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Pick of da Crop- Which one do we choose?

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So I'm heading for a long weekend in Portland and as my man's not as into food as I am, I get to choose one great restaurant. I've done a fair amount of perusing so here's the list I've discovered. Please help me narrow it down.

You can tell me where to do lunch, what has the best vibe for cocktails, the most romantic, etc.

As for what I'm looking for, nothing extravagent ($200 a head just isn't the right vibe for now). I'm not looking for a tasting menu, just good, clean, well prepared food. I love local and fresh and adore seafood. My man enjoys his beer and neither of us want anything stuffy, pretentious or even that upscale, as the majority of the trip we'll be camping. Just a solid, delicous meal, a perenial favorite, a good spot...

What say you? Where shall we go?

Wildwood
Higgins
Bluehour
Carlyle
Alba Osteria
Fenouil
clarklewis- local
Paley's Place
Hurley's
Heathman
Park Kitchen
Caprial's
Castagna
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  1. You really can't go wrong with any of the choices you list -- except there may be an issue with clarklewis given ownership changeover, etc. Personally, I'd scratch Hurley's.

    If you're downtown, Silk is anotyher fabulous option for lunch or cocktails.

    A lot of it obviously depends on what you're looking for, i.e. Heathman - fancy hotel dining; Caprial's - a bit off the beaten track in Sellwood; Bluehour - trendy. If you happen to be in the southwest suburbs, near Hillsdale, Alba is probably your best bet for northern Italian.

    Probably the best beer selection of all would be at Higgins.

    1. I have several "faves" among your list, but if your man is not all that into food, you might both enjoy the very casual vibe of Caprial's. She and her husband John cook together there, and you can watch. Food is wonderful.