Okay, I'm sure this topic gets addressed at least monthly, but there are so many topics to wade through that I'll never find it, so I'd love folks' help on this:
What is your absolute favorite combination of stellar food and won't-make-me-commit-harakiri prices in Portland? I'm taking the new boyfriend (who seriously appreciates good food) out for his birthday, and while I'm not looking for ultra-cheap, I don't want to pay Paley's Place prices for a guy until I know he's going to last, you know? He's only been in Portland a couple of years, so either old-skool or latest-hot-thing could be equally novel and exciting. For reference, we did the bar menu (not the dinner menu) at Higgins for my birthday last month.