Portland and Seattle trip - looking for recs
I'm going to be visiting Portland March 23-25 and Seattle from the 25-28th. I'm looking for good restaurant recommendations, primarliy dinners. Since it is a business trip I'm not on a tight budget but can't go astronomically expensive. Am pretty open to any type of cuisine, but particularly interested in any regional specialties.
Thanks in advance for your help!
I live and cook and run a cafe in Portland (it's mostly breakfast & lunch-y, called Half & Half,) but I'm not here to plug it. I have a few dinner recommendations for Portland:
Navarre--On NE 28th ave, half a block north of Burnside (on the east side). It's northwest/spanish with a fun wine list and can accomidate any budget. Very laid back, comfortable, service can be a bit slow. A great place to sit at the bar if you're alone.
Also Castagna, on SW Hawthorne, has nice dining room and a more casual bistro side.
Park Kitchen downtown, on the North Park blocks just south of Glisan.
I haven't been to Le Pigeon on East Burnside and 7th, but I hear good things.
Of course, the bar at Higgins is a failsafe destination.
Ken's Artisan Pizza on SE 28th (it's on the same street as Navarre, just on the other side of Burnside) has some of the best wood-fired oven pizza in town, as does Nostrana, which has a more extensive Italian menu.