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Dining over July 4 weekend

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Husband & I are visiting Portland from San Francisco July 2-6 and would love your recs for first-timers in your city. I checked a few suggestions from friends and it looks like a lot of places might be closed for the holiday weekend.

We're staying at the Holiday Inn NW-Downtown, 2333 NW Vaughn St. and won't have a car, but we love to walk and are good with public transit.

Would love to know about places that give a true vibe of Portland - locally owned, chef-driven, using local ingredients. Not all high-end, please -- those moderately-priced neighborhood gems where locals go are our favorite. We do have a res already for Le Pigeon because FOUR friends or FOF recommended, so hopefully it's not over-hyped.

No dietary restrictions, but hubby doesn't like Mediterranean or Middle Eastern. We both like beer; I'm into wine and cocktails, too, so a hip, fresh, artisan cocktail bar suggestion is much appreciated. Thank you so much!

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  1. Portland doesn't have a lot of high end...

    I have not checked to see what is open/closed:
    Atuala (VERY close to your hotel and VERY good)
    Paley's Place
    Andina (Peruvian)
    Apizza Scholls (great pizza-make reservations)
    Imperial (same owner as Paley's)
    Little Bird (French Bistro, great cocktails, related to Le Pigeon)

    Cocktails:
    Kask
    St. Jack (you could do dinner here, too)
    Clyde Common

    1. Also Pepe Le Moko and Multnomah Whiskey Library for cocktails