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Jase Aug 8, 2011 12:03 PM

Hi,
I would appreciate any feedback on my tentative agenda based on research I have done. Some basics to help the critique.

*In town from a Wed afternoon to Sun morning in August.
*Staying downtown by PSU
*Will not have a car until Friday when a friend is joining me.
*Used to walking a lot and taking public transportation. I love how easy it’ll be to take train from the airport to downtown.
*Planning to be mainly in the downtown free zone area to explore downtown by a walking tour, museums, Powell’s and Ground Kontrol.
*Research sites: chowhound, foodcartsportland.com and portlandfood.org.
*We are pretty adventuresome diners, only thing I don’t want in my meal is cilantro, I eat anything else.
*Preferred budget for most sit down meals before alcohol $20-30 per person, a couple of splurges at $50-60.
*But overall budget is flexible, if I save on some inexpensive cart meals and happy hours, then can splurge more on a nicer dinner.
*Only one previous Portland visit back in 2009 for only 24 hours. Trip report here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651344
*Le Pigeon’s foie gras profiteroles still haunt my dreams. People carry pictures of their kids and places, I have a picture of the profiteroles to show people.
*I'm painfully light on late night options due to being unsure of eating capacity, energy and transportation.

The trip report is pretty typical of our M.O., wander around and hit a few places. I’m not a big sweets or traditional breakfast person. Agenda below is mainly focused on mid day snacking and some happy hours. I’d rather eat a piece of bread for breakfast and then hit the carts or restaurants as soon as they’re open for lunch. I know it’s not great oyster season but JillO’s posts on those have me intrigued. I love charcuterie boards, organ meats, foie, those kinds of items. I live in LA so not super interested in anything Mexican or Asian unless it’s a can’t miss such as Pok Pok

Plan with menu items of interest/board suggested
Wednesday HH – Davis Street Tavern (4-6, oysters, chicken liver mousse, duck wings
)Wednesday dinner – Le Pigeon or Laurelhurst Market; Walk there but taxi/bus back
Thursday – lunch at carts Frying Scotsman and People's Pig (Porchetta sandwich)
Thursday dinner – Laurelhurst Market or Le Pigeon; Walk there but taxi/bus back
Friday – lunch at carts Wet Hot Meat and Hog Time (Pork Burrito)
Friday HH -Dan and Louis (4-6)or Heathman hotel bistro menu (2 p.m. start)
Friday dinner – Toro Bravo (brandy soaked prune stuffed with foie, tasting menu?)
Saturday – PSU Farmer's market. (Pine Street Biscuits, Tails and Trotter)
Saturday dinner – Pok Pok (game hen has cilantro, wings, papaya salad, boar collar)

A question on Laurelhurst Market. I’d rather not take up eating room with a big steak. Will I still get a good experience if I just nosh on several appetizers? I had in mind the following: Marrow bones, sweetbreads, tartare, charcuterie plate.

I’d also appreciate any menu favorites or any other places near what I have listed already. Maybe another cart that I can add to the snacking or happy hour hit and runs.

Other places I’ve considered but not sure due to timing, distance or combination of both.
Carts:
Taste of Poland
Ahla W Sahla
Flogene's Home cooking
King's Wings
Tabor Czech food
Taste of Poland

Sit down
Clyde Common – highly rated but menu doesn’t seem to hit my tastes. Am I missing some selections?
Bunk Sandwiches
Urban Farmer
EaT: an Oyster Bar

Thank you in advance for any help.

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Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

Bunk Sandwiches
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

The Heathman Restaurant
1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

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

Davis Street Tavern
500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

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

The People's Pig
SW Alder St SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

  1. d
    dumoyer2 Aug 15, 2011 07:35 AM

    If it's not too late (don't know dates of your trip), I'd add the happy hour at Gruner which is very close to the PSU area and is owned by reknown local chef, Chris Israel. Food is Alsation inspired and the HH prices are very reasonable. Also, Ping (same chef owner as Pok Pok , wonderful Asian street food and a full bar. It's just a short hop on almost any bus headed north or a good walk through downtown. Have a wonderful trip.

