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Apr 29, 2010 03:00 PM

Need Portland Recs for Manly Birthday Dinner this Sat Nite

Staying at Hotel deLuxe, but have a car. SO's 35th bday, and he loves good food, being adventurous, but hates pretentiousness or "trendy" atmosphere. I can get him into a nice pair of dark-wash jeans and good shoes, but no jacket or tie!

He loves meat, seafood, spicy, not too picky--but not interested in "spring nettle foams" or the like.

All suggestions welcome.


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  1. Post on the Portland board for more answers. A couple notes:

    1.) Jeans and shoes is dressed up for Portland. No problem there.
    2.) Try to get a reservation at Beast .

    1. There are a few good options near your hotel.

      Higgins - The "Whole Pig" plate should make up for any mention of nettles.
      Ringside Steakhouse - For an old school steakhouse experience. (And before they remodel!)
      Jake's Grill - Yes, I know I will receive a lot of flack from the Portland Hounds on this because of it's tourist trap reputation but for a solidly cooked piece of fish without the frills, Jake's has never let me down.


      Ringside Steakhouse
      2165 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97210

      1. Laurelhurst Market, a modern steakhouse with great drinks, reasonable wine list and kick ass food:

        Not even gonna make another rec...

        Laurelhurst Market
        3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

        1. Laurelhurst Market is right up your alley. Arguably the best steaks in town.

          Laurelhurst Market
          3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232