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Mar 12, 2007 04:37 PM

Portland virgins

My husband and I will be visiting Portland for the first time later this week. We'll be staying downtown and will also have a rental car. We need places to eat. Both of us are flexible eaters, open to just about anything (except really expensive, i.e. $20 entrees). Neither of us knows anything about the city, though we will have a travel book. Ideally, I'd like to avoid driving far, or if there are easy public transportation options, that would be great.

I realize that this is a massive request, but any suggestions about some special Portland food would be welcome. We're from Los Angeles (I know! Sorry!), so Mexican and Japanese are relatively easy for us to come by at home. As I said, all cuisines are welcome.

Thank you kindly in advance. I will do my best to report back with my findings when we return.

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  1. If I had friends coming to town and I wanted to share what I think is unique to Portland, I'd first of all take them to Le Pigeon, even though it's excruciatingly small and near your limit for the price of the entrees. Another lower-priced place that you could try would be Pambiche, if you don't get enough Cuban food at home--it's pretty small, too, but it's got a fun and funky atmosphere, and you can get great food for a good price. I also like to take people to Pix for dessert, again because of the atmosphere.
    Downtown: Karam
    Le Pigeon

    1. You don't need a car in Portland, you can easily walk most neighhorhoods and there is a Streetcar that runs a big loop through the city , you can get on and off and wander the areas that interest you.
      Also, look at for info..
      Since you are staying in the SW part of town, I will mention some SW/NW places that I like and tend to bring friends to..
      Wildwood is great, off of Northrup on NW 21st..

      Andina-Peruvian on NW Glisan & 13th

      Silk-Vietnamese on NW 10th & Glisan

      Bluehour for Happy Hour NW Everett & 13th
      Vault for Happy Hour NW 12th between Davis & Everett
      Everett Street Bistro- NW Everett, breakfast.lunch.dinner.
      Southpark SW Park St - seafood..

      1. Don't snub the eastside! Ken's Artisan Pizza for sure. SE 28th & Pine. Easy bus ride on the 19 or 20, catch it on 4th.
        Best hot chocolate ever: Sahagun, 10 NW 16th, a few steps off W. Burnside, six minute walk west of Powell Books. Also have the handmade artisan truffles and salted chocolate filbert caramel that are to die for.
        If you go to Southpark have the chocolate crostatta.

        I suggest you scroll back on this board. There are other newbie's requests.
        What sort of favorite cravings do you tend to have?

        1. Everyone's been talking about Whiskey Soda Lounge on Division - Thai food.

          1. Dunno about all those yuppie places - haven't been to Portland in about 30 years but...

            you need to go to Jake's. Get the barbecued crab legs. They still haunt me after 30 years. They serve them with a small loaf of sourdough bread and I said to the waiter- there's no way I can eat that much bread, and he said... just dip it in the broth.

            I ate the whole thing.

            I'm assuming they are still in business- they had been around for something like 100 years when I was there, so I'm assuming they are there still.