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Need just ONE DINNER in Portland- WHERE?

sockster Sep 16, 2009 07:19 AM

Should we go? Coming from NY for a business meeting in Portland. Want to take my clients to a great but not fancy LOCAL restaurant. Where should I take them? THANKS

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    sockster Oct 16, 2009 09:46 AM

    Our final choice for our one night in Portland dinner was was Laurelhurst Market. As they only seat full parties, we had to wait a little over an hour for our four top. Found our way to the ample and very prideful bar where I was fortunate enough to meet Scott the head bartender. Every drink they make at this bar is with pride, and a great explanation! Scott made me his house special martini with local Oregon made vodka. I don't even like olives and it was amazing. My guest had other martinis that he made and all were wondeful. When we sat down, the host/co owner knew we had waited a long time and sent over some comp appies. Not necessary but a nice touch. The service was casual and very attentive and the food was fine. A great local PDX find, but don't miss Scott's special martini...maybe he should trademark it!! Enjoy

    Laurelhurst Market
    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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      sockster Sep 17, 2009 05:18 AM

      Thank you all.....will post a review of where we choose. Leaning toward Laurelhurst Market

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        FoodandWineGuy Sep 16, 2009 05:30 PM

        Le pigeon!!!

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          akq Sep 16, 2009 04:05 PM

          Sel gris! Excellent food. Nice place.

          I love Tabla, but the last time I dined there the noise level was painful...

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            JillO Sep 16, 2009 04:26 PM

            I adore Sel Gris, but by PDX standards, it is "fancy" so I didn't mention it. I'd also offer up ten-01 in that same vein...

            I thought of Le Pigeon, but I didn't think communal dining at Le Pigeon is the setting one usually wants for taking business clients out for dinner.

            The places I mentioned all take reservations and have private tables, things I thought the OP might want in this situation...

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            MichaelG Sep 16, 2009 03:12 PM

            the food at Pok Pok is great, but I would never take a client there as the wait can be terrible, and there's nothing to do in the neighborhood while you wait.

            JillO's suggestions are good. But if it were me, I'd make a reservation at Le Pigeon. You could also grab a pre or post meal drink at Doug Fir right nearby. This would be a quintessential PDX experience.

            1. JillO Sep 16, 2009 09:59 AM

              Laurelhurst Market, Tabla, Davis Street Tavern

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                plutch Sep 16, 2009 09:29 AM

                Pok Pok on Division, great food, really unique atmosphere.

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