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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.

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  1. Andina is the best there is. Every bite is memorable.

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    1. re: hhbarney

      Thank you! What a perfect suggestion as one of our travelers to Portland lived in Peru as a child and plans to visit there in the near future.

      We now plan to eat at Andina and will report back.

      1. re: pwoldow

        We are very fond of Carlyle; especially during the holidays. "Sumptuous" definately comes to mind.
        www.carlylerestaurant.com

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Stephen G

        We snagged the last reservation at Le Pigeon on 12/23 and will report back on the meal.

        Thanks for the tip.

      2. 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.

        1. Clyde Common, though technically SW, should be part of the NW itinerary since it's so close, and it's certainly my favorite PDX restaurant of the moment. But then this opens up Pandora's Box because Kenny & Zukes is on the same block.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            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!
            http://www.sahagunchocolates.com/
            http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

            1. re: Leonardo

              Sahagun sounds amazing, and as a dedicated mocha-holic, I plan to camp there and have my life changed.

              Thank you for the suggestion and also for an explanation about the Portland geography.

              1. re: pwoldow

                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.
                http://www.trimet.org/streetcar/index...

                1. re: duckduck

                  Great tips! Thanks.

          2. 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.

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            1. re: trishpdx

              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.

            2. Hiroshi for fabulous shushi. Le Pigeon is where I'd go..or Park Kitchen. Pok Pok is another choice...and I loved eating at Simpatica if you are into the communal dining thing. check out http://www.portlandfood.org

              1. I'm gonna put in my two cents about a favorite restaurant that I love to eat at - Filbert's Cafe. This time of the year, the space is so warm and comfortable and the wine list was recently featured as one of the best in the area in NW Wine Press. Chef Sutherland's food is always consistent, well portioned, beautifully presented and each bite expresses the well thought out recipes and attention to detail. His menu is full of seasonal dishes that really represent what the Pacific Northwest American cuisine is all about... without the pretentiousness and huge dinner bill. His ingredients are local, organic and it's a fabulous spot for a group of your size. I love Filbert's! www.filbertscafe.com

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                1. re: RosebudSMB

                  Their menu prices are more than Paley's Place and about the same as Le Pigeon.

                  1. re: melly

                    If you are in the NW and looking for a tasty treat (i.e. dessert) head over to Bleuet Yogurt on NW 23rd. This little spot is a delight--amazing European style frozen yogurt (two tart but delicately sweet flavors offered--honey and cinnamon). The yogurt is excellent but I am also a fan of their toppings. On a recent trip I enjoyed cinnamon yogurt topped with warm pumpkin compote, caramel sauce, and salted cashews (YUM!). You don't need a warm day or sunny skies to partake in a top-notch creamy/icy treat.
                    http://www.bleuet-yogurt.com/

                    1. re: melly

                      I disagree with you. As an example, Paley's dungeness crab beignets are $15, Filbert's crab cakes are $12. Paley's mussels right now are 18. Filbert's is priced at $11. Granted it's two different cuts, but Paley's steak is $35 and Filbert's is $28. Need I go on? I think Filbert's is extremely well priced and like I said before, their portions are very generous to boot. His food is beautiful and definitely well worth the visit.