Tasty Restaurants in Portland?
Aviary popped into my head too -- the Pumpkin Tempura there is great. It's quite a new place and they are doing some exciting stuff.
Fenouil is closed.
Wildwood and Paley's place both have well-deserved reputations as exemplars of "Portland" cuisine. They simply execute well, with solid food, atmosphere, and service.
Toro Bravo may not be too much like Crush, but it's fantastic and the one restaurant I usually point out-of-towners to. But they don't take reservations and they bring out dishes as they are ready, not in courses, so it may not be the experience you're looking for.
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212
I checked the menu @ Crush...it sounds great...I will remember that for my next trip there!
Aviary on NE Alberta (aviarypdx.com)is doing some great innovative food pairings. It's small plates, but very satisfying. I did not enjoy the halibut, the flavors didn't work well together for me. but the cauliflower soup was heaven, as was the panna cotta for dessert.
Fin would have been my rec, but they have closed. The chef is doing Sunday seafood brunch @ St Jack on SE Clinton...we had a terrific meal. The fresh anchovies were a highlight.
We recently spendt 8 nights in Portland and serveral excellent meals. Wildwood, Oba, Harborside (at the marina) Oba, Gruner, Meriwether's and Little Bird (same owners as Le Pigeon) did not disappoint. Some past faves are: Fenouil, Paley's Place, Park Kitchen, clarklewis and Andina. You can make reservations and check availability on www.opentable.com One more great one: Pho Van Bistro! They have locations in the Pearl District and in the Hawthorne area. We have been to both places. :)
422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
1919 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209
900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209