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Mar 9, 2010 07:36 AM

Squid or calamari for birthday dinner

My brothers 50th birthday is coming up. I want to take him out to dinner. His favorite food is squid or calamari and and he is not prejudiced as to style of cooking. Maybe Om seafood? Any good Italian places? Any ideas out there? Thanks. Mike

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  1. I'd recommend the Sellwood location of Eleni's. Greek Calamari generally done really well.

    I have had the pepper squid at Om, and it wasn't too bad either but a bit stronger flavored for some reason.

    1. I've enjoyed the calimari at Ciao Vito and at Accanto, but beyond that they don't have much squid on their menus. I just had a great sausage-stuffed squid with squid ink sauce at Olympic Provisions, but I think their menu might change pretty frequently so they might not still have it. Sorry not to be more help--I love squid, but it doesn't seem to be featured at restaurants as much as it should be.

      1. If Sel Gris gets their act back together, they have an absolutely incredible calamari appetizer with fried lemon. Im getting hot and bothered just thinking about it...

        1. Thien Hong on NE Sandy is very popular for their pepper-salted squid. I think it's the best in the city I've tried so far (and I've tried it all over town). However the rest of their menu is average.

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          1. re: bluebellknoll

            I haven't been to Thien Hong in a long time, but they used to make the best, for sure. I also really liked their fried whole fish, fried tofu with shrimp paste, General Tso's tofu (best version of this I have ever had, though I am not a big fan of it to begin with) and they did a passable mushu pork. Good garlic snow pea tips and shoots too.