If not Le Pigeon, then where?
I posted a message yesterday regarding Le Pigeon/Simpatica...looks like we'll need to go with
Plan C. Any suggestions? Top 5 restaurants in PDX?
Stylistically, I'd say a place like Park Kitchen or Clarklewis. However, my last two meals at PK were a bit underwhelming, though still good. And my last meal at Clarklewis was inconsistent and I've heard some rumblings about quality since they lost their chef.
If you don't mind a little fancier place, I would try one of these in order of most local to least local: Wildwood, Alberta Street Oyster Bar, Carlyle, Olea, Hurley's. I think you'd find more interesting food at these than others.
Oh, and don't forget to check through my tip sheet. There are some useful sections beyond the recs by cuisine:
1001 new place on Couch & NW 10th
Great for drinks or dinner.
( these are all NW Portland)
i'll say what i always say... Navarre
10 NE 28th
good pâtés, house-prepared cured meats, and interesting vegetable preparations. and a very reasonable wine list.
it's like dining in an Asterix book.