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Best Restaurants in Portland for Long Weekend--Please Help

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milodog | | Mar 22, 2010 02:49 PM

Dear Husband (DH) and I will be in Portland for a long weekend to celebrate being without our toddler for the 2nd time and my 40th birthday. We are Oakland CA refugees currently living in ("the culinary wasteland" is too strong....perhaps, "emerging food scene of") Spokane WA.
We will be in Portland from Friday lunch through Monday lunch. We will be staying near Powells and won't have a car, but are very happy with public transportation and cabs, if necessary.

We both love good, local food. And while I can't say money is no object, this is our "big" trip this year and (did I mention?) my 40th birthday.
However, we don't care if it's fancy, just that it's good. As for preferences: I like meat, but tend towards vegetables, DH is the opposite. Neither of us can do variety meats, so unfortunately Le Pigeon is out. DH has tried very hard but doesn't like Japanese food particularly, and actively dislikes Vietnamese food--so sad, as they are two of my favorites. We both love French, Spanish, Thai, Mexican, Chinese (all sorts), Italian, and etc. I would love to get some oysters and/or crab. Communal dining is not a big favorite for either of us.

I've done quite a bit of research and have decided we must go to:

Pok Pok
Toro Bravo
Beast

Depending on time and hunger, we may go to

Laurelhurst Market
Cafe Castagna
Farm Cafe
10-01 (happy hour)
Beaker and Flask (happy hour)

However, now I'm worried I'm not making the best choices. Any other suggestions? What about:
Higgins
Nostrana
Navarre
Patanegra
Meat Cheese Bread
Accanto
Kenny and Zukes
Fenouil

What are your favorite food carts? Any food-related advice most gratefully received.

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

Fenouil
900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Cafe Castagna
1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Patanegra
1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

Meat Cheese Bread
1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

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