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May 27, 2011 08:21 AM

Summer Restaurant Recommendations / Portland & Willamette Valley

My husband and I will be spending four days at a winery in the Willamette Valley (near Dallas) and another four at Hotel Fifty in Portland, in late June.

As neither of us have ever been to the Pacific Northwest, we're seeking recommendations about local restaurants of note. Hubby is a chef and I'm a devout foodie. We both have very adventurous palates and love to eat our way through a vacation; lunch and dinner (no fast food - not that I expect Chowhounders to go there).

We'll have a car, so travel is not an issue, but my research indicates that we may not need one to get to the best places.

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  1. I'd suggest a couple of local favorites in the Willamette Valley. Try the Crooked House Bistro in West Salem. Bernard is self-trained and puts his soul into every dish. Great small bistro atmosphere, open for lunch and dinner at present although he's talking about dropping lunch. I've attached a couple of pics of salads I've tried recently. Entrees are just as lovely -:). We find ourselves going back again and again and you might find the same is true for you. Another truly unique (but spendy) spot is the Joel Palmer House in Dayton. It's all about fungi! Great story about Jack moving his family's restaurant out west from Pennsylvania. Jack's son is now in charge; outdoor seating on a warm summer evening just can't be beat. There are also several well-regarded restaurants in the McMinnville and Dundee areas but our experience is somewhat dated. I'm sure you can find better information than I could provide.
    So many great choices in Portland. I'd suggest Paley's Place, Toro Bravo, Andina. I can't imagine going wrong at any of them. There are plenty more to choose from and I'm sure you'll get other excellent suggestions.
    Good luck and good eating!!

    Joel Palmer House
    600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

    Andina Restaurant
    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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

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

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    1. re: zenon5

      We had a fantastic meal at Jory last summer at the Allison Inn and Spa. In Portland, check out Little Bird,Meriwethers,Gruner and Oba. :)

      555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    2. Thank you zenon5 and syrahgirl. My favorite thing about fellow Chowhounds is finding out about spots like these!

      1. For an adventurous palate, Aviary & Castagna...

        1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214