Had a wonderful (and filling!) long weekend in your wonderful city. Highlights included:
Voodoo Donut: Had been warned they were more trendy than flavorful but we blew through several. Our favorite was the "Elvis" - banana, chocolate, and peanut butter. mmm...donuts.
Stumptown Coffee: I'm not normally a coffee drinker but am SO glad I imbibed. Great coffee, and if I lived there (a remote possibility, actually) I'd become an addict pretty darn quick.
Mother's: Very very good. Staff just so genuinely nice. Husband's French toast was wonderfully crunchy, but I like my French toast cut super-thick like bricks. I had the salmon hash with scrambled eggs, and I wonder why I can't get my eggs that fluffy - and wished there had been more salmon than potatoes, but on the whole very good.
Karam: Thank you thank you thank you for steering us here. Very close to our hotel, so nice and so delicious. I had the veggie mezze and I can't remember what my husband had (something with meat, and I don't eat meat so it didn't sink in), but he raved about it. We were so full but they comped us a dessert anyway. I'd come back again and again.
Portland Steak and Chophouse: We went here with folks we had just met at the Brewer's Festival. Fabulous happy hour and a good time.
Papa Haydn's: Great Bloody Mary, great ginger pear martini, decent omelet but not stellar.
Higgins: We ate in the bar. Husband proclaimed the burger (sorry, the "sirloin") one of the best he's had, and we split the chevre and I had the ginger cured salmon, which = divine.
There was a tea place we went to on NW 21st for bubble tea but I can't remember the name now; I think they also have a location in the Chinese Garden?
Fuller's coffee shop, for breakfast the day we left: Just like home. And cheap, to boot!
Thank you all for your help! We're already thinking when we can come back next, and are thinking of relocating in the next few years - any relocating info would be most helpful. Many thanks, again, and hope I can help you all on the NY boards.