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Aug 11, 2008 05:04 AM

Sell yourself, Portland!

So I am visting a friend in Portland for a few days in a couple of weeks. I've never been there, but I will be taking notes to see if Portland might be a good place to move to (kind of ready for a change of scenery). I'd like to see how the food scene is there, and I could use some recommendations.

-I'd like to try food that exemplifies Portland/Pacific Northwest cuisine.

-I don't usually spend big bucks on meals as it is, so I probably wouldn't
in the future. On special occasions I make exceptions, but I'm looking
for places that you would go to casually with friends.

-I know nothing about Portland geography so any tips would also be great.

-If there are any good farmers markets around, they would be fantastic to visit!

So, what can you recommend?


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  1. I recommend Search This Board.

    We Portland locals don't talk amongst ourselves on Chowhound PNW; we're mostly talking to prospective visitors. As a result, your request is pretty much identical to every Portland thread that came before it. Searching gives you an idea of what other Portland visitors did.

    There's even been threads about people deciding between Seattle and Portland as far as places to move.

    1. Agree with SS. Simply spend 15 minutes scrolling down on PNW and you will find dozens of threads on these subjects from the past few months. What you are asking has been amply and generously answered many times.

      1. Just sose' the PDX chowhounders don't come off as completely churlish:

        This is the "destination" farmers market:

        Also search the NYTIMES for articles on Portland - they seem to be writing a lot of them over the past few years from a tourist perspective and more.

        For reviews and discussion (ad nauseum) about Portland restaurants and food just google: Portland food. The top two links will give you tons of info and opinions (the ad nauseum part) about all things restaurant/food related in Portland.

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        1. re: MyNextMeal

          I hardly agree that we exhibited bad manners.
          If anything, we helped the OP by providing instructions on how to easily and quickly obtain the info requested, rather than reinventing the wheel and duplicating answers that had been given recently.
          "Give a man to fish, he'll eat today.
          Teach him to fish, and he'll eat for life."

          TJ: For what it's worth, SS, countless others, and I have in fact posted our personal thoughts to nearly the identical question on numerous occasions. Just scroll down a little on PNW. Your questions aren't as unique as you seem to believe. After you've done a little research, ask some specific followup questions. I assure you that you'll get a good number of replies of their personal experience. I promise to be among them. = )

          My favorite eats at the Portland Farmers' Mkt on Saturday AM at Portland State: Pine State Biscuits, Hot Lips Pizza if you can get around their serious 'tude, Monica's Tarts, Pearl Bakery, Ken's Artisan Bakery, and Tastebud Farm (anything from the mobile wood-burning oven!). PFM is rated by Eating Well Mag as among the top 5 farmers' markets nationwide. It will give you a good one-stop picture of PDX food.

          1. re: MyNextMeal

            Agree with Leonardo that gently and helpfully pointing newbies in the direction to find the info they request is not "completely churlish". MyNextMeal's advice and links are very helpful also.

          2. thanks for helping me get geared in the right direction. i'll definately make use of the search feature.

            in the meantime, i am still looking for YOUR thoughts. searching through threads is a great way to start to get knowledge, but if we all just searched through other threads, nothing new would be added. so here's your chance. time to tell everyone about that tiny hole in the wall with the great soups that no one has talked about. or the diner with that incredible omelet which has been flying under everyone's radar. tell all!

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            1. re: tjennis

              Those other threads truly are OUR thoughts. Now you are asking us to repeat them yet again. Please show a little respect for the time and effort we took to write them. And then, after reviewing them, if you still have questions please ask. I share SS's exasperation with visitors who post vague general questions that have been asked and answered many times in the past three months, don't do any research at all before posting, don't report back after visiting, and then wonder re the lack of responses.

            2. Agreed with Leonardo's suggestions re: Farmer's Market - and also, I personally don't try to convince people to move here - sensitive topics for native Oregonians!!

              Portland food carts downtown (do a google search for the blog or here for great suggestions). If you love coffee, beer, wine, etc. there are plenty of beverage options to explore also.