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Help narrowing down where to eat and drink in PDX!

Cancuk Aug 12, 2010 12:03 AM

Two Vancouver, B.C. hounds here looking for some help on our rough itinerary for four nights in Portland starting this coming Saturday.

We are staying at the White Eagle hotel: it's cheap and we are looking at spending our money on food and drink! I assume we will be walking/taking transit, so keeping things *relatively* close would be ideal.

We are particular interested in the following:

Great drinking spots. We've both worked in the industry and love a good bar: cocktails, wine, and beer. We would also like an area where we could go to and go to multiple places in the same night (for both food and drink: like Gastown in Vancouver, if you know it). Please comment or add anything you'd like. Do you have a favourite drinking "crawl"?

Upright Brewing
Amnesia Brewing
Deschutes/Rogue
Clyde Common
Beaker and Flask
Whiskey Soda Lounge
Metrovino
Horse Brass
Green Dragon
Ten - 01

Dinner: We will have four dinners in Portland. We aren't into anything super formal/fancy, but are into innovative, good value, and a good time. With that said, if there's something amazing and a couple more dollars, we can do it. Here are some places that we have been looking at. Obviously need to thin down!

Toro Bravo
Laurelhurst Market
Andina (possible lunch)
Beast
Nostrana
Le Piegon
Navarre (possible lunch)
Pok-Pok
Castagna

Breakfast/Lunch/Day eating. The whole purpose of this leg of our trip is to eat and drink, so day eating will be vital! Here are some places I've found:

Pambiche
Tasty n' Sons
Gravy
Evoe
Kenny and Zukes

Thank you!

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

Amnesia Brewing
832 N Beech St, Portland, OR

Pambiche
2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

Castagna
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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

Clyde Common
, Portland, OR 97201

Beaker and Flask
720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

  1. JillO Aug 12, 2010 11:21 AM

    Those are great lists. You did some serious homework, and those of us here who answer the posts of folks visiting PDX (and I think I can speak for most of us on this point) applaud and thank you for doing so. Good on ya!

    You can do a beer crawl in NW Portland with Laurelwood (least fave), New Old Lompoc (the original (or even Fifth Quadrant, I guess), nice taster tray, careful of the LSD delicious and deadly), Rogue (great selection, don't eat there), and Deschutes (best choice for food).

    Clyde Common, Beaker and Flask, Teardrop, and ten-01 are the top tier cocktails in town...but Kelley at ten-01 (one of the best in town) just moved to June (E. Burnside near 22nd, just opened last week). Jeffrey Morganthaler (a 'tenders 'tender extraordinaire: http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/) mixes at Clyde Common - he is barrel-aging mixed drinks, such as negronis to wide acclaim: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/case-study-vintage-cocktails/?hpw). Clyde, ten-01 and Beaker all have great food...Teardrop is mostly about the booze. You could do Clyde, Teardrop and ten-01 all in the same pass, they are all close enough for that.

    Wine? Well, you have metrovino in the drinks category and I think they are one of our best restaurants in town. Love the HUGE selection of wines by taste and glass, and love to order lots of smaller plates with taste pairings - so much fun. If you just want to taste as many local offerings as possible without going to wine country, Oregon Wines on Broadway is a great way to do it: http://www.oregonwinesonbroadway.com/

    Dinner, aside from metrovino, Toro Bravo and Laurelhurst Market are great examples of local and seasonal and crazy delicious. LM also does great cocktails (guy who started Teardrop ended up there) and I would not miss it, personally. I adore Nostrana (also good drinks and a very nice wine list that complement the rustic Italian menu) and I hear that Castagna is really hitting it out of the park these days for upscale inventive food. I would also add Wildwood and Davis Street Tavern to your list, but you are looking to pare down, not pad it. ;o

    )

    If you love real deal Thai, Pok Pok is a must do. The Whiskey Soda Lounge across the street is theirs too, so you could do them together or decide on one over the other. Pok Pok also does lunch service, but the menu, I believe, is a bit different. Check before you make any final decisions.

    If you get a pizza craving, Apizza Scholls does some of the best in town. And they have a good beer and wine list.

    Not on your list and defying all categorization is Tanuki. It should be on your list, I have a feeling you'd love it. Sit down and keep drinking from the great sake list and say you want a $25 omakase and let the chef feed you food to complement that sake.

