Dear Portland Chowhounders – please help me plan an indulgent and beautiful food day.
This is my first visit to Portland and I will be there for (sadly) 1 day only – a Monday in mid-September. I know many restaurants are closed on Mondays, but hopefully there will be two (one lunch place, one dinner place) that can give me a taste of what this city has to offer. Whereas I love exploring divey places when in the comfort of my own city, I’m a woman traveling on my own, so please send me to safe neighborhoods and places where I’d be comfortable sitting by myself.
I LOVE sushi, and figure Portland must have some truly wonderful places. However, please don’t send me somewhere that specializes in shellfish, as I am allergic to any and all things that come from shells. Salmon is my favorite when it comes to raw fish – which I would think would be in abundance in the northwest.
I’m a sucker for foie gras, marrow and sweetbreads – so would love to find a place that has one of those on their menu.
I’m thinking one ethnic meal (Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, etc…just no Ethiopian please) and one more mainstream meal (French, Italian, Continental, New American, etc…)
I wouldn’t say money is not a consideration, but I am choosing to indulge, so I’m willing to splurge a bit – say $60 on lunch and no more than $125 on dinner (including a glass or two of wine). I don’t know what Portland prices are like, I’m used to NYC, and assume that price ceiling gives me a lot of options. I’d rather a casual atmosphere over anything too stuffy, but I do want to be able to relax over my meal and not feel rushed.
Also, any suggestions on where to roam between meals would be greatly appreciated. I love funky neighborhoods and people-watching.
Thank you in advance!