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Feb 20, 2008 03:22 PM

Boone, NC- Red Onion Cafe or Cafe Portofino For Casual Dinner?

I am going to be in Boone Saturday night and am trying to decide between The Red Onion Cafe or Cafe Portofino for a casual dinner (4 adults, 2 teens). Both menus have appeal so now it is down to begging for insight from those who have hit either or both.

I appreciate your help!

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  1. I'd go to Portofino and check the board for specials. I've been to Red Onion only once, and I just don't remember much about it -- don't remember that it was bad or good, just that when I left I had not temptation to return. Bert at Portofino's does flavorful things with seafood and pasta -- several variations on crusted fish (usually salmon or mahi) with pasta and a sauce. Doesn't overcook the fish. His sauces are nicely balanced -- flavorful, not too rich, and they bring the pasta and seafood elements together. Portofino is also my "go to" place when I get a spaghetti and red sauce craving and I'm too tired (or too lazy) to boil water at home.