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Two Nights in Portland: Help Me Make a Decision...

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Two Nights in Portland: Help Me Make a Decision...

crsin | Jul 5, 2011 01:38 AM

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"?

Metrovino

Ned Ludd

Clarklewis

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!

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