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Sep 24, 2006 05:23 PM


There was an article in the Seattle papers about Portage, which is located in the old Barbacoa. Anybody been there yet?

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  1. We went last night. The space is small and the tables by the door can be chilly. Heirloom tomato salad not very good; crab appetizer excellent. They make a decent Kamikaze. Had walleye pike, in honor of Minnesota, that was good. Wonderful deserts: flourless chocolate cake and a tiny pumpkin (with stem top) with pumpkin creme brule inside. We'd go back. Had postive review in the Seattle Times on Friday, read it online.

    1. Are my eyes deceiving me? Driving down QA Ave this afternoon and it looks like Portage is closed as all the tables and chairs were gone and it looks empty!! Anyone know if this is a permanent closure or some type of remodel though they've only been open for six months?

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      1. re: fooddawg

        I was there last friday, I was going to say I think your eyes deceive you, but now that I think a little harder, there may have been a note in the restroom about closing for a week of remodeling. Food was delicious and service was knowledgable about both food and wine.

        1. re: babette feasts

          That would be good news. On my list of must-trys. I was afraid they had disappeared ala Coco la ti da (which was also on my list of must-trys). Thanks!

      2. I've been there a couple times, right when they opened, but it's been a while. The first time was before the first newspaper review. I thought it was marginal, but decent. Considering the kitchen is the size of a small closet, I shouldn't be so critical, but their prices did fell a bit high. I also wondered why the wine list was all french, nothing local or American, but like I said it's been a while. Can anyone confirm if they are really closed? Or on a break?

        1. Message on their Voicemail says they will be closed for a week for remodeling, and will re-open March 12th............

          1. I certainly hope it's only a remodel. We tried to go tonight but found them closed and wondered... I've had some pretty fabulous food here. Can't wait for them to reopen.

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            1. re: malarkey

              Me, too. They've been closed 3 days now of a one week remodel and I've yet to see any workers in there. The restaurants on Queen Anne didn't seem too busy for a Saturday night. Is it the pending time change or are that many people planning on running in the St Paddy's Day Run tomorrow?

              1. re: fooddawg

                We drove by Sunday afternoon and there were workers in it. That's a good sign.

                1. re: Lauren

                  Ate there last night, they put in a new floor. Whew~!

                  1. re: malarkey

                    We have eaten there several times--good food, beautifully presented, chatty annoying servers, very pricey, wine is mostly French and I think overpriced, no local wines--no local food---whitefish from??? midwest somewhere--no local veggies---very limited menu---no atmosphere I don't know if I'd continue going back.

                    1. re: sammick

                      I agree about overpriced...also factored into that, for me, is that the space is very, very tiny and, in my opinion, uncomfortable for the $ of the food which is just okay.

                      1. re: sammick

                        Went back,,new serving staff--much better----food still excellent----altho I think there should be more local food--really responsive chef/owner who really wants this to go----

                        Definitely give this place a try--a bit pricey on the wines tho-----

                        1. re: sammick


                          This is about the 5th time we've been there---I think the place is a keeper--

                          Not cheap, but consistanly good food, nice but pricey wine list---very attentive chef/owner who wants this restaurant to succeed--

                          If you're in the mood to splurge--give this place a try.

                          1. re: sammick

                            I'm a regular at the Ballard Farmers market and I ran into someone buying morel's and seabeans for Portage. I also ate there recently and they featured a dish with minor's lettuce and I also noticed that in the market for the week. Food is very creative and it's a great experience...I agree, it's a keeper