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Nov 23, 2013 10:02 AM

4 Days in Portland - Dining for One

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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  1. 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!

    1. 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. 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!

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

          1. 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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            1. re: ipsedixit

              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

              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                1. re: grayelf

                  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.


                  1. re: ipsedixit

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