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New to Portland - Relaxed, good food?

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My husband and I just moved to the Portland area from New Orleans and we're really missing our good, neighborhood restaurants. I'm having a hard time finding the equivalent here. We like good food, but also a relaxed atmosphere - the kind of place that doesn't try too hard to impress, just has good, real food. We like all kinds of cuisine, don't care about the area... Any suggestions?

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  1. I know you don't care about area, but why don't you begin with your neighborhood - the CHers will definitely set you up!

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    1. re: chefguy

      Lagniappe
      1934 NE Alberta St
      "Casual Cajun" ...
      I am in the Pearl District and as a friend says, need to get out of the NW , but if you are interested, I can recommend places here.
      What is a CHer?

    2. That seems odd because Portland is almost entirely populated with relatively casual, quality eateries with a strong neighborhood clientelle. What we're missing are the truly fancy places, imo.

      Where are some of the places you've tried that were too uptight? What neighborhood are you in?

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      1. I think you might like to try the Delta Cafe on SE Woodstock
        casual place and serve good southern food :)

        1. All I can think of at the moment is Pho Van on Powell, Wong's King on Division, Saburo Sushi in Sellwood on Bybee, Navarre in the North East, Nostrana on Morrison, Park Kitchen on the Park Blocks. I know what you mean, you go into these restaurants with these great expectations, but to often they are trying to serve you something eclectic and trendy. It is to bad, b/c they don't even have the basics down. Let me know if you think there are some locations we are missing.

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          1. re: TaraB

            That should be either Pho Van on Hawthorne or Pho Hung on Powell.

          2. There are a couple of pubs we like to go to that have good food and casual, friendly atmosphere...The County Cork on about 13th and NE Fremont has decent food, Broadway Grill on NE Broadway is fairly new (expansion of the original restaurant John's Market Pub in SW PDX) and the food has been consistently good and everyone really friendly.

            1. my favorite neighborhood restaurant is Lorenzo's on Mississippi. Good italian, not pricey, and great mix of people.