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Help narrow down Portland dinner please

kazmodo Oct 3, 2012 12:56 PM

In Portland next month with friends. Love seafood mostly, but open to all, except 2 diners don't eat red meat. Also, nothing too "weird", like simple food with simple, delicious preparation. I love duck and fish -- and we all love good cocktails.
Have these ideas so far:

Riffle NW
Veritable Quandry
Olympic Provisions

Need 2, maybe 3 nights. Have been to Portland before and have already enjoyed Laurelhurst Market, Clyde Common and Andina.
Thanks for your help! We can't wait!

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    oregonjim RE: kazmodo Oct 9, 2012 07:30 PM

    Imperial is awesome, has the types of rushes you refer to since it is in a hotel they need to have broad appeal but the preperation and attention to detail is outstanding.

    1. JillO RE: kazmodo Oct 10, 2012 09:18 AM

      Wildwood and Nostrana would be great pics...

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        kazmodo RE: kazmodo Oct 10, 2012 02:52 PM

        great! putting Imperial on the yes list. been to wildwood already.

        1. pleen RE: kazmodo Oct 15, 2012 09:26 PM

          clarklewis is solid, consistent, delicious every time. I'd move them up the list.

          I haven't tried Imperial..but another newcomer to consider is Ox...it is a little red-meat heavy, but there are definitely options for non red meat eaters.

          Definite NO to Veritable Quandry...I consider them more of a tourist trap these days.

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            cobpdx RE: kazmodo Oct 17, 2012 09:39 AM

            Having just dined at Imperial last night, I will add a vote for Imperial, as well. I had an extremely well-made cocktail and the food, atmosphere, and vibe was very enjoyable.

            I also enjoy Paley's (many experiences there), and have enjoyed Woodsman Tavern, Riffle as well but have only had 1 visit each. Have not yet been to Jamison or Olympic Provisions, and my last clarklewis meal was a while ago (because of too many new places to try, not a bad experience).

            As others have mentioned, there are better options than VQ.

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