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Jun 26, 2014 01:51 PM

Dining over July 4 weekend

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)

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

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