My husband and I are visiting Portland sometime around the end of July/beginning of August. We'll be in town for 4 days. I'm most interested in the food scene. My husband prefers to eat at places with "ambiance". We're coming from Calgary, Canada, where beef is big. However, I'm from the east coast so I plan to get as much seafood as possible during this trip to Portland (followed by Seattle).
Here are a few places I've singled out. Asterixes by the ones I am most interested in visiting:
• Saint Honore Boulangerie
• Voodoo Doughnuts ***
• Stumptown Coffee ***
• Pok Pok (Asian) ***
• Beast (French/American)
• Beaker & Flask (cocktails)
• Apizza Scholls (pizza)
• Broder (Scandinavian – breakfast/lunch) ***
• Olympic Provisions (charcuterie)
• Le Pigeon (French, fancy) ***
• Tasty n Sons (breakfast)
• Tin Shed (breakfast)
Does anyone have any comments on any of these establishments? Yay/Nay? Any recs of 'must eat' places similiar to these? I should also note that I'm a healthier eater so I'm not up for "Diners, Drive Ins & Dives" type of gluttony, though a well made treat or fatty meat isn't off the table.
Re: food carts: any recommendations? I can't seem to find a good list of what's available & what's served in each one. I know that if I have to choose to eat at one out of twenty carts in front of me, I'd like to be a bit prepared!
One more thing: where is the best area to look for a hotel? On the East or West side of the river? Looking at 3 or 4 stars at $150/night or less.
Thanks in advance. I'm off to read some other posts on this board :)