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    Pok Pok
    3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

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    1. re: dumoyer2
      j
      Jase Aug 15, 2011 07:44 AM

      Haven't left yet! Thanks for chiming in. I remember running across Gruner in my initial research but don't recall the reason it didn't make it into further lists, could be a simple oversight. I'll go back and double check the menu and hours.

      We're planning to hit Pok Pok relatively early on Saturday and my friend will be in town with his car then so geographic considerations won't be as important on the second half of my visit.

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      Pok Pok
      3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

    2. c
      cmm2 Aug 14, 2011 10:22 PM

      You should consider Little Bird. Same chef/owner as Le Pigeon, just as good and much closer to where you are staying.

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      Le Pigeon
      738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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      1. re: cmm2
        j
        Jase Aug 15, 2011 07:42 AM

        Thanks for that. Don't know how I missed Little Bird. The menu doesn't show it, but do you know if Little Bird has the foie profiteroles?

        1. re: Jase
          c
          cmm2 Aug 15, 2011 08:19 AM

          Probably not. It's a different menu. You won't be disappointed, though, especially if you order the duck confit. You can check out the menu online.

          1. re: cmm2
            j
            Jase Aug 15, 2011 12:47 PM

            I had checked out their menu and didn't see the profiteroles. But Le Pigeon didn't have it either so was wondering if it was an across the board off menu offering.

            Love properly done duck confit. Thanks for the help!

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            Le Pigeon
            738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

            1. re: Jase
              Frodnesor Aug 15, 2011 09:50 PM

              The foie gras profiteroles were on the dessert list at Le Pigeon when I was just there last week. And I understand your sentiment. That is a dish that stays in the memory.

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              Le Pigeon
              738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

      2. c
        chalmers Aug 14, 2011 02:25 PM

        Laurelhurst Market is going to be a LONG walk from PSU - you can get there pretty quickly on the 20 bus.

        I think be "Wet Hot Meat" you mean "Wet Hot Beef", but that cart has closed (and it's in a different location to Hog Time anyway). None of those other "considering" carts are that amazing, except Tabor (provided you stick to the schnitzels). (food carts portland isn't a great place to research, because they say nice things about every single cart; many are pretty ordinary).

        Clyde is great but if it doesn't appeal, it doesn't appeal. Bunk is good but the line is a b*tch. Urban Farmer you can skip.

        I would second either HH or lunch at Olympic Provisions (the East side one, not the West). Near downtown, I'm also fond of HH at Metrovino, Clyde, Gruner and Park Kitchen.

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

        Laurelhurst Market
        3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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

        Olympic Provisions
        107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

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        1. re: chalmers
          j
          Jase Aug 14, 2011 10:05 PM

          Regarding Laurelhurst if I went there Wed night, I was thinking of walking there from Davis Street Tavern and it looks to be about 2 miles, pretty doable for me. But yeah, I was thinking bus from downtown if I've already spent a lot of time walking. Coming back, I'd pay extra for a cab only because I'd probably be really tired after a long day and in a food coma.

          Thanks for the update on Wet Hot Meat. I'll just hit Hog Time and go from there. Probably save room for happy hour and dinner that night then.

          My concern about Olympic Provisions east side one is it seems out of the way for anything else I'm planning to do around downtown or the museums. Is the west side one that much worse? I have heard good things about those last three places you mentioned, just not sure how they would fit for Happy Hours and locations in my schedule.

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          Davis Street Tavern
          500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

          Olympic Provisions
          107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

          1. re: Jase
            c
            chalmers Aug 15, 2011 09:21 AM

            Yeah, you could walk to Laurelhurst Market in 45mins-1hr.