    I love Pambiche, and if you don't have Cuban choices up there, it's a good stop. Tasty & Sons is different and delicious (love the Burmese Red Pork Stew with eggs two ways!), and Kenny & Zuke's is great for pastrami and Jewish deli items.

    IMO, a place missing on your list is Screen Door. Southern US specialties, HUGE portions, really great food, long lines but worth it. Dinner and brunch on Sat/Sun. Delicious stuff, full bar.

    And, if you find yourself looking for stuff at off hours, some of the best happy hours in town (food discounts, sometimes drink specials): Davis Street Tavern, ten-01, Clyde Common (better for drinks than food at HH, the dinner menu is not available),

    I had no idea the White Eagle was also a hotel...those are great rates! And Widmer brewing is across the street, so you can always stop in there... But most other things are not at all near you. You are near the Interstate MAX line, though and it will stand you in good stead. Use our transit site to help you figure out your way: http://trimet.org/

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    Nostrana
    1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

    Clyde Common
    1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

    Pok Pok
    3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

    Tanuki
    413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    Apizza Scholls
    4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

    Laurelhurst Market
    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

    New Old Lompoc
    1616 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

    Pambiche
    2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

    Castagna
    1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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

    Laurelwood Restaurant
    5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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

    Beaker and Flask
    727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97216

    6 Replies
    1. re: JillO
      Cancuk Aug 12, 2010 12:49 PM

      JillO, thank you for the great reply! So many choices!

      We have a ton of Izakaya restaurants up here, so we are probably going to pass on Tanuki, although it looks like a lot of fun.

      Regarding the PSU market: is it available on both saturday and sunday? We won't be getting into town until the afternoon on saturday, and probably won't want to rush out to the market.

      For the more popular dinner restaurants that do take reservations, how vital are they? Can we show up at Pok-Pok or Laurelhurst and get a table that night, or is that out of the question?

      Thanks again, and if anybody has anything else to add, please do!

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      Tanuki
      413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

      1. re: Cancuk
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        JayinPortland Aug 12, 2010 01:10 PM

        The PSU Farmers' Market is only on Saturday, but there are other markets on Sunday and Monday easily accessible via transit. Nowhere near as big or as much of a 'destination' market as Saturday PSU, but for the most part you'll find some of the best vendors at those, too. Hillsdale Sunday (20-minute bus ride from Downtown) and Pioneer Courthouse Square on Monday (smack dab in the heart of downtown) would be your two best bets there. Although if you can make it to Saturday PSU, definitely go for it!!! :)

        http://oregonfarmersmarkets.org/directory/directory.html#PM

        Also, if you have the chance don't miss the quintessentially Portland experience of eating at our food carts (in the amazing summer weather, no less). Downtown for lunch on weekdays, places like Mississippi Marketplace for weekend evenings and frites and fried pies and whatnot at Cartopia late nights if you can't sleep, or just want to experience Portland at night.

        http://www.foodcartsportland.com/

        I'd say no trip to Portland would be complete without a Schnitzelwich from Tabor at SW 5th & Stark!

        As for public transit, everything worth eating in Portland is within easy access of a bus or MAX line (see Jill's link above), if not exactly within walking distance of where you're staying (but you do have MAX a couple blocks away, and a major bus transfer point in Rose Quarter TC one stop down).

        Only other thing I can add missing from your list and Jill's comment above is to hit Bailey's Taproom downtown at SW Broadway and Ankeny for beer (they're closed Sundays, but open every other day of your stay).

        Personally, I could eat at Kenny & Zuke's every day for a year (if only I could afford to eat out, heh) and never get tired of anything there. Then again, I'm a huge Jewish Deli fan originally from Newark, NJ so that shouldn't be a surprise. Highly recommended, fwiw, and no family or friend I've taken there has ever been disappointed.

        1. re: Cancuk
          JillO Aug 12, 2010 01:18 PM

          Tanuki is not your usual izakaya, but I hear ya. I probably wouldn't bother with anything Japanese or Chinese here if I lived where you did.

          The PSU Farmers' market is only on Sat. (and it is the biggest and best, but sounds like you will miss it), but there are other markets on just about everyday of the week somewhere: http://oregonfarmersmarkets.org/direc...

