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Mom & sis coming to town want mom to branch out but still enjoy keepin' it NW

debmykar Oct 28, 2010 10:07 AM

Mom & sis visiting I have 2 nights (tonight & sat) in Portland. Mom usually is a meatloaf and americanized chinese takeout kind of lady from MA/NH. Sister is no problem(Boston urbanite). Would like to showcase Portland I am thinking Le Pigeon for tonight (if I can get res) and maybe a place with good seafood options? for sat? that mom would still enjoy? Pok Pok might be too "Out there " (for her) she would not complain but...I am thinking Cabazon but would like some other options...
Thanks!!(PS my sister did not know what a food truck was haha!) (lunch!!)

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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    MichaelG RE: debmykar Oct 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    I'd suggest Higgins, Wildwood or Mothers Bistro for mom. She'll love them all.

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      aplyley RE: debmykar Oct 28, 2010 02:59 PM

      For seafood, how about the new place on SE Hawthorne, FIN? (www.finpdx.com). More upscale than Cabazon from the reports I hear, but I have not been to either.

      You might also look at the menus for Park Kitchen, Tabla, Ned Ludd, and Laurelhurst Market. I feel like they are all places where both my parents and I would be happy, and service is professional. That said, if you can get a table at Le Pigeon and you think your mom will like the menu, I'd go for it.

      The SW Alder foodcarts make a great combo with browsing at Powell's on a rainy weekday. Good luck!

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

      Le Pigeon
      738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

      Laurelhurst Market
      3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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        MichaelG RE: aplyley Nov 1, 2010 01:21 PM

        Totally agree with Park Kitchen. Great choice. Do NOT take her to Laurelhurst unless Mom is prepared for an hour-plus wait. As for Le Pigeon, its one of my favorites in town, but I don;t know that it's best for mom. The menu is adventurous - again I love it - and the tables are communal.

        Most 65+ women I know would prefer Higgins, Wildwood, Paley's Place, etc, but Park Kitchen is definitely another good choice.

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

        Le Pigeon
        738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

        Paley's Place
        1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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        debmykar RE: debmykar Nov 2, 2010 10:25 AM

        Wrapped up a crazy 2.5 whirlwind tour of the state- Ate @ Le Pigeon Moms favorite. Loved the Beef cheeks and pheasant. The sturgeon was very popular too. Le Pigeon was probably my favorite too. Dinner @ Skamania Lodge for brunch (we were hiking in the area) and sis liked the diversity, LoLo for small plates after wine tasting(I reccomend Cathedral Ridge Highly) and snacking all day. Casual elegeance LoLo was good but has lost some of its shine over the last year (but I still go frequently) New(ish) chef has made minor changes to the menu (potato chips still good but last 2 times a touch over done)but the FOH looks neglected (not by staff they were great as usual but the place is looking older and needing touch ups and they have been using paper napking for the last couple of months). Just a casualty of the economy and losing their great FOH (been 1 1/2 yrs now?) Family did not notice and were happy. Stopped for a beer @ Laurelwood so they could have a seasonal Ale. Ordered a dessert but it was inedible. Could not beat the crowds at Tasty or Zells for breakfast before their flight but went to Jam and the coffee while you wait is an appreciated service! Over all We came we saw we ate! ( I will check out Mothers on my own though!)

        Zell's Cafe
        1300 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

        Laurelwood Restaurant
        5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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