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:
Saltys on the columbia
South Park Grill(?)
Davis street tavern
Lotsa food carts-work @ sw9th & stark
Eat Oyster bar
Dan & Louis OB
Old Town Pizza
Pine State B.
Kenny & Zukes
Hot Pot City
Drive thru baguette
A Chinese noodle soup place near Ping
the Pho place attached to Fubonn
and a bunch more I cant remember.
Out of town
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...