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Food picks for Portland trip 5/21-5/24

We are back from our trip, and what a fabulous trip it was...despite the rain that was there everyday except on the day we left...go figure! We dined at the Urban Farmers at our hotel (the Nines) for breakfast almost everyday as it was included with our stay. Food was ok...not great, but then we were trying to eat healthier for breakfasts and save ourselves for the "real" meals.

On Friday, we went to Toro Bravo for dinner. Waited for about an hour for a table and ended up at the bar by the kitchen. Food was great. My fav dishes were the drunken pork with avocado salsa and the spinach with pine nuts and golden raisins. But really, everything we had was great.

Day 2 started with trip to Farmer's market. We had Pine Street Biscuit...the one with fried chicken, pickles, honey & mustard. Loved the sweet w/ the savory flavor. There were some tasty vendors as well. There was one that had these different flavors of pesto. Wish I could have brought some home with us. Next food/drink stop was Sahagun. I have to say, this was disappointing to me. I personally like my chocolate sweeter. On the day we went, the choc of the day was ecuadrian 80% and pretty bitter, even after I added sugar. For dinner, we had reservations @ Paley's Place. This, was my favorite meal of the trip. I loved the smoked salmon croustini they brought out as soon as we were seated. Everything I had was amazing and I LOVE the fact that you can order half orders so for me, since I really wanted to try the salmon and the crab risotto dishes, I was able to order 1/2 order of each and make it a full meal. My DH ordered the special of the night, an aged ribeye. This was good, but I wouldn't say it was the best piece of meat I've ever had. Overall, the only "complaint" I have is that the portions are on the smaller side, but the quality of the food and service were awesome!

Day 3 started with Pok Pok for lunch. We skipped breakfast so we can enjoy all the foods @ Pok Pok. While the food was great, I think having Thai food as your 1st meal was not the best idea. We LOVED the fish sauce wings and the rotisserie game hen. Crab fried rice was good, but probably not memorable. the disappointment there was probably the Khao Soi Kai. Personally, I think it looked better than it tasted. Overall, it was a great meal and I'd highly recommend Pok Pok.

For dinner, we had reservations at Le Pigeon...which was at the communal table. Fortunately, there were 2 open seats at the bar left so we asked to be seated there instead. What an awesome experience to watch them cook! Unfortunately, Rucker wasn't there that night, but the food was still amazing. My DH called this meal his fav of the trip. the lamb tongue appetizer was fabulous. I had the duck, which was not as tender as I would've liked, but the potato/fava mix that the duck was sitting on more than made up for it. DH had the pork chop with fennel. Awesome dish and the pork chop was so juicy and tender! Fab meal. Highly recommend sitting by the open kitchen vs. the communal table.

On the day we were leaving (Monday), we planned out our food cart must-hits based on the suggestions of the nice people on this board. We only had 1 meal, but we managed to hit 3 carts! I thank those who urged me to try Schnitzelwich. Boy, I'm soooooo glad I didn't pass that up. That was the BEST of the 3 carts. Never had anything like it! 2nd cart we hit was Nong's Khao Man Gai. Great food and I actually loved the soup that came with it. The food felt lighter than everything else we ate during our Portland stay, although this is not something "new" to me as I've had similar chicken and rice in the past. Definitely need to go early before they sell out. The 3rd and final stop was Ziba's. I had high hopes for this one...but alas, it wasn't for me. It was a heavier meal and having just had the Schnitzelwich and the Khao Man Gai (and a full stomach), it just was good, not great.

Didn't get to hit Ten01 as we didn't have the time nor the room in our stomachs with all the foods we consumed. Definitely some great foods in Portland. Wish we got to try more of the food carts. Next time!

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Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St, A Portland, OR

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

Urban Farmer
525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

May 25, 2010
mages in Metro Portland

Food picks for Portland trip 5/21-5/24

thanks all for the recs...and the heads-up about Sahagun not open on Sundays! I would be very disappointed to miss that chocolate!

