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Mar 10, 2013 04:53 PM

Help me narrow down restaurants for a 3 day visit!

Staying in downtown Portland from a Wednesday night - Sunday morning this summer. Just husband and me, no car. Traveling from DC. We pretty much like any food, and budget is not a concern. Would prefer amazing food at casual places, rather than "fancy" or "fine dining" but one nicer dinner out of the 3 would be fine...I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but want to try a couple places like Stumptown or Barista.
Also don't like alcoholic drinks, but husband does enjoy wine, local beers, and suggestions for a couple places would be appreciated.
Might be staying on "east coast" time, which means breakfast, lunch and dinner on the early side. Don't really want "the best pizza" or "best burger" but something that we can't get in DC.
3 breakfasts: Waffle Window, Pine St. Biscuits, Tasty and Sons???
3 lunches and dinners: Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Castagna, Ox, Tanuki, Evoo??? or cut out one of the above for food carts....
of course heard about Blue Star donuts, Cacao chocolate drinks, Salt 'n Straw ice cream, and Ken's Artisan Bakery for snacks in between meals!
wish I could stay longer, but gotta work! Thank you for your suggestions -

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  1. I wouldn't suggest Tanuki for non drinkers. While the food gets talked about it is unmistakably a very divey dive bar and the food isn't really "dinner" so much as it is very aggressively salty/fishy bar snacks meant for binge drinking.
    I've seen a lot of people who don't drink go there for dinner and leave very unhappy.

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    1. re: RichardBreadcrumb

      Please define "a lot of people". I'm a very light drinker, have brought along many friends and family who are similiarly light drinkers, and we have always left happy.

    2. I'm a visitor too and have a current thread going where I just received a recommendation for a brand new place called Levant. No reservations so going early would be a good call, it seems.

      Evoe is excellent and might work very well for you if you are dining early. We've only been for lunch because it doesn't stay open very late.