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Are the write up's from Gourmet and Bon Appétit re: Portland restaurants really deserved?

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gin_soaked_beau Aug 17, 2006 02:38 AM

or is this just publishing hype while jumping on the bandwagon of yet more media hype of a supposedly hip city coming into its own?

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    melly Aug 18, 2006 04:38 AM

    I went to Simpatica in Portland. I was visiting my son and his family.. and it had been mentioned in Bon Appetite. I was so very impressed. The waffles were ethereal almost...or the experience of eating them was. Melted in my mouth. The owners also have Viande Meat Market and the sausage was moist, tender, and the seasonings devine. I look forward to my next trip there so I can try Appiza Scholls!
    Hey, Tony Bourdain did a "No Reservations" there for next season. I look forward to seeing it.

    1. Pei Aug 17, 2006 11:23 PM

      As an SF/LA hound who just went to Portland with a DC hound who's travelled and eaten a lot in SF/LA, I have to say Portland has a ways to go. We went to a few restaurants and left fairly unimpressed.

      We loved happy hour because prices were low and food was pretty good for bar fare, but when we started shelling out $30+ for a meal it was obvious that any of the three cities we usually eat in easily outclass Portland in terms of service and quality of food. That's no to say Portland isn't wonderful in many other ways. It's just not quite there yet in terms of food.

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        Leonardo Aug 17, 2006 09:27 PM

        Come here and visit to see for yourself, just don't stay, LOL.

        As a well-traveled native, I gotta say most of the accolades are well-deserved. But yes, the service does suck bigtime.

        Here's another angle from an LA Times article:
        http://www.foodfunders.org/news_artic...

        1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 17, 2006 08:26 AM

          Check this out for a far more personal and interesting opinion of the PDX restaurant scene:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          extramsg is great at answering Portland questions.

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            DaweStotz Aug 17, 2006 07:02 AM

            Portland's nice but it ain't even close to "there" yet.

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              gin_soaked_beau Aug 17, 2006 05:24 AM

              I don't mean to come off sounding so snide, but the hyperbole is too much. name three that can compare with what's in nyc, la or sf. up and comers yes, nirvana? whatever...

              and it is gastro-nomical, not nimcal. lol.

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                nagrom Aug 17, 2006 09:06 PM

                Keep it coming! There's too much traffic as it is!
                Seriously though, as a Portlander who has eaten also in some excellent NYC restaurants, as well as those in SF, I'd say that service-wise Portland needs some help. I've had some of the best meals of my life here as far as food goes, but service in Portland stinks. I'm actually shocked now when I eat somewhere that has excellent service. I can agree with you as that goes, but for me, the food can be just as good. We just don't have as many choices as a larger city, but that's only because we're not a large city.
                That said, I think a lot of the accolades about the portland food scene have as much to do with the support system too. Farmers and restaurant owners and winemakers are all pretty tightnit here. Not that It's a very ingredient driven environment. I think people often fall in love with the town as a whole, not just the food.

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                nagrom Aug 17, 2006 03:25 AM

                I would love to say that it's just hype and people should stop moving to Portland because it's no fun and there's no good food. I'd be totally lying, however, so I'm not going to say a word.

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                  gin_soaked_beau Aug 17, 2006 02:44 AM

                  I should note both magazines have been falling all over themselves the past year declaring Portland to be the new gastronimcal nirvana.

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