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  • Post #61 - December 15th, 2018, 12:57 am
    Post #61 - December 15th, 2018, 12:57 am Post #61 - December 15th, 2018, 12:57 am
    All, I live in Portland (after having lived in Logan Square for 7 years) and have experienced a great variety of all the lovely food this city offers. If you need recommendations, do not hesitate to be in touch.
  • Post #62 - December 15th, 2018, 1:14 pm
    Post #62 - December 15th, 2018, 1:14 pm Post #62 - December 15th, 2018, 1:14 pm
    Congratulations on the move, I'll definitely hit you up for suggestions when I come out that way. LTHer Leek and her husband just relocated to Portland in the last couple of months, you two can start out Portland chapter.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #63 - December 15th, 2018, 3:54 pm
    Post #63 - December 15th, 2018, 3:54 pm Post #63 - December 15th, 2018, 3:54 pm
    During a month living in the Hawthorne neighborhood, my fav's were Jam for breakfast, Screen Door for lunch & dinner, and Kenny and Zukes for pastrami cheese fries. Voodoo Donuts for their bacon maple bar, Random Order for great home made pies(nectarine cream to die for), and Stumptown coffee are a must(I'm now addicted to the cold brew).

    CSD
    Mark A Reitman, PhD
    Professor of Hot Dogs
    Hot Dog University/Vienna Beef
  • Post #64 - May 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
    Post #64 - May 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm Post #64 - May 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
    Visited Portland two weeks with some buddies for a friend’s milestone birthday. Rented a house in the Boise neighborhood, which was super close to Williams Street and also close to Mississippi. It was a great location for us.

    A first time for all four of us. A couple of the guys (including the birthday boy) weren’t into restaurants nearly as much as bars, which limited the restaurant choices.

    Favorite dinner was at Pok Pok. The restaurant I was most interested in going to, and it lived up to expectations. Really wanted to hit it on a Wednesday, but we never made it over that neighborhood. Nervously went on a Thursday, but were seated almost immediately. Split many dishes (maybe 10?) and loved everything. Don’t recall everything but included Papaya Pok Pok salad, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Spicy Wings, Sai Ua Samun Phrai (Chiang Mai sausage), Muu Paa Kham Waan (boar collar), Tam Kai Yaang salad, Kaneng Hang Leh (pork belly and shoulder curry), Het Paa Naam Tok (mushroom salad). A very seasonal special was a fiddlehead fern salad that was terrific. I have been eating Thai food for 40 years and the meal seemed different and new. Enjoyed my tamarind whiskey sour. Would return in a heartbeat.

    We had another awesome dinner and a fun night at Eem, a newer Thai/BBQ spot started by Earl Ninsom of Langbaan, Paadee, and Hat Yai, and Matt Vicedomini of Matt's BBQ. Again shared 9 or 10 dishes and no disappointments. I’m missing some dishes, but included chopped BBQ fried rice, green curry sausage with papaya salad, brisket boudin with Thai fried egg salad, white curry with brisket burnt ends, spicy jungle curry with sliced brisket, Massaman curry with smoked lamb shoulder, BBQ pork steak, BBQ pork belly, and Eem hot cauliflower. Enjoyed my Jesus & tequila cocktail. Would return in a heartbeat.

    Drinking on Williams Street made it convenient for pizza at Lovely’s fifty fifty. Started with marinated Castelvetrano olives, roasted asparagus over polenta with a steamed egg, and something else I don’t recall. It’s odd when I was the voice of reason and the one who wanted to order less than my dining companions. They insisted on four: stinging nettles/new potatoes/taleggio/pancetta/egg, fennel sausage/kale/reggiano/fresh rosemary, morel/ramps/ extagarai/gremolata (I didn’t care for the gremolata on this – it overpowered), asparagus/agretti/walnut pesto/dandelion greens/ricotta (the least favorite for all of us). I loved the first two (the nettles and the sausage).

    One night my friend's called an audible and we just had apps in the bars, but my plans were to hit either Canard or Kachka that evening for dinner.

    Favorite lunch for all of us was Lardo. Three of us had the fabulous Korean pork shoulder/house kimchi/chili mayo/cilantro/lime. One of my buddies proclaimed it to be the best sandwich he’s ever had. We also split a couple orders of the incredibly addicting Dirty Fries/pork scraps/marinated peppers/fried herbs/parmesan. Would return in a heartbeat.

    Out of convenience one lunch was by our rental house at The People’s Pig since they didn’t want to head to Matt’s BBQ. My pork shoulder (the counterman’s rec) was very good and sides were just OK.

    Hit Olympia Provisions for a lunch, but the Pine Street Market location had a limited menu, I was really looking forward to hitting OP, but was a bit disappointed. I split the schnitzel and the public house grinder with my friend. I’m not a big schnitzel fan, a bit boring IMO. Was underwhelmed by the grinder, not nearly as good as many Italian subs in Chicago.

    A really good lunch at Valley Commissary in McMinville when we were out in the Willamette Valley.

    Our first morning we stopped in one of the closest breakfast spots we found, Milk & Honey Café. I was happy with my mushroom, leek, and kale pie in a cornmeal crust and good coffee.

    Caught some live music at Doug Fir and two nights at Mississippi Studios.

    Way too many bars to comment on, but my favorite was A Roadside Attraction (really cool atmosphere and great garden), and also enjoyed Liberty Glass (mellow late night vibe and food in an old house), The Rambler (nice outdoor space) and Sidecar 11 (cool interior space/back bar and great bourbon selection). But there were a couple others that I really liked on Williams and Mississippi, but don’t recall names.

    I’d like to give a big thanks to Lee (LeeK) who I was bugging early on in my planning, regarding what neighborhoods to look in for a rental!

    And a major thanks to ex-Logan Square, now Portland, LTH’er Jack (epicFades)! Jack gave me lots of honest opinions, good advice, and a lot of recs that weren’t on my radar in several email exchanges after I had some thoughts of my own.

    Pok Pok
    3226 SW Division, Portland

    Eem
    3808 N. Williams Ave., Portland

    Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
    4039 N. Mississippi, Portland

    Lardo
    1212 SE Hawthorne, Portland

    Olympia Provisions
    Pine Street Market, 126 SW 2nd Ave. Portland

    Valley Commissary
    920 NE 8th Street, McMinnville, OR 97128

    The People’s Pig
    3217 N Williams, Portland

    Bread & Honey Café
    3526 N Vancouver Ave, Portland

    A Roadside Attraction
    1000 SE 12th, Portland

    Liberty Glass
    938 N Cook St, Portland

    The Rambler
    4205 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland

    Sidecar 11
    3955 N Mississippi Ave, Portland

    Doug Fir
    830 E. Burnside, Portland

    Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar
    3939 N Mississippi, Portland
  • Post #65 - June 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Post #65 - June 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm Post #65 - June 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Al, nice eating! You guys really did a good job of hitting a bunch of essential spots. Well done! I was happy help.

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