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Portland Monthly's Best Restaurants

Nick | Dec 6, 2004 02:14 AM

Picked up this edition today. It's Chef's choice and the list of chefs is a who's who of Portland dining.

I found the choices a little boring and Zagat-ish, not bad, but very typical and not really helpful because they're a lot of the same places always mentioned without question. The advantage of a single person making the recs would be that they could more easily tell you about some lesser known, but often better, places. Zagat is great for out-of-towners, but this magazine, presumably, is for residents.

Here are the choices:

MEDITERRANEAN: Lauro Kitchen

UNKNOWN: Nuestra Cocina

WITH KIDS: Larelwood Public House (downscale), Mother's (upscale)

JAPANESE: Murata, Sin Ju

BREAKFAST: Mother's, Heathman

INDIAN: Bombay Cricket Club

SERVICE & ROMANCE: Paley's

PNW: Wildwood

TEX-MEX: Esparza's

STEAK: El Gaucho

GREEK: Alexis

WINE LIST: Heathman

DESSERT: Pix

FRENCH: Carafe

LATIN AMERICAN: Taqueria Nueve (Mexican), Pambiche (Cuban), Andina (Peruvian), Oba (Brazilian [huh????])

SOUTHEAST ASIAN: Typhoon! (Thai), Sungari Pearl (Chinese), Pho Van (Vietnamese)

CAJUN: Acadia

ITALIAN: Genoa

CONTINENTAL: Heathman

SOUTHERN: Bernie's Southern Bistro

The more interesting sections are the Chefs to Watch and Favorite Dishes. I'm not going to bother with all that, though.

My favorite quote is Vitaly Paley talking about how Esparza's "takes [him] back to New York City, to one of [his] old favorite Tex-Mex haunts in the West Village." For some reason, I don't think this would be good marketing to Texans looking for their native food.

Link: http://www.extramsg.com

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