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Jan 21, 2009 08:27 PM

Visiting Portland from San Francisco - early dinner Sunday (PDX)

I'll in visiting Oregon this weekend - I'll mostly be in Corvallis, but on Sunday evening I fly out of Portland, and I'm hoping to go for an early dinner somewhere in Portland before my flight. There will be two of us, and my flight is at 9:10 PM, which means I'd like to get to the airport around 7:45......we would be fine to eat early to ensure this.

A friend who lives in Portland recommended a number of places, but I'm looking for advice about where I should eat given that I'm visiting from SF. So I'm hoping to have an experience and/or foods that I can't get here as well. Pizza certainly comes to mind, and this is a definite possibility. Apizza Scholls has Sicilian night on Sunday, which I'm a bit less excited about than regular pizza (but could be convinced).....and Ken's Artisan Pizza is closed on Sundays....maybe Dove Vivi Pizza is good too? Other good pizza places?

If not pizza, then what else might be good? Friend's recommendations included:

Pok Pok
Toro Bravo
Farm Cafe

But Pok Pok is closed on Sundays. Not sure about the others.

Probably would want to keep total bill for 2 under 60 dollars.....definitely no more than 75 dollars. We might have a beer or wine each, but probably no more than that.

Thanks in advance!

Dave MP

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  1. This kind of place looks awesome too:

    Sadly, they are also closed on Sundays. grrr.

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    1. re: Dave MP

      Tanuki is also closed on sunday. that really sucks for you, because its ridiculously good!

      If Japanese(specificly Izakaya) is what you want, Biwa is open at 5pm-10pm on sunday. I would say you would see me there, but I get there a little later then you would be leaving!Lol

      another place with great food is Bar MIngo on sunday. All day HH on sun. and some really great smaller plates. you get a chance to sample 3-4 dishes!! a great deal, for great food on a sunday!

      Toro Bravo is a winner! go if youre into Tapas without a strict adherance to tradition. you will be rewarded.

      Clyde Common gets tons of play on the board, and for good reason. Gastropub fare, with a ridiculously high quality, inventive flair for cocktails!

      enjoy, and do report back as to where you end up!

      1. re: nkeane

        For your budget, I'd suggest Biwa. It's great pub-style Japanese food. I heartily recommend the grilled shitake skewer as an appetizer.

    2. sorry, missed the budget part of your OP.

      yes, Biwa is perfect for your monatary requirements, as is Bar Mingo on a sunday......$4, selected top shelf cocktails, wine pours, antipasto plates and other bar nibbles.

      1. Dove Vivi is a great idea!

        1. Apizza Scholls serves their regular pizza menu on Sundays, but it is the only day they offer the Sicilian as well. It is a good choice as is Toro Bravo, but you should get to either on the early side or there could be a wait. (no reservations)

          Country Cat is another option and it is close to I-205, providing a quick straight shot to the airport.:

          biwa isn't a bad choice either:

          Dove Vivi isn't bad at all, but it is a different kind of pizza altogether. Their house-made sausage is really tasty.

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          1. re: JillO

            Cool, so on Sundays we can still get regular pizza? Any suggestions on whether the Sicilian or Original are better?

            Whichever we choose, we're probably talking about a 5 or 5:30 dinner to make sure we're done in time for the airport. So hopefully there won't be waits.

            1. re: Dave MP

              Get there at 4:45 and get your order in quickly and you should be fine. I love real Sicilian pizza (I am originally from Bensonhurst in Brooklyn) and Apizza's version of it is good, but it isn't quite the real thing. Their regular pizza, though is really good - very thin crust with lots of char. I really like the Margo-rita just a plain cheese pie with some basil...let's the glory of the crust and sauce shine through. He cures his own guanciale which is tasty. They make one of the best caesar salads in town. Good beer and wine and nice choices of bottled soda.

              1. re: JillO

                Hmmm, their website says they will *not* be making regular pizzas on Sundays, only Sicilian.


                But it's still a good possibility......thanks again for the advice!

                1. re: Dave MP

                  Still worth going, IMO.

                  Toro Bravo and biwa would be my second and third choices.

          2. Toro Bravo is terrific, especially with vegetables. I second that and you can pick and choose small plates easily fitting your budget. I want so much to like Country Cat but have been meh on two visits. Same for The Farm. Great place I've enjoyed recently is Belly Timber on Hawthorne. You can order half plates for about $8 too. We had three small plates and it was great. Nice wines too. Can't tell from web if it is open Sunday.