The wine recommendations were also quite amazing and the server made sure to always recommend a couple things at different price points.

The whole family was impressed.

May 09, 2012
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Date night restaurant in Cambridge

Fun and kind of nice but casual is City Girl Cafe a short walk from Central Square. Plough and Stars up Mass Ave. also may fit the bill.

Rendevous is amazing but expensive.

You could also try to make it a bit more romantic and see if you can get in at Bondir. It's a bit pricey but if you do it right can still be a great value.

Mar 19, 2012
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Guchi's Midnight Ramen

I don't know. Mention of this thing was showing up in various publications for months and their initial invite of several Boston food bloggers suggests that they do have some PR muscle behind them and this was a deliberate move by someone. The restaurants that they are using to host the events also suggests that this is a much more calculated outfit. No. 9 Park is one of the nicest venues in Boston. This isn't like some friends deciding to do some late night food at Lord Hobo or Deep Ellum and letting it spread by word of mouth.

If they were trying to be a quiet business for friends or a fund side project I think you would have seen something happen similar to Strip-T's where it's a slow build and people start finding out about it over time and spreads organically.

I'm sure that the chefs behind it are nice people and maybe didn't expect the level of interest but they aren't faultless in this hype. Though at the same time maybe they underestimated the level of crazy that arises among some parts of the populace to do anything deemed exclusive or try to get access to anything that appears trendy and difficult to obtain.

Feb 24, 2012
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Guchi's Midnight Ramen

I just don't understand the hype to eat what I imagine is really great food but still just ramen at midnight on a weeknight.

The whole endeavor has become so much hype that no matter how good the meal is it's not going to live up to expectations.

If any ramen heads find themselves in Portland, OR though I highly suggest Boke Bowl. Started out as a popup like Guchi but took over a restaurant for an entire night when it did so less reliant on gimmicks and exclusivity and now has it's own space open seven days a week.

Feb 24, 2012
cbcpapa in Greater Boston Area

Nice beer list and good food near Back bay/Copley

I second Picco. Nice but casual with a good beer list. I haven't been but I think the Salty Pig has a good beer selection.

Jan 19, 2012
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The gift of a delicious meal

Got my parents $100 to Le Pigeon last year and the loved it. It's one of my favorite restaurants to hit up when I visit.

Beast is great too but $100 would pay for about a dinner and a half there.

Dec 16, 2011
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Lunch places this weekend

Heading to Seattle this weekend for the first time in a decade. We have dinner reservations at Book Bindery and Spinasse but I'm still at a loss for lunch places. Not needing anything too fancy but looking for something unique maybe in Capitol Hill or Ballard area.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Dec 16, 2011
cbcpapa in Greater Seattle

New Kendall Square Restaurants

See if you can get a reservation at hungry mother. They even have a movie deal I believe.

Nov 23, 2011
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Proposed itinerary for a visitor from Seattle ā€“ please critique

If you are over there you should definitely go to Cutty's for lunch in Brookline Village. It's an easy walk. The roast beef sandwich is fantastic. Also for a nice meal though maybe not exceptionally original Lineage and Reagle Beagle have nice bars and good food. It's been awhile since I've been to either.

You can also easily take the C line down to Kenmore where Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard are located.

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Oct 05, 2011
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Late night dinner Friday in North or NorthEast before heading back to airport.

I'll be flying in Friday night just before 9 and have three hours to kill before having to go back to the airport to pick up a friend.

Any recommendations for somewhere serving food that's pretty casual but not too far from the airport. I'm ok with going pretty far but would like to keep it in northeast if possible.

I was thinking the Kennedy school which I know has mediocre food but I'll have an out of town guest and it's a pretty unique setting. Any other suggestions? I know Whiskey Soda Lounge is open but I'm planning on visiting them for the fish sauce wings later in the weekend.

Thanks in advance.

