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restaurant across from the Schitzer in Portland

Has anyone eaten at the restaurant across the street from the Schnitzer? I think it's now called Oliver Twist, but I could be wrong. It used to be a deli but it's gone upscale, I think. We need a place to eat before the show and we've already been to Higgins, Pinocchio, Southpark, the Heathman. Want to try something new. Or...the new restaurant - don't remember the name - that's where Harrison's used to be. Anyone been there? Any input would be welcome.

Dec 02, 2007
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Farm dinners in Portland metro area

Can anyone refer me to a website for Portland metro farm dinners - the ones where you have a meal with a bunch of people at a producing farm with local products? Or give me some way to connect with same? I know they were done in the Portland metro last year but haven't heard anything about it this summer and I'd really like to do it.

Jun 23, 2007
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Dinner for 7 tomorrow PDX - help

Georgios is great but I would derfinitely consider it pricy.

Jun 14, 2007
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Best Burger in Portland

Higgins, hands down, IMHO. I'm a burger fan and I've eaten lots of 'em but I keep returning to Higgins. They're on the regular lunch menu and available at dinner if you're in the bar. About $10, which isn't unreasonable since it's about a half inch thick, lovely seasonings, house made buns and comes with a great salad.

Apr 27, 2007
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Hood River restaurants?

I'm going to be in the Hood River area at dinnertime in a few weeks. Can anyone recommend a really good restaurant? I'm sure there must be at least one.

Apr 23, 2007
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Seattle lunch place?

Taking the train up to Seattle from Portland..need someplace downtown for a nice lunch./good food. Any recommendations? If train isn't late, should arrive around 12:30; have tickets to Bodies show at 2:30. Short trip - leaving at 5:45 p.m. same day.

Feb 19, 2007
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PDX-Ten-01

I've been wanting to try out Ten-01 since it opened, haven't been yet but planned to go in about 2 weeks. Now I hear it's gone downhill since opening, chef has left, service bad, etc. etc. Has anyone been there recently and if yes, can I have a quick rundown?

Jan 19, 2007
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Gourmet Food Stores in Portland and Seattle?

Zupans in Portland.

Jan 03, 2007
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birthday brunch on 12/24 - Portland

I'm looking for someplace special to take a good friend for Sunday brunch the day before xmas - it's her birthday. I was going to take her to Le Pigeon but they're not doing brunch on 12/24. Doesn't have to be fancy, just excellent food. And there should be a few vegetarian options. Help! Anyplace in Portland, not Beaverton please.

Dec 18, 2006
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Where are the best croissants in this area?

I could be wrong. Well, next time I go there (Fleur de Lis) I'll ask. If I remember.

Dec 05, 2006
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Where are the best croissants in this area?

I think you have that wrong. St. Honore is owned/operated by a French transplant. The original owner of Pannier opened Fleur de Lis in Hollywood, where the old Hollywood branch library used to be And yes, their croissants are excellent.

Dec 03, 2006
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Where are the best croissants in this area?

In Seattle, I think Le Pannier across the street from Pike's Place Market is great. They used to be in Portland (where I live) too, and when they closed up here I greatly missed them. Whenever I'm in Seattle -- rarely - I always visit Le Pannier.

Nov 29, 2006
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Portland - Pearl District

Pho Van has changed its name, its decor and its menu. Still owned by the same people, though. Now called Silk. I haven't been there since the change, though, so can't comment on the food. I agree with Park Kitchen, though, it's great. Also, I like Fenouil, though it's definitely more formal.

Nov 13, 2006
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[PDX] Portland Dining Guide & Tip Sheet v 2.0

Oh, I dunno...I was at the Heathman last week and had the sweetbreads and they were perfect. Maybe you got the chef on an off night.

Oct 30, 2006
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PDX: Crema is good, know any other bakery/cafes like it?

Although I'm a regular at Crema- I like the big table where I can spread out my NYTimes as I drink my morning latte - a great alternative is Grand Central. While they don't have big tables for NYtimes, they do have exceptional scones and soda bread, great with latte. There's one on Hawthorne (the original) as well as one in Multnomah. And I think there's a new one in Northeast Portland somewhere, too.

Oct 18, 2006
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Seafood in Portland

I would add that if you're a fan of crabcakes, Whole Foods makes wonderful ones (carried in the fish market) - they're as good as or better than many I've had in restaurants and there's VERY minimal filler, too. Last time I bought some was about 6 months back and I think one costs about $6 or so. I just pan fry them briefly to warm 'em up.

Oct 16, 2006
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Cafe Filbert

What's the price range? And what else is on their menu?

Oct 13, 2006
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Portland -- near Convention Center

How much time will you have for lunch? If you're talking about walking distance from the convention center, Nicholas' might fill the bill - fits your parameters - Lebanese food. Haven't been there recently but it used to be okay. If you can catch a taxi or have enough time to take public transportation, Zell's at Southeast Morrison at about 15th is pretty good too - not ethnic tho.

Oct 13, 2006
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Where is Exploration of Portland Food and Drink?

Can anyone tell me what happened to my favorite Portland food blog?It's simply gone.

Sep 13, 2006
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Where's Exploration of Portland Food and Drink?

Does anyone know what happened to my favorite Portland food blog, Exploration of Portland Food and Drink? It seems to have completely disappeared. I'm so sad.

Sep 13, 2006
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PDX: Weekday Breakfast

I just recently discovered Helser's. Fabulous! It's on Alberta, around maybe 26th or so. Unusual menu...crowded for breakfast even in the middle of the week tho.

Sep 06, 2006
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Is Doug Fir worth it? Also, good Vietnamese in PDX?

I see no one answered your question about Doug Fir. I've eaten breakfast/brunch there several times and I've always found the food disappointing, although if you like inexpensive, it would fill that bill. Also, if you like retro atmosphere with a twist, this is the place.

Sep 04, 2006
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Le Bouchon

I've eaten occasionally at Le Bouchon and enjoyed it every time. Once. sweetbreads, beautifully prepared, were on the menu and I enjoyed them immensely, but the next time I was there they weren't on the menu. When I made reservations this time I asked if they would be on the menu the night I was eating there. The answer was no, but since I requested them ahead of time, they obtained some and they made them just for me. What a treat! And they were delicious, just as I'd remembered them. So I have a special spot in my heart for Le Bouchon.

Sep 04, 2006
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Another One Bites The Dust at Sandy and 37th

I think Fleur de Lis has the best croissants in town since Le Pannier folded. Their lunch menu is limited but excellent. Soups are good, too. I'm there frequently.

Aug 28, 2006
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