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LA foodie's 1st time in Portland (with an infant!) - need help!

Second Ned Ludd for brunch with a baby. Bakery Bar (http://www.bakerybar.com/) is also very kid-friendly, particularly if you go before 10:30am. Roost (http://www.roostpdx.com/) and Accanto (http://www.accantopdx.com/) are great brunch places with low-to-no wait lines if you go early. Accanto takes reservations for brunch.

Portland isn't really a splurge kind of place. If you like molecular gastronomy, then Castagna is worth a try. Le Pigeon and Aviary are my current dinner faves.

Feb 03, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Fresh steamed dungeness crab at a PDX restaurant?

Thanks JillO. We ended up at Salty's on Saturday. Delicious steamed crabs, but a little spendy.

I wonder if the ones @ Ocean City and Shen Zhen are fresh caught or farmed because they seem to have them all year-round. I wonder if it matters.

I'm going to Bar Avignon for their dungeness crab fest this Wednesday!

Jan 28, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Fresh steamed dungeness crab at a PDX restaurant?

The dungeness crabs are in season...and I can't seem to find a restaurant that will serve me one! I've called Ringside Fish and EaT. I heard Bar Avignon has them on certain dates, but I'm looking for a place this weekend. Any ideas?

Jan 26, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Heading to Portland - narrowing the list, or perhaps expanding it?

Yes they are big, but sooooo delicious! Can you rally some people to go with you?

Jan 25, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Heading to Portland - narrowing the list, or perhaps expanding it?

If you are here for a weekday, add Broder to your breakfast/brunch list. Amazing, amazing food. I resisted going for two years because I couldn't wrap my head around Swedish breakfast, but I kicked myself when I finally went for not going earlier!

Since you are from Phoenix, I assume you have been to Pizzeria Bianco? Well, Apizza Scholls rivals the brilliance of the Rosa at Bianco.

I was underwhelmed by Little Bird...and the wait at OX is just unbearable. How about Aviary instead? The chefs there are really doing great things!

And double yes to Tanuki!

Jan 23, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Showing our friends what pdx is all about.

For a good burger, it is hard to beat Tasty n Sons during happy hour (2:30-5:00pm) - $7 for their burger:
http://tastynsons.com/light.html

You can also do Happy Hour at Nostrana from 9pm onwards, which is always fun.

My current quintessential PDX experience is Tanuki - you can choose to do omakase for $15-30. Their $15 omakase is as budget-minded as you can get for the quality of food that they serve.

I prefer Le Pigeon to Little Bird and Apizza Scholls to Ken's, but that is more a preference.

Jan 23, 2013
pleen in Metro Portland

Best Restaurant for Vegetarian & Meat Eater?

Great suggestions! I somehow always forget about Andina! I ended up going with clarklewis...but thank you so much for your input! I'll keep this list as suggestions for dining out with them!

Dec 13, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Returning to Portland for New Years

Sounds like a great upcoming trip! A hearty "yes" to your list of "ones that got away" - though my personal opinion on pizza is Apizza Scholls all the way. Do Tasty n Sons during a weekday to save yourself the 2 hour wait. I like their brunch (Burmese red pork stew) and happy hour menu ($5 burger and fried cauliflower) a LOT.

As for others food recommendations, Ox and drinks at Woodsman for sure (but my personal opinion is you can skip a meal there...I was just there earlier this week and find the food to be fine, with certain high notes, but overall, uneven).

A big YES to Tanuki (uber Portland experience), Ha V&L and Aviary. Aviary is one of my favorite restaurants in town...they offer creative, delicious food at a Portland price.

Other things to think about...how about brunch at Beast? The dinner experience is unique, but I actually prefer the food during brunch. You don't get the much touted foie gras bon bon during brunch, but fingers crossed that they are starting off with their version of clafoutis. Same suggestion for Laurelhurst Market...consider dropping by for a super-casual lunch sandwich instead of doing dinner there. Yes to Ox as well...it is a great addition to the restaurant scene.

Another place that might be interesting for first-time visitors is The Ocean - five "micro-restaurant" grouped together on NE 24th and Glisan. (http://chatterbox.typepad.com/portlan...) You're gonna want to try everything there, but exercise restraint and order tacos from Uno Mas, then go around the corner to the Pie Spot. I've tried all the restaurants except Slowburger and I think you can skip Basa Basa and 24th & Meatballs.

Dec 07, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Best Restaurant for Vegetarian & Meat Eater?

Nostrana - great addition! Thanks for that!

While I love Castagna, it may be a bridge too far for the steak dude...maybe.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Dec 05, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Best Restaurant for Vegetarian & Meat Eater?

