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Le Pidgeon vs. Little Bird?

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I am making a foodie pilgrimage to Portland this weekend and trying to decide between Le Pidgeon and Little Bird for our first dinner. I've not been to Portland before, so either one will be new to me/us. Are there pros/cons that could help us make our decision, besides older/newer?

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  1. Well, if you look at the menus they are very different. If you want traditional French bistro fare, Little Bird. If you don't, Le Pigeon.

    And btw, Little Bird is open for lunch - you could do a lunch there and a dinner at Le Pigeon if you can't decide.

    As someone who has been to both but is not a super huge fan of either (I like them, don't love them), I'd go Le Pigeon.

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    Le Pigeon
    738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    1. Here's how I frame the difference between the two: Le Pigeon is destination dining, and Little Bird isn't. There's nothing wrong with Little Bird, but unless you are dead set on French cuisine, there are at least a dozen other restaurants in Portland that someone visiting from out of town should consider first.

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      1. re: jeff_pdx

        Thanks for this very insightful direction, jeff_pdx and JillO. We got into Le Pigeon at the last minute, and really really enjoyed every morsel, from the fois gras to the olive oil cake. A perfect kick-off to a weekend of eating in Portland! It was excellent.

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        Le Pigeon
        738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

        1. re: SallyHMcC

          Nice, glad you enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for posting back here!