A quick review of a 6-day Portland visit
The occasion for the visit was my daughter's wedding, and as Father Of The Bride (i.e. not having much of a clue what was happening), I grabbed meals where I could. We stayed at The Mark Spencer (accidentally referring to it as The Marks & Sparks on several occasions, much to the confusion of those who have never been to London, much to the amusement of those who had). Fortunately, Portland is a GREAT city in which happenstance can be relied upon, and nothing qualified as a mere fuel stop. So from a jumble of memories (I did not take notes), here are my impressions.
Had a breakfast and a dinner at Kenny & Zuke's. Food was great, as was service. Had their latkes for the first time and loved them.
We managed to grab a couple of meals from food carts at 10th & Washington. I dont remember the names of anyof them. The babimbop I had from a Korean cart was really good, especially considering it was babimbop to go.
We had breakfast at The Original one morning, and it too was outstanding.
I didnt have a lot of high expectations of dinner at The Fish Grotto, but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meals. It was great that they offer half-portions; they turned out to be more that adequate. My seafood fettuccini was lovely, and my wife really enjoyed her chicken pot pie.
I had a solo lunch at Lindenhurst Market after a healthy walk from the MS to Music Millennium (Greatest Record Store EVER!) which is across the street. Half a pan-seared Porchetta sandwich, half a grilled lamb sandwich. I'm going to have to get there for dinner someday!
There was a rehersal dinner at The Radio Room. The calimari could have been a bit crispier, but considering that it was served buffet-style, it was really very good, and the bacon-wrapped shrimp were wonderful. So were the wild boar ribs I had as an entree.
Drinks at Bartini are always great.
The wedding itself and the reception were at Merriwether Farm. It was a second selection, the first being the View Point Inn which burned down in July. Personally, except for losing their deposit, they fell up on the deal, as I cant imagine a better place to have a wedding that Merriwether's. The food was fresh and wonderful across the board. The staff was incredibly friendly, thoughtful, and efficient. The setting was gloriously lovely (as was the bride). I look forward to trying their restaurant someday.
Our last full meal was Monday night at Henry's, and it was splendid, especially hose-made ice cream sandwich for dessert.
I hearby damn Anthony Bourdain to the fires of hell! He went and told the world about Voodoo Donuts, and it was way too hot to stand in the line that never seemed to end everytime to walk by. I know there are some who would suggest that I didnt miss much, but I love the place anyway. I did find Pearl Bakery, which naturally was excellent.
Some quick non-food notes: LOVE the Portland Saturday Market and listening to Pug Bernhardt's one-man band. And meeting Jimi Hendrix. And the Mark Spencer has what I believe may be the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on in a hotel.
I wish I had more details to offer, but I was in a bit of head-rush for most of our stay.
Henry's 12th Street Tavern
10nw 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
2108 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97210
1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
102 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Yeah, you got me on the hoUse-made ice cream sandwich. And I dont have a clues as to why my brain keeps saying LINDENHURST when I know damn good & well that it's LAURELhurst. It was delicious regardless of what you call it. And I am certain that the Fish Grotto is on no one's short list, but it was all the more surprisingly good for that reason. As always after returning from Portland, I cant wait to get back.
Thank you, JillO!
Not being local to the area (I live in Milwaukee, the one in Wisconsin), all I knew about View Point Inn was what the kids told me and what was on their website. After the fire, I looked up the news reports about it, and a bunch of older stuff came up; a lot of chef drama. some nonsense about a reality/elimination-type of TV show...I think you are probably right about the bullet. Regardless, Merriwhether Farm was over-the-top great!