          You can show up and get a table, but you will wait at a popular place during peak hours. I am a fan of going when places open, but that's a bit early for most folks - still, I rarely wait for a table or make a reservation. For example, I go to Toro Bravo at 4:45 and wait for them to open. I get a seat right away and have a great meal in a room not crazy crowded with service a lot less hectic...otherwise you could be looking at a 2 hour wait on a Sat. night around 7/8 or so. They only take reservations for 7 or more and not at all on Fri and Sat. If a place does take reservations and you know you want to go there, I would make them. Definitely for Laurelhurst Market. Pok pok only takes reservations for parties of 5 or more. Lots of places around town don't take reservations or only take them for large parties. Make sure to check each place of interest to be sure to know the deal for that place.

          Also, unless you specify counter or ask for a private table (if possible, because Le Pigeon does not have private tables) some places are communal seating. These include Le Pigeon, Clyde Common (they have private tables upstairs, I think), Beast (I think they now have a couple of private tables outside), Evoe.

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          Le Pigeon
          738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

          Tanuki
          413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

          Laurelhurst Market
          3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

          Clyde Common
          , Portland, OR 97201

          1. re: JillO
            Cancuk Aug 13, 2010 05:54 PM

            Thanks for the great posts.

            We haven't made up our minds yet.. it may just be a game time decision.

            I will post back here in a couple of weeks with the details.

            Happy eating!

            1. re: Cancuk
              c
              clairelizabeth Aug 16, 2010 06:01 PM

              I was all set to write a post about how two Canadian hounds were going to be in Portland at the end of the month, staying at the White Eagle to save money for eating and drinking... but Cancuk seems to have done all my legwork!

              These are all great suggestions - and if anyone has thoughts on amazing breakfast/brunch options (for a post-wedding, likely hungover, meal) I'd really appreciate them!

              Looking forward to the report back Cancuk!

              1. re: clairelizabeth
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                Nettie Aug 16, 2010 08:34 PM

                I would recommend Tasty and Sons for breakfast/brunch--it's not too far from the White Eagle.

      2. Cancuk Aug 23, 2010 09:40 PM

        Here are my notes from our time in Portland, with a couple little ones from wine country and the coast. Thanks for all of your help. We just ate and drank non-stop (especially in PDX)... it was awesome. We love your city and can't wait to go back!

        Please remember that lots of these notes were made while I was drunk before bed... so they aren't exactly, "good". But, you get the idea.

        Deshutes: Great beer. "Fresh Squeezed" IPA was my favourite. Had a bite of the brewmasters platter w/ sausages, cheese, pork belly, etc. it was totally acceptable, but it was all about the beer.

        Clyde Common: Fideos, Squid, Pasta, something else, in squid ink sauce. so fucking good. Pork belly main course, rich and delicious. Dorado main course fish for Kate. Was good, but not as good as pork belly (IMO)... she especially liked the charred grilled w/ heirloom ratatouille w/ basil. Really good. Drink's awesome: aged negronis were standouts. desserts: Peach 'something' parfait "it was like I was eating my grandmothers peaches on top of fresh short bread". Yum, yum, yum.

        Gravy: Biscuit and gravy: nothing amazing, but adding the house made hot sauce made it better. French toast on Challah bread was probably the lightest, fluffiest french toast she's ever had. Greco omelets: sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, spinach... solid. Unreasonably huge portions.

        Amnesia Brewing: Beer was good. More about the atmosphere and we weren't into sitting around. Would like to go back with a big group of friends. We were also insanely full from Gravy.

        Upright: Had high hopes, as I drink their beer up in Vancouver. The guy running the service was kind of pretentious/dickish but the beer, as always, was good. Cool space too.

        Le Pigeon: great dinner: Arugula salad w/ pecorino (simple, light, satisfying), foie gras w/ peach crepe (so rich, very good), Duck w/ dates and some sort of leek relish with what tasted like a chili in it (don't know for sure). Either way, really really good. Flat iron steak w/ heirloom tomatoes, gremolata, some sort of cream sauce, red onion rings. Blew her away. 100% her kind of dish. Done perfectly. Cheese course: dissapointing after such an awesome meal. Boring cheeses. Don't even remember the details, but whatever. Had a bottle of Chinon (good) and two glasses of '94 Mosel Riesling to start.

        Rogue: Just had beer (ESB/Hefe) and tried their gin (a whole lot of cucumber) and dark rum (Jellie Belly, "buttered popcorn" taste. Weird.). We bought a bottle of the gin.

