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Apr 19, 2013 08:20 PM

I have a food crush on THIS U.S. city:

Portland, OR.
Pardon me while I wax romantic about PDX. I love this city. The vast quality of restaurants, from Southeast to the Northwest, brings me back every spring.

Some of my favorites include: Ox, Clyde Common, Spintz, Nuestra Cucina, and Le Pigeon.

Sure, I revere SF, NYC, and LA. I think the overall culture of PDX makes it my food U.S. city crush.

What's yours?


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  1. I am jealous of a certain kind of restaurant they have in Asheville, NC: down home American food with love, attention, and flair. Easy, inexpensive, sublime.

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    1. re: Steve

      I want to move to Asheville, NC just for their foodie culture; you are right Steve about 'those kinds of resto's" there, but more broadly - it is just a great food town!

      1. re: gingershelley

        I second that Asheville is a great hidden gem - a great weekend getaway from the heat and humidity of the low country south. The food options are pretty diverse, The Admiral ( is my favorite of the few restaurants I've been lucky enough to visit. I would definitely eat there again.

    2. SF,LA, Fort Bragg. I am planning to travel north in the near future to Vacouver, B.C. Stopping along the way.Traveling along the coast and loving it.I believe you.

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      1. re: emglow101

        emglow101: Are you heading up thecCA coast, through the Pacific NW to get to Vancouver? If will have a wealth of culinary delights to explore!

          1. re: emglow101

            You MUST STOP at a restaurant called Heaven On Earth!! It is right off exit 86 on I-5 in Oregon and is open 24 hours a day. Their food is all homemade (including the Apple Butter and jams on the table for you to smear on your cathead biscuits) and the desserts and pastries are UNBELIEVABLE!!! The cakes are 4 layers and the cinnamon rolls are (LITERALLY) the size of my Grandmother's Family Bible. Heaven On Earth should not be missed!!

            1. re: PotatoHouse

              at Heaven on Earth, they asked my g/f if she wanted the (gigantic) cinnamon roll heated up with butter on top...why yes, of's crazy!!!!( in the best way)

        1. re: emglow101

          Okay, I must ask: what and where do you eat in Fort Bragg?

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            I would call it a food crush on the area. I like to visit my freind when in the area.She lives just north of Fort Bragg in Inglenook. We have feasts at her house. Plenty of bounty in this beautiful area.Abalone,wild mushrooms,fish and much more.And the occasional Piaci Pizza.

            1. re: emglow101

              Ok. Well, my father-in-law lives just south of Ft Bragg. And I was thinking this was a question about where in your food love city do you eat out, as opposed to what you can score in the area to cook at home, which would technically belong under the Home Cooking category. I just thought maybe you knew of some places we had not known about...... Thanks for the reply anyway.....

              1. re: emglow101

                Some years ago, I had driven to Mendocino with a friend. We stopped in Inglenook for a light meal and had one of the best burgers I've ever had. I don't even remember the name of the restaurant.

            2. re: emglow101

              Be sure to give SEA it's due on that treck - this is a righteous food town to be sure. All kinds of artisanal, local, fabulous stuff going on here from the farmers markets, to small batch ginger-beer, all kinds of beer and wine, great gastropubs, bistro's, etc.

              1. re: gingershelley

                I far prefer the beer, wine, and culinary options of PDX over SEA. And while I do appreciate many aspects of Seattle, it doesn't blow me away like some of the cities described here.

                1. re: globocity

                  globocity, curious as to when was your last visit to SEA, and how did you find your culinary destinations?

                  I am pretty plugged into what is going on around here (I have a food tour company) - maybe you need to come back and let me be your guide :)

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    gingershelley--I was last in SEA in 2009. Got recommendations from Chowhound and locals although I most surely missed many great spots. I find your city to be wonderful in many aspects. But for me, PDX is....more accessible and exciting. A big YES on having you guide me around SEA.

            3. I've been visiting America on holiday every few years since 1980 (would have liked it to be more often but it's such an expensive place to visit). The city we've most enjoyed eating in has been Charleston, South Carolina.

