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howardhao Aug 14, 2006 09:12 PM

in lieu of giving cash or a gift to a friend who is getting married soon in portland, i'd like to treat them to a nice dinner. can anyone recommend a place that a foodie would appreciate in portland and from whom i could purchase a dining gift card? (i'll probably be spending one hundred or one-hundred fifty dollars.) is there a portland restaurant similar to Green Zebra in chicago or Chez Panisse? thanks.

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  1. extramsg RE: howardhao Aug 15, 2006 12:36 AM

    Nothing as high end veggie as Green Zebra in Portland. But many places with a similar aesthetic to Chez Panisse (ie, simple, seasonal food done well).

    If you want a place that's both fancy-ish (for Portland) with good food, try: Wildwood, Paley's, Olea, Fenouil, Carlyle, or Hurley's. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

    If you want a place that's a little more casual, but still has very good food, try: Alberta Street Oyster Bar, Park Kitchen, or clarklewis.

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      nagrom RE: extramsg Aug 15, 2006 02:56 AM

      I'd agree with most of those options, although I have yet to eat at Alberta or Carlyle. I'm not crazy about Wildwood however. I know a lot of people love them, but based on my experiences it's a little ho-hum. Not to mention I've heard less than savory things about their back kitchen. I think Park Kitchen can be pretty romantic and very Portland.
      If you're wanting to do something a bit outside Portland I recently had one of the best dinners I've had in years at the Painted Lady in Newberg.

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      pdxgirl RE: howardhao Aug 15, 2006 04:31 AM

      I will second the recommendations for Paleys or Fenouil. Fenouil has a bit of elegance to it that I like, the soaring ceiings and fireplaces, walls of glass .. and very good food.

      I think as a gift, Fenouil might make a good impression ~

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        jeff_pdx RE: howardhao Aug 15, 2006 07:16 AM

        Alba Osteria would be a good choice and is probably a little more unexpected as a gift than the usual list mentioned above. Plus, being in Raleigh Hills it sort of feels like it's outside Portland without actually being outside Portland.

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          howardhao RE: howardhao Aug 15, 2006 11:56 PM

          thanks to all for the recommendations. i think i'm going to go with Olea, only because the owner apparently designed a couple of restaurants here in chicago, where i am, and studied design at the art institute of chicago. there's a nice connection, albeit a non-gastronomical one.

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