I'd like to purchase a gift certificate to a nice restaurant as a "thank you" present. The couple that I want to give this to...one is mostly veg, but eats some seafood...and the other is a meat-eating dude (Ringside is his favorite restaurant in town). I know that many restaurants here have a "veg option" -- but I'd love to find a place where the vegetarian has multiple options, not just the "veg option."

Here are the ones I've narrowed it down to:

Genoa
clarklewis
Wildwood

I'm not impressed with Riffle, so that's out of the equation. Can you think of other restaurants I should consider?

Dec 05, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Mirakutei or Hokusei?

Then go for omakase at Hokusei...but promise to come back for Mirakutei.

Dec 03, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Mirakutei or Hokusei?

Mirakutei's selection is limited, but very, very good. Hokusei is only worthwhile if you pull up to the counter and do omakase. Personally, I think you should try both and get back to us ;-)

I like them both, but have only ordered off the menu at Mirakutei (not even sure if they offer omakase) and loved the omakase at Hokusei, but found their ala carte sushi disappointing.

I find myself going to Mirakutei more frequently than Hokusei because it get pricey to do omakase for every sushi meal!

Dec 02, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Razor Clams

Check w/Higgins Restaurant.

Dec 01, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Help narrow down Portland dinner please

clarklewis is solid, consistent, delicious every time. I'd move them up the list.

I haven't tried Imperial..but another newcomer to consider is Ox...it is a little red-meat heavy, but there are definitely options for non red meat eaters.

Definite NO to Veritable Quandry...I consider them more of a tourist trap these days.

Oct 15, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Top 5 dishes portland area

Burmese Red Pork Stew at Tasty & Sons
Ha VL's tumeric noodles
Amatriciana at Apizza Scholls
Luce’s cappelletti in brodo soup
Pok Pok’s Ike’s Chicken Wings or Nong's Chicken Rice...can't decide, so both stay on for now

Oct 15, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Question about donuts from these places: Staccato Gelato, Sesame, Acme, Heavenly

There aren't many good yeast donuts in this town...cake donuts seem to be the thing here. I love Sesame Donut's namesake and I've had Staccato Gelato's cake donuts as well. I'd say Sesame Donuts are my fave in this town. I hope Voodoo is not on your list...love their attitude, but can't find much good to say about the actual product.

Oct 15, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

New to Portland - Help for foodies please!

I'm with you on Chiang Mai - their food is consistently delicious! Hokusei's omakase is delish as well...I'm less impressed with their ala carte menu, but I'd splurge on their omakase. For ala carte sushi, I like to go to Mirakutei...straight-forward, honest and simple.

As for other Thai places aside from Pok Pok and Chiang Mai, I've been to Paa Dee a few times in the last couple of months and enjoyed their food. Worth trying if you live in the neighborhood.

Oct 15, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

orangefleabait98, I've been to Gary's for their egg tarts and they are probably the best egg tarts in town, so it is worth trying some of their other baked items. Their Portuguese egg tarts look good too, but I prefer the traditional HK-style egg tarts, so I haven't tried those.

eglbc, I have tried Taste of Sichuan and I like Szechuan Chef better (5331 SW Macadam Ave, 97239). Everything I ordered at Taste of Sichuan had the same flavor profile...as if they used the same spicy oil sauce for everything. Szechuan Chef's food, while not the best Sichuan I've ever had, at least has some different flavors that harken to authenticity. Try their cumin lamb. dry fried string beans and anything else off their "Chef's Special" menu.

Oct 15, 2012
pleen in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Oooh....thanks for the tip! Lucky Strike is okay, but it doesn't quite satisfy the Sichuan food craving. Will try Taste of Sichuan soon and report back.

Incidentally, Five Spice is now my go-to Cantonese restaurant in town. Their clay pot & clay pot rice dishes are super awesome. They have a very limited dim sum menu, so that is not the place to go for a big blowout dim sum fest, but if you want a snack before your main meal arrives, try their fresh-made rice noodle (any variety) - it's delicious! Their soups are also tasty. I recently had their melon & pork soup and it was heaven - took my right back to Hong Kong!

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Lucky Strike
3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Nov 06, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Looking for suggestions during my vacation to Portland.

PS - IMHO opinion, Voodoo doughnut is overrated. It's fun to visit, but I don't allow my out-of-town visitors to buy anything there. Instead, note that we have over half a dozen amazing bakeries. Try Nuvrei (ham & gruyere croissant & monkey bread), Lovejoy Bakers (The Lovejoy Deluxe & their Butterhorn), Pearl Bakery (cinnamon crown), Ken's Artisan Bakery, Bakery Bar, Baker & Spice, Little T Bakery....oh my! I love breakfast pastries in Portland!