        Clyde Common: Teardrop and Ten-01 were closed on Sunday, so we ended up at CC again. Had the fideos ink seafood thing again (superb), sage, spinach, vegitarian ravioli (good - but v. greasy) and the most rich, satisfying chick pea pappardelle w/ lamb ragu and goat cheese. So rich. Wow. We loved it, even though this was our second dinner (it's vacation, whatever). Some cocktails, as well, of course. I had a hard time getting off the negroni's. Bartender poured us some bourbon shots for the end of the night as we were his last customers. Great room, great place.

        Pambiche: We missed their breakfast so had to order from the lunch menu. I had pork tongue in a spicy, tomato based sauce. Really good, although a little heavy for the first thing in your stomach. My GF had grilled beef with onion and peppers that came with the most delicious side sauce. The waitress said it was made of sour orange and garlic. Delicious. Liked the restaurant, especially since it is something that we have basically nothing of in Vancouver.

        Bunk Sandwiches: We went out to the Sandy River for some beach time and took along some Bunk Sandwiches. While they were very good, I had extremely high expectations for them since they've been hyped so much. We had the Italian meat, provolone cheese and some little banana like peppers (forget the name) - this was very good but standard. We also had the pork belly cubano, which tasted like a McDonalds hamburger ONLY because of the mustard and pickles on it. This isn't a bad thing, but those two flavours together brought back childhood memories. Great sandwiches nonetheless, but definitely would have been better a couple hours earlier.

        Tortilleria Y Tienda de Leon's: On our way back from Sandy River we decided to give this place a try, as we have pretty much zero good, authentic Mexican in Vancouver. To be honest, pretty disappointing and the first miss in Portland. Everything tasted like it had been under the heat lamp for 12 hours and was old. We had a gordita, a chicken tamale, and a chili relleno. The chile rellleno was easily the best. We were also so full after this we felt like vomiting everywhere.

        Secret Society: We had an hour wait for a table at Toro Bravo and went up here for a couple cocktails. Very cool room, good drinks, good prices, and very generous pours.

        Toro Bravo: Toro Bravo absolutely killed it and up to this point was the best meal we had. Food wise, every dish with a slight possibility of the meatballs, was top notch. The service was perfect (we had had a couple of misses service wise up to now, but whatever). Here is what we had: bacon wrapped dates, butter lettuce salad, drunken pork, duck liver terrine, flat bread with truffles/arugula/pecorino, 'French Kisses' (dates stuffed with foie gras), Meatballs, Torpedo Onions. Plus two glasses of cava, a bottle of Muga reserva, and a pour of grappa and 1982 PX Sherry to end. Great restaurant. Loved it. Wish it would just get up and move to Vancouver. Thought it was reasonably priced as well.

        Beaker and Flask: Went here for some drinks to end the day on monday. Drinks were good and the room nice but there were only 5 people in the place so it was hard to get a good feel for it.

        Tasty n' Sons: After the insanely large amount of food we ate the day before, neither of us were feeling too hot... but that didn't stop us from checking out Tasty n' Sons. Although the concept was a little cheapened after eating at Toro Bravo the night before, we both still really enjoyed the food and loved the creativity. Wish we had something like this in Vancouver. We had the BLT, the Breakfast Board (which at $7 was a great deal), the fughetaboutit (spelling?) omelette (which was good in theory, but in practice just tasted like a pizza. Cut up those sausages!), and a fried peach w/ cream. Everything was fine to very good, but I would like to go back when I was feeling more up to enjoying food.

        Podnah's Pit: We skipped lunch and came to this highly recommended BBQ joint with a big appetitie. It did not dissapoint. Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, and good beer. Awesome. Wish we had BBQ this good in Vancouver.

        Belmont Station Beer store: This is a great beer store. Awesome selection, super enthusiastic staff (at least our one experience).

        Vintropolis: Wine shop on Washington. Great selection and very good prices. You guys are so lucky for your liquor prices in the USA!

        Kenny and Zukes: We had pastrami hash for breakfast. Good. Way to large though. But good. We got sandwiches to go for a picnic out in wine country. A reuben (very good, even though cold) and a unreasonably huge sandwich called, 'MESHUGALETTA' w/ pastrami, turkey, salami, roast beef, swiss cheese and pickle relish. So big.. I don't know what we were thinking. I don't think there is really much value here, but the quality is definitely top notch.

        La Rambla (McMinnville): What a huge waste of money this was.... talk about a restaurant that is trying WAY too hard. Most everything was mediocre with a couple of dishes that were simply awful. Don't go here. Wine list is solid though.

