PDX Itinerary -- Feedback Please
Chicago 'hound visiting over Memorial Day weekend. So far, our tentative itinerary hopefully will include Paley's Place or Park Kitchen for dinner on Saturday, Wildwood on Monday, and possibly the bar at Higgins or a casual brewpub on Sunday (with lunches in between).
With respect to the various bars/brewpubs, how is the food? I've seen some mixed reviews of places like Henry's, Laurelwood, and Rogue.
Finally, I was wondering whether anyone has had any experience with Eco Tours of Oregon's wine country tour. We will not be renting a car, would like to see wine country, and they seem to be very reasonably priced at $55 per person.
Thanks in advance.
Henry's isn't REALLY a chain. There's only one of them. It's just owned by a local restaurant group that does a decent job with its other stuff, though nothing great. (They do have over 100 taps.)
A lot of restaurants in Portland have at least a few quality, interesting beers on tap, plus more in bottles. So you might want to find a place with more interesting, but still casual, food like Apizza Scholls, Pambiche, Podnah's, or whatever. Though I do like Higgins bar food pretty well and people I respect for beer recs (I don't drink) like their beer selection a lot.
I don't know that I'd do both Paley's and Wildwood. I really love Wildwood and like Paley's a lot, as well, but they're both Portland 10 years ago, so to speak, rather than Portland now. Park Kitchen, Le Pigeon, Carlyle -- something a little more fresh might be interesting as a contrast.
I'd agree as well. It seems like Bridgeport tried to make a better restaurant when they did their remodel, but it doesn't sound like they've executed it very well. And what is up with Laurelwood--I've seen more than one interview with the principles where they assert "first and foremost, we're a restaurant, not a brewpub." It's odd because while their beer seems to be pretty well respected, I've had some particularly crappy food there. I would certainly choose Higgins bar for lunch rather than a brewpub if I were you.