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hi all! I will be in Portland over the holidays this year. I've never been there or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest as a matter of fact. I'd love to check out a few typically Portlandian (is that a word?) restaurants - could you guys make some recommendations? if there is another thread for this already, my apologies and please link me over there!
What I'm looking for in particular is mid-price, seasonal, authentic, unique food with really awesome ingredients and carefully thought out dishes! main requirement is that it is NOT Chinese or any kind of Asian food as a week later I will be heading there myself and I'd rather eat it while I'm in the area ;)
Thanks for any tips!

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    What you want sounds as if it would describe countless places here. Have fun. Please report back!

    1. Portland centric would be Le Pigeon.

      But I'd also note that New Portland also has much to offer, in the way of Carlyle and Ten-01. They are two of my favorites with very remarkable food and great ambiance. Also very Pacific NW is Wildwood, maybe stop by for lunch, you could ride the very euro streetcar there. Made by Skoda in fact.

      If Sauce Supreme chimes in, take heed, typically thoughtful and spot on recommendations.

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      1. re: Mallory

        Oh yeah, a very Portland thing is going to Apizza Scholls and standing in the rain to wait for a table. They don't take reservations but if you get there early you can get seated first, it means eating at 5pm, but it is very Portland.

        Also Toro Bravo is excellent.

        1. re: Mallory

          ...or you can go to Ken's Artisan Pizza, my favorite. Also well worth the wait. And also screams "Portland"!

      2. OK, Mr Resistor:
        I like Fife for local, and seasonal offerings, and since it specializes in American food it might be particularly appropriate if you're visiting from another country. Some others that are local and seasonal: Lincoln, Lovely Hula Hands, and Navarre.

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          1. re: Nettie

            We just ate at Lovely Hula Hands last weekend and it really was great-especially the arugula, date, parmesan salad and the dungeness crab with paprika butter (we only had appetizers). Their fruit-based cocktails are amazingly good, and prices are reasonable.

          2. Whatever you do, don't miss Paley's Place. I've been in Portland quite a lot the last two years, have eaten at many wonderful restaurants, but Paley's not only personifies Pacific Northwest cooking, but it is the most consistently excellent restaurant I tried, and I tried quite a few a number of times.

            paleysplace.net

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            1. re: Tom P

              Paley's was awful, absolutely awful the one time I ate there. The food was unpalatable and the appetizer in particular was inedible. The service was sincere but inept. Nonetheless it was expensive. There are much better places to eat here. Nice setting. Grossly overrated. None of my foodie friends has bothered eating there in years. I can provide more details on request.

            2. "What I'm looking for in particular is mid-price, seasonal, authentic, unique food with really awesome ingredients and carefully thought out dishes!"

              Alba Osteria... Toro Bravo... Clyde Common... Ten01... Nostrana... Le Pigeon...
              Some of these might be a little higher end in price than you might be looking for, but I have no idea how hard a budgetary ceiling you have.