              That's not to say that we have not had really good (or, for that matter, really awful) meals elsewhere but, as an overall "food town" Charleston wins our gold medal.

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              1. re: Harters

                Charleston is next on my To Visit list.

                1. re: globocity

                  Forgot to mention in response to your OP that we also very much enjoyed the food in Portland last year (assuming you meant the city in Maine and not another one that I've not heard of)

                  1. re: Harters

                    OP was posting about Portland, Oregon, on the west coast.

                    1. re: Harters

                      Sorry--wasn't clear enough that I meant Portland, Oregon.

                      You know...I never much considered the other Portland in my food destinations though I've always wanted to vacation in ME during the summer. Seafood is one of my favorite types offood; I'll have to look into that!

                      1. re: globocity

                        I'm a native New Yorker who also spent a few years on the left coast (L.A., Santa Barbara) who has lived the past 24 years in Portland, Me. For a city (really a big town) of its size (60,000 people) it fights way above its weight class when it comes to food. It's certainly not all about lobsters although they are tasty and have been regularly dropping below $4 lb in the summers. We have great ethnic and vegetarian as well as the seafood. Farm to table and there's rarely a year where someone/restaurant isn't at least nominated for a James Beard Award. Throw in an ocean and an abundance of small New England towns with their own great eateries within an hours drive (I've spent an hour trying to drive cross town in Manhattan) and, well, you get the idea. For food, it ain't New York but then again, it ain't New York.

                    2. re: globocity

                      Charleston was going to be my choice too. We got chased out by a hurricane several years ago, and do plan to go back. The seafood is wonderous, and we were not done with that city.

                    3. re: Harters

                      We've been going to Charleston since the mid 80's, when my parents retired there. Now my Navy son is stationed there, and my sister and BIL have retired there. We all love the food! DH and I try to visit different restaurants each time we go, and have had many wonderful meals in and around Charleston.

                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                        I was just in Charleston last weekend and knew I had to get back there, just for the food. Everywhere we went there were too many choices on the menu that I wanted to try that I don't see on menu's here in the midwest. It will be on my list to return to one day.

                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                          How ya be catch dem crabs - Hymies - woo hoo!!

                        2. re: Harters

                          I concur! So many great places, so little time.

                        3. Portland, Maine (as evidenced by my Chowhound name) and environs has replaced Hawaii as my annual fall vacation spot. This year will be my 13th consecutive visit. I don't do much except eat my way up and down the coast between Kittery and Bar Harbor in a seafood orgy.

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                          1. re: Pwmfan

                            Doing a similar trip for my 1st Maine visit in June. What's on your "can't miss" list?

                            1. re: freshlycured

                              The usual suspects: Duckfat, Eventide, Fisherman's grill, Standard Baking Company (Portland); Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster (Freeport); Bett's Fish Fry (Boothbay); Sea Basket (Wiscasset); Dolphin Marina (Harpswell) and on and on.
                              So far I have not been able to dine at any of Portland's "real" restaurants. Between my midwesterner's facination with "shacks" and having spent the entire day eating I have been too full for a real meal. Going to remedy this this fall (I hope)!

                              The Maine Hounds on the Northern New England Board are fantastic! There are hundreds of great discussions there. I'd rely on them for the latest and greatest food scoops.

                              1. re: freshlycured

                                Go on the Northern New England board and throw out your itinerary and we'll be more than happy to respond. There are great "fine dining" places (most are casual fine dining) and lots of shack type places as well. A search of the board is a good place to start.

                              2. re: Pwmfan

                                Portland, Maine for me too. Every time we go there are always a few new places to try, as well as our old favorites. There is so much great food there that I can never eat enough to keep up!

                              3. New Orleans hands down, although like Steve, Asheville NC is very Chow friendly and a lot closer to home

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                                  1. re: shanagain

                                    We're all NOLA's bitch. Many of us just don't know it yet.

                                      1. re: kaleokahu

                                        Ha, yup. The OP probably should've just said "Ok, we get it, but you have to name somewhere other than New Orleans."

                                    1. re: grampart

                                      Totally agree - New Orleans food is fantastic.