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New York foodie coming to Portland in the end of March. I will be there for 4 nights. I am staying at the Nines Hotel but willing to go anywhere for good food. I need recs for all the go-to things to eat in Portland. Street food, local food, high brow, low brow, anything! Help me out!

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    "New to the Portland Board? Read this first."

    Simply scroll back a few weeks and you'll find tons of advice for visitors.
    After 10-20 minutes of research, come back with questions and we'll be happy to fill you in.

    1. Portland is so much smaller than NY, that it's easy to get around.
      I think you should try Autentica's brunch for great mexican food, or Trebol on Sunday they show Mexican wresting movies...
      Wander Mississippi Street and Alberta
      Try all the food cart pods..especially D St Noshery's Captured by Porches beer cart and Koi fusion and Really Good Eats Belmont' Euro Trash ...
      If you like fancy, eat at Catagna...you'd pay 2-3x the price for this in NY
      Taste Unique on SE Division
      If you are visiting friends, bring them ess-a bagels

      btw, almost all my recs are NE and SE, I don't eat on the west side very often...

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      Trebol
      4835 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

      1. I'm a New Yorker heading to Portland the first week of April. Also staying at the Nine's as well. Please let me know where you ate. I have been doing research, and apparently there is a ton of great food in Portland, just don't know where to eat....only there 1 night, so I'm looking for the best of the best for dinner.

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        1. re: CityFoodNY

          Beaker & Flask
          Gruner
          Laurelhurst Market

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          Laurelhurst Market
          3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

        2. My husband and I were just talking about where we would take visitors who only had a few nights with us. Here is what we decided:

          Day 1
          Breakfast: Lovejoy Deluxe at Lovejoy Bakers (you can take a streetcar there)
          Lunch: food carts @ 10th & Alder (a short walk from your hotel) - sample as many carts as you can - Ziba's Pitas, Nong's, wander around and take in the "global" dining scene!
          Dinner: Castagna

          Day 2
          Breakfast: find the elusive NuVrei Bakers and have either their bacon biscuit or ham/gruyere croissant - OMG!
          Lunch: Food carts @ SE Belmont & 43rd or N. Mississippi (to avoid disappointment, check times/dates before going - pods open during specific times)
          Dinner: Pok Pok (I find there is a difference in the quality of food between lunch and dinner service -- the A-team is ON during dinner!)

          Day 3
          Breakfast/Brunch: Pho An Sandy or Ha & VL (Vietnamese Soup Noodle)
          Dinner: Beast

          Day 4
          Breakfast at Pearl Bakery or Ken's Artisan Bread
          Lunch at Gruner
          Dinner at Laurelhurst Market

          Substitutes:
          If you are a pizza fan and want to sample the best of Portland, get in line @ Apizza Scholls, Ken's or Nostrana
          There are also great cart pods - I second the one on Mississippi as well as the one on Belmont.

          Our guests will leave 5 pounds heavier if we manage to do all of the above in 4-day visit!

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          Nostrana
          1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

          Pok Pok
          3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

          Apizza Scholls
          4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

          Laurelhurst Market
          3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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

          Castagna
          1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

          Ziba's Pitas
          SW Alder St SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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          1. re: pleen

            Andina and Le Pigeon are two of our favorites, we'll have to try Castagna when we're in Portland in a couple of days! :)

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            Le Pigeon
            738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

            Andina Restaurant
            1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

            Castagna
            1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

          2. Can't believe no one has said this yet (probably because there are so many good food carts to try), but you have to make your way to Bunk Sandwiches (or the sister restaurant, Bunk Bar). I was just down in Portland this weekend and tried them for the first time. They are incredible...especially the roast beef with carmelized onions and the pork belly cubano.

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            Bunk Sandwiches
            621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

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            1. re: pwmac17

              Yesterday we dined at Wildwood for lunch, the Mussels were delicious there! I also love my papradelle pasta dish. We were at Meriwether's last night for dinner and enjoyed everything about this place! The carmelized apples on the salad were sooo good and the Osso Bucco was perfectly prepared. Service was top notch also, loved Meriwether's! :)

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              Meriwether's
              2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

            2. Thanks for everyone's recommendations. We had dinner at Toro Bravo which involved a very long wait. It was quite good and an excellent value. Was supposed to go to Gruner, but we had too many people with us that the restaurant was unable to accommodate us. Instead we went to Savoy which was only okay, but fun. Also stopped in at the food pod on Belmont which was really cool, had a chicago dog there. Finished off the weekend by going to Pok Pok, which was awesome and maybe my favorite of the all places and Urban Farmer which had a great rib eye.

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              Pok Pok
              3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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

              Urban Farmer
              525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

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              1. re: clashfan

                Please come back - there are so many other delicious places to try! glad you liked Pok Pok - it is one of my favorites as well.

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                Pok Pok
                3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

              2. Hi Clash!

                Personally, I've read through a number of these threads and have not found enough diversity for my liking. As already mentioned I would try Toro Bravo, ClarkLewis and PokPok, however I would like to include a few I haven't seen here yet.

                Navarre - incredible menues are created here, my last visit the theme was Brittany-inspired cuisine, but the owner/chef changes this semi-regularly. I describe this as french tapas with some influence of Basque, but i have heard some claim it is spanish as well. Either way the food here always makes me feel inspired to create after indulging.

                For more casual settings:

                Biwa - more of a noodle house with some innovative cusine and house made shochu

                Ken's Artisan's Pizza - get there @ 5pm unless you like waiting for a table.

                Bamboo sushi - great sushi/sashimi selection, great saki selection - incredible Kobe beef burger <3

                Jade Teahouse - (Sellwood) Try the vietnamese wedding cake - you won't be disappointed! The stew and hum bao here are excellent also.

                Kenny's noodle house - VERY CASUAL but authentic Chinese.
                BEST congee and scallion/ginger noodles in the city (possibly the whole Pacific NW - definitely in the city) and the ONLY place i would order you tiao (chinese donuts).

                Alma's or Pix for dessert

                That's all I can think of for the moment, but i am sure more will come to me soon! Enjoy your visit to Portland foodies!

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                Biwa
                215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

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

                Jade Teahouse
                7912 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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                1. re: starshinesMonet

                  We recently had dinner at Gruner, wow, what a place, one of my favorites in Portland! Our meal at Little Bird Bistro was also amazing, so many innovative items on the menu, I want to go back already! :)