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Jun 30, 2012 05:37 PM

Lox/smoked fish locations

My husband and I will be vacationing in Portland in August. Wondering if there are any great smoked fish places near downtown. Looking for a place that serves jewish appetizing style fish and accompaniments. We are happy to travel for the good stuff! Thanks.

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  1. The best places for smoked fish are Newmans inside City Market on NW 21st, and they will have lox and herring in cream sauce.
    If you want to try PNW style smoked salmon, there is also Flying Fish company, where he smokes his own, and at the Saturday Farmers market, there are tribal fishmongers, who sell delicious smoked salmon, and another company who has delicious smoked fish, but I can't remember their name.

    1. Do you want takeout, store, or restaurant? For downtown restaurant or takeout, Kenny & Zuke's. Flying Fish is on the east side, close to downtown. At Portland Farmers Market Saturday morning at PSU, The Smokery.

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      1. re: Leonardo

        We are mostly looking for takeout, but Kenny and zuke's looks the closest to what a New York appetizing store would have. The Smokery looks promising too. Thanks for the great suggestions.

        1. re: mcuger

          You mean like Russ & Daughters, since 1911 or something like that?
          K & Z has their own bagels, plus smoked whitefish salad etc.
          Smokery just has their own yummy product, pre-packaged, but many choices. Not NY style.

          1. re: Leonardo

            We just figure with such close proximity to fresh fish, someone out there is doing something great. Excited to try northwest style smoked salmon. We plan to do Kenny and Zuke's for breakfast and check out The Smokery at the farmers' market.

            1. re: mcuger

              Whatever you do, don't confuse Portland Farmers Mkt with Portland Saturday Mkt, the latter being a hippie craft fair with awful food.

              1. re: Leonardo

                Ok great tip, I think we were originally planning on trying out the Portland Saturday Market. We live in Phoenix and have been to enough craft fair type markets!

      2. The lox that Spielman's is selling (along with great bagels and fabulous coffee) is really delicious. Artisan made in CA, just the right amount of smoke, great flavor and texture.

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        1. re: JillO

          Is Spielman's at the farmers' market or in their own building? Where are they located? How would you compare their lox to some of the other places discussed ( Kenny and Zuke's, Flying Fish, The Smokery)?

          1. re: mcuger

            I haven't had Flying Fish's smoked fish, so I can't comment on it. I have bought some great fresh fish from him, though. I didn't know he did cold-smoked fish.

            I like the lox and bagels at Spielman's (2128 SE Division) better than the lox and bagels at Kenny & Zuke's. But that lox is all they have as far as smoked fish - no whitefish salad or herring salad, both of which you can get at K&Z's and which are good there. But I don't know where else you can get a great bagel and lox plate for $8.50 other than at Spielman's. I also buy their coffee beans, and they make a good cup of drip in-house as well as good espresso.

            I like the cold-smoked salmon from the Smokery, but it's often just a touch more smoke than I am used to with lox. And there is no storefront, he just sells at the Farmers' Markets, I think.

            I haven't been to the new Bowery Bagels either, and that could be another place to go...

            1. re: mcuger

              We got some of Flying Fish's smoked salmon this weekend. Think it might be the best smoked salmon I've ever had. Nailed the balance between that deep smoky flavor and still being able to really taste the salmon. He's on Hawthorne and 20-something-th. Be aware if you do go that it's just a fish market (fish shack?) and not a restaurant or cafe.