Whiskey Soda Lounge
3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Oct 04, 2011
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Proposed itinerary for a visitor from Seattle ā€“ please critique

Oleana is a must and could be a great place to try that night you get in. Bondir is excellent but it is a small kitchen so if you are looking for something quicker I would avoid it.

Less expensive there is always Hungry Mother which often has bluefish on their menu.

Good casual lunch in the South End one of the days Picco or Coppa could be a nice change.

Though it's not super fancy and it can be hit or miss if you are near Harvard Square you could walk down to Plough and Stars for some more inexpensive but decent food.

For Saturday there are a lot of places that do brunch only on Sundays (East Coast Grill being one) for something quick and casual Toscanini's does a delicious breakfast starting at 10 am.

I'm actually planning a trip to Seattle right now in December. Anything that is a must try? Right now I'm thinking of doing dinner one night at Book Bindery.

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Oct 04, 2011
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Sichuan in Brookline: Garden or Gourmet?

Four Sichuan Gourmet do not miss the wontons in chili oil and the dan dan noodles.

Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Sep 29, 2011
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Family dinner for 6 including one vegetarian - please help with my list

Thank you so much for your incredibly detailed response. It was very helpful. I just called and left a message for DOC. I really like the idea of everyone getting different dishes and the concept sounds perfect.

Sep 19, 2011
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Family dinner for 6 including one vegetarian - please help with my list

Iā€™m visiting family in Portland coming up and as a gift I wanted to take everyone out to dinner. There will be six of us including one vegetarian so somewhere like Beast is out. I have narrowed down my list to the following:

Irving St. Kitchen
Gilt Club (Looks like they do special dinners for groups of 6 or more)
Castagna (Heard the chef changed does anyone have an update about any changes in quality?)

Any insights or recommendations are much appreciated. I love Le Pigeon and Pok Pok but have been there numerous times and want to try something new.

1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Sep 16, 2011
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Provincetown wedding venue recs?

Ptown Parties does things at multiple venues including the cafe that they run in North Truro. They can also help with finding other places. I know there is a yacht club in Truro they work with and some private residences that can be rented for events.

If you contact them they can provide options. In the summer some of the smaller inns may have caps around 40.

May 18, 2011
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Provincetown wedding venue recs?

I'm having my wedding on the Outer Cape this summer and a problem we ran into looking for venue's is that many of the weddings in Ptown have hard caps on the number of guests allowed and we were way above them. You can always do the Pilgrim Monument and tent it.

There is a new hotel called the Harbor Hotel that was renovated this year that may do weddings.

There is also the Ptown Inn which does everything but we heard not so great things about the scene though they were very nice when we met with them.

Ptown Parties is the caterer we are using. They also work with numerous venues and could help you find something. I've heard great things about their food.

May 17, 2011
cbcpapa in Greater Boston Area

Sunday night chefs' menus?

I've had a good time at Rendevous with their Sunday night menu.


Feb 16, 2011
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quiet place in Central Square

Central Kitchen does a good quiet lunch.

Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Jan 21, 2011
cbcpapa in Greater Boston Area

New Orleanians road trippin to PDX; lookin for yummy vegan fare

Oct 06, 2010
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

New Orleanians road trippin to PDX; lookin for yummy vegan fare

Here is a good place to start"


The bakery in that group does a breakfast buffet, at least on Sundays.

Also the food carts on N. Missippi has some really delicious vegan food.

Oct 06, 2010
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dinner with a view

The Chart House has terrible food. That chain is just getting by on having some nice locations.

Chart House
5700 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97239

Oct 06, 2010
cbcpapa in Metro Portland

Deuxave or Towne?

Back Bay Social Club isn't going to have as good food as either of those two.

Oct 05, 2010
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dinner with a view

Just went to noble rot last weekend and if you can get there early enough to sit outside there is a great view of downtown Portland. They had great food and an interesting wine selection as well.

Oct 05, 2010
cbcpapa in Metro Portland