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Tasty Restaurants in Portland?

sushidaisukimimi May 3, 2011 11:15 AM

I'm going to be in Portland in July and am on the hunt for great restaurants-something akin to CRUSH in Seattle.

Anything from seafood, locovore, ethnic restaurants is good! I can't wait to hear what peole have to share!

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    grapesgrapes May 5, 2011 04:29 PM

    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.

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

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      cheeseisheaven May 5, 2011 10:12 AM

      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.


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        syrahgirl May 4, 2011 04:37 PM

        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. :


        Park Kitchen
        422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

        Pho Van
        1919 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

        Le Pigeon
        738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

        900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

        2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

        Paley's Place
        1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

        555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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