            The West side OP isn't bad it's just different - lunch is very catered to nearby office workers, so mostly sandwiches and mostly to go. Dinner is full meals, as opposed to small plates at the other location, which is fine, but I personally think the latter works far better for them. Finally, the restaurant itself is pretty small and unremarkable, whereas the Eastside one is beautifully designed and a really enjoyable place just to sit in. Also, the Eastside one will actually be closer to you most of the time, even though it's across the river from downtown, it's only JUST across the river, and quite central. The Westside one is about 20 blocks back and much deeper into the NW.

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            Laurelhurst Market
            3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

            1. re: chalmers
              j
              Jase Aug 15, 2011 12:40 PM

              Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks! I do prefer small plates most of the time. As you can tell from my choices, I like being able to nosh. More fun to try a bunch of different things, I'm food ADD that way.

              My general plan at the moment on Wed when I get into town is to walk from my hotel to the visitor center on Morrison, then up to Davis Street Tavern, then to Laurelhurst. If Google has it mapped out right, it's a little over 4 miles. Pretty easy walk for me especially if I'm having a pit stop at Davis for an hour. But there's always the bus from there to Laurelhurst, just need to punch it into trimet and see what it says.

              I'll be staying close to PSU near the food pod on 5th. So yes, the SE Olympic Provisions makes sense then. I'll mark it on the map. Thanks again!

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              Olympic Provisions
              107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

        2. j
          Jase Aug 13, 2011 07:39 AM

          Bumping up. Anyone else have thoughts?

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          1. re: Jase
            s
            shades Aug 13, 2011 09:54 PM

            We just got back from 6 days in Portland a couple weeks ago. LOVED Toro Bravo (late night tapas, got there at 9 and wait was ~45mins, but was worth the wait) and their sister restaurant, Tasty N Sons (Similar wait for late breakfast; but tons of good at a low cost and food was terrific). Andina was a bit pricier, but really enjoyed our dinner there too. Went to Pok Pok on our summer trip last year and it was great, though long wait. This time we went to HH at Ping's and it was good, but nothing great. Loved the octopus skewers, but everything else wasn't amazing, just good.

            Food carts, Tabor was good, King's Wings was closed both times we stopped by :( Really liked Lardo, Kitchen Dances, Built To Grill, Big Ass Sandwiches and Gin Thai, but there are so many in the downtown area within walking distance (10th/Alder, 5th/Stark, and 3rd/Washington), you shouldn't have a hard time finding something that works. The only food cart I didn't like was the Korean Bulgogi Fusion place on the corner of 5th, but you said you're likely avoiding Asian food anyways, so that's irrelevant.

            Hope you have a good time and let us know what you ended up deciding trying.

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            Pok Pok
            3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

            Andina Restaurant
            1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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

            1. re: shades
              j
              Jase Aug 14, 2011 10:08 PM

              Thanks for the Toro Bravo info. My friend and I are excited about the menu but we'll brack ourselves for a wait. Being from LA, i'm kind of over the whole bulgogi fusion thing anyway with the Kogi trucks.

              I'll definitely post a trip report when I'm back.

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

          2. m
            MyNextMeal Aug 8, 2011 07:13 PM

            I would consider these as possible alternates for your Weds/Fri happy hours:

            http://www.olympicprovisions.com/
            http://www.stjackpdx.com/menus/

            Regarding oysters, I would never touch Gulf-Coast oysters harvested in the summer when the ocean temps are in the 80s...blech. But Pacific oysters are a different story.

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            1. re: MyNextMeal
              j
              Jase Aug 9, 2011 08:17 AM

              Thanks for those two suggestions! Olympic Provisions NW might be a good alternate for Wed, assuming it's not too far of a walk for me to go from PSU to Olympic then to Le Pigeon or Laurelhurst.

              St. Jack's might work if I end up at OMSI Friday afternoon. Looks like a short walk over. Appreciate the feedback.

              Do you have any fave places for Pacific oysters this time of the year?

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              Le Pigeon
              738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

              Olympic Provisions
              107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

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