Deciding between a couple places in portland- help please!
Always like to try new places when I visit one of my favorite cities. I am on a student budget so i usually eat cheap, thanks to this board! This time I want to splurge for a special dinner with my traveling comapnions, but special for us is around the 15-25 entree range, not too much more. I have always wanted to try Wildwood, but also have heard good things about Paley's Place, Lucy's Table- anyone who has ben to these please advice which was your favorite, or if I should go elsewhere. I haven't been to PDX in a year, so there may be some new places? Looking for well prepared, interesting food, not your run of the mill stuff, particularily seafood, and good atmosphere,
Sorrento's on 21st is one of our favorites - especially for a group. If you have enough people, they have great private rooms, too.
Note that you're pushing things a little at the $15-25 entree range at Paley's and Wildwood. I prefer Wildwood, although the atmosphere of Paley's may make the meal feel more special.
There are definitely some new places worth looking at: Le Pigeon, Toro Bravo, and Clyde Common are three of the best places in town right now and they're all cheaper than Wildwood or Paley's Place. Le Pigeon can be a little tight, especially now that there's so much family seating. Toro Bravo has a good atmosphere and some of the best service in town along with the great food. I haven't spent more than $30/person there yet. Clyde Common has mostly family seating, but it's a bigger place and doesn't feel too cramped. Terrific food in a fun downtown atmosphere.
At that price range, I would also suggest places like Lovely Hula Hands, Park Kitchen, Country Cat, Tabla, etc. Lots of recs here already. However, one thing to pay attention to is that these mid-priced places tend not to take reservations. Le Pigeon is an exception. As is Park Kitchen, and I think, Tabla. Of course Wildwood and Paley's both take credit cards.