Also, a friend of my is raving about Portland City Grill and telling me it's a must-go place. I haven't seen anything on this board about this place and seems the reviews are more thumbs up on the view than the food. What do you think? Is this a place I should squeeze in?

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Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave Ste 3000, Portland, OR 97204

May 08, 2010
mages in Metro Portland

Food picks for Portland trip 5/21-5/24

Thanks to some responses I've received on my other post and for the past info posted on this board. I think I have narrowed down my food choices for our short trip (was very hard!). My husband and I are coming from So Cal to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Here are our picks...let me know if you'd make any substitutions (i.e. better can't miss foods, type of food too similar, etc.). Of course, in between our hunt for the food, we'd like to see as much of Portland as we can (Rose Garden, japanese & Chinese gardens, pittock mansion, Powell's, etc.)

Friday: spending the day visiting the Gorge and outlet shopping. hoping to make it back in time for dinner at Toro Bravo.

Sat:
Visiting the Saturday Market and eating breakfast/lunch at the market (unless there is a lunch spot you'd suggest
- Cool Moon for ice cream
- Ten01 for happy hour
- Paley's Place for dinner

Sun:
-Pok Pok for lunch (I'm hoping there's no "must-have" dish missing on the lunch menu)
- Le Pigeon for dinner
- squeezing in Sahagun in between

Mon:
- lunch @ the food carts in downtown - what are some top choices (I'd like to stay away from burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches)

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Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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

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

May 07, 2010
mages in Metro Portland

Portland recommendations and day trip suggestion

thank you both for the suggestions. The Saturday market is definitely on my list as is Sahagun. I've decided on a day trip to the Gorge. We plan on leaving for the Gorge early Friday morning. Considering there probably isn't great food around the Gorge, is there a great place we can grab food before we leave the city to take along for picnic lunch?

May 05, 2010
mages in Metro Portland

Portland recommendations and day trip suggestion

My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary by visiting Portland in mid-May, staying at the Nines. We will have all day Friday-Sunday, leaving mid-day on Monday. I definitely want to explore the food carts as well as as at least 2 nice meals. We are planning to take a day trip to the coast on Friday and are trying to decide whether to explore Cannon Beach area or Lincoln City area. Which would you recommend for sight-seeing, good food, etc? What are some good local eats around both areas that you'd recommend (probably for lunch and dinner, as well as snacks in between).

I've been reading some of the other posts and some of the restaurants I think people rave about and I think we're going to try are Pok Pok, Le pigeon, and Paley's Place. Any recommendation on a nice restaurant for anniversary dinner for Sat? We love food that is local, something we can't get in Southern CA. We love sushi, seafood, steaks.

Also, we'd like to hit the food carts. What are your favorites for breakfast, lunch, and late night eats?

Lastly, where would you recommend going for shopping? We are only planning on getting a rental car for Friday to drive to the coast.

Thanks in advance for any tips you can provide!

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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

May 04, 2010
mages in Metro Portland

1st time to Portland, need food/day trip suggestions please

My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary by visiting Portland in mid-May, staying at the Nines. We will have all day Friday-Sunday, leaving mid-day on Monday. I definitely want to explore the food carts as well as as at least 2 nice meals. Additionally, we'd like to take a day trip to the Coast and perhaps another day at the Gorge. Given all that Portland has to offer (esp all the wonderful food I keep reading about), would you recommend 2 day trips, which would only leave 1 full day in Portland? Also, I'm debating between Cannon Beach and Lincoln City area for the day trip to the coast, as I don't want to spend all day driving to hit both spots. Which would you consider more of a "can't miss" for its beauty, charm, things to do, and of course, great food?

Any recommendation on a nice anniversary dinner in the city? We love food that is local, something we can't get in Southern CA. We love sushi, seafood, steaks.

Thanks in advance for any tips you can provide!

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mages in Metro Portland

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mages in California

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mages in Los Angeles Area

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mages in Los Angeles Area

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mages in Los Angeles Area

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mages in Los Angeles Area

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