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Recs skewing to the casual for small, sights-oriented group

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Recs skewing to the casual for small, sights-oriented group

Bada Bing | Jun 11, 2014 09:48 AM

In the next 2-3 weeks, we're planning to overnight on Portland, probably arriving in time for lunch and leaving maybe, but maybe not, in time a dinner on the way out day two.

I've tried to give some specificity to this thread title, because I've done some due diligence and have observed that most generic "Portland Recs?" thread generate what are probably more stylish locations, discussion of chefs' table, etc., that sort of dining which is kind of like wine tastings, where discussion is largely about food. That's a kind of dining I relish, but this is not for our group.

I've just heard about Portland food for year, and my own top priority would be to try Pok Pok on the basis of all the amazement people express in national media. I also would welcome pizza place recs. I noticed there was a Cooking Channel show called Pizza Cuz, and I was struck that these guys didn't seem to know how to make a show in which at least one place wasn't in Portland.

To add to the juggling: I'm traveling myself as a pretty advanced foodie with my 14-year-old son who is similarly adventurous (were live in Indiana, but travel). We go out of our way and plan. But then we'll be with 3-6 of my Washington relatives, all of whom are a more or less conventional--kind of "time to refill the gas tank" types--and at least one of them is very gluten intolerant. (I know, sounds like the makings of the world's lamest reality show!)

Thoughts? Maybe a food truck cluster would facilitate something for everyone? Thanks in advance.

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