Trip to Portland from Reno
We arrived on Thursday taking the train from the airport to the downtown Hilton. From there we had lunch at Jakes. It was just so-so. My crab salad was good, my wife ordered clams as a starter and the quantity was a little meager. The fish she ordered was fresh and prepared well but was served with cold garlic mashed potatoes, good job she is counting her carbs. Good service and decent bread. But with so many great restaurants in Portland we will not be back.
For dinner we taxied to BeWon Korean restaurant. Had the 7 course with wine parings. It was great; my wife who is not a Korean food fan thought the restaurant was a nice and a different dining experience. The main course was served with about 9 small condiment plates, all of which were interesting. The decor is modern and the restaurant is down stairs. The one waiter was very attentive. Plus the wine matched well.
The next day we had lunch at Karam Lebanese, got there before twelve, which was good because after that it was packed. The warm puffy pita bread was a first for us, sure beats the supermarket kind. I had the eggplant stew with lamb, a great deal and very tasty. My wife had the kabob and enjoyed it, all the meat was lean and the rice was also good.
For dinner we went to Southpark, which had mixed reviews on the Chow Board. However, it was perfect. The setting was nice, bustling but not too loud. We were greeted at the door and said good bye to when we left. The service was prompt but not too prompt and the fish specials were delicious. My wife liked it so much we ended up having two dinners and one lunch there. Tried both the mussels and the clams as starters, could have been a meal, put Jakes to shame for the same price. No cold garlic mashed potatoes here either; the fish was served at different meals with vegetable tarts, polenta and vegetable crepes. Had one desert a bread pudding that was more like a custard-wonderful. Both Wine by the bottle and by the glass was reasonable and a lot of choices.
On Sunday we ate breakfast in the peril district at Everett Street Bistro. It was very crowded and the tables were close together. A little loud but a perfect place for breakfast. I had the crab scramble and my wife the Black Forest ham scramble. Its hard to explain but the eggs are prepared a little differently than most scrambled eggs- but quite enjoyable. Sunday we ate in the bar at Higgens, the food was competent but not wow. The best part was our companions at the bar. It was a very outgoing group and we had a great time.
Looking forward to our next trip from Reno to Portland.
I recommend it, but only because the restaurant options in Portland for a place that serves more than a couple fishes is so slim. Sad considering how close to the ocean we are. Scooped's description of their meal sounds like most of mine there and at the other McCormick & Schmick's: decent quality fish with crappy sides (and questionable sauces, etc, imo).
Thanks for the report.