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Jun 28, 2010 02:05 PM

Recs needed for breakfast and dinner in downtown PDX.

We will be staying at Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave) for 5 nights in mid July. We are looking for breakfast and dinner places near the hotel.
For breakfast we would like to have more than coffee and pastry. Simple egg dishes would be fine.
For dinner we are looking for local places that serves small plates with local wine/beer. We like pretty much all cuisines and our budget is around $60 for two. Restaurants that emphasize on local ingredients are preferable. Since we have more time for dinner, we can take buses to go 'don't miss' places.
Early dinner is also an option for us.Thank you for your suggestions.

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  1. Definitley his 50 Plates in the Pearl District, it is a small plates restaurant and the food is very good. I would also check out Park Kitchen, also in the Pearl District. :)

    Park Kitchen
    422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    50 Plates
    333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    1. For a breakfast a few blocks from your hotel, don't miss Kenny & Zuke's at SW Stark & 11th. Also, while you're here try not to miss our food cart scene. If youze guys get a late start one morning, many of the food carts downtown begin opening for lunch (on weekdays) around 10 or 11.

      A Schnitzelwich from Tabor (SW 5th & Stark) can start a day off great!

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      1. re: JayinPortland


        We are visiting Portland now and loving it. One tip I've not seen mentioned is to look for happy hour menus.

        We are heading out to have breakfast at Mother's which has gotten a lot of good press. For breakfast yesterday, we had a bite to eat at a coffee shop and then checked out the farmer's market with lots of samples and interesting stuff.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

          Best happy hour menus in town right now include (in no particular order):

          Davis Street Tavern
          ten-01 (their small plates menu, like Basta's, is served all the time, but there are some discounts at certain hours)
          Gilt Club
          Wildwood (more of a bar menu, but they have a small HH menu for past 9pm)

          Really great food, not necessarily "HH food" but food from their menus (sometimes in smaller portions, sometimes not) at a great price. Usually there are drink specials too.

          I'd choose Kenny & Zuke's over Mother's, but Mother's isn't a bad choice. Worth springing for the french press coffee, at Mother's, btw.

          And there is HH info on this site for Portland, btw, just have to look for it.

          Davis Street Tavern
          500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

      2. Davis Street Tavern (their Tavern menu and happy hour) would probably fit the bill for dinner pretty well.

        Olympic Provisions would also be worth checking out.

        PokPok on SE 32ndish and Division (Trimet Bus 4) could be done around $60...possibly.

        Toro Bravo (Trimet buses 4 or 6) is my favorite old standby reliable - spanish tapas...$60 can be done but food and drink is so good...excess is warranted.

        Tanuki - if you're an adventurous diner that likes spicy korean/japanese food...definitely hit this place up and do the $20 (or $25/30) omakase chefs choice. so much food will come out your head will spin. I've had some AWESOME meals this way and I've had some good meals where the cooking was just fine but the dishes didn't appeal as much to my tastebuds.

        413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

        Toro Bravo
        120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

        Davis Street Tavern
        500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

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        1. re: MyNextMeal

          Thank you very much for all the great suggestions. We are looking forward to some super tasty food.

        2. For breakfast you might enjoy Fuller's. It's a straight up diner, but they do a nice breakfast all day.

          1. If you are going to the Gorge and bringing a picnic, Horse Tail Falls is lovely, with a picnic table right next to the falls, no hiking. Also, if you aren't huge hikers and don't want to spend all day hiking, Wahkeena/Fairy Falls is a 2 mile total in and out hike and it's BEAUTIFUL.

            If you are going to Multinomah Falls, and then hitting a couple of smaller falls, just bring a snack and have lunch in Stevenson, WA. Always nice to say you crossed over the "Bridge of the Gods". I recommend you try Walking Man Brewing if you like beer, they are one of the top craft beer places in the world and they have very decent food.

            Skamania lodge Cascade room has one of the most spectacular views of the Gorge, and the food during lunch is reasonable tasty. I once had brunch there and looked out at the Gorge with a triple rainbow.