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4 Days in Portland - Dining for One

blatantdream Nov 23, 2013 10:02 AM

Visiting Portland from Dec. 12-16. What are good places for dining alone? Will be there by myself exploring for the first time. Definitely interested in local foods, price range doesn't matter so a mix of higher end and street cart would work best. A good small plates menu would be best so I can try many things instead of committing to a large plate.

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    YllowMstrd RE: blatantdream Dec 3, 2013 07:26 PM

    Cedo's has amazing food - falafel is delicious as are their salads etc.
    Frankly the cart food in Portland did not amaze me, but Potato King (I think that's what it's called) - on Hawthorne I believe in SE has great french fries with cool sauces. And open late.
    Red onion has great Thai in the NW
    Little Big Burger is an ok chain - fresh, simple, inexpensive

    Good luck!

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      cobpdx RE: blatantdream Dec 5, 2013 07:46 AM

      Many places are good for dining alone, especially at the bar if you are not opposed to that.

      Where are you staying? Will you have a car? Would you prefer to walk/take public transportation?

      If we know a little more, we can give some better recommendations.

      Smaller plates:
      Roe !!!!!!!!! (sit at the chef's counter and do chef's tasting menu) - call ASAP
      Biwa (great omakase deal)
      Tasty n Alder/Tasty n Sons
      Toro Bravo
      Noisette (multicourse prix fixe)

      1. JillO RE: blatantdream Dec 5, 2013 09:46 AM

        At the higher end, sitting at the bar is awesome at these places (my GF and I do it all the time, even if we go together):

        Ava Gene's (not in front of the fire, trust me)
        Toro Bravo
        Ox (again, not in front of the fire)
        Hokusei (in front of Cody, great sake list)
        Boxer Sushi (great $38 omakase deal)

        Racion is also great for dining solo, everyone sits at the counter!

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          Leonardo RE: blatantdream Dec 5, 2013 07:59 PM

          Also at the bar: Tabla. Great view into the open kitchen!

          1. ipsedixit RE: blatantdream Dec 5, 2013 08:09 PM

            As mentioned above, Biwa and Nostrana are great.

            Radar is good as well.

            If Ping has reopened, then that's another option.

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              JillO RE: ipsedixit Dec 6, 2013 11:28 AM

              Ping has not reopened, and it is not going to reopen. I do miss it.

              It is going to be a bar with Lardo sandwiches (and a commissary kitchen for Lardo as well): http://pdx.eater.com/places/ping

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                ipsedixit RE: JillO Dec 6, 2013 01:41 PM

                That's too bad.

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                grayelf RE: ipsedixit Dec 7, 2013 10:16 AM

                Radar is not, ahem, on my radar, ipse. Please to expand on your recco!

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                  ipsedixit RE: grayelf Dec 7, 2013 10:41 AM

                  A nice little tapas bar up in the northern part of Portland on Mississippi, which I am told before the gentrification took place was like a mix of skid row and death row.

                  The menu ranges from things like beef cheeks, to baby octopus, to duck liver, to black cod, to whatever fills the kitchen's fancy. Not all of it is good (like the cod) but some gems are truly delightful (like the beef cheeks or pork shoulder).

                  Perfect for solos, or couples, who like to mingle with the crowd and take in the activities of the open kitchen.

                  Again, not a perfect or destination restaurant by any means, but overall very very good in that Portland "we are kind of eccentric" way and especially good if you're solo.


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                    grayelf RE: ipsedixit Dec 7, 2013 08:35 PM

                    Sounds intriguing -- adding it to my list. Thanks!

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                blatantdream RE: blatantdream Dec 10, 2013 06:51 AM

                No car. Only public Transportation. Thanks for the suggestions!

                1. cajungwailo RE: blatantdream Dec 10, 2013 07:07 AM

                  Hubers. Portland's oldest restaurant. Sit / eat at the bar in the back.

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                    Leonardo RE: cajungwailo Dec 10, 2013 05:43 PM

                    Oldest doesn't always mean best. Or even top 50, in this case.

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                      JillO RE: Leonardo Dec 11, 2013 10:07 AM

                      True that, but Huber's is fun for an occasional Spanish Coffee, especially as cold as it has been.

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                        cobpdx RE: JillO Dec 12, 2013 07:59 AM

                        +1 on sitting in the bar in back to have a Spanish Coffee!

                  2. cajungwailo RE: blatantdream Dec 11, 2013 01:41 PM

                    Well, to each his own (taste). Granted, Huber's doesn't 'live up' to the current wacky fusion trends in PDX, Swedish/Vietnamese or whatever, but it consistently serves high quality food at a good value, with (usually) meticulous service. Certainly in my top 5.

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