Hi PDX Chowhounders!
Man, this MSP girl's head is swimming with all your awesome dining options! The hubster and I will be making our first trip to Portland at the end of June (Thursday night - Sunday morning) and then will be heading up to Seattle and the San Juan Islands. We have 3 breakfasts/brunches, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners to plan. I've been reading the boards, but the options are pretty overwhelming and I'm still trying to wade through things. In the meantime, I'm hoping maybe you all will have some additional good suggestions for us. We'll be staying at the Paramount Hotel and we will have a car. Here's what we are and aren't looking for:
1) At least one splurge dinner - although a place that accommodates allergy issues is important (i.e. probably not Beast). I think we'll be doing Canlis in Seattle, so something probably different from that would be good.
2) Some light eats - we can't eat heavy at every meal, so some light options will be good.
3) Best food carts/trucks - we know you have a good scene - what are the best options?
4) Good seafood - we live in MN and while we have fresh lake fish, we lack a lot of fresh seafood. Particularly interested in the crab if it's in season.
5) Food and preparations that are decidedly Portland - it's always nice to have something you can't get at home.
6) Portland Farmer's Market - I've already got my eye on Pine State Biscuits and Lauretta Jean's, but are there other Farmer's Market vendors we should check out?
7) Any interesting bakeries, coffee shops, ice cream shops and the like. Places that are good for snacks or those light eats I mentioned earlier.
8) Really good breakfasts and a great Sunday brunch before we head to Seattle.
What we're NOT looking for
1) Dress codes. We like good food, but we like staying casual, so no restaurants that require suits, ties, etc.
2) Uber fancy - we love fine dining and aren't opposed to it in any way, but we love hole-in-the-wall places too. As long as the food is good and the area is safe, we're good.
3) Asian or Mexican food - We have the largest Hmong population outside of Thailand in MSP, so we have our pick of awesome Asian food. If there's a stand out/don't miss place, we're not opposed, but would prefer to steer clear of that if at all possible.
Thanks much! Once I get the list somewhat finalized, I'll run it past you for critique. :)