Your hidden gems in SW PDX?
We have recently relocated to PDX from New Orleans, and are living in SW, near PCC. Would appreciate your recs for "hidden gems" in the neighborhood, places we can become "regulars". All cuisines welcomed. Close-by, is the key. Thanks, 'hounds.
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Definitely check out the Barbur Foods grocery at the corner of Capitol Hwy and Barbur for their middle eastern deli section. Killer lamb shank, fresh-baked pitas, hummous, etc.
Alba's, in Hillsdale, is one of the best restaurants in Portland, and you can actually eat there reasonably if you avoid the Barolos and fancier dishes.
Living in the same general neighborhood, I look forward to the answers you receive. My own thoughts/experiences are thus: Alba Osteria offers excellent Italian dishes, very well prepared. Though not cheap, it is very fine cooking, excellent Italian wine list, and elegantly relaxed atmosphere. O'Connor's in Multnomah Village is interesting. It is not "fine dining" and many of the dishes can be clunky . . . but that said, their nightly specials (which can run to 6 or 7 items) can be quite interesting; emphasis is on spicy and somewhat heavy preparations, and some miss the mark while others can be surprisingly good. I am not much of a fan of Salvador Molly's: great place for a party or loud time, but don't look for much in the way of memorable food. There are a lot of places in Lake Oswego that have pretensions at fine dining; the only one I can recommend from personal experience is Tucci. Manzana Rotisserie is very popular, but I won't be back myself. Don't know exactly why there are so few good places in SW . . . there must be more that I just don't know about!