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Apr 4, 2011 09:15 PM

Dining Near the Schnitz/Seeking "cool" Portland dining experience

We have tickets to see Robert Plant and are staying at the Hotel deLuxe downtown on Oak St. I am a Chef from the SF Bay Area and would love to eat at a good representative of the current Portland dining "scene". What is good, fresh/local and between our hotel and the concert hall that we can walk to. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

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  1. I love Hotel deLuxe! My wife and I stayed there on our wedding night. It's great! However, it's not on Oak Street. I'm guessing that you're talking about Hotel Lucia?

    If so, Clyde Common might be on your way to the Schnitz. Higgins isn't quite on your way, but it's pretty close to the venue. I don't hang out downtown too often, but those places came to mind immediately.

    Bring me a few Nick's Crispy Tacos if you end up liking one of my suggestions, deal? ;)

    Clyde Common
    1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

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    1. re: juise

      Oddly, few of the good Portland restaurants are in the downtown area, but I agree with Juise's suggestions. Clyde Common more for the "cool" factor, and Higgins more for the fresh/local. Another suggestion in the area might be Departure or Urban Farmer, though neither of these really have that "portland" vibe. No Nick's tacos for me though (we all know it's just a clone of La Taqueria) - I'd prefer the original!

      Clyde Common
      1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

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

    2. Also in your area, not quite on the way, Gruener, german /alsacian and very good.

      Departure is great for the view.

      1. Well your hotel and the concert hall are very close, so there isn't a lot between them (and what there is between them is fast food).

        But if you're looking for something close, yes, Clyde and Gruner are definitely the way to go. Really, I think Clyde is exactly what you're looking for - Gruner is cool too, but Clyde (and the Ace building) really defined that Portland "cool" I think you're seeking. It also has one of the best bars in the city. It doesn't take reservations (Gruner does), but on a Tuesday night, you shouldn't have any problems.