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Aug 3, 2011 10:53 AM

Montreal foodie looking for recco's

Will be travelling from Seattle to San Diego in September. Looking for reccomendations what to eat in Portland, along the coast to California and also the Columbia River Gorge Area.
Originally from Europe, I've travelled all around Europe so I am quite accustomed to European cuisine and of course Montreal has French bistro cuisine down.

I am looking for moderately priced options and an occasional splurge for both breakfast/lunch/dinner. I like locally sourced foods, places with their own identity, have a weakness for good beer (being Belgian), mixology oriented bars and all types of ethnic cuisines. Montreal is not really known for their outstanding seafood, so I hope to get my fair share on the West Coast.

Montreal has no street food scene, so I would like to check out some food carts. I've also heard good things about Pok Pok and understand they have 2 locations now. Will probably be staying in a couple of McMenamin hotels during our trip. How are the attached restaurants and bars?

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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  1. IMHO, many of Portland's good restaurants fall into the moderate to upper moderate price range - but the definition of moderate can be quite subjective. There are a lot of good recent threads that would interest you.

    Pok Pok's second location in NE Portland is primarily focused on take-out so their SE Portland location is probably where you want to go.

    The McMenamins chain does not have a good reputation for their food. It's been a long time since I've eaten at one of their places but I've heard nothing to indicate that things have improved. Great atmosphere though!

    Pok Pok
    3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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    1. re: MyNextMeal

      I had snacks at the rooftop of the Hotel Oregon, and the food was dreadful, along the lines of tater tots (followed by an exceptional dinner at nearby Thistle).

      Good place for what's on tap only; if they have to prepare it or do more than pour from a bottle, better elsewhere.

    2. Look at the week in portland thread two posts below.