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inonot May 19, 2007 06:01 PM

just got in from los angeles. visiting my best friend who has been here ten years but never eats out. seeking recommendations for vegetarian/vegan friendly lunch and or dinner and perhaps a place that serves interesting cocktails made with fresh ingredients. grabbed some lunch and groceries at wholefoods today straight from the airport. even the wholefoods is so much better here...

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    jillanaW May 19, 2007 06:13 PM

    For an interesting, delicious cocktail go to Mint on N. Russell and try Lucy's Avocado Dacquiri (sp?). It's amazing - and I'm not usually a cocktail drinker. They're closed on Sunday but open Monday. Also, on Monday they offer 1/2 price bottles of wine and their selection is pretty good. There is a vegie restaurant that I've heard is very good in the Pearl, but I'm spacing on the name. Basil something? Also, The Farm on E. Burnside has some simple but delicious vegetarian options. Enjoy your stay!

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      inonot May 19, 2007 06:22 PM

      many thanks! love your input.

    2. extramsg May 19, 2007 09:55 PM

      Most places in Portland are veggie friendly. Harder is finding good places open on Sundays and Mondays. For that, check out my list of places open on Sundays and Mondays. It's a little out of date, but accurate for the most part:

      http://www.extramsg.com/uploaded_misc...

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        Kristi May 20, 2007 11:05 AM

        Higgins usually does a nice job with vegetarian items but I'd recommend sitting in the bar, which is less formal. Here's the menu: http://higgins.citysearch.com/page/o30d/Dinner_Menu.html.

        Another idea is Wildwood on NW 21st. For a less formal experience sit in their nice bar. They have an interesting cocktail menu and Ryan is a fabulous bartender. Here is their menu: http://www.wildwoodrestaurant.com/din....

        Both of thse places are very NW and use local ingredients. I do prefer Wildwood over Higgins in terms of food. Also, while both of these places serve vegetarian items, I'm not sure if they also have vegan items but I would imagine that either place would customize a dish if you needed it to be vegan.

        Enjoy your visit!

        1. barleywino May 20, 2007 10:16 PM

          i enjoyed the cocktails at Andina, such as the Ron Yki On http://www.andinarestaurant.com/menu/...

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            inonot May 30, 2007 06:57 PM

            very true that sundays and mondays are a bit difficult. we ended up at andina for drinks. the mojito de pina and the guanabana were sweet but delicious. we made dinner at home. ate at the farm on a previous trip and the food was great (the service less so). grabbed lunch at new seasons. we will be back in a few weeks and want to try happy hour at wildwood and mint. anywhere else???

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              inonot May 30, 2007 08:06 PM

              i forgot, we went to crush for happy hour and the people there were super nice and gave us lots of vegetarian suggestions (my friend wrote them down in her notebook for future reference!)

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