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PDX: Who is Hot, NOW? beast, pigeon, gris, paley?

Epicurean Apr 7, 2009 05:17 PM

I have one shot at a great meal in Portland. Whose menu is tasting really good right now (early April 2009)?

Sel Gris
Le Pigeon

I have eaten at most. They are always excellent, but each season someone's menu is really on target and above the others...Some trips i can do 3-4, but this one is short and i can only do 1..... so sad.....


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    Mallory RE: Epicurean Apr 7, 2009 05:57 PM

    I think Ten01 with the new chef is great!

    I also love Carlyle.

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      nkeane RE: Epicurean Apr 8, 2009 10:23 AM

      Ten01 is shaping up to be exciting in a month or so! Its always a good sign to be constantly running into the Chef, Sous and GM at every farmers market talking to vendors and really geeking out! The menu is evolving quickly and should be at a frenetic pace shortly.

      Beast, from what I hear is great. Be prepared for eating her way, not yours.

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        Epicurean RE: nkeane Apr 9, 2009 09:00 AM

        From http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/, i gather that the PSU Saturday market is the only one running this early?? is that true?? nothing on Wed/Thurs?

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          nkeane RE: Epicurean Apr 9, 2009 10:31 AM

          true, but by months end, most markets are up and running. Including the midweek and sunday markets around town. That being said, Even the PSU market right now is pretty sparse.

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        Green Eggs and Ham RE: Epicurean Apr 8, 2009 10:35 AM

        Carlyle and Le Pigeon are my votes. I ate at both last time I was in PDX and had wonderful meals.

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          Epicurean RE: Green Eggs and Ham Apr 10, 2009 02:20 PM

          I have heard good things about the mixology at Carlye.... I have had some wonderful creations from Park Kitchen's bartenders

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            JillO RE: Epicurean Apr 10, 2009 04:47 PM

            FYI, Carlyle's former bartender is now working at Clyde Common...

            I'd go Toro Bravo, personally.

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              Mallory RE: JillO Apr 10, 2009 05:15 PM

              Jill-O what say you about Carlyle these days, I know you were once a great fan.

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                JillO RE: Mallory Apr 10, 2009 06:59 PM

                I was and I love those guys (and hate to say this, really I do), but lately I have had much better meals at Wildwood, Sel Gris, ten-01 and Toro Bravo. I am not as thrilled with the current chef, I mourn the loss of a couple of great bartenders, and the menus have not really called out to me lately.

                And frankly, Toro Bravo is a much better value for the dollar (and less expensive overall), which is more important these days than in the past.

                I just knew you were gonna ask one of these days Mallory! ;o)

                If you had a great meal there recently, though, I'd love to hear about it...

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                  Mallory RE: JillO Apr 11, 2009 08:16 AM

                  Thanks for sharing, I was curious.

                  I'll be going into Carlyle soon and I'll report back. I also will be going to Ten-01 and Toro Bravo in the same short period, entertaining an LA visitor, so it'll be an interesting contrast I'm sure.

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                    JillO RE: Mallory Apr 11, 2009 11:35 AM

                    It would be cool if you made a separate thread and review all of 'em together, like the visitors usually do. I think it will make for an interesting compare/contrast... Looking forward to it.

                    And I think I am taking my own advice and doing Toro Bravo tonight... ;o)

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                      Mallory RE: JillO Apr 11, 2009 05:12 PM

                      Look for it in two weeks!

                      Enjoy Toro Bravo tonight!

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          GDub RE: Epicurean Apr 11, 2009 05:14 PM

          Paley's menu looks amazing and the execution is always flawless.

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            VibeGuy RE: Epicurean Apr 14, 2009 01:49 AM

            I had a pretty rockin' meal at Sel Gris this week - essentially everything on the menu was appealing - I ended up starting with the asparagus-chevre soup garnished with pork belly, and a pork chop. Dessert was OK-but-not-worth-raving-about, but I left feeling really well-fed.

            I had a couple of excellent dishes @ Clyde Common as well, including some really rockin' offal ravioli.

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