Current dining suggestions for two food and wine geeks
We're very excited for an upcoming trip to Portland and enjoying the tremendous culinary options your city has to offer. We'll be staying downtown, but have no qualms grabbing a cab for good meal. We'll be in the city four days and we'll likely be enjoying 5-7 spots a day. The last time we were in Portland, a few years back, we were privileged to enjoy many incredible meals. Favorites included: Le Pigeon, Andina, Simpatica Dining Hall, Bijou, and Navarre. While we appreciate the art of the craft cocktail, this trip is decidedly more about the thoughtfully curated wine list. The front runners on our list thus far:
• Little bird
• Olympic Provisions (North or South?)
• Bar Avignon (Wine and snacks)
• Laurelhurst Market
• Tasty and Sons (Brunch?)
• St. Jack
• DOC (New chef... Thoughts?)
• Clark Lewis
• Ken’s Artisan Pizza
• Broder (Brunch)
• Pok Pok
• The Woodsman Tavern
• Oven and Shaker
• Paley’s Place
• For Coffee: Barista, Ristretto, Coava
Immediate challenges are breakfast/brunch (as we’re in the city Tues-Fri) and lunch (most seem to be dinner focused). Some of these are standbys (are they still relevant or living in the glory days?), and some more recent additions (are they holding their own?). I’m sure there are some rock stars we completely missed.
Thanks for your help, and looking forward to your feedback.
I second the Aviary recommendation. It's unique in Portland for creative Asian-French fusion dishes.
And DOC is not to be missed. It's one of the best restaurants in Portland, without question.
In addition to Aviary and DOC, my short list of restaurants with great food and thoughtful wine lists (from your long one) would include:
And do plan a visit to Kir wine bar on NE 7th & Couch. It's a tiny place with a phenomenal selection of obscure wines (mostly European) that would please any wine geek. My favorite place to drink wine in the city hands down!
Regarding Tasty & Sons, do try it -- but stick to brunch. They can lose their way at dinnertime...