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FoodJudge Sep 6, 2007 07:23 PM

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.

Thanks

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    MichaelG Sep 6, 2007 11:14 PM

    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.

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      FoodJudge Sep 10, 2007 05:22 PM

      Thank you MichaelG. I've never been to Portland before, so I have no idea what is close by the hotel. Also, I've had a hotel change, as I'll now be at the Governor. I think it is still pretty close to the Westin though.

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        Leonardo Sep 10, 2007 07:34 PM

        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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          MichaelG Sep 13, 2007 08:50 AM

          I forgot about Southpark. Excellent seafood and nice clean atmosphere. Good choice.

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            ScarletB Sep 13, 2007 04:15 PM

            Leonardo, have you been to Pinnochio? I have yet to see a review on Chowhound or PF.org and I'm very curious about it.

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              Leonardo Sep 13, 2007 04:26 PM

              All I did was have happy hour which consisted of four bruschetti & minestrone soup. Based on that meagre yet highly satisfying experience I will return and recommend.

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                ScarletB Sep 15, 2007 07:19 PM

                Thanks!

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        Leonardo Sep 10, 2007 09:59 PM

        ...or Hiroshi for more innovative modernistic & artistic preparations. Take a seat at the bar right in front of Hiro san and watch him work his magic. Like Murata, it's the real deal! We went a couple weeks ago and were blown away. Five minute streetcar ride.

        1. RosebudSMB Sep 11, 2007 08:57 AM

          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

          1. extramsg Sep 12, 2007 01:24 PM

            Try Murata for some non-western seafood.

            http://www.portlandfood.org/index.php...

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