Need Downtown Portland Suggestions
I'll be staying downtown at the Westin for 2 nights next week. Any suggestions for
for anything walking distance? Prefer seafood, or some great pasta.
You might try Pazzo for pasta. I hear it's still good, although haven't been for ages. You also might enjoy Jake's for seafood. But be warned that it's part of the McCormicks chain, and chowhounders such as extramsg frequently criticize it, particularly for its bland side dishes. But if you order well, you'll get great seafood.
Jake's is a tourist trap or for fat cats showing off on their expense account. Don't bother, even though it is the 110 year old birthplace of the McCormick chain.
For seafood try Southpark. For local ingredients try Higgins, Pinnochio, or take the streetcar to Wildwood or Paley's. Pazzo is still good. Avoid all the chains around Powell's such as PF Chang's & Henry's. Ten 01 has turned itself around and is worth a try.
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I would suggest Filberts also. Chef Sutherland has an amazing menu that focuses on local, organic ingredients fresh from the farm and everything from the dining room experience to the food is absolutely amazing. Every time I leave there, I go with a smile on my face and a perfectly content belly. I've heard that his special of the month, a lamb chop dish, is to die for. His crab cakes are phenomenal and they also have salmon and halibut on the menu right now too. www.filbertscafe.com