        Nick's Italian Cafe: We had heard about this place and wanted to try it, as it is an institution. It was pretty disappointing, especially considering the price. Everything was just DRENCHED in oil. The best thing was the pork chop.. .which was simply a pork chop that wasn't swimming in oil and the vegetable frito misto, which was done well.

        Tina (Dundee): Stopped in here for lunch after a morning of wine tasting. Both had the Turkey Club and shared a bottle of wine. Classic sandwich done very well. Nothing fancy, toasted bun. Well done.

        Pizza a 'fretta (Cannon Beach): Very good pizza. Crisp, thin crust. Good quality toppings. Well done.

        Thanks for all your help. We loved your city (and state)! I hope that you can make it up to Vancouver!

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        Clyde Common
        1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

        Le Pigeon
        738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

        Nick's Italian Cafe
        521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

        Amnesia Brewing
        832 N Beech St, Portland, OR

        Bunk Sandwiches
        621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

        Pambiche
        2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

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

        La Rambla Restaurant & Bar
        238 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

        Beaker and Flask
        727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97216

        1 Reply
        1. re: Cancuk
          JillO Aug 24, 2010 12:09 PM

          Thanks so much for the report back. Glad you had a great time - y'all come back, y'hear?! ;o)

        2. j
          jgilfoil Sep 7, 2010 08:35 AM

          I had to respond to all these posts, because my wife and I used them to have a fabulous eating weekend in Portland. We were blown away by the quality and diversity of the food. We started with lunch at Laurelhurst and had good sandwiches there, though Cochon Butcher in New Orleans does a much better job with new meat-centric sandwich thing. That night we went to Toro Bravo because we love tapas and have a great Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia--Amada. We were expecting Toro to be good, but not in the same league as Amada. Well, Portlanders, it may even be better. I'm still thinking of those outrageous French "kisses"--the brandy soaked prunes with foie gras. First the sweet, then the unctuousness of the foie gras, and then the saltiness--ooh, la, la. And that sherry chicken liver mousse--oh my! Service was outstanding. My wife spilled her drink, but the wait staff got to it so quickly, and refilled her glass so fast I thought I might have hallucinated the experience. The next day we suffered through a tres mediocre breakfast at our B and B, and vowed not to repeat that misadventure. For lunch, we went to the PSU farmers' market and thoroughly enjoyed our tamales and chicken curry, while listening to some good country music. That night we dined at Castagna. I've been reading about foraging, as at Noma in Copenhagen, and was excited to try something new and different. The menu is certainly challenging, so we very much appreciated our excellent waiter's help. A great cocktail--the Kentucky Gingersnap--helped put us in the right frame of mind. The meal was terrific, and, if I get back there, I'll do the full 4 course thing. My wife, who is usually less adventurous than I, loved it. The next day we breakfasted at Pine State Biscuits, and were thoroughly pleased. For lunch, we made it to Tasty n Sons--had to go after Toro you know. We loved, though not as much as Toro. We had the Moroccan chicken salad and a delicious Burmese red pork stew. Dinner that night was at Metrovino. We loved their wine program and the opportunity to try some Oregon wines we're not familiar with back East. Also had one of the best entrees of my life--the bacon wrapped trout fillets over the tomato-potato gratin. The smoked trout and cucumber salad over pork belly wasn't shabby either. On Monday we had a decent breakfast at Petite Provence, and then sadly left to drive down the coast.
          We absolutely loved Portland and can't wait to come back. Thanks to everyone for all your help.

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          Pine State Biscuits
          3640 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

          Castagna
          1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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

          5 Replies
          1. re: jgilfoil
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            aplyley Sep 7, 2010 10:36 AM

            Great report, jgilfoil! I live here, but your write-up made me want to take this vacation! Nice choices. Glad Portland treated you well. :)

            1. re: jgilfoil
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              Nettie Sep 7, 2010 10:29 PM

              Good lord--you had breakfast at Pine State and then were able to eat lunch at Tasty N Sons? I am very impressed. I'm glad that you had a good time!

              1. re: Nettie
                j
                jgilfoil Sep 8, 2010 08:08 AM

                Hey look. I grew up in Louisiana, and when we went to New Orleans for the weekend, we didn't waste a meal. I'm in Portland 3 days, I find out you have a wonderful food scene, I'm taking advantage of every opportunity.

