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Portland and Seattle trip - looking for recs

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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!

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  1. 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.
    Have fun!

    1. If you dont mind the jaunt across the bridge, to Vancouver. Hudson's Bar & Grill is a great place to go for high-end yet affordable.