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We'll be up in Portland in a few weeks, and I'm working out our dinner reservations. So far, my too-long list is:

Nostrana
Wildwood
Irving St. Kitchen
Laurelhurst Market
Tabla
toroa Bravo
Simpatica

They're all new to us except Irving St. Kitchen. Are there some new places that people are excited about that we should try instead of one (or more of theses)? We're two adults with a reasonably adventurous 13 year old daughter (she loved the marrow bones at ISK last summer).

Thanks!

Jocelyn

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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  1. I would add Tasty and Sons, Olympic Provisions and Castagna...and I am excited to try Fin for my next birthday

    1. Little Bird, St, Jack, Fin, Burnside Brewing, Beaker & Flask.

      1. Thanks to you both.

        1. Metrovino - hands down my favorite right now!

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          1. re: ekc

            Sad to say, but Fin will close Feb 15. So hurry.
            Definitely add Castagna and Metrovino.
            It's "Toro Bravo".

            Have fun. Please report back!

            1. re: Leonardo

              Yes - that was a typo :-).

              We won't make it to Fin, and we've been to Cafe Castagna. I'm not really enamored of the menu in the restaurant.

              So far, we have a reservation at Andina, which wasn't even on the list.

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              Andina Restaurant
              1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

              Cafe Castagna
              1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

              1. re: jocelyng

                Just to be clear: the menu at Castagna is FAR different from Cafe Castagna. The chef at Castagna is more into molecular gastronomy and is doing something that no one else in Portland is doing. It still might not be what you want, but don't think that because you've eaten at Cafe Castagna you shouldn't eat at Castagna.

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                Castagna
                1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

                Cafe Castagna
                1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

                1. re: Nettie

                  I realize that. Despite the rave reviews, I'm not interested in molecular gastronomy.

          2. Beast
            Ping

            For lunch, do the food cart rounds - delicious eats for $6.00 and under

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            1. re: pleen

              Wish more carts offered fare at $6 and under... Had an $8 sandwich the other day. It was good (roast pork at "Shut Up and Eat" in the A La Carts pod on SE 50th and Ivon) but not cheap...

              1. re: JillO

                We love Wildwood and Andina. You might want to consider a meal at Le Pigeon! :)

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                Le Pigeon
                738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

                Andina Restaurant
                1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

                1. re: JillO

                  JillO, I did a *quick* survey of food carts at 10th & Alder today to ensure that data is on my side. At least 50% of the carts (especially the Asian ones) had items from $5-8 dollars, with lots of choice at the $6 level. Today, I split a huge bowl (quart size container) of pho at Pho Binh for $6. The owner of that cart says that it takes 8 hours to make the broth - while it is not quite as good as the pho at Pho An Sandy (OMG - pho so good I could cry), it's pretty darn yummy on a cold winter day. Then, I went over to Samurai Japanese Bento and split an order of katsudon, also $6. My dining partner & I could not finish the entire meal because we were so full from the pho.

                  All the usual suspects at 10th & Alder offer up $6 meals that are super tasty, i.e:

                  Nong's - chicken rice $6
                  SomTum Gai Yang - khao soi (curry noodles to die for - reminds me of street food in SE Asia) $6
                  Ziba's Pitas - most of their pies $5

                  I don't disagree that you can definitely rack up an $8-10 tab per person at the carts, but you are just as likely to be able to find good eats at the $6 level as well.

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                  Pho An Sandy
                  6236 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

                2. re: pleen

                  Realize that food carts are just that, cart. Have somewhere to go, otherwise you'll be enjoying your delicious meal in the rain.

                3. Lunch at Evoe, perhaps the best in the city, but only open for lunch. Also June, hard to find on E. Burnside.

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                  1. re: ejohn

                    Haven't been to Evoe yet (now on my list - thanks, ejohn). Agree that June is hard to find, especially at night. However, it is worth looking, as their pork entree is delicious!

                    Speaking of new, has anyone tried St. Jack yet?

                  2. I just wanted to say that we had some great meals at Andina, Toro Bravo, Wildwood and Laurelhurst Market. Lunch at Pok Pok and a food cart with pork at 9th and SW Alder. More next time! Thanks for all the advice.

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                    Pok Pok
                    3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

                    Andina Restaurant
                    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

                    Laurelhurst Market
                    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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

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                    1. re: jocelyng

                      Thanks for reporting back! Do you think the food cart with pork was The People's Pig?

                      1. re: Nettie

                        Could be. Too guys with beards who kind of looked alike. DH and I both had pulled pork sandwiches. They were good, although the pork could have been more highly seasoned.