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St. Jack or Ned Ludd?

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zinfanatic Nov 20, 2013 11:55 AM

Because of days of operation and the holidays, we have found we have to choose between these two restaurants. Ned Ludd seems more uniquely Portland. We like anything so don't have meat or fish preference. Which would you choose?

  1. JillO Nov 20, 2013 01:09 PM

    If great cocktails and wine are important to you, that makes St. Jack an easy choice, IMO.

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      z
      zinfanatic Nov 25, 2013 07:35 AM

      Food is more important though we do like wine and cocktails. Perhaps we will go to St. Jacks for pastry during the day and then for a happy hour cocktail?

      1. re: zinfanatic
        JillO Nov 25, 2013 09:19 AM

        I'm not a huge Ned Ludd fan, but I love St. Jack. I often feel Ned Ludd is trying too hard and I never feel as well taken care of there as I do at St. Jack and I like the food better at St. Jack.

        But there's not a lot of French food here, and if there is where you live, you may not feel that St. Jack is worth it over Ned Ludd.

        Just know that St. Jack for pastries is absolutely nothing like St. Jack for dinner.

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          z
          zinfanatic Nov 25, 2013 12:53 PM

          Thank you,that helps quite a bit.

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            z
            zinfanatic Dec 31, 2013 01:33 PM

            JillO- Thanks for the recommendation of St. Jack's over Ned Ludd. We so enjoyed our meal there. I had the Clinton St sour- yum! We split a beet salad and my hubby had the perfect savory tart with great pastry crust. I had a wonderful lamb stew. We had the warm madeleines for dessert. The only disappointment was my glass of Pinot- Crowley which I was not familiar with. Perhaps it had been open too long, but the fruit was lost and it just was not good. Perhaps I should have asked how long it had been open, but since I did not , I guess I cannot complain. The atmosphere and the service was lovely. This and Levant are my two favorite places this trip!

            1. re: zinfanatic
              JillO Dec 31, 2013 02:34 PM

              So glad you enjoyed it! And yes, if you had told them about the wine, I am sure they would have replaced it with another or opened a new bottle, but glad that did not ruin the experience for you. Aaron is a great chef with a talented staff and he has that place running so well that even on a Sunday when he is not there, I still know I will have a great experience there.

              I like Levant too, but I haven't been back there in quite a while...

              1. re: JillO
                grayelf Jan 1, 2014 10:25 AM

                Can anyone compare St Jack to Little Bird?

                FWIW we loved LB last trip and only liked the pastries from SJ but JillO contends dinner is a whole 'nother story.

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                  z
                  zinfanatic Jan 1, 2014 10:54 AM

                  I have been to both and I liked St. Jack's better. I liked the food better, the service was not snooty (as it was at Little Bird) I would say that St. Jacks is more bistro French whereas Little Bird is not as focused French cuisine. I also liked the atmosphere at St Jacks as it is a cozy neighborhood place unlike Little Bird which is downtown and more "high style" (for Portland that is!) I liked Le Pigeon a whole lot better that Little Bird too.

                  1. re: zinfanatic
                    grayelf Jan 1, 2014 12:45 PM

                    Thanks, zin (and happy new year). We had a not-great meal at Le Pij that kind of put us off the Rucker experience but were sold on LB big time. Loved the room, loved the music, loved the service which was decidedly unsnooty on our visit. And most importantly, LOVED the food. Deffo looking to give SJ a try next trip though (nice one on mentioning the lamb stew; the SO will be v. happy) and appreciate your thoughts.

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                      z
                      zinfanatic Jan 2, 2014 07:03 AM

                      HNY to you too! BTW I love following your "exploits" on CH. I use them often for reference.

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                        grayelf Jan 2, 2014 09:26 AM

                        Thanks, glad to be of assistance. We are starting to plan our next foray to Portland in the early spring so will be combing the boards even more than usual! Really hoping to make it to Din Din Supper Club this time...

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