Hey Portland board -- PHX/NYC CHer here. I've been doing some research, but since I'm a little out of touch with what's going on (haven't been back to your neck of the woods in a couple years), I was hoping for some help in picking a few meals.
We will be staying downtown, but have a rental car and no problem traveling. No restrictions on cost or type of food (all very adventurous). Would really like something that's very "Portland", with a "feel" and ingredient focus that would be hard to find elsewhere (vague enough? :) ). Anyway, here are my thoughts...please feel free to add new suggestions or nix current ones...
-Haven't made it any Andy Ricker restaurant yet, so will probably do lunch at Pok Pok one day
-1st Night: Ate at Le Pigeon during my last trip and thought it was amazing. Although something in me says I shouldn't be repeating anything until I've tried more places, I'm VERY tempted to head back here. Is it still as good as ever? Would Little Bird be a better option?
-2nd Night Possibilities:
Castagna-Looks interesting. As lame as it sounds, though, my major hesitation is that the chef is leaving. I kind of like going places where I know I can salivate over it while I dream of the next time I get to go back. I know, sounds ridiculous...
Beast-Really wanted to go here last time I was in town, but it was closed. Still want to try it, but it seems that talk of the place on this board has fizzled out. Is there a reason for that, or has it just been around long enough to become a staple? Is Chef Pomeroy usually there nowadays, or is she doing the celebrity chef "thing"?
Nostrana or Genoa (hesitant to do Italian)
...so any thoughts? Any suggestions not included above? Should I toss Le Pigeon out? Also open to lunch suggestions, if any new "must-try's" have popped up.
Thanks in advance!