Two Large Foodies
my brother & i ( the two foodies in the title) are meetin' up in portland for a few days before headin' off on a road trip to arizona. while we occasionally like to dine at the ritz, the bulk of our intrest is more in the style of GOOD home cookin'. down south it would be a "meat & three". anybody been to austin, tx. would know of threadgills or hoovers. that's the kinda' joint we're lookin' for. and seafood is another thing we need some help with. a good oyster bar, fried fish, " yeah, you right".
the cuisine of the pacific northwest is really exciting, i hope someone can help us. i can't wait to get there.
their are plenty of "mom&pop" places. They simply by and large don't serve southern food(imagine that, being thousands of miles from the south). Also, for the most part, ridiculously oversized portions are not the norm. The highests quality, and freshest ingredients, prepared simply are the norm.
I will offer you two places that somewhat fit your bill:
Eat Oyster Bar
Frying Scotsman Fish and Chips
Eat Oyster Bar
3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
I had a similar response to your original question--it just didn't resonate with my experience with Portland restaurants. Were there Portland restaurants that you came across in your research that sounded interesting?
I like nkeane's suggestions above. I think Eat is the best fit for an oyster bar. I'm not aware of any places that serve fried fish that aren't fish and chips. Take a look at the menu at Screen Door on E. Burnside--while I'm not sure it qualifies as "down home," it's a good Portland take on southern--features a lot of good local produce and meat. Pine State Biscuits (several locations), Podnah's BBQ, and Bunk Sandwiches might also be worth a look.
You might also enjoy checking out a couple of the food cart "pods" around town. This would give you a sense of what's exciting in Portland right now, and its economical and would give you a lot of variety. In general, the pods in the SW part of town serve the weekday lunch crowd and are closed eves/weekends. The pods in N/NE/SE vary, but are often open weekends and for dinner or late night. Check out Cartopia (SE Hawthorne) for french fries, fried pies, crepes, and pizza. Other favorites with a lot of diverse options are Mississippi Marketplace (N. Mississippi) and Good Food Here (SE Belmont). www.foodcartsportland.com will give you more detail.
Pine State Biscuits
3640 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR
2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
You definitely can find good southern food here. Not sure why you're getting negative replies, but as someone who's lived in both middle Tennessee and New Orleans, I can assure you you'll find some good eating.
Try Screen Door on East Burnside (excellent fried chicken at brunch and dinner), Delta Cafe or Miss Delta (same owners, one's way south the other in North Portland so maybe not super convenient for you), and for a true Portland experience, eat at a food cart -- Swamp Shack on SW Stark and 5th has jambalaya, crawfish étoufée, and fried chicken. There are also several New Orleans-style restaurants, including EaT Oyster Bar on N. Williams with fabulous po' boys, gumbo, fried okra, plus the fresh oysters.
3950 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Unfortunatelty, nkeane has started off the thread of responses by misunderstanding the OP's question. OP clearly said "down south it WOULD mean." But we're not down south, so what would that mean up here? What would these boys like?
Hey guys, here are a few suggestions:
1. Food carts rock here in PDX. You can search this board for some of the best, but I'd recommend Tabor for the chicken schnitzelwhich, and the chicken and rice from the famous one-dish-only cart at the 9th and Alder pod.
2. Try some Thai food here in town. Pok Pok is an obvious choice, but there are other, less distinctive places that serve some awesome Thai!
3. Want a killer steak in a wonderful NW environment? Go to Laurelhurst Market.
4. You know we're famous for our microbreweries. I'd start with Deschutes, and ask around from there.
5. Want to do some fine dining, but keep it edgy at the same time? Sit at the counter at Le Pigeon. If you can't get in right away, put your names on the list and have a drink at Doug Fir a block away. See who's playing that night. Then head back to Le Pigeon and your table might be ready.
6. You'll also wait for a table at Toro Bravo, but depending on your patience, you might well find it worth it. I would if I were you guys.
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232
Doug Fir Restaurant
830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212