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First trip to the NW from NC. I love different and interesting, so which of these is a no miss for dinner?

Apizza Scholls
Clarklewis
Wildwood
Bluehour

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Bluehour
250 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Clarklewis
1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

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  1. Off of that list, I would go with Wildwood...but I would not necessarily describe any of those as "different and interesting."

    Without that list, I might suggest Castagna, Metrovino, Genoa, Aviary, Le Pigeon, Clyde Common, Beaker & Flask...

    Hard to say with so little info... Other than "different and interesting" (and I honestly have no idea what that means to you) what are you looking for? Interested in wine or beer or cocktails or all of the above? Interested in local ingredients? Is atmosphere important? Have a max you want to spend? ???

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    Clyde Common
    1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

    Le Pigeon
    738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    Castagna
    1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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    1. re: JillO

      Definitely local ingredients. I had looked at Castanga, but it seems more interesting this time. Interested in alcohol as well, but I would sacrifice for good food. Monday shouldn't be an issue. Seems that fish would be good to go for. I am checking out these other options, and they sound good as well. If I can only get one, which would you suggest? I am not limiting myself to the original list by any means.

      1. re: relaxandreflect

        Metrovino, Beaker&Flask, Apizza Scholls.

        all don't miss, for their own reasons.

        Metro is the finest that fine dining gets in this town. doing really wonderful things, both ingredient and presentation/preparation wise.

        Beaker is quintessential Portland! spectacular food with great ingredients and simple. Not boring simple but the chef knows how to let ingredients sing! the bar might be the best cocktails of any restaurant in town(places like Teardrop are better, but are pure cocktail lounges).

        Apizza is the best pizza you will find. easily top 3 pizzas in the country(IMHO it's top 2). don't miss it.

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        Apizza Scholls
        4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

        1. re: nkeane

          I think you guys have got me with Metrovino over Wildwood.

          nkeane - So far, my best pizza is Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. Apizza looks good too. What are your others in the top 3?

          1. re: relaxandreflect

            Metrovino is fabulous and more adventurous with ingredients and technique. You have to like plates with lots of ingredients (some of which will not be locally sourced), but what they do with flavors, textures, ingredients, etc. is seriously skillful and delicious. If you like to pair wines with your plates, they have a wall of enomatics and you can do glass and/or taste pours so you can match a wine to every plate you get and not walk out hammered. You can also get to try some very nice and very expensive wines that way without having to commit to a bottle. They also have one of the best bartenders in town working there now, so even the cocktails are great.

            Wildwood is more traditional in a very PNW kind of way. Mostly everything there is locally sourced, and though it may be traditionally prepared, that prep is impeccable. It is, btw, open for lunch, even on Saturdays, so you might be able to do both...if you can seriously handle two meals like that. A decent wine list and good cocktails can be found here, but the emphasis is definitely on the food.

            They both also do great happy hours...

            Two very different places, but you will be fine with either - I have had several fabulous meals at both and never a bad one at either...you can't really lose. Make reservations, whichever you choose.

            1. re: relaxandreflect

              Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Una Napoletano(ex-of NY, now in SF. Closer!!;-) )

              1. re: nkeane

                Ok, I may just have to give this place a try! Thanks for all of the replies. I also noticed it is restaurant month, and the choices are way better than what we have in Raleigh.