We've been gifted a weekend in Oregon wine country later this spring. We'll be staying in Carlton, but plan side trips during the day (we'll be there 4 days, 3 nights), so we're looking for your ideas.
I've been perusing the dinner recommendations in Portland, as we want to have at least one dinner there (and probably a lunch at kenny and zukes, if this is still as recommended as it has been?)
I'd be looking for something that really speaks to what and where Portland is right now food-wise, ie a real sign of the times. So Higgins and Paley's aren't really what I'm looking for. I'd really like to explore some fun places too (heard something about bacon doughnuts? gross or delish?) so any unique neighborhood places are good. Also: best cup of coffee that's not something I've heard of up here in Seattle (ie, I suppose it'd be interesting to try the original Stumptown, but other ideas?)
But since we'll be staying in Carlton, and since I've never spent a moment in that area of Oregon, please help us with dinner/lunch/coffee/exploring ideas. We'd be willing to drive for a great meal, too, so if there's a place that's worth making a trip for (for an awesome fish sandwich or incredible cheese), name it! And, obviously, wineries that are stellar near Carlton. Thanks for any and all help!