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Dec 16, 2006 06:21 PM

Ultimate Restaurants: Portland

The Annual Chowhound Survey of Restaurants is expanding to Portland.

And Portland does needs to do a poll like this. We have a rich community of chef. How it Works: rate your top five, and only five restaurants in the Portland area that you would recommend to a friend visiting Portland, looking for a memorable dining experience. The scoring will go 5 points for a first place vote, 4 for a second place vote, 3 for a third place vote, 2 for a fourth place vote and one for a fifth place vote. The deadline for voting to be Dec. 20th. After that we will publish the results. If you’re confused, here is a link to the L.A. board’s version

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  1. the one and only one restaraut in portland that is a MUST is Jakes in downtown Portland. They have been in business for over 100 years in the same location and they specialize in seafood. It was over the top and rates 5 stars or more!! don't miss it!


    8 Replies
    1. re: leahvh

      Jake's is an overrated tourist trap, IMHO.

      1. re: Leonardo

        I'd say Jake's is overrated, but it isn't vastly overrated. I suspect that if it were in Salem, it would be by rights the top three all by itself.

        1. re: Brrrb

          I can't see a huge difference between Jakes and McCormick & Schmicks.

          1. re: MonkeyKing

            Maybe because Jake's is owned by McCormick & Schmicks

              1. re: MonkeyKing

                When I refer to one, I mean them all: Jakes, M & C, whatever.
                And Portland isn't Salem, thank goodness.
                I leave them to the tourists, out of town biz folks, and college students who have their visiting parents pay. Isn't that what those places are for?
                I can't believe this chain (started in Portland ) is such a big deal in Chicago etc.

                1. re: Leonardo

                  Jakes is owned by McCormick & Schmicks? Wow, I didn't know that. Now it makes sense. (No sarcasm implied, just bewilderment).

                  Leahvh must be a corporate PR flack for them.

          2. re: leahvh

            In addition to being an overrated tourist trap, the last time I was there our group was charged for three items we did not order or receive. The waiter refused to come to the table when we pointed this out and an assistant manager had to take our check. You have too many good restaurants in your city to waste your time at a dump like this.

          3. 1) Fenouil
            2) Alba Osteria
            3) Murata
            4) Le Pigeon
            5) Park Kitchen

            1. 1-Genoa
              2-Syun Izakaya
              3-Pho Van / Silk (Pearl)
              4-Wong's King (Division & 92nd - not to be confused with other "Wong's Kings" around town)

              p.s.: your link to the LA board doesn't work because you put a period at the end of the link.

              1. 1. Carlyle
                2. Murata
                3. Alba Osteria
                4. Pambiche
                5. Tabla

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