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What type of restaurant would you like to see open in PDX?

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I've lived here in Portland for three years now, and I have to say that, in my opinion, we have a pretty darn good restaurant scene here for the size of the city we are. From the low end to the high end, and especially in that middle area where you can have a nice dinner with drinks for $30-$40 / person. There's so much here. And it just seems to be getting progressively better.

With that in mind, I was wondering: If PDX Chowhounders were to be granted one wish, and the wish had to be for a new restaurant of any genre to open somewhere in the city, what would you choose? Would you wish for an upscale Dim Sum house? Eastern European fine dining? An Argentian cart? Etc.

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  1. Here's my wish:

    I'd love to see a new place that would do Burgundian-inspired food. Something like a marriage between St. Jack and Toro Bravo. A focus on dishes that traditionally go with pinot, as well as new ideas for pairings with our Oregonian style of pinot. Obviously, an awesome wine list, pinot-centric, with selections from Oregon, CA, NZ and Burgundy.

    1. I'd like to see a jerk cart here in Portland, and a Hakka (Indian Chinese) restaurant as well

      1. Peruvian rotisserie chicken (I love El Inka, but driving out to Gresham is not convenient, and I don't love their particular spice/herb mix on their chicken) - take out and eat in...

        A great jerk cart is a great idea dakmartpdx...I get a fix now and then from Fire on the Mountain, their jerk sauce is pretty good...but it's not quite the real deal all around.

        Real Chicago deep dish pizza. I love Dove Vivi, but it isn't quite the same thing.

        Great Chinese instead of good enough Chinese, ditto for Korean (esp. on the east side)

        We finally have good thin crust pizza, dim sum, Asian noodles of various kinds, bagels, ice cream, Korean fried chicken (wings anyway @ Basa Basa), awesome Thai, good sushi and other Japanese...we have come so far over the 11 years I have lived here...

        I want someone to surprise me with something I've never had or heard of before! ;o)

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        1. re: JillO

          agree would like to see atleast a good korean resturant and a very good sushi.

          But I travel to NYC and LA regularly so can wait.

          1. re: ronin223

            I've been having very good sushi at Hokusei. I sit at the sushi bar and have Cody do an omakase order for me and I love the specials they get in. Ask him what's good, tell him what you like, and let him work his magic. Nice sake list too, btw.

            Best Korean I have found is in Beaverton at JCD (aka: Jang Choong Dong Wang Jok Bal).It's across from Cedar Hills mall in a small shopping strip next to a gas station - the gas station is on the corner at Hall Blvd., you get into the shopping strip via Cedar Hills Blvd.

        2. Just ate @ La Lsla in Ballard...we need a Puerto Rican,restaurant... Also, Burma Superstar would be nice.
          It's been exciting to see the growth of Salvadorean food, in the few years I have been here.
          I would love some real Jamaican patties places, like the ones on Church St in B'klyn...Jamaican pattie cart...bring it!!!

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          1. re: cheeseisheaven

            Haven't even thought of Puerto Rican food in a while (also from Brooklyn, just not a fan of the meat patties) - that would be great!

            1. re: JillO

              The hand made ones, not the ones you got @ the pizzaria, that they spit open and melted cheese on! I actually only had the veggie ones since I'm pescatarian...but the hand-made pies are great