wanted to say thank you to all the PDX hounds who answered questions, and also to all previous posters/newcomers whose research i piggybacked on!
day 1: got in too late for dinner (our bodies thought it was 11 pm) but needed to remove the taste of carry-on airport food, so after we checked into our hotel we wandered down to Veritable Quandary for drinks & apps. bacon-wrapped dates were especially yummy.
day 2: walking tour of your fair city, followed by lunch at Bijou Cafe (loved the soba salad), midday coffee at Stumptown, and dinner at Wildwood. DH had salmon, i had roasted chicken (i never order chicken for dinner but was glad i did).
day 3: went out to the rose garden (WOW. WOW. WOW) and the Japanese garden (a quieter wow), hit ten 01 for lunch. then a meander through Powell's (wow!) and a stop at Voodoo for two alarmingly heavy cream-filled doughnuts. the doughnuts were still in our minds & stomachs by dinnertime at Higgins, but we managed nicely. DH had salmon again (when in Rome, he says), i had a lovely lamb shank. these were preceded by enormous salads that could have been dinners in themselves.
day 4: rented a car & hit the waterfalls. we wound up in Hood River around lunchtime and ate at a cute little spot called Sage's. lots of sandwich & wrap choices. dinner was at Sel Gris, quite noisy on a Tuesday night! DH had venison, i had housemade pasta with peas & goat cheese--also a really great app of sweetbreads. we had dessert at Pix (two variations of chocolate goodness).
day 5: wine country. we hit Archery Summit (did a guided tour there, well worth it) & Argyle, then had lunch at Dundee Bistro which was not overly memorable but served promptly by very friendly waitstaff. also hit Torii Mor & Lange. dinner at Paley's Place--DH had salmon one last time (sous vide, and quite incredible), i had farro for the first time and loved it.
it was a fun trip with perfect weather, not a drop of rain the whole time. everyone was really, really NICE (i'm from CT and we just don't behave that way)...i had read about some service gripes on citysearch but we had excellent service everywhere.
also, we took Trimet whenever we could, and were never asked to show our tickets...are you people that trusting?