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Three nights in Portland, mid-March 2014


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Three nights in Portland, mid-March 2014

ghague | | Feb 25, 2014 01:09 PM

Hi all! My wife and I are heading down to Portland (from Vancouver BC) for three nights, arriving Friday March 14th and leaving Monday March 17th. We're staying at the Governor Hotel downtown.

We were able to see a small bit of the city a couple of years ago when we were there for a family wedding, but we're now looking forward to being able to spend some good time there.

Wondering if you might have some thoughts or suggestions on the following points:

It would seem right now that our only "must do" is a dinner at Pok Pok. We love Thai food in general, but we've not had much experience with any kind of 'elevated' version of this cuisine. Given our arrival on a Friday and their no-reservation policy, is there a best day over the weekend that we should go to minimize our wait? Once inside, sounds like their fish sauce chicken wings are pretty amazing; anything else that's a must-order?

For one of our other meals, we're leaning towards Little Bird, as it seems to be getting universal praise around here, and we enjoy a good French bistro.

That leaves one more dinner to plan... looking for some suggestions here. We've got Thai and French already; what else is burning up Portland these days? We'll eat anything, and particularly enjoy quirky or unique experiences. For background, some of my all-time favourite meals have been tasting menus such as the Willows Inn (WA), WD-50 (NY), Cinc Sentits (Barcelona), or Le Chateaubriand (Paris)... however we also had a really disappointing (and overly-expensive) one at Mistral Kitchen in Seattle. In Seattle we've had a fantastic meals at the Book Bindery, Sitka and Spruce, and Cascina Spinasse. Perhaps there's something along these lines in Portland? Only caveat is that my wife is pregnant, so we're not going to do raw shellfish, and we'll skip anyplace that's largely known for their cocktails.

Aside from dinners, we'd like to hit up a few food carts (mostly for lunch). When we were last in Portland, we had a couple of fantastic pizzas at Pyro Pizza. What else must we try? Are most of the PDX food cards open for lunch on weekends?

Looks like our hotel is a couple of blocks away from Blue Star donuts -- I'm sure we'll make a couple of trips there! I know this has probably been discussed to death, but I'll ask again anyway: is it worth trying to brave a lineup at Voodoo Donuts, or are we good (or better?) with Blue Star?

Finally, another likely stop will be Pine State Biscuits. Some good friends are huge "Diners Drive-Ins & Dives", and they raved about their visit here after seeing them featured on a DDD episode. We love sharing food experiences with our friends, so we want to go there too (and the concept of 'chicken and biscuits' is pretty foreign to us, meaning it's not particularly common here, so we're excited to give it a try).

So that's a bunch of random stuff that we're thinking about. Any thoughts from you ever-helpful people?



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