Portland nice solo meal
I've read a few of the solor dining threads and others, trying to narrow it down. I'll be there from Boston on a Wed. nite in Aug. staying at the Mark Spencer so will walk up to 20 oro so min. I envision a busy but not jammed spot, entrees in the $18-28 range, northern Ital, new Amer, mediterranean, etc. A nice girly martini or glass of wine served in good glassware. I'll be out the nite before with a friend who was in the brewing business so I assume we'll do something casual and/or funkky. I've read about some of these spots, any make more sense than the others? Does Tabla still have a 3-course $24 deal? Thanks in advance.
Alberta St. Oyster Bar
Ash St. Saloon:
Carlyle: NW 17th and Thurman
Olea: happy hour 5-7
Tabla: SE 28th
Wildwood: NW 21st
For what your looking for, walk to Caffe Mingo - great casual italian. If not there, try the other two italian places right there, which are also fine. The walk will be pleasant. If you don't like the looks of it, Wildwood is just a few blocks down 21st and offers great solo dining.
Alberta St and Tabla aren't walkable. Tabla wouldn't be too bad on a bus. Alberta St is probably twice as far and requires you to go both north a ways and east a ways from downtown. It's not as far and not on your list, but I wouldn't recommend trying to make your way to Toro Bravo for the same reason.
Le Pigeon might be tough. They take reservations, but I'd be surprised if they take them for single diners. They leave the bar open for walk-ins, I think, but it's always been full when I've been there. But you can always go over to Doug Fir, get some drinks, listen to some music, and if you have a cell and they'll call you.
Pricewise, Carlyle, Higgins, Olea, Clarklewis, Wildwood are the most expensive. Then, Park Kitchen, Le Pigeon, and Alberta St. After that Cafe Castagna and Tabla. I haven't been to Ash St Saloon.
You're right next to Clyde Common which has both a bar and communal seating. It's Mediterranean/New American and I like it just about as much as anything on that list. It'd be in one of the two lower pricing groups.
Tabla's 3-course deal is now $29 but it still exists and is still a good value...it is not at all convenient to where you are staying, though.
Clyde Common is so close and would probably fit the bill: http://www.clydecommon.com/
Also, you'll be very close to cacao, you should stop in and have a shot and grab some chocolates: http://www.cacaodrinkchocolate.com/