A trip too safe?
- tmentzer Mar 16, 2012 08:58 AM
An upcoming trip will leave me in PDX for four days, staying downtown. Below is the itinerary, but I'm worried it's too safe/dull? Thoughts on additions/substitutions? Any updates on the spots below?
General desires tend toward Asian/ethic and cocktails/beer, not necessarily at the same venue. Also a great affinity for restaurants where two can sit at a fun bar. Thanks in advance, and thanks for the input on the previous posts, which helped build this list.
Day 1 happy hour, Clyde Common
Day 1 dinner, Park Kitchen
Day 2 coffee, Public Domain
Day 2 happy hour, Kask
Day 2 dinner, Ping
Day 3 breakfast, Detour Café
Day 3 coffee, Oblique and/or Heart Coffee
Day 3 lunch, food carts
Day 3 happy hour, Bailey's Taproom or Teardrop
Day 3 dinner, Saucebox
Day 4 lunch, Olympic Provisions
Day 4 coffee, Water Avenue and/or Cellar Door
Day 4 dinner, Whiskey Soda Lounge
I haven't been - but LucLac (viet) seems as if it would be worth checking out downtown.
Chiang Mai on Hawthorne is my favorite place right now.
Aviary is another place that I really want to check out that might suit your interests.
I think that's generally a good lineup.
Saucebox isn't really what it used to be. If you're looking for that kind of modern-/pan-Asian thing downtown, you might be better at Departure -- though I wouldn't go on a Friday or Saturday night. LucLac won't blow you away if you usually eat good Vietnamese food, but it's still solid, and the cocktails are excellent - I actually like it more as a bar.
Oblique is a good neighborhood coffee shop but I wouldn't bother travelling that far for it when there are so many roasters as good or better in or near downtown. Heart is very good, though also a bit further away. Closer is Sterling/Coffeehouse NW, Courier, Coava and, yes, Stumptown. Definitely Water Ave over Cellar Door.
Other Asiany places worth checking out: Wafu, Aviary and (with the caveat that I haven't eaten there but both menus look great) Smallwares and Bollywood Theater.