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Hello.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am coming to Portland in late October and need some help for a wonderful meal but I have some logistical details. We will be travelling with our kids and want one night where we get a babysitter and eat without them. Instead we will join my friends making us a party of four. One of my friends is agreeable and likes good food but eats only vegetarian or fish.

As such, we are looking for:

(1) a place that TAKES A RESERVATION for a party of 4. I cant tell you how frustrating it is that most places in Portland only take reservations for parties of 5 or more. But when trying to negotiate with a babysitter, it’s really preferable to not spend obscene amounts paying someone to watch a child while I am waiting outside a restaurant to be seated.

(2) a few vegetarian/fish options scattered throughout the menu

(3) a local, somewhat casual feel – for example Le Pigeon (which I absolutely adore) or Park Kitchen – and not stuffy/formal

Also, we will be eating at Pok Pok the other night since my kids, despite only eating chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, do surprisingly well with Asian.

Again, thank you very much!!

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

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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  1. Hi, foodmogul,
    Lots of restaurants take reservations, but sometimes not the indie or more casual joints.

    Have you thought about Andina, Jake's, Screen Door (veggie options), Payley's or Higgins (you can eat in the bar for more casual) or Pix Pattisiere for dessert?

    If I'm not teaching cooking that night I could watch the kids for you. (Ten years as nanny; excellent refs). Not for the $ but for your enjoyment!

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    Andina Restaurant
    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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    1. Oh, meant to mention that Pok Pok can be very spicy for the kids...

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      Pok Pok
      3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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      1. re: formerbarista

        Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully Pok Pok will be accomodating (for my wife as much as for the kids).

        I have looked at Andina and will reexplore Higgins as a possibility as well. Appreciate the input!

        I'll let you know about babysitting. Some friends of my local friend might be able to babysit but otherwise I'll let you know. Really kind of you to offer.

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        Pok Pok
        3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

      2. Have you checked out what restaurants are on OPENTABLE? Metrovino is one and is quite good.