Portland Trip Review
We visited your lovely city last week and enjoyed the city tremendously. Here're some of the highlights and some not so highlights (just my opinion of the places we ate at). We are from the SF Bay Area and travelled with a 1yo. baby.
PokPok: I wished we have a Thai place with similar quality and atmosphere in the SF Bay Area. The restaurant - although I understand is not Thai owned, tasted very "Asian" to me. We had a delicious charcoal grilled game hen, a dungness crab fried rice which was unique but worked very well, a lamb broth noodle which was simple and satisfying, and a refreshing herb salad. We also had a beer, 3 ice tea, shrimp chips, and a satay. $56+tips
Pix: Awesome Macaroons. I can't remember what flavors we had, but they were intensely flavor without tasting artificial. Just the right chew and crispness. We also had some ice cream and the Royal pastry which were both okay.
Ken's Artisan: Very flavorful bread. Lovely crust. We also had a Croque monsieur and an egg salad sandwich with some salads. I tasted Banana in the egg salad sandwich which i thought was rather strange.
Portland Farmer's market: gourmet paradise. We bought some flavorful sheep/goat cheese from Ancient Heritage Dairy and bargain (by Bay Area standard) Pimiento de Padrones from Viridian Farm. Of course, we also picked up healthy chanterelles, melons, tomatoes, berries, and seabeans for dinner as well.
St. Honore Bakery: a little piece of France in Portland indeed. Almond and Apricot tart with the flakiest pate sucre (maybe with almond meal) pastry. Their fragrant almond croissants will be missed.
Paley's: My son slept through the entire dinner waking up right after dessert so we had a peaceful dinner by ourself. Highlights from the dinner are the chanterelle and corn ravioli with a golden tomato broth and halibut with melting sweet ratatouile and grilled romaine. Service was friendly and pace was just right. $102+ tips. (1 wine, 1 dessert, 3 1/2 portion main, 2 appetizers, 2 teas)
Allotto Gelato: we had a peach and a chocolated frosted yellow cake gelato there. The chocolate frosted yellow cake really does taste like the namesake. I wonderful how they did it.
We also went to Wildwood and Bluet Frozen yogurt. I thought Wildwood was just okay - we had 4 decent appetizers, a pasta with corn and chaterelle which was overly rich after the 2nd bite, and two uninspiring desserts. Bluet(sp?) on 23rd uses Straus nonfat yogurt to make their frozen yogurt - which one can imagine is very tart and rather thin.
Thanks for the report! Yes, PFM has become the one must-go food place, IMHO.
Seeing as you loved Ken's, check out his pizza place on the east side next time.
Also next time: Sahagun Chocolate is now open after being off all August. Best hot chocolate ever. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...