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Who else is ridiculous stoked about metro PDX board? plus viewpoint from a PDX newbie.

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Who else is ridiculous stoked about metro PDX board? plus viewpoint from a PDX newbie.

mmerino | Jan 30, 2010 11:00 AM

I have lived in Portland, from Oakland, since Oct. and haven't really contributed to the PN board. Too broad and too much Seattle.
Ok I have some feedback. Eaten/drank here:
Ned Ludd
Clark Lewis
Beast
Le Pigeon
Kir
red onion
Beaker/flask
Noble Rot
Navarre
Tabla
Pok Pok
Masu
Silk
Fenouil
Hiroshi
Saltys on the columbia
Sinju
Mio
Mothers
Biwa
Sahagun
jakes crawfish
South Park Grill(?)
Davis street tavern
Lotsa food carts-work @ sw9th & stark
Wildwood
Kens
Rovente
Eat Oyster bar
Dan & Louis OB
Pals Shanty
Old Town Pizza
Typhoon
Andina
hurleys(bar)
Apizza Scholls
Pine State B.
Broeder
Palelys
Clyde Common
bamboo sushi
Kenny & Zukes
Henrys
DeSchutes
Bridgeport
Rogue
Georgios
Piazza Italia
Hot Pot City
Drive thru baguette
Ping
A Chinese noodle soup place near Ping
Voodoo
Alexis
matador
gracies
the Pho place attached to Fubonn
low brow
thai peacock
and a bunch more I cant remember.

Out of town
Baldwins Tavern
double mountain
full sail
Farm to Table

My take after all this eating. Meh. Sorry. Meh.
Favorites were Pok Pok (too$$ compared to THE or Chai Thai in sfBay), Clark Lewis, navarre, Masu, bamboo, Alexis, pine state, Broeder, farm to table, Double Mountain, Pals, Eat oyster Bar & Beast. Other things that have been great are the cheap ass places along 82nd or at the carts. deep fried muenster sandwich, you can has cheeseburger? wrong? Nope. Good food. Good souls.

I find that there seems to be a sad default to adding sugar to things-Red onion & le pigeon in particular. Not to mention the Thai carts at 9th & Alder. Wow, super sugar in PDX.

Worst meals? Beaker & Flask, red onion, Apizza sholls, wildwood, Tabla, hot pot city, fenouil & Sinju. Soul-less, bland, not fresh, over dressed, just bad. B&F had a ton of egg product(mayo-ness or other dressing) on everything, red onion was awful watery-fusiony Thai, Wildwood overdressed the salads & served broken-shelled tasteless mussels, Apizza was just annoying. Poorly organized service, lay out and bland/boring pizza, Tabla couldn't cook a bean to done. Hot Pot city had zero flavor in either broth, Sinju's aji was a frozen runny expensive mess.

There is no fine dining here. Thats ok. I like casual but it would be nice to have a Masa, chez P or French Laundry mecca here. I bet that happens in the next 5 years.

I remain cheerful and ready to try whatever. Heading to Beaverton & Uwajimaya now. I love it here. I have just given up on being bowled over by the food. Is it just me? Transplants, speak...

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