Need help with Portland, OR -- NW sector dining choices
I am coming from Philadelphia to stay in Portland over Christmas (5 nights). We will stay at the Inn @ Northrup Station as we are visiting folks who live in NW Portland.
We are looking for a mix of sumptuous dining for 2 nights and more modest dining (preferably BYOS) for 3 nights.
Please advise as to these choices and any others that you would recommend:
Paley's Place - 1204 NW 21st St.
Park Kitchen - 422 NW 8th Ave.
Silk - 1012 NW Glisan St.
Blossoming Lotus - 925 NW Davis St.
Each night we will have 5 - 7 diners and this is a very adventurous eating crew so bring it on!
Thank you in advance for your advice.
Paley's is still exceptional and Park Kitchen often good, but you can't miss Le Pigeon--nothing tops it right now (get reservations asap). Pass on Silk, though the cocktails and bar are fun before dinner. B. Lotus is great for vegans and foodies---I'd try it for lunch though. Toro Bravo (more or less Spanish/tapas) is new and also really good. For simpler, mostly Mediterranean style food check out Clyde Common, Tabla or Fratelli Cafe. Have fun.
23 Hoyt. Fun Space and food (23rd & Hoyt)
Olea. Love the new menu (13th & Hoyt)
Park Kitchen. Cozy & Tasty (Park & Glisan)
Giorgios. mmm Pasta (11th & Hoyt)
These are all very close to your hotel and one could even walk to and from.
OP: Don't get too hung up on SW/NW. PDX blocks are small. Merely crossing Burnside into SW will get you Stumptown Coffee, Clyde Common, and Kenny & Zuke's (more modest than Paley's etc), a PDX take on Jewish deli that makes its own baked goods, pickles, and pastrami, open late.
Also not to miss in NW: Sahagun Chocolate, 10 NW 16th just a few steps from Burnside in an old red brick apt bldg. Best hot chocolate & mocha you've ever had, plus hand made truffles and other single-origin chocolates to die for. It will change your life!
Another small tip...streets on the NW side are alphabetical. Burnside, Couch, Davis...it helps when trying to figure out how many blocks you have to walk. Plus there is the streetcar that runs along 10th & 11th. It's fareless from PSU up to NW Glisan. Beyond that, you'll need a ticket.
I'd skip Silk. I second the Andina rec, as well as the Carlye rec for sumptuous indeed! Paley's is an institution here, as is Higgins. I personally prefer Higgins. It's not in NW, but PDX is small so I would expand your boundaries. I was dissappointed in Olea, and think Higgins, Andina, Carlye, and Paley's are far superior.
I don't think Silk is that bad. How can you turn down a steaming bowl of beef noodle soup in this weather? Plus, the OP is from Philly, so maybe Vietnamese is something that'll appeal to these adventurous diners. I'd consider it a good gateway into Vietnamese flavors in a very polished environment, so while it isn't in the same stratosphere as other spots, I wouldn't go so far as to say skip it.