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Ned Ludd, Woodsman, or Davenport?

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Planning a visit to Portland to see parents next month. I normally go to Le Pigeon when I visit, but I am trying to branch out. I have a reservation at Ava Gene's, but the following night I am trying to decide where to eat with some friends.

Among the three Ned Ludd, Woodsman, or Davenport does one stand above the rest? Also does Davenport do reservations? I couldn't tell from the website.

Any opinions are much appreciated.

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  1. We enjoyed our meal at Ned Ludd. Woodsman, not as much. Haven't tried Davenport yet but am REALLY looking forward to it!

    1. Well, you got Ava Gene's right. I love that place.

      I am really not a fan of Woodsman. Haven't eaten anything or had a drink there I'd want to go back for.

      Haven't been to Davenport, but I hear mostly, though not all, good things about it. It is pretty new on the scene (open about 3 months). Some plates, I hear, are not a great value for the price, though I do not recall anyone ever saying anything negative about the food itself. If it had to be one of these 3, I'd go with Davenport.

      Ned Ludd is variable. I have been there a couple of times and some things have been great, others not that great. Haven't been there in a while, though.

      I'd think about Aviary, Smallwares, Clyde Common, Tasty & Alder...which all have better cocktails too, if you are into that.

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      1. re: JillO

        Agree with JillO re Woodsman based on one visit last year: okay but not special, for food, drink and ambiance.

        Ned Ludd is perhaps my favourite resto in Pdx so far after two dinners and a brunch. I really like the space, and the food is interesting and tasty.

        Davenport does not take reservations. It opened since our last trip in October but is top of my list for our planned March visit, because I was a huge fan of chef Kevin Gibson's work at Evoe.

        We also really enjoyed Little Bird last trip, if you want to check out another Rucker joint.

      2. I would try to slide into Sen Yei for lunch or breakfast. Food is really excellent especially early in the day (I'm not big on traditional breakfasts). Smallwares is terrific. I drive across the city for it and I'm generally loathe to do that. I like Mucca better than AJ's but different strokes...There are a lot of places to enjoy.

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        1. re: oregonjim

          Thanks for the reminder about Mucca OJ - I too would choose it over Ava's.