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Dinner/Drinks around Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

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bluej02 Feb 22, 2010 01:43 PM

In town for a week and looking for some recommendations from locals! Hard to impress crowd all from New Orleans :) We are able to travel some, but would like to stay somewhat around the hotel!

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    GDub RE: bluej02 Feb 23, 2010 04:22 PM

    When you refer to your crowd as "hard to impress", do they prefer fine dining establishments like Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, Brennan's or hot spots like Patois, Cochon, Stella! ?

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      bluej02 RE: GDub Feb 23, 2010 06:44 PM

      Any and all of the above! Also, we are looking for some well known hole in the walls, such as if in New Orleans, Juans or Mollys..

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        GDub RE: bluej02 Feb 24, 2010 11:05 AM

        Definitely 2nd Chatsworth's suggestions. You may also want to check out Nel Centro for Happy Hour.

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          Leonardo RE: bluej02 Feb 24, 2010 07:18 PM

          Our "holes in the walls" tend to be carts, and we have many excellent ones. http://www.foodcartsportland.com/
          Also in that vein: Al Forno Ferruzza, Bunk Sandwiches. Bunk is an easy busride.

          Totally agree with Chatsworth & GDub. Another nearby gem and something you might not find in NO: http://www.portlandfoodanddrink.com/2...
          Hot Pot City.

          Have fun. Please report back!

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        Chatsworth RE: bluej02 Feb 24, 2010 10:16 AM

        The Veritable Quandary is near the Marriott and their food is consistently good with a local bent. Nice atmosphere, good waitstaff. I'd recommend a reservation there, it's always busy, at least at lunchtime. If you have 10 or so people you could ask for the wine room, which is a nice experience. Otherwise, I'd also suggest the tatami rooms at Murata - fantastic authentic Japanese food (I lived in Japan for 18 months). Higgins is also not far away, and has always been my favourite PacNW restaurant - commitment to quality local ingredients and great dishes. The bar is a bit more casual but still the same great food. Lunchtime is less expensive.

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          hye RE: Chatsworth Feb 25, 2010 01:02 PM

          EDIT: I should add that the happy hour is 3-6pm, which is a decent span of time to try a lot of different items.

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            hye RE: hye Mar 1, 2010 08:00 AM

            BLARGH, Chowhound confuses me - I meant to write that Carafe is right next to Murata (and both are 3 blocks away from the Marriott). Carafe is the one with a 3-6pm happy hour.

        2. Beach Chick RE: bluej02 Feb 24, 2010 07:24 PM

          Stayed at the Portland Marriott a couple of years ago and they had one hell of a lobster special of 1-2 pd lobsters, risotto, asparagus for $25 for both of us with 2 huge freshly caught lobsters!
          The food was excellent..

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            Beach Chick RE: Beach Chick Feb 25, 2010 05:15 AM

            LOL..I was thinking the 'other' Portland in Maine..

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              Leonardo RE: Beach Chick Feb 25, 2010 07:34 AM

              That's a relief. Can't imagine anyone eating at the Marriott here, with so many outstanding options nearby.

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            bluej02 RE: bluej02 Feb 25, 2010 09:07 AM

            Thanks for all and keep it coming!! We head out this Sunday and are READY!! :)

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              Chatsworth RE: bluej02 Feb 26, 2010 07:20 AM

              Do you want more ideas for places that are not walkable? There are loads more great restaurants, but they will require a car/cab/bus/light rail/trolley -- all easy for most places.

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              MichaelG RE: bluej02 Feb 25, 2010 09:00 PM

              Within walking distance, you might want to check out: Higgins, Heathman, and Davis Street Tavern (a bit longer of a walk). Slightly farther afield, I'd recommend Le Pigeon or Andina. If you're in Chinatown, and want some good noodles, Good Taste is fun. For Pho, check out Silk in the Pearl District.

              For the record, one of my favorite places in the world is Casamento's. I also love Cochon.

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