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Jul 14, 2011 03:16 PM

Boston 'hound coming to PDX last week of July, trip recs?

Hi PDX 'hounds,

I'm a 'hound from Boston coming to Portland for six days over the last week of July for work, looking to find some great meals. I am staying downtown near Pioneer Square, but can jump on the MAX or grab a Zipcar for places a bit farther into the hinterland (but not too far). I have no problem eating by myself, so if a place has a bar that would facilitate the eating, I'm totally okay with that.

From my research here on the PDX Chowhound board and checking out, I've thrown a few places on my try-to-get-to list:
* Pok Pok
* Le Pigeon
* Biwa
* Urban Farmer (breakfast menu looked great)
* Tanuki
* Bamboo Sushi

What I'm (also) looking for:
* Dim sum
* A damn good burger (If you are familiar with Craigie on Main in Boston, like their burger.)
* Oysters/raw bar: is EAT Oyster the place to go?


Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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

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  1. Burgers, burgers and more burgers…

    My personal faves are Gruner, Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons and Killer Burger (love their peanut butter bacon burger).

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

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    1. re: duckduck

      Wow, incredible list, thank you! Toro Bravo looks strangely familiar to another restaurant here in Boston, appropriately called 'Toro.'

      Thank you all for the suggestions, I will definitely come back here with a trip report in early August.

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

    2. I hear nothing but good things about The Country Cat, especially for breakfast.

      If you're willing to travel a few minutes south of Portland to our fantastic wine country, Jory, at the the Allison Inn & Spa, gets consistently good ratings.

      1. Fairly recent chowhound post on oysters here

        Photos from Country Cat here
        Always enjoy them and have never had to wait for a table.

        1. EaT[sic] would be the place for oysters.

          Ocean City for dim sum. You'll need to drive. It's good, but know that we are not SF or Vancouver.

          Good list you have there! Please report back.

          Ocean City Restaurant
          3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

          1. Hello, I am a Montrealer who will also be in Portland for one week for work from July 15th to July 22nd, so if you will also be there those dates and want to share a meal, let me know! I'm veggie, but I am sure all of the above have some options!