chef's counter - Le Pigeon
I'm keen to try Le Pigeon when I visit in a week or so's time. I'll be solo dining and don't mind eating early so I wondered if I went soon after opening time (5pm) on a weekday , is there likely to be much of a wait?. Do they have a pager / mobile phone system (although I don't have a mobile that works in the US) or is there a bar / waiting area.
Also - do Clarklewis have anything similar to a chef's counter?
On a busy Friday, I had to wait about 30 minutes for a solo spot at the chef's counter -- just enough time for me to go to a nearby bar to grab a drink. I did leave them a number for them to call, and I know this practice is in place at a lot of Portland's busier restaurants like Toro Bravo and Pok Pok.
You shouldn't have a problem at around 5. We also went during a busy night at around 7 and had just enough time to grab a drink at Doug Fir.