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Food recommendations - 1 week in Portland(Hillsboro) with day trips to Seattle and elsewhere

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tuftsauto Aug 13, 2012 07:06 PM

Later this week, we will be heading out of Boston, MA to stay with a friend in Hillsboro, OR for a week. Originally, we had been planning to do the entire week in the Portland area, but have just recently decided to spend a night in Seattle and a night somewhere on the Northern Oregon coast. We will also be doing a day trip to Mt. Hood and along the Columbia River. We're a mid-20's couple that loves to eat and cook fresh foods, with a strong orientation towards healthy food, although we believe that unhealthy foods are great in moderation.

I'm an adventurous eater who eats basically everything, with the exception of a couple meats/seafood that I haven't been able to develop a taste for yet(veal and clams, specifically). My girlfriend is an extremely limited eater who is primarily a vegetarian(but doesn't eat mushrooms or eggs). She does eat chicken, turkey, or haddock, but only in a nicer restaurant where she trusts that it won't be undercooked. She is also lactose intolerant(so no milk or cream dishes) and eats an extremely low fat diet, so nothing overly fried.

We're looking to do mostly lower to middle-priced restaurants($8-14 per entree), but want to also do one nicer meal, a great pizza dinner, and cook some nice meals at home with local ingredients. We'll probably also eat at a bunch of food carts as we walk around the city. Also, when we are at restaurants, we rarely order drinks, so that does not have to fit into the equation.

For Portland, we found the following(mostly through searching this board!), and have not been able to make a decision as to where to go.

Apizza Scholls OR Ken's Artisan Pizza - 1 pizza meal
Park Kitchen OR Toro Bravo OR Wildwood OR Higgins Portland - 1 nicer meal

Other restaurants:
The Farm Cafe
Por Que No?
Bijou Cafe - jazz brunch
Biwa Restaurant
Pok Pok OR Ping OR Typhoon Thai food
The Parish
Oven & Shaker
Delicate Palate
Fenouilin the Pearl

Any thoughts on the aforementioned restaurants? We haven't had a chance to look into Seattle(lunch, dinner, and breakfast), The Oregon Coast(lunch on the upper coast(or lower WA coast) and then dinner and breakfast near a hotel(likely Seaside), and our day trip out to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge(dinner?).

Thanks for all your help. We can't wait to get out there!

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    Leonardo Aug 13, 2012 09:22 PM

    Farm is great for vegetarian.

    Ken's Pizza but of course others will differ...

    Fenouil closed a year ago.

    Toro Bravo or Wildwood.

    Also consider Navarre for small plates.
    Biwa is a great idea.
    Since you're in Hillsboro: Syun Izakaya.

    People go to Mt Hood for the scenery, not the food.

    North Coast: outstanding smoked fish but not a restaurant, a must-go is Karla's Smokehouse in north Rockaway open Tues-Sat.

    1. c
      cheeseisheaven Aug 17, 2012 10:04 AM

      my faves in town...
      Aviary small plates, delish
      Boke Bowl...
      Tasty and Sons..long wait and loud, but worth it..go during the week
      the cart pods are amazing..good food here, division st...downtown...so much fabulous food
      also the farmers markets are bountiful this time of year...
      enjoy!!!

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