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Ken's Artisan Bakery
338 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Pearl Bakery
102 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Oct 10, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Looking for suggestions during my vacation to Portland.

Toro Bravo and Tasty N Sons are owned by the same restaurateurs - they are different restaurant concepts, but you may want to go to one, not both, so that you can experience other great eats in town. I've taken every out-of-town visitor to Tasty N Sons and everyone loved it. Both Tasty N Sons and Pok Pok can have long waits...if you don't like to wait in the rain, I suggest going there early.

I second Mirakutei for sushi and ramen. I like Bamboo Sushi, but think the Mirakutei is a little better. I was not impressed with Masu.

Food carts are a must - but not all food carts are created equally. The largest cluster of food carts is downtown (10th and Alder)...but there aren't many places to sit and enjoy the delicious offerings. My favorite food cart pods are in the SE...Cartopia (Whiffies Fried Pies, the creperie, Pyro Pizza AND Potato Champions - all super-delish) and Good Food Here (Eurotrash, Namu, Sugar Cube and I hear Clack-a-Lack Chicken just moved there as well!)

Enjoy!

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Potato Champion
SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

Pyro Pizza
SE Hawthorne Blvd SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Oct 10, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Restaurant with a separate room for small event?

Great suggestions fellow Chowhounders! Thanks so much...I've got lots to go on here!

Aug 13, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Chef Tasting Suggestions

Not exactly chef's tasting menu, as only one menu is offered per evening (substitutions politely declined), but have you thought about Beast? I believe it's $60 without wine pairings.

Aug 11, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

FB, I tried Sizzle Pie's slices a few months ago and was underwhelmed. Do you think I should order an entire pie to get better results? Admittedly, I'm nuts about Apizza Scholls and I personally think it is the best pizza in town...but they don't sell slices there, so I always order a whole pie. I like Ken's, but neither Ken's or Nostrana comes close to Apizza Scholls in my book. Pizza preference is really very subjective! Another pie that I really enjoy (for $7!!!) is Pyro Pizza, a food cart on SE 12th and Hawthorne. Amazing what great pies they can turn out of a food cart!

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Pyro Pizza
SE Hawthorne Blvd SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Aug 11, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Restaurant with a separate room for small event?

Hi PDX Chowhounders! I'm planning a small birthday party (10-12 people) and looking for a good restaurant with a separate dining room. We are a loud bunch and I would hate to impose our noise-making on other diners!

Thanks in advance!

Aug 10, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Experimental food in Portland

I agree with you re: Aviary - I love that place! Unfortunately, their place was damaged by errant fireworks on Fourth of July. However, the food community has rallied together and there are various fundraising efforts to help Aviary "rise" like the phoenix. I went to a fantastic benefit dinner at Firehouse last night...Plate & Pitchfork also hosted something, I believe. Ping is lending their space on Monday nights to the Aviary chefs...for more info, contact Aviary: http://www.aviarypdx.com/

Jul 26, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Fabulous Cantonese

Agree re: dimsum...I did a back-to-back Wong King's versus Ocean City comparison and found Ocean City to be a little more refined, less oily (it's all relative!), fresher ingredients.

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Ocean City Restaurant
3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Jul 24, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Experimental food in Portland

Castagna is the closest thing we've got, but frankly, I'm kind of glad that there is so much delicious, honest, well-prepared food that isn't disguised as something else. Just my own personal opinion, of course.

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Castagna
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Jul 22, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

Just tried Five Spice this afternoon - pretty good! I would definitely go back and try different things. I only ordered a tofu dish and vegetables, so it is not the best measure of a cantonese place, but will head back over there for further exploration of the menu.

If anyone is craving an egg tart (dan tat), Gary's Bakery across the street is pretty decent, especially when the egg tarts have just come out of the oven and they are still warm. They also have Portuguese egg tarts there. Yum.

Also, tried Kenny's and I love the snap of the noodles there, but I don't think their dumplings (both won tons and shui gau) are as good as Chen's Good Taste in Old Chinatown.

Jul 22, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland

Best Pizza in Portland

We are on the same page regarding pizza, nkeane. Had the good fortune to dine at Bianco twice in the past year and once at Uno Napolitano (sp?) before the chef packed up and moved to SF. Have yet to try Di Fara's in Brooklyn...heard that is really good too. But I digress.

Have you been to Pyro's Pizza? Damn good for $7!

Jul 08, 2011
pleen in Metro Portland