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What are some Don't Miss Restaurants in and around Portland

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mjtx Aug 26, 2007 10:43 AM

We live in Dallas,TX and will be in Portland, Oregon for 4 days. What are some "don't miss" restaurants that serve regional food? We plan to day trip up the Columbia Valley and around MT Hood and to the Pacific Coast.

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    Leonardo RE: mjtx Aug 26, 2007 11:55 AM

    How about this: Help us help you. What I do before posting in a new city is to take time to read some posts, do some research. Then get back to us by telling more about your taste, budget, and more specific inquiries.
    By "Columbia Valley" (no such thing) I presume you mean Columbia Gorge and Hood River Valley, certainly a lovely trip (take the old hwy). Not much to eat that's worth it on Mt Hood; perhaps try the bar at Timberline Lodge for the view.
    Karla's Krabs (or maybe called Smokehouse) in northern Rockaway on the coast for superb smoked seafood. Not a resto.

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      mjtx RE: Leonardo Aug 26, 2007 12:52 PM

      Thank you. I'm new to this board. I did search on Portland but saw restaurants recommended that were good for children. We won't be having any children with us-it's just 4 adults. We aren't opposed to restaurants that are "child friendly" (we are all grandparents and some of our best times are eating out with our grandchildren), but we don't want to limit our choices to those.

      Living in Dallas, we have access to wonderful restaurants so that is why I asked for restaurants specializing in items from that region. We like every type of restaurant from the little roadside cafe to a 5 star restaurant and would like a sample of each while we are there. We prefer the "non-tourist" and "non-national chain" type of restaurants. We are hoping to try some of the regional wines, too.

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        bbqboy RE: mjtx Aug 26, 2007 01:18 PM

        That might be a comment on the Chowhound search engine problems, but nonetheless-

        They are having a picnic at this hour, but go here:
        http://www.portlandfood.org
        Then come back here and discuss

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          Leonardo RE: mjtx Aug 26, 2007 01:28 PM

          Scroll to the bottom of Pacific Northwest, click "next".
          Only a tiny percentage of the subjects are concerning kid-friendly dining, so that's kinda strange that's all you found...no need to explain your lack of interest. =)
          Look for topics such as tip sheet, wine country (which is on way to beach!), coast, visitors' must-eats, local flavor, visitor's report etc.

          Touristy to avoid: Jake's, McCormick & Schmick's, Rock Bottom Brewery, Moe's Chowder.
          Local chains to try: Hot Lips Pizza & Burgerville. The latter has local seasonal favorites such as Walla Walla onion rings & blackberry shakes, former highlights local ingredients, organic when possible.
          The heart of local flavor so you can truly understand what all the fuss is about: Farmers' Market, Saturday AM at Portland State U.
          Ken's Artisan Pizza is worth the wait!
          More local flavor dining: Wildwood, Higgins, Le Pigeon, Paley's.

          When are you coming?

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            mjtx RE: Leonardo Aug 26, 2007 01:47 PM

            We arrive Sept. 15 so we won't be there in time to go to the Farmer's Market (bad planning-but Southwest Ding Fares dictated when we went).

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        chazzerking RE: mjtx Aug 26, 2007 01:23 PM

        Le Pigeon on Burnside ,east of the river has wonderful interesting takes on bistro food. the desserts are not to be missed, like the apricot cornbread with apple bacon and maple ice cream. it's like breakfast for dessert. PokPok Thai has terrrific northern Thai food. Navarre is a fun little place in the northeast part of town that does Basque influenced tapas that were great as well. We spent a few days there last month and ate well the whole time

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          lilhuna RE: mjtx Aug 26, 2007 09:16 PM

          Clyde Comon at the Ace Hotel focuses on regional, seasonal fare, very authentic and simple without being boring. This is my favorite place to eat, no contest.

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            chipqmunk RE: mjtx Aug 29, 2007 10:29 PM

            If you like real Thai food, and don't mind a wait, get yourself to Kuhn Pic on Belmont:

            http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&...

            They have REAL Pahd Thai (no tomato sauce of any kind), and good curry. It's a mom and pop shop - she cooks, he serves. If it's packed, get a glass of wine and socialize - it'll be awhile before your food comes. But the smells are incredible, and the porch seating under the apple trees is unique.

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              northwestkiwi RE: chipqmunk Aug 31, 2007 10:18 AM

              I'm new to this site, and not from Portland... but we're heading down there this weekend and I've been doing some research on good places to eat. This guy seems to have a pretty good (and well thought out) list:

              http://extramsg.com/uploaded_misc/por...

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                mjtx RE: northwestkiwi Aug 31, 2007 02:48 PM

                Thank you. Someone recommended the Bluehour Restaurant. What about Wildwood? Also, it looks like Breakfast places are popular in Portland.

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                  jaydeflix RE: northwestkiwi Aug 31, 2007 03:39 PM

                  I always hit Lovely Hula Hands when I'm in Portland. Excellent cocktails, excellent meals.

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                    mjtx RE: jaydeflix Aug 31, 2007 08:43 PM

                    Has anyone eaten or heard of a restaurant called Horse Radish in the Wine Country?

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                      Leonardo RE: mjtx Aug 31, 2007 09:52 PM

                      For breakfast I'd rec Bijou Cafe or J & M cafe.
                      Yes Puddletown is a breakfast kind place. People ride their bike to it, with a lab attached to the handelbars...

                      Wine Country: never heard of Horse Radish. Try Painted Lady (expensive) or Dundee Bistro (moderate).

                      Sure, I'd rec Bluehour & Wildwood.

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                tinatown RE: mjtx Sep 2, 2007 01:36 PM

                Try to go to Mother's cafe for breakfast. Go early as there is almost always a line to get in!

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                  rogerj1 RE: mjtx Sep 5, 2007 11:07 PM

                  Papa Haydn's for dessert.

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                    mjtx RE: rogerj1 Sep 7, 2007 05:17 PM

                    Which location has the best food? Are the menus the same at both? The desserts look wonderful.

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                      Leonardo RE: mjtx Sep 7, 2007 07:00 PM

                      It's all the same at either location. The NW one on Trendythird St is more of a scene: tourists & the bridge/tunnel crowd. The food isn't very good. The desserts were once the best of PDX but that was 20 years ago. Fortunately the town is far more sophisticated and the bar much higher. If there's a line don't bother, just get some dessert to go.

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                        mjtx RE: Leonardo Sep 7, 2007 08:17 PM

                        We have reservations for Wildwood and the Painted Lady. We would also like to try some of the less upscale (but good food) restaurants. Also, any suggestions for which wineries to try that are in the area of the Painted Lady?

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                          JillO RE: mjtx Sep 13, 2007 09:59 AM

                          Painted Lady is a good choice, enjoy your dinner.

                          In/near Newberg, you could try Adelsheim, August Cellars, Torii Mor, Argyle (it's Dundee but on 99 and close).

                          Here's a good map/site for ya: http://www.willamettewines.com/map.shtml

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                    iwantmytwodollars RE: mjtx Sep 19, 2007 01:43 AM

                    I don't know if you've already gone to PDX, but here are my thoughts:

                    Super Fancy: Paley's in NW; or the restaurant at the Heathman Hotel
                    Fancy but not super fancy: Caffe Mingo on 21st St. (but not the Beaverton one) for Italian; or Castagna in SE
                    Not fancy but still classy: Ken's Artisan Bakery, Noble Rot wine bar (if it's still there)
                    Local institution: Any McMenamin's bar (some have movie theaters -- not for the food, but for the experience)

                    Have fun.

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