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Final choices for Portland this weekend, critiques welcome

caraely Feb 17, 2011 11:28 AM

Arriving PDX early evening tomorrow. Staying at Hotel Lucia. Here are our choices:

Friday night: dinner at the counter at Le Pigeon, we'll walk to Beaker & Flask for drinks since we'll have to wait for the counter
Saturday breakfast: Navarre
Saturday lunch TBD, might not need anything
Saturday night: drinks at Central, dinner at Nostrana
Sunday breakfast: Urban Farmer at The Nines
Drive home!

We've had dinner at Navarre in the past, everything else is new. Thoughts?

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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

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    ejohn RE: caraely Feb 17, 2011 11:59 AM

    New: Little Bird, Rucker's new place near your hotel. Also St. Jack's in Clinton. Also June (must have reservation) a block or two from Le Pigeon. I agree with Mark Bittman and much prefer Toro Bravo to Le Pigeon, it's worth the wait. Saturday lunch, food carts, maybe Violetta although if I'm eating that rich at night I want something simple. Dessert: Chocolate souffle at Veritable Quandary. OT: Also going on right now, Portland Int'l Film Festival during rainy days, with venues near your hotel.

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

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      ekc RE: caraely Feb 17, 2011 01:05 PM

      Other than breakfast at Urban Farmer, your itinerary looks great! I would consider a food cart for lunch, or a burger and fries at Little Big Burger if you are walking around the Pearl.

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

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        caraely RE: ekc Feb 17, 2011 01:25 PM

        I only chose Urban Farmer after seeing a rave here about their Eggs Benedict, should we give it a pass? We've done Mother's several times so I'd like to try something new. Plus I'm curious if The Nines should replace Hotel Lucia as our go-to hotel.

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

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          ekc RE: caraely Feb 18, 2011 09:37 AM

          Well you should try the Eggs Benedict and then report back! It will give you a good feeling for the hotel, as the restaurant is located in/near the lobby in the atrium.

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        JayinPortland RE: caraely Feb 17, 2011 04:07 PM

        I'm gonna third the suggestion to look into food carts for Saturday lunch if you're feeling up to it - beautiful weather for it, as well.

        Good Food Here, at SE Belmont & 43rd, is a pod with a nice selection (a dozen or so carts). The 15 bus also stops right out front if you want / need it.

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          JayinPortland RE: JayinPortland Feb 17, 2011 04:10 PM

          Oh! And bonus points for being able to check out Cheese Bar afterwards, 17 blocks east of the pod at Belmont & 60th-ish. You could even do a light lunch there, in fact...

          http://www.cheese-bar.com/

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