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Aug 17, 2006 02:38 AM

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

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: gin_soaked_beau

          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.

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

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


            extramsg is great at answering Portland questions.