                1. re: jgilfoil
                  JillO Sep 8, 2010 02:43 PM

                  Good job, jgilfoil!

                  Y'all come back now, y'hear?! ;o)

                  1. re: jgilfoil
                    n
                    Nettie Sep 8, 2010 05:26 PM

                    You're an inspiration to us all. Thanks for the report!

              2. s
                strongcoffee Sep 9, 2010 03:05 PM

                Hello all. My gf and I will be visiting Portland this weekend starting Saturday afternoon and leaving Tuesday late afternoon. The purpose of the trip is mostly eating and drinking, but I also wouldn't mind experiencing an outdoor activity or two (if it doesn't take away too much from eating drinking). I wanted to know what you all thought of my rough list. Maybe note some special dishes or suggest alternative spots. Maybe suggest some interesting carts or supplement my dining selections.

                Thanks in advance!

                breakfast/brunch:

                Broder Cafe
                Ken's Bakery
                The Waffle Window (gf likes sweets. is there a better alternative?)

                Lunch:

                Pine State Bisquits
                Bunk Sandwiches
                Potato Champion (cart)
                Nong's Khao Mon Gai (cart)

                Dinner:

                Taro Bravo
                Le Pigeon (have reservation for monday night)
                Pok Pok

                Coffee (i'll be buying several packs to take back for family):

                Barista
                Stumptown

                beer/wine:

                New Old Lompoc (brewpub)
                Bailey's Taproom (bar)
                Hair of the Dog (brewpub)
                Hopworks
                Deschutes (portland brewpub)
                Upright (brewpub)
                Belmont Station (bottle shop)
                John's Marketplace (bottle shop)
                Clear Creek Distillery
                Oregon Wines

                Stores/farmers markets (hope to find cured meat vendors and other stuff to take back)

                King Portland Farmer's Market
                Pioneer Courthouse
                Olympic Provisions
                Powell's City of Books
                Cacao Drink Chocolate

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                Pok Pok
                3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

                Le Pigeon
                738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

                Stumptown
                4525 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

                Waffle Window
                36th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

                Potato Champion
                SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

                Clear Creek Distillery
                2389 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR

                Bunk Sandwiches
                621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

                New Old Lompoc
                1616 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

                Bailey's Taproom
                213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

                3 Replies
                1. re: strongcoffee
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                  nkeane Sep 10, 2010 10:49 AM

                  I will give you an A+ for homework! seriously, Besides maybe Waffle Window I don't think you can improve on this list too much.

                  perhaps instead of waffle window, your GF(and you because they have plenty of savory options too)would like Byways Cafe or Original Pancake House(not to be confused with Original Hotcake House....lest you like gastrointestinal issues....). the latter you will need a car to get to.

                  one more suggestion, for one of your lunches I highly recommend The Frying Scotsman Fish&Chips on 9th and Alder(cart). best F&C in town, and a better lunch than Potato Champion is going to be(good regular fries, but their poutine is a travesty).

                  if you do have a car, I can't .in good conscious, not recommend Ha&VL vietnamese sandwiches and soups to you. seriously, go early(like before 11am) for their special noodle soups. different everyday, and they sell out before noon most days. A true gem.

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                  Waffle Window
                  36th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

                  Potato Champion
                  SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

                  1. re: nkeane
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                    strongcoffee Sep 10, 2010 10:04 PM

                    You know, it's funny that you mention Original Pancake House because for years I told myself that whenever I end up visiting Portland, one of my first stops will be the Original Pancake House. I'm familiar with it from having grown up in Chicago, where there are a few locations including the Walker Brothers locations, which used to be my favorite breakfast spots when I lived there. I came to find out the original location was, in fact, the Portland location so I thought I'd make a pilgrimage of sorts. The problem is, we're probably not going to be renting a car at all so it's unlikely we'll be able to go there. Thanks for the Byways Cafe suggestion, though. It looks good and the restaurant itself looks like it has a lot of character.

                  2. re: strongcoffee
                    JillO Sep 10, 2010 08:09 PM

                    You could take a walk in Mt. Tabor Park or by the river or Forest Park. You could try to do a pub/beer crawl and get some walking ans sightseeing in that way.

                    If you like spirits, in addition to Clear Creek, you should visit House Spirits Distillery: http://www.housespirits.com/

                    Their new white dog is really good, as is all their apothecary stuff and well, all of their stuff